We are working to keep our school as safe as possible. You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow device’ tests.
Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in school 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 our school open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but we would encourage everyone to participate.
We started testing all staff who wanted to participate, during week commencing 11th January 2021. This has proved popular, with a high uptake of staff.
Where we have obtained parental consent, we will roll this out and begin testing the students who are in school during week commencing 18th January 2021. Initially, students will be tested twice, with the second test being done 3 to 5 days after the first. Those who receive a negative test result from an LFD test must still follow social distancing guidance, wear face coverings when appropriate and wash their hands regularly.
The test is carried out by self-swabbing. Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. There is an instructional leaflet with some more information of how the test is carried out below. If you feel that your child would benefit from a parent or carer administering the test, please do let us know as we will be able to accommodate this.
If you are happy for your child to take part in the testing programme, please complete the consent form by following this link, a paper copy of the consent form is available on request. If your child has already turned 16 he/she should complete the consent form themselves.