•  The Department for Education are working closely with Public Health England and NHS test and trace to ensure all schools and colleges are doing what we can to minimise the potential risks of spreading Covid19. 

•  A key part of this is using the appropriate testing to help identify anyone who is positive and who they have been in close contact with.

•  You should only book a test if you have been contacted by test and trace OR have developed one or more of the main associated symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell) OR they are recommended to get a test by a healthcare provider (e.g. GP or nurse).

•  You can book a test by calling 119 or heading to the website using this link: nhs.uk/coronavirus. This will give an option to either book at a test site near you today and get your result tomorrow OR order a home test kit. 

•  We would prompt all parents to ensure their son/daughter gets booked in at a local site for a test ASAP, as the home test kit can take several days to arrive and then a further wait for the results and this could have a detrimental impact to their education if negative and they are symptom free and can return to College.

•  There is currently a walk-through Covid testing site at Hamilton Square, Birkenhead (in the car park of the Hamilton Building in Conway Street which is open for testing 8am-8pm) which should be accessible to most students on public transport, bikes, walking or by car. 

•  If there is any genuine reason that your son/daughter cannot attend this test site do not order a home test kit - contact Michelle Suckley, our Covid Compliance Officer, via email at ms@bsfc.ac.uk explaining your situation and she will organise a test through the College as we have a small supply for emergencies.