Covid-19 – Update Posted on: 2 Nov 2021

Lateral Flow Testing

As per previous correspondence, we ask that you continue to encourage your child to test twice weekly at home, ideally before they come into school in the morning. However we understand that this may be challenging at times, so you may wish to do the testing the evening before, such as every Sunday and Wednesday night, as you need to allow time to conduct the test and 15-30 minutes for the results, depending on what type of LFD test kit you are using (the latest Flowflex tests that we issued, that involve nasal swabs only, take 15 minutes to process).
 
We politely ask that you continue to routinely log your child’s LFD result on the NHS site via https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. Results need to be logged on the day of the test or by the following day. The reason for the test to select is ‘to go to school, college or university’ and you need to enter SR6 7EF into the name of the education provider. The DfE ask that you additionally notify the school of all results. Please use this link to do so Report LFD result to school.
 
Finally, students aged 11 should have the test administered by an adult at home and the adult must report the result. Students aged 12-17 should be supervised by an adult, but can swab themselves at home.

Face Coverings

We would also like to remind you of the direction from Public Health that all students, staff and visitors are now required to wear face coverings whilst in school. We appreciate your co-operation with this and request that you ensure your child comes to school with a suitable face covering. Whilst we have a limited supply in school for emergencies, it is an expectation that students should bring their own. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, please let us know via office@whitburncofeacademy.org – if your child has an exemption lanyard then they should wear this whilst on the school site. 

The letter issued by Public Health regarding the re-introduction of face coverings can be found here: STMBC Letter re Face Coverings

We would like to thank the whole school community for their on-going support during these uncertain times.