Headteacher Update - COVID Testing 4th June 2021

04/06/21

Dear Parent/Carer,

Many of you will be aware that CW&C is advising the following for residents of Northwich and Winsford:

Advice for residents in Northwich and Winsford to seek a PCR test

Over the past 7 days we have seen a large increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 resulting in a number of outbreaks in businesses and schools.  The current increase in the number of new cases are more likely to belong to the Variant B.1.671.2 ( Delta variant) which is more transmissible than other previous variants.  To reduce the spread of the virus, and understand the extent of spread, Cheshire West and Chester Council Public Health Team are now advising all residents in Northwich and Winsford to book a PCR test regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.  To book a test you should visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and select ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms‘ or call 119.  Lateral Flow Device home tests should not be used instead of a PCR test in this situation.  We would advise everyone who lives in a household to go along to get a test together, pupils who are under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer to access a test.  Please notify the school if you or anyone in your household tests positive.

While waiting for your test result you do not need to self-isolate unless:

  • You develop symptoms of COVID-19 - a high temperature, or a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Someone you live with develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19
  • You are contacted by the school or NHS Test and Trace and advised to self-isolate

Prior to returning to school on Monday, for pupils who are symptom free we would also like to remind you to complete your twice weekly Lateral Flow home test (more tests will be distributed to students during tutor time next week).  These tests should be completed twice a week even if your PCR test is negative.  If you do develop symptoms before school starts on Monday please ensure you self-isolate alongside your household and book another PCR test.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland