As you will be aware, on Monday 22nd February 2021 the Prime Minister announced to the nation that from 8th March 2021 ‘pupils and students in all schools and further education settings can safely return to face-to-face teaching’ and that ‘school attendance will be mandatory for all pupils, with secondary schools and colleges able to phase return over the week of 8th March to allow students to be offered testing on return’.
Regular testing of our staff and students has already begun in our on-site testing facility. The COVID‑19 tests, known as ‘lateral flow devices’, help identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 that might otherwise not be detected within school populations, and the government hopes this testing will reduce the ability of the virus to spread undetected. Anyone who has a positive result will immediately have to self-isolate for ten days, as would his or her close contacts.
The testing will be carried out by a team made up of school staff and some external volunteers all of whom have completed the required government training to enable testing to take place and have full DBS safeguarding checks. The tests are entirely self-administered – the students will complete the process themselves – and they will need to have three tests within six to ten days. However, this can only take place with your consent – no test will be taken without it.
If you would like for your child/children to take part in this testing programme you need to give your consent for them to do so. Please read the attached letter outlining our approach to testing in more detail and the attached COVID-19 testing privacy statement detailing the data we will need to collect from you and how it will be treated. If after reading these documents you wish to give your consent for your child/children to take part in the testing programme then please complete the relevant consent form below before 3pm on Wednesday the 3rd of March, 2021.
Please feel free to contact Steve Nixon, Assistant Headteacher by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the testing that he can answer for you.