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COVID-19 testing at Chiltern Hills Academy for Students

Tests at school have now been completed and Home Testing Kits distributed.  Please see below.

The Government have given schools more flexibility on the testing plans and as a result we will commence the lateral flow testing  for our  students on  Thursday 4 March.   Please see below for details of when each year group will be tested. 

The deadline for giving consent has now passed.

Where will testing take place?

The testing site at CHA will be the Sports Hall.

Who will carry out the testing?

The school has appointed a team of colleagues (who are all DBS cleared) to oversee the testing.  Students are required to swab their own nose and throat before it is passed to the testing team for processing.  As part of the consent form, parents/carers will receive notification by text and email of their child’s result.

How often will I be offered testing?

In the two weeks, from 4 March, there will be an opportunity for three tests for each student.

What type of test is it?

The testing kits used are the rapid lateral flow tests.  If a positive result is confirmed, parents/staff will be required to arrange for a laboratory test using the normal arrangements (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by telephoning 119).

What happens if the result is positive?

If students do test positive then the school will expect parents to collect them from school as soon as possible.  Students will remain isolated until collected.  Parents should book a laboratory PCR test straight away.  The school will need to see the results of this test.  If the laboratory test is negative students/staff can return to school, if it is positive then the student will need to isolate.

What happens If my result is negative?

Students can continue to attend school/work in the normal way.  Testing does not remove the need for everyone to socially distance, keep good hand hygiene, wear face coverings and for good ventilation when inside.

Do I have to take part?

We must have parental consent for children under 16 to take part and individual consent for anyone over 16.  Explicit consent is required.  The deadline for giving consent has now passed. Chiltern Hills Academy is in no way applying pressure to take part.  

What if I have questions?

The NHS and Government website provide plenty of information about COVID-19 and the testing requirements, if you have a specific question about how the testing will take place at CHA please contact our office email: office@chacademy.co.uk

The electronic consent form is for participation in tests designed to detect asymptomatic coronavirus cases. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow government guidelines to self-isolate, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test. 

Consent relates to the following groups of students as follows:

  • For students younger than 16 years - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
  • Students over 16 who are able to provide informed consent - can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent / guardian if under 18.
  • For any student who does not have the capacity to provide informed consent - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing

Read What is a Lateral Flow Test

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