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Dear Parents/Carers

We having been working hard to support the safety of the school community on their return, and we are excited to welcome everyone back soon. This letter intends to outline the plan for LSCC CV19 testing arrangements next week, and aims to answer other CV19 questions you may have.

On Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th March we will be offering Reconnect tutor meetings to all students. Timings have already been distributed. At the point of registration, you will be given a consent form to complete if you wish your child to have a lateral flow test. Testing cannot proceed without this completed/signed form. Many of you signed electronic forms back in January, however with so much that has changed between these dates, we are reaffirming consent given.

Testing is not compulsory but is strongly encouraged. It should be noted your child has the right to refuse a test, even if you have given consent. You can also withdraw consent at any time by writing to testing@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

Following the tutor appointment your child should queue outside the Old Hall as marked – a member of staff will be able to direct you and answer further questions. As quickly as possible your child will move through the stations in the hall, completing a test. A video is on our website to show the method of this test – the link can be found here How to do a COVID-19 Self-Test. Results will be known within 30 minutes. If there is a positive result a member of the school staff will be in immediate contact with you. All results will be notified via the NHS within 7 days, but it is safe to assume that if you have heard nothing within 2 hours your child is negative.

Public Health England have asked us to supervise this initial test so that students are familiar with the process – we intend to move to home testing as quickly as possible so students can take these tests in the comfort of their homes before coming to school.

In summary:

  • Arrive at school, issued with consent form. Complete form (either while waiting for the appointment or following – if you need help with this, please let us know) – Please bring your own pen
  • Attend appointment
  • Queue for testing (outside Old Hall from the bus bay/courts direction – please consider the weather conditions)
  • Nose piercings should not be worn – as per school policy
  • Student to undergo test (as per video) – family must wait away from the hall in the bus bays or offsite
  • Leave site
  • Attend school on Weds 10th March 21 

The following are some frequently asked questions that we seek to address:

What is the lateral flow test?

This is a test that can be completed in 30 minutes and can sometimes detect the virus in people who are not showing any symptoms. It does not replace any of the mitigations we have been using. Most school children show no symptoms and so, to break the asymptomatic transmission, we are keen to identify these individuals through testing, so that we can ask them to self-isolate and reduce the risk of further transmission across the community.

When does the home testing begin?

We are awaiting confirmation from the government but our initial plans are to start distribution of the home tests from Monday 15th March. As soon as we have more information we will share this with you. Some students (Y9 upwards) who have already been in school, undergoing testing have already been issued kits today.

What do I do with the home tests?

Each home test issued comes with a how to guide – we are supporting this with a video (How to do a COVID-19 Self Test) on our website. It sets out how the tests should be completed, how to register them. You only need to notify the school if you have a positive or void result.

How do I contact the school to raise questions or report issues?

We have a dedicated email address testing@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk. Please let us know what the problem is. If you do not have access to the internet please ring as per normal procedures.

I have heard that families can get home tests too – how do I get these?

The government is offering lateral test kits to members of households, childcare or support bubbles of school staff and pupils - either at local test sites, collection or online ordering. The link to this information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff.

The school will not be providing kits to families – only to students and staff of the school.

We can appreciate there may be concerns from the students or yourselves. We have been running these test for students in school since January and they have found them quick and relatively easy to do – they provide assurance for yourself, the students and the wider community. We hope this finds you well, and if you do have specific testing questions, please do write to us at: testing@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

Yours sincerely

Chris Pickles
Operations Manager

 
 
 

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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

How to find us

Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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