Covid-19 Testing Consent
PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW AND FILL IN THIS FORM TO GIVE YOUR CONSENT FOR YOUR CHILD TO BE TESTED:
The below graphic shows how the test will work.
Please note this is a simple swab test and NOT a vaccination jab.
A short film to show you how the swab test will work can be seen here: Swab Test Film
Test information for Romanian speaking parents: A short film in Romainian
Test information for Romanian speaking parents: A short film in Urdu
More Information on why we need to test students
Dear Parent or guardian,
You are probably aware that schools have been asked to set up testing centres to help identify staff and students who might have coronavirus but experience no symptoms. This is known as being asymptomatic.
We have identified a team of staff that have been trained using NHS training materials, who will be conducting the testing process. We recently had a visit from the NHS Support and Advisory Service on our safety procedures, Risk Assessments and testing process who were extremely pleased with what we have in place. This is great feedback and very reassuring for school and our families.
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. The test is voluntary, but I would encourage everyone to take it.
We will be testing all staff and students who want to participate before they return to school, in a carefully planned timetable.
Those taking the test will administer it themselves and be overseen by staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat.
Each person will have three tests carried out in school between 3 – 5 days apart of each other. After which testing kits will be provided for them to do this at home under adult supervision.
I’ve included an instructional leaflet with some more information on how to carry out a test: Test information
Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with staff and pupils participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
Testing will be offered free of charge.
What if a pupil tests positive?
Participating staff and pupils who test positive will be informed about their results individually. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be notified. Guidance on safe travel and additional precautions will be provided along with test results.
Staff and Pupils will need to take a further ‘PCR test’ (similar to those done in local and regional testing sites) on the same day (or as soon as possible). You will need to go to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 to book a follow-up test. If ordering a PCR test yourselves, you should choose to visit a drive-through test site if possible, as it is faster than requesting a home test.
While waiting for the PCR result (via text / email) they should self-isolate and remain at home. If the PCR test comes back positive you will have to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
What happens if the test is negative?
They will be able to resume their activities as normal. A pupil will be told if they test positive on a ‘lateral flow’ test, so if you do not hear you can assume it was negative. A small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason.
What if a close contact at school/college tests positive?
If your child is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive, then they will need to self-isolate at home for ten days, and continue their learning by using the remote learning procedures we have been using since January.
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
We will support our staff and pupils throughout, but please contact us if you need this information in any other language or format or if you have any questions, by contacting your child’s Year Team leaders.
We will be in touch again soon with details of the reopening arrangements.
Mr A Bate