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01 September 2021

NHS Test and Trace: Covid-19 Lateral Flow Testing for Students
01 September 2021


Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic.  By testing, we will help to reduce the spread in school through asymptomatic transmission.  We are, therefore, strongly encouraging all students returning to school from Wednesday 1st September, to participate in the testing we will be conducting.

For tests conducted between Wednesday 1st and Friday 3rd September we will be testing pupils in Year order and alphabetically by surname.

For tests conducted between Monday 6th September and Wednesday 8th September pupils will be collected from lessons. After this, parents will be provided with home testing kits so that you can continue to test your children in the privacy of your own home.

The programme for testing will be as follows:

Students taking the test will be supervised by trained staff.  The test involves a nose swab and will only take a few minutes.  It is proven to be perfectly safe and the test will tell you if your child is carrying the virus that causes Covid-19, even if they are not showing any symptoms.

Thank you in advance for helping us to keep our whole school community safe.  Obviously, if your child develops Covid-19 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 PCR test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Asymptomatic testing is a major step forward in managing the virus for us as a school.  It means we can identify positive cases who may not be showing any symptoms and keep our school safer.

Thank you for your continued support.