Student Covid Testing at Sewell Park Academy Wednesday 5th January

Dear Parents/Carers & Students,


As per Government guidelines, we will be asking students to attend Sewell Park Academy to undertake a COVID-19 test tomorrow, Wednesday 5th January. Please see below for the Year Group time slots as to when students should arrive.


Year 7 - arrive via St Clements Hill ‘Nursery’ Gate between 9am and 9.30am Year 8 - arrive via St Clements Hill ‘Nursery’ Gate between 10am and 10.30am Year 9 - arrive via St Clements Hill ‘Nursery’ Gate between 11am and 11.15am Year 10 - arrive via St Clements Hill ‘Nursery’ Gate between 11.45am and 12pm Year 11 - arrive via St Clements Hill ‘Nursery’ Gate between 12.15pm and 12.30pm Home learning will be available on Google Classroom for all students to access. The students should enter the site at the correct time through the St Clements Hill entrance by the Chestnut Nursery. They will then enter the Sports Hall as directed by staff, from the long corridor. Once the students have completed their tests, they must leave the site by the Constitution Hill gates. In the case of a positive LFD test, we will inform parents immediately. Parents will then need to book a PCR test as soon as possible. There will be a cold packed lunch available for eligible FSM students to collect after their test should they wish. These can be collected from the outside canteen window from 9.15am. Students return to lessons on Thursday 6th January and should arrive at the normal time via their usual Year Group entrance. The canteen will be serving lunch as normal. Self Isolation Guidance Please see below for the current guidance on self-isolation: If you have symptoms of COVID-19, (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of taste or smell) self isolate immediately and book a PCR test as soon as possible, whether you have received one or more doses of the vaccine or not. If you receive a negative PCR test result you no longer need to self isolate. If you receive a positive PCR test result, continue to self isolate until the date NHS test & trace give you. You may end your self isolation early if you have 2 negative LFD results on day 6 & day 7 of your self isolation AND you do not have a high temperature. The LFD tests must be taken 24 hours apart and no sooner than day 6. Report the results through the Online Reporting System and if a student, to the school via TestRegister. If you receive a positive LFD result, book a PCR test as soon as possible and isolate until you receive your PCR test result, whether you have received one or more doses of the vaccine or not. If you receive a negative PCR test result you no longer need to self isolate. If you receive a positive PCR test result continue to self isolate until the date NHS test & trace give you. You may end your self isolation early if you have 2 negative LFD results on day 6 & day 7 of your self isolation AND you do not have a high temperature. The LFD tests must be taken 24 hours apart and no sooner than day 6. Report the results through the Online Reporting System and if a student, to the school via TestRegister. If you are isolating because of a positive test result but did not have any symptoms, and you develop COVID-19 symptoms within your isolation period, start a new isolation period from the day your symptoms start. ** Health & Social Care workers follow your sector guidance. If you are a close contact of someone identified with COVID-19 and an adult who is fully vaccinated or child aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months – whether Omicron or not – you should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. Once notified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, take an LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the Online Reporting System and if a student, to the school via TestRegister. If these tests are negative there is no need to self isolate. If any of these tests are positive, self-isolate and order a PCR test as soon as possible to confirm the result. If the PCR is positive, follow the advice above. If the PCR test is negative, there is no need to self-isolate but continue to carry out the remainder of the daily tests. If you are an adult who is not fully vaccinated, you are legally required to self isolate for 10 days. We will be distributing students with the next batch of home test kits on Monday 10th January. Many thanks, SPA


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