26th February 2021
Dear Parent, Carer & Student
We are so pleased that the college is opening for the students from 8th March. All Y12 and Y13 will be attending from this date.
I hope you are finding the information on the ‘Return to College Hub’ useful for your preparation; this will be updated each day with additional information.
Sixth Form Lateral Flow Testing at College
The government requires schools and colleges to run testing of students on their return to college and regular tests following this. This is quite a challenge for a college as large as Cowley. Where schools and colleges have large numbers of students, government guidance allows a phased return to college from Monday, 8th March. To speed up this process, Y12 and Y13 students are required to come for their first test on Friday 5th March – this will be set up as a drive through testing centre on the Sixth Form site, with further capacity for walk through testing for any student who is unable to travel by car. More information about the testing appointment and phased return will be sent out shortly with details discussed during your KIT day appointment on Tuesday 2nd March.
In the meantime, please complete the consent form by following this link Covid Consent Forms by Monday 1st March. Student/Parental consent must be in place for the testing to take place. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in college through asymptomatic transmission. I am therefore strongly encouraging all students/parents to consent.
What if my child tests positive?
If a pupil tests positive on a lateral flow device, they will need to self-isolate for 10 days and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
What happens if the test is negative?
While a small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, pupils who test negative will be able to stay in Cowley and resume their activities as normal. Pupils will be informed of negative test results via text/email. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
What if staff or students have been in close contact with someone in Cowley who tests positive?
The staff member or student will be notified that they are a close contact by Cowley and will need to self-isolate for 10 days in line with Government guidance.
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme at Cowley International College is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
We will support our staff and pupils throughout, but please contact us if you have any questions. You can contact the office by calling 01744 678030 (option 2) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs D Faulkner
Director of Sixth Form