There will be Covid-19 testing in secondary school for pupils - with parents expected to carry out the testing at home, after three tests in school. Home testing for secondary pupils will be twice weekly, there is no testing planned for primary pupils. Face masks are recommended in secondary school classrooms.
An Introduction to our Test and Trace Centre
To safeguard the health of the teaching workforce and keep as many staff, pupils and students in school as possible, we have made rapid lateral flow coronavirus (COVID-19) tests available to school pupils and staff. The use of rapid lateral flow tests allows us to identify individuals with coronavirus (COVID-19) who do not have symptoms, which make up around a third of all cases.
Finding asymptomatic cases, along with other infection prevention and control measures such as social distancing, can help us manage the transmission of the virus.
Lateral flow devices have been provided to all schools to offer the workforce access to 2 rapid results tests every week. This will help identify staff who are carrying the virus without displaying symptoms, reducing the risk of transmission.
Testing is not mandatory for pupils or staff and they do not need to provide proof of a negative test result to attend school in person, although participation in testing is strongly encouraged.
Conducting testing in school
Recent pilots have shown how rapid testing can be used effectively and have positive impacts in schools. The lateral flow tests produce a result in 30 minutes and do not require a laboratory to process.
It is important to note that a negative test result does not remove the risk of transmission. In some cases, someone who has tested negative may still have the undetected disease and be infectious. It is therefore essential that everyone continues to follow good hygiene and observe social distancing measures regardless of whether they have been tested.
This testing programme does not replace the current testing programme for those with symptoms. Anyone who is showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate until the result from a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is known.
Test and Trace Powerpoint
Children’s Mental Health Week
- Children’s Mental Health Week, an annual week-long campaign run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, Mentally Healthy Schools have created a toolkit of resources for children, staff and parents to use during Children’s Mental Health Week.
Coronavirus Advice and Letters
- Pupil Home Testing Letter June
- Covid-19 Track and Trace Test for Pupils - Consent Letter
- Birmingham Careers Service are providing free careers advice and help for young people with applying for apprenticeships, traineeships, colleges, CV's, helping them to move forward. We're providing the support virtually. Anyone who is aged 16-19 who need careers guidance can contact email@example.com
- Covid-19 Virtual Training and Employment
- Public Health Coronavirus Advice
- COVID-19 Precaution Update
- Secondary Top Tips For Working At Home
- Secondary List Of Websites For Students
- Primary Online Education Resources
- Primary Top Tips For Students Working At Home
- Letter from Birmingham City Council
- Educational psychologist telephone helpline for parents and carers
- Top 10 Tips To Help You If You Are Worried About Coronavirus
- Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing