FHS TEST CENTRE
The FHS Test Centre was first established in January 2021 offering a fully operational on-site asymptomatic testing service for all staff and students. The FHS Test Centre is managed by Ms Butterworth supported by a team of fully trained operatives and is ready to open as and when government guidance or local circumstances require.
Test Centre plans for September 2021
In order to reduce the risk of transmission and support the continuation of face-to-face education, the government has asked all schools to make the necessary arrangements for all staff and students to receive two Covid-19 tests in school when they return in September 2021. After receiving their second on-site test, students will be provided with a home test kit and asked to continue with twice weekly home testing until the end of September. The government will continue to review the future need for testing in light of any changes to the public health situation.
What type of test is being used?
The FHS Test Centre is using Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests which provide quick and effective results. To find out more about LFD tests and how these work, please visit this Public Health Matters page on gov.uk.
The school will only test staff/students who have confirmed consent to do so.
- For students under 16, parental consent is required.
- Students 16 or over can consent directly.
The school has written to parents of children under the age of 16 and to students aged 16 and over to seek their consent for testing upon return to school in September 2021 (see the Key Information section of this webpage for links to these letters). Even if parents/students have previously indicated consent during the 2020/21 school year, we are requesting an up to date confirmation for the new school year.
On the sidebar to the right of this page you will find links to correspondence shared with students and parents regarding consent and Privacy Notices confirming the data protection arrangements involved.
If an individual receives a positive LFD result in the FHS Test Centre, they will be required to self-isolate and seek a confirmatory PCR test. If this PCR confirms the positive result, they must self-isolate for a period of 10 days as per the current Government guidance. If the confirmatory PCR returns a negative result, they may return to school immediately.