Welcome to the Minster School's COVID 19 testing page.
You will be aware that schools have been asked to introduce testing for COVID-19 to support the reduction in rates of infection and help with national efforts to curb the spread of the virus. We are pleased to support this effort for the benefit of our school community.
September in school testing
In line with Government guidelines we will be offering all students 2 tests on their start to the new term in September. These will help identify if there is COVID-19 in the community and hopefully break any chans of transmission before the start of the new term. In order for this to work we would like to strongly encourage all students to take part.
Students under the age of 16 will need parental permission. Students 16 and over can give their own permission.
Please can you make sure that you have indicated whether you give permission by completing the following form. If you have any questions about testing please look at guides and FAQs document at the bottom of this page. Alternatively email Mr A Wall on email@example.com.
Student home testing
Having carried out initial mass testing 3 times for students on their return to school we are in a position to move forward with home testing for all students.
The tests are voluntary but we would encourage your participation to support good health at school and also for families at home.
Please note that by "collecting and opening the test at home test kits the individual gives medical consent and is legally committed to reporting their results via the NHS Test and Trace reporting system."
Ideally tests will be carried out on a Monday and Thursday before school. The tests take 30 mins to process. Once a test has been taken students must catalogue their results in 2 ways:
1) with NHS test and trace https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
2) with the Minster school Minster school result form
Please use the links above to enter results after each test. Please note students will need to sign in with their school account in order to complete the form.
Please note that if a student or member of staff tests positive at home they should isolate until they take a confirmatory PCR test at which point they should follow the results of that test. If it is also positive they should isolate for 10 days after the day of the test.
Please find below our school specific risk assessment for home testing and the school's privacy notice.
Help on how to carry out home testing.
Each test kit comes with an instruction booklet that talks you through the testing and reporting process. Please note: that the booklet that comes inside the testing kits has some inaccuracies in it. You should use the booklet that was supplied alongside the kit and not the one contained within it.
If your child is under 12 then they must be supervised whilst taking and processing tests. if they are 12 or over they are able to test and process results themselves but can be supervised if you feel appropriate.
If you have any questions regarding testing please contact Mr A Wall on firstname.lastname@example.org