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We have re-opened ITS, subject to the latest Covid-19 guidance.

However, all our students, and staff, must take part in regular at-home testing in order to attend, and they must let us and the NHS know about their test results, by completing the form below.

Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in learning environments safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep College open as safely as possible.
Once you have completed three tests at College, students must undertake home

A home testing kit will be given to you. The testing kit will be linked to you so do not swap your kit with anyone else.

How to test

The kit will include instructions and you can also watch this video. The video guides you on how to conduct a test at home: Step by step guide to COVID-19 self-testing – YouTube (and below).

The process is very easy to perform and although it can feel uncomfortable for some, it is painless.

When to test

  • You must take your first at-home test before attending ITS courses, and return a negative result.
  • You then need to take a test twice-a-week, every 3-to-5 days


Results

Once you have completed your home test and got your result you must provide your results to us AND to the NHS.

If your result is positive please do not attend classes, and follow Government guidelines.
Your tutors will be checking that you have registered a result so it’s really important to remember to do it.

Further Information

Please ring our Covid helpline on 01226 216760 if you have any queries.

The at-home tests do not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms they must self-isolate immediately, book a test at an NHS testing centre and follow national guidelines.

Testing for parents, households and bubbles

Regular rapid testing is now available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles please see below for details of how to access tests. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread.

Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:

  • Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests
  • Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available.
  • Attending a rapid lateral flow test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home. Please be aware that College test sites are for students only and all appointments must be pre-booked.

Please note, home testing kits given to students are linked to them so should not be used by anyone else.

Find out more on school and college household testing.

NHS Registration

Before your test, you need to register with the NHS. You can do this at any time before your test.

Please go to www.gov.uk/enter-lateral-flow-test and follow the steps to create an account.

Taking the test

This video will explain what happens when you take your test.

The leaflet below shows you how to do the test.

How to do your test for COVID 19 leaflet

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to register with the NHS?

Yes, before your Covid test, you must register with the NHS. Please go to www.gov.uk/enter-lateral-flow-test and follow the steps to create an account. Once you have registered your NHS account you will need to register the bar code for each test you take on your account.

Do I still need to do Covid testing if I’ve had the vaccine?

Yes, even if you have had your vaccine you still need to participate in the Covid testing programme and should follow all the steps above.

 

What if I test positive?

Please do not attend any classes, and follow Government guidance on self-isolation.

 

What happens if the test is negative?

If your test is negative you will be able to attend classes and follow your timetabled classes as normal. A small number of students may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason.

 

What if I develop symptoms?

This testing programme is for people with no symptoms. If you develop symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

 

Can I attend classes before taking a test?

No – you must take your test before attending class.

 

Can I get a home testing kit for my parent or guardian?

Not from ITS. The government is encouraging parents/carers in households with school or college children to get tested but this needs to be arranged separately. More information about household testing.

 

I don’t know my NHS number, can I still have a test?

Yes.

 

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