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Summer and Autumn Testing Arrangements – 15th July 2021

Thank you for your continued engagement in the Covid-19 testing programme. Please continue to encourage your child to test twice weekly and report the results until the end of the summer term. When we were previously asked to conduct mass asymptomatic testing on site in March 2021 we had a phenomenal response from our community with over 95% of students completing tests.

Testing has been used this year as an effective way to reduce the risk of transmission and support the continuation of face-to-face education. We recognise, however, the need to minimise any disruption to education and to continue to support your child’s mental wellbeing. We are informed that the government will continue to review the future need for testing in light of any changes to the public health situation.

Over the summer holiday period the testing at home programme is being paused for all secondary aged students. However, if you wish to access rapid lateral flow testing, you can continue to do so by ordering LFD test kits from GOV.UK or by collecting kits from your local pharmacy.

We are unsure about the Covid situation we will face in the autumn, so we want to be prepared for all scenarios. Subject to public health advice, testing is more than likely to restart on our return in the autumn. If it does, we expect to offer your child two tests on-site before encouraging them to continue to regularly test at home until the end of September.

The following are the arrangements for the students return to school following the summer holiday and includes testing arrangements.

Friday 3rd September – Year 7 in school all day/Year 11 ‘Test & Go’ in afternoon

Year 7
We appreciate that our new Year 7 students have not been required to test previously so you will find information about the testing process on our website: https://alns.co.uk/covid-testing/. including a short video to demonstrate the testing process.

All Year 7 students must arrive in full school uniform at the south entrance gate to the school site (opposite McDonalds) between 08:00-08:10 for their first full day at school. They will complete a LFD test during the morning (if parental consent has been given) and will finish school at 14:45.

Year 11
On Friday 3rd September, Year 11 students must arrive at school at the south entrance gate during the following time slots:

Year 11 – Mary Rose – 12:15-12:30
Year 11 – Spinnaker – 13:00-13:15
Year 11 – Warrior – 13:45-14:00
Year 11 – Victory – 14:30-14:45

On completion of their test, students will then leave the school site through the South gate and as such they are not required to wear school uniform. Parents of students will be contacted immediately if their child tests positive and they will be required to book a confirmatory PCR test.

Monday 6th September – Year 7 & 11 complete a full school day/Year 8, 9 & 10 ‘Test & Go’

Year 7 students arrive between 08:00 and 08:10 at their House entrance gate; Year 11 students arrive between 08:10 and 08:25am at their House entrance gate.

From September 2021 students in Warrior and Mary Rose House are to enter the school via the north entrance gate (next to the school car park), students in Victory and Spinnaker House are to enter the school via the south entrance gate (opposite McDonalds)

Year 8
Students will be required to arrive to school at the south entrance gate during the following time windows:
Year 8 – Mary Rose – 08:15-08:30
Year 8 – Spinnaker – 09:00-09:15
Year 8 – Warrior – 09:45-10:00
Year 8 – Victory – 10:30-10:45

Year 9
Students will be required to arrive to school at the south entrance gate during the following time windows:
Year 9 – Mary Rose – 11:15-11:30
Year 9 – Spinnaker – 12:00-12:15
Year 9 – Warrior – 12:45-13:00
Year 9 – Victory – 13:30-13:45

Year 10
Students will be required to arrive to school at the south entrance gate during the following time windows:
Year 10 – Mary Rose – 14:15-14:30
Year 10 – Spinnaker – 15:00-15:15
Year 10 – Warrior – 15:45-16:00
Year 10 – Victory – 16:30-16:45

On completion of their test, students must leave school site through the south entrance gate and will not be required to wear school uniform. Parents of students will be contacted immediately if their child tests positive and will be required to book a confirmatory PCR test.

Tuesday 7th September – All students complete a full school day

Test 2 for all students will be conducted during school time, three to five days after their first test; at this point students will then be provided with a pack of home self-test kits.

Parental Consent

We require all parents to complete the following Google Form as to whether consent is being given for their child to be tested or otherwise. https://forms.gle/ekZwrRGEi5asD1oe6

We would kindly ask that you complete the consent request by 8am Wednesday 21st July in provide time for the administration required to make the process as smooth as possible in September.

If you have more than one child at Admiral Lord Nelson School, please complete a separate return for each child. Further information about the process including a copy of the Consent agreement form, the Privacy notice and COVID-19 LFT FAQs can all be found on our website: https://alns.co.uk/covid-testing/

Testing at home

Tests should be performed every 3-5 days so, following on site testing, we would encourage students to test at home every Sunday and Thursday.

It is important to report your child’s test results, even if their result is negative or void to the school and to the NHS. To simplify this process, ALNS have signed up to www.testregister.co.uk

Reporting results is easy. Starting on Wednesday 8th September the child’s primary contact will receive an email from TestRegister containing a link. Once you have got your result, simply click the link in the email and fill in the form. A reminder email will be sent every Wednesday/Thursday and Sunday until the testing process is no longer required or encouraged.

If, for any reason, you do not receive an email from TestRegister you can go directly to report a COVID-19 lateral flow test result or call 119 free from a mobile or landline. Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm. Support is offered in 200 languages as well as British Sign Language.

Testing twice weekly is helping us stay ahead of the virus by spotting new outbreaks quickly and plan our response. The preparations that schools are advised to take are subject to further public health advice and the latest position on prevalence of the COVID-19 virus. If anything changes, we will, of course, communicate that with you.

Yours faithfully,
Matthew Hutton

Deputy Headteacher