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Covid-19 Testing at John Leggott College

I’m writing to explain how we will be organising the tests for those students who have given their consent. As I have said before, testing is for anyone who is not showing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 and is entirely voluntary. Thank you to everyone who has already used the online Consent Form to indicate whether or not they give consent to be tested. If you have not yet done this then please click here.

 

Every student who has consented to be tested will be offered three tests in college (each between 3-5 calendar days apart), followed by at least one test at home using a Home Test Kit – more news on the Home Test Kits will follow.

 

The asymptomatic tests are simple to perform and involve a short swab of your tonsils and nose. If you’ve had your tonsils removed, then the swab will be of both nostrils instead. You undertake the test yourself – we have set up a number of booths in the Test Centre for you to do this which will give you some privacy. If you have nose piercings in both nostrils, we may ask you to remove one so that the test can be completed.

 

As was explained in my email on Friday, you’ll need to register your test online with the NHS. The process is set out in the Student Guide here and there will be staff available in the Test Centre to help you do this. You’ll get your result direct from the NHS within about forty minutes after you take the test.

 

We are offering the chance to take your first test on Friday 5 March, or on your first day back at college on or after Monday 8 March.

Friday 5 March

If you have indicated on the online consent form that you would like to take your first test on Friday 5 March, then please make your own way into John Leggott College. There is no need to make an appointment – we will be open on a drop-in basis between 10.30am and 4.00pm. Once you arrive at college, do not go into the main building, but instead make your way to the Test Centre, which is in the West Common Sports Hall. Here you will be directed to Reception where the process will begin. At busy times, we may need you to go to a holding area, so be prepared for a short wait.

 

If you have a smartphone or tablet with a camera and internet/wifi capability, please bring it with you, suitably charged.

 

Once you are tested and if you receive a negative result, you can go straight home.

 

You will receive your test result from the NHS. In the event of a positive result, we will move you to a separate area and ask that you be collected from college by a parent/carer if you cannot make your way home safely and socially distanced. Public transport cannot be used. The college will make arrangements to get you home if in exceptional circumstances all other options are not available to you.

 

On your first day back at college on and after Monday 8 March

This applies to anyone who has given consent to be tested and who does not have a test on Friday 5 March.

 

If you have given consent through the online Consent Form (see link above) then when you arrive at college on your first day back you should not go into college. There will be staff available to direct you to a holding area. There may be a short wait before we can move you to the Test Centre in the West Common Sports Hall where the process will begin.

 

If you have a smartphone or tablet with a camera and internet/wifi capability, please bring it with you, suitably charged.

 

After the test, you will be asked to wait in another area until your result is sent to you by the NHS. This should take no longer that 40 minutes. The Government have said that students cannot go to their classes to begin face-to-face learning until the result of their test is known. If your test is negative, you can then go direct to your class.

 

In the event of a positive result, we will move you to a separate area and ask that you be collected from college by a parent/carer if you cannot make your way home safely and socially distanced. Public transport cannot be used. The college will make arrangements to get you home if in exceptional circumstances all other options are not available to you.

 

Second and Third Tests

After your each test, we will agree with you an appointment date and time for your next test. They will all be in the West Common Sports Hall.

 

Home Testing

After your third test, we will let you know how to collect a Home Test Kit, and give you guidance in how to use it, and to report your results.

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