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MacIntyre Academies

Important Covid-19 Information


If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact Nicola Wells via her email or her mobile 07932 909754.

Please inform the school, at your earliest convenience, should your learner receive a positive test result.  If this is out of school hours please email

Please find below some useful links:

Asymptomatic home testing 

As you are aware we encourage the use of Coronavirus home Self-Test Kits to support the health and safety measures already in place as per new Government guidelines.

  • To be used twice weekly between 5pm Sunday and 7am Monday, then again between 5pm Wednesday and 7am Thursday. 
  • If your child has a void or positive result please email immediately. If the home test indicates that your child is positive, a PCR test will be required so please book that as soon as possible via the Government website to confirm the result.  If your child has a positive test result they will need, to isolate for 10 days or until they receive a negative PCR test result, whichever comes first.  
  • If an email is not recieved by 7.30am on a Monday or Thursday morningwe will assume that your child has taken the test during the specific window and it is negative.
  • You will need to upload your child’s individual test results directly to the NHS Test and Trace website as per the step by step guide in the kit.

Please ensure that only your child is testing with this kit, as we will only be supplied with enough for our learners. The kit contains a step by step guide to help with the swabbing, processing and recording but please make yourself familiar with this and us via the email address above should you have any questions.     

Everyone can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below. We cannot give test kits to household members as we will not receive enough home test kits for this purpose. Staff and learners will continue to receive their home test kits from us.

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

•           through your employer, if they offer testing to employees

•           by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests

•           by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most -

If you have any queries about the tests, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

Parents can book vaccinations for their child, if aged 12 or over, through the NHS booking system.

In response to the threat from the Omicron variant, the JCVI advised that a Pfizer booster vaccine is offered to:

  • children aged 12 to 15 years old who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of immunosuppressed individuals, and those who are severely immunosuppressed and have had a third primary dose
  • all young people aged 16 to 17 years old

The NHS will communicate how eligible children and young people can get their boosters shortly.

Vaccines are our best weapon against this virus and our booster programme has accelerated rapidly, with almost 30 million doses of boosters or third doses administered, and more than half of adults jabbed, securing vital protection. Vaccination reduces the likelihood of infection, helps break chains of transmission and is safe and effective – so we encourage all those eligible to consider taking up the offer.