School Closed for Easter Holidays and re-opens on Monday 19th April 21
Click here - information on safeguarding contacts and Covid-19 LFD testing.
School re-opens to students on Monday 19th April 2021 with registration at 8.45am.
If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child attending Hillcrest School please either email your concerns to email@example.com or call 0121 464 3172 during school hours to speak to a member of the safeguarding team.
Reporting Positive Covid-19 Tests over the Easter holidays
For the first 6 days after school closes (Friday 2nd April 2021 to Wednesday 7th April 2021) if your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), please inform the school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that the school can notify any school close contacts of the positive case to self-isolate if needed.
After the 7th April 2021 – If your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) – parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions sent to you by NHS Test and Trace.
On Monday 19th April 2021 - parents and carers should inform the school by emailing email@example.com or phoning the school to inform us if your child has tested positive over the Easter period and/or will not be returning due to self-isolating or if their child is unwell for any other reason and is unable to attend school.
Covid-19 Testing at home throughout the Easter holidays
Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme on the return to school, it is vital that students continue to test twice a week at home throughout Easter and follow these 2 steps every time a test is taken by your child at home:-
- Reports the results to NHS test and trace
- Email the test results to the school via firstname.lastname@example.org (please put your child’s name and whether the test was Negative, Positive or Void)
It is extremely important that all students taking part in home testing take a test the night before (Sunday 18th April 21) or on the morning of the first day back before school (Monday 19th April 21)
Hillcrest School Covid-19 Risk Assessment
The school has implemented a number of protective measures to help ensure the safety of both students and staff.
The current risk assessment can be found below, please ensure that you read the risk assessment and if you have any queries please contact the school.
Information for Parents/Carers on the NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for Students
Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school and college settings through asymptomatic transmission. The school strongly encourage all students to take part in covid-19 lateral flow testing at home.
All students taking part in testing are provided with free LFD home testing kits and test twice weekly at home (3 to 5 days apart) All tests are free of charge.
The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. Results take around half an hour from testing.
The testing of students is voluntary, if you do not consent your child can still attend school but must ensure they self-isolate if they or any member of their household has any one of the covid-19 symptoms.
Asymptomatic testing information for parents and adults in households with children at school or college
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
· through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
· by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
· by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
What if my child 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 attend school and resume their activities as normal.
What if staff or students have been in close contact with someone in school who tests positive?
The staff member or student will be notified that they are a close contact by the school and will need to self-isolate for 10 days in line with Government guidance.
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
Click here to view our distance learning support page for parents/carers and students.