Coronavirus Information & Asymptomatic Testing in Schools
We will remain open to all of our students as instructed by the government, we have also provided remote learning in the event your child is unable to attend school, please click here for for the full page available. We want to ensure the safety of our staff and students and we have put a number of measures in place to ensure we minimise the risk of transmission of COVID by following government guidance. We have provided the full guidance link below during the national lockdown:
Please find below further information and the privacy notice for the COVID 19 asymptomatic coronavirus testing that is taking place at The Hub School. Please feel free to contact the school should you have any questions around testing or consent.
The testing programme will be split into two types of testing:
This involves two tests, 3-5 days apart, for all staff and students. Following this test, students will only be tested if they are an identified contact of someone who tests positive within the school community. This is testing is known as ‘serial testing.’
This takes place if a student is identified as a direct contact of someone who has a confirmed positive case. Previously, the student would have been sent home to self-isolate for 14 days. Using serial testing, we may be able to continue the student’s education in school and remove the need to self-isolate, providing they test negative in each test during the serial testing period. The serial testing involves been tested on a daily basis for a 7-day period. Where testing cannot take place, for example on a weekend, the student should self-isolate as a precaution.
The Testing Process
A test will be carried out by collecting a sample from the student using the throat and nasal swab. Students have the option of self-swabbing or having assistance from someone on the testing team to collect the required sample. Once this sample is collected, results are produced between 10-30 minutes after the processing.
The consent form is for participation in tests designed to detect asymptomatic coronavirus cases. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow government guidelines to self-isolate, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test. The online consent form will be sent to your email address held on the system. You can also access the form here. Please complete the form by Friday 15th January @ 4pm.
Consent relates to the following groups of students/pupils and staff as follows:
- For pupils and students younger than 16 years - the form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
- Pupils and students over 16 who are able to provide informed consent - can complete the form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent / guardian if under 18.
- For any pupil or student who does not have the capacity to provide informed consent - the form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
Advice for parents/how you can continue to support the measures
Please continue to be aware of COVID symptoms, follow the below guidance and keep up to date with any changes.
Students using ERYC school bus facility
If your child uses either school or public transport to travel to school, they will be required to wear a face covering. Disposable coverings should be thrown away after each use, so it is recommended that reusable cloth coverings are used. These will need to be placed in a sealed plastic bag during the day and then washed for reuse. If a student loses their mask during the school day and requires one for their journey home, the school will be able to provide a one-use disposable mask. Please see Government Guidance below.
Testing and tracing for coronavirus
If a student or a member of your family have symptoms, we would ask that you remain at home, we would encourage you to engage in the test and trace programme. We have provided a link below to enable you to book a test and it provides information to understand your test result and find out what to do if you're contacted by NHS Test and Trace. If you are ever unsure, please ring the school and we will do our best to advise. Further links are available on our Important Information page and can be found by clicking here
When to self-isolate and what to do
Advice of sheilding
If you would like more information and further advice on sheilding, we have provided the link below.
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
East Riding Local Offer page, available below, aims to keep you all notified of the current guidance and information from Central Government and Public Health:
Coping Calendar - Keep Calm/Stay Wise/Be Kind/Helpful ResourcesBPS - Talking to Children about Coronavirus. COVID-19 How can I support my child with their anxiety? - Great tick box tool to help support your child
Resources and Links:
The following links/contact numbers provided to help parents and professionals:
Early Help, Guidance and Support:
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
Childline 0800 1111: offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.
MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’
Youngminds: offers support to children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus. Please select our 'Support Networks' page here.
Covid-19 advice and tips for healthy relationships can be found at:
SafeLives have developed specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID-19 for both professionals and families around DA:
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
In light of the guidance, support nurses are available 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, via ChatHealth.
Health Visitors and School Nurses site below. This website is a useful resource for Parent/Carer queries, and also contains information to support young people.
Duty teams are also available to answer any queries. For each localities duty team please see the following link: