The DFE released a statement where they are putting plans in place to provide access to tests for all students and teachers twice weekly, this plan takes place from the 8th March. At present this does not apply to training providers, the intention is to provide this towards the end of March.
However, IPS are asking for all members of staff & learners to get a Lateral Flow test at least every 14 days. This will only apply to staff that will be visiting NBH and/or Dover. Learners visiting will also need to take a test before they arrive.
These measures are being put in place to keep everybody safe and to reduce the overall risk of transmission of the virus. The numbers inside IPS premises from the 8th will be greatly increased, increasing the risk of transmission.
The introduction of LF tests are for the 8th March, staff currently on site and planning on being at NBH/Dover next week will need to get a test towards the end of this week, for staff that are coming in after the 8th March, please get a test as close to the first day planned in to IPS, preferably the day before. All learners will need to also get a test as close to the day they are attending. Plenty of notice to learners will be given to make sure they have plenty of time to book the tests.
Help in arranging a test
To arrange a test, please see details below:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom-free testing – anyone who lives or works in Medway or Kent can now book a coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom-free test. This is especially important if you’re leaving your home for an essential reason including:
- leaving home for work/education
- to go food shopping
- for exercise
- for a medical reason
If you live in Medway and do not have Coronavirus symptoms, to book a test please visit: https://mph.healthit.org.uk/ and follow the instructions.
If you live in Kent (not including Medway) and do not have Coronavirus symptoms, to book a test please visit: https://kcc.healthit.org.uk/covbook/home and follow the instructions.
If you do have any Coronavirus symptoms, to book a test please visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Once you have been tested you will be provided with a result slip or a text. If your test is negative, you can continue training/working. If your test is positive, it is important that you return home and isolate, per the NHS guidelines. IPS are not going to ask you to send your results however ask you to retain evidence of the test being completed.
COVID Vaccinations of Staff
Although at this time vaccinations are not mandated, IPS are encouraging these, we will be supporting staff in any way we can, during working hours to access this if you are able to.