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Updated on 15 July 2021 11:50

Sections updated:  Initial Testing at the Start of Autumn Term 2021, Uniform

Initial Testing at the Start of Autumn Term 2021

To help us keep everyone safe, we’ll be offering rapid COVID-19 testing to all our pupils as they return from 6 September 2021. Pupils will take two COVID-19 tests at school, with three to four days between each test. Test results will take about 30 minutes to process and will be provided to parents/carers on the mobile number or email address given on the consent form.

Pupils will be supervised by trained staff during testing. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose. An instructional leaflet with more information can be viewed on: https://bit.ly/lft-swab.

Testing is voluntary, but as a parent/carer you will need to give consent for it to be carried out. However, we strongly encourage your child to take part so we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

We are using the COVID-19 SchoolScreener application to electronically record consents and test results. If you are happy for your child to be tested, please submit and record your consent via COVID-19 SchoolScreener by visiting http://bit.ly/hhc-schoolscreener-pupils.

Once you have arrived at the website, you will be invited to register your consent. Please register and complete the form, regardless of whether you wish your child to participate in COVID-19 Mass Testing. There is an option to decline your consent. We will not perform testing on any child unless we have received written consent from their parent/carer. We will not perform any testing on a child if you withdraw their consent.

You can withdraw your consent at any point by sending an in-app message via MyEd, emailing enquiry@hodgehill.bham.sch.uk or telephoning 0121 783 7807. You will also be able to log in to the consent website and update your preferences at any stage.

We know these tests work - in validation studies conducted by Oxford University and Public Health England, they were shown to be as accurate in identifying a case as a PCR test (99.68% specificity). The tests have lower sensitivity but they are better at picking up cases when a person has a higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.

If you have consented to your child being tested for COVID-19, you will receive a text message before the day of their first test with a timeslot for them to attend. Pupils are only required to come into school to take the Lateral Flow Test, they can return home straight after.

For the second COVID-19 test, pupils will attend school as normal and will be called out of lessons to take the test. Again, test results will be provided to parents/carers on the mobile number or email address given on the consent form.

Pupils can return to school after their first negative result. If at any point they test positive, they’ll need to self-isolate in line with Government guidance.

If your child is not participating in testing, they should attend school as usual in line with our phased return arrangements.

After the two initial tests at school, pupils will be offered COVID-19 tests that they should take twice a week at home throughout September. We will issue these out to pupils at the start of the new school year.

Testing and COVID-19 test kits will be offered free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if a pupil tests positive?

If a pupil tests positive on a lateral flow device, they will need to self-isolate for 10 days and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.

What happens if the test is negative?

While a small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, pupils who test negative will be able to stay in school and resume their activities as normal. Pupils will be informed of negative test results via text/email.

 

Privacy Notice

Take Swab Sample - Step by Step Guide

 

Twice-weekly COVID-19 Testing at Home

Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme, it is vital for pupils to keep testing at home, twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays every week (3-4 days apart), in the morning before school if possible and, if not, the evening before. If you would like a testing kit for your child, please send us a text message via our MyEd app or contact the School Office on 0121 783 7807.

Reporting Results

Each test result must be reported online to NHS Test & Trace and school straight away, whether it's positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping the government to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country. It’s easy to do at:

Results can also be reported to NHS Test & Trace via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.

If the result of the test is void, pupils will need to do another test.

 

Privacy Notice

Step-by-step Guide for COVID-19 Self-testing

Video: How to do a COVID-19 Self-test (Rapid Antigen Test)

 

Regular Rapid Lateral Flow Tests for Parents/Carers & Families

 

You can get regular rapid lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Why you should get tested regularly

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.

You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

 

Who can get regular rapid tests

Anyone who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for COVID-19.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you need a different test called a PCR test. To get a PCR test, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

 

How to get regular rapid tests

 

Reporting results

Each test result must be reported online to NHS Test & Trace on www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result, whether it's positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping the government to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country.

For more information on COVID-19 testing, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/.

 

Self-isolation

If your child is self-isolating, either individually or as part of identified close contacts, they will need to remain at home during the isolation period. If your child displays COVID-19 symptoms during this time, please notify the school and ensure that they get a test. Once you have received the results, please let the school know the outcome. If your child develops symptoms associated with COVID-19 whilst at school, we will isolate them immediately. We will contact you and require that you collect them immediately from school. Please take them straight home and follow the same process outlined below:

STEP 1: CONTACT

Contact the NHS and request a COVID-19 Test from them either online or by calling 119.

Do not visit your GP, pharmacy, hospital or other healthcare provider. Call 999 if emergency care is needed.

STEP 2: ISOLATE

Your child (and other people in your household) should isolate for 10 days after symptoms appear.

STEP 3: TEST

Get a test. Keep your child at home until they get their results.

STEP 4: RESULTS

You should receive your results within 72 hours. If the test is negative, your child and household may stop isolating although they must not return to school until they are well. Please inform us of a negative test result immediately.

STEP 5: A POSITIVE TEST RESULT

If your child tests positive for Coronavirus, contact tracers will contact you to inform you of the isolation regulations you will need to follow. Please inform us of a positive test result immediately.

Face Masks

Following a rise in Coronavirus cases in the local area, from 30 June 2021 pupils must wear face masks in classrooms and when moving around the building.

 

Uniform

Pupils are expected to attend school in full uniform, including Hodge Hill College tie, blazer and black shoes.

May I take this opportunity to remind parents/carers of our expectations of PE kit, no hoodies are allowed to be worn in school and jogging bottoms should be plain navy. We have introduced an additional item for next year, an optional branded sweatshirt or fleece; full details of the school PE kit can be found on our website: https://www.hodgehill.bham.sch.uk/Parents/Uniform/.


Attendance

School attendance is mandatory and our usual rules on attendance apply.

As a reminder, pupils must self-isolate and not come to school if they:

  • Have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive
  • Live with someone who has symptoms or have tested positive
  • Are a close contact of someone who has tested positive

 

Remote Learning

We are providing remote learning for pupils who are self-isolating. All lessons and learning take place on Class Charts and pupils should follow their normal school timetable. Resources include recorded video lessons and you will be contacted regularly about your child’s engagement and progress. We are providing weekly assemblies, form time activities and enrichment through the platform. For more information:

Remote Learning

Our Remote Learning Plan FAQsClassCharts ‘How to...’ GuideContact DetailsUseful WebsitesDaily Sessions

 

Free School Meals

Food Parcels

If your child is self-isolating, we will continue to provide food parcels during this period if you are entitled to Free School Meals. In the immediate term, if you require food support, please contact fsm@hodgehill.bham.sch.uk so we can make the appropriate arrangements. 

Vouchers 

Birmingham City Council have secured provision of four weeks of supermarket vouchers for children eligible for Free School Meals over the summer holidays.

You will be sent the vouchers directly to your email as soon as they are made available to us.

Apply for Free School Meals 

We encourage you to apply for Free School Meals through the online service found on our website: https://www.hodgehill.bham.sch.uk/Parents/FSM/. You can also telephone or come into school and complete a Free School Meals application online with a member of staff if you prefer. Please make sure you have the National Insurance Number with you for the named person who receives either working tax credit/child tax credit and we will be happy to help.

 

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding Strategy

The Government COVID-19 catch-up premium has been created to soften the effects of the unique disruption caused by Coronavirus. The grant will only be available for the 2020-2021 academic year. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching time over the previous months.  Below is a summary of the focus areas for Hodge Hill College: 

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding Strategy