Posted on: 4th February 2021
You will receive a text with the date that your child’s year group tests will take place.
As you know, we have been working incredibly hard since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to keep our Academy as safe as possible. That work continues daily, as we continue to take decisions in the best interests of our students, working with you, keeping you informed every step of the way, whilst following Government rules and advice.
You will also be aware that the Government has announced that schools should only be open to children of key workers and to vulnerable children until the 8th March 2021 at the earliest. It is for this reason that we felt that now was a good time to write to you regarding the mass testing of our students when the Academy re-opens for all
You will now know that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms has started across the country using COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’.
Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests can help staff and students remain in school safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. Carrying out such testing means that we can help to stop the virus spread, and in turn, help to keep our Academy open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary; however, we are participating as a school and I would encourage all students and staff to take part as well.
We have been testing staff who have chosen to participate from 11th January 2021 and we will be extending this opportunity to all staff and all students when we return after the national lockdown.
The attachments below give more information about conducting a test, and importantly, the consent form that needs to be completed.
If you are happy for your child to be tested, please print and complete the consent statement and form (one per student) and return this to the Academy reception by 12th February 2021.
This service is offered free of charge and 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. For under-18s, staff can oversee the swab process.
Results take approximately half an hour from testing and will be shared directly with staff and students participating via the contact details provided on the registration form.
I hope that the information in this letter is helpful and clear. Please do ensure you print, complete and return the consent form below if you are happy for your child to take a COVID-19 test. If you have any questions, please email these to [email protected].
In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support. Please do continue to take care and stay safe.
Mr C Cooling
Participating staff and students who test positive will be informed about their results individually. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be notified.
You can also choose to do one of the following options (this is not mandatory, but available to you):
• Visit the walk-in symptomatic centre on Falkland Street, Wolverhampton
• Go to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to order or book a follow-up test
• Call 119 to book a follow-up test
It is recommended that if you do choose to order a PCR test, you should choose to visit a drive-through test site if possible, as it is faster than waiting for the results of a home test.
During the time while you wait for the PCR result (via text/email), the student will need to self-isolate.
If the PCR test confirms a positive result you will have to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
They will be able to stay in school and resume their activities as normal. A student will only 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 students may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason.
Current guidance is for the student who has been in close contact, to self-isolate for 10 days. This does not apply to household members or close contacts outside school – only those who have been in direct contact with the positive case.
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 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or 0300 303 2713 (Scotland) or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
We will support our staff and students throughout, but please contact us if you have any further questions. You can call the Academy on 01902 623 111 or email [email protected].
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