NHS Test & Trace: COVID-19 Testing for Students Years 7-13

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you know the government has asked that schools carry out mass testing of students and staff for those without coronavirus symptoms using the quick COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests.

Once the academy opens on 8 March, along with other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in the academy 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 keep our academy open as safely as possible.  The test is voluntary, but I would encourage all parents/carers to give their consent for their child to have the test.

Details of when testing will take place for all students will be shared nearer the time.

Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff.  The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of the nose and throat.  For under 18s, staff can oversee the swab process (testing of course will be free of charge).

Where participants are under 16, results (which take half an hour from testing) will be directly shared with parents/carers.

Please do read the information attached and the further information available on the Leigh Academies Trust website https://sites.google.com/latrust.org.uk/covid-19-parent-portal and then complete the consent form on behalf of your child via the following link

Under 16: https://forms.gle/wsv85E9oY9bLgjda9 – Years 7-10
16+: https://forms.gle/jJANE4TnmtynEvZAA Years 11-13

If you half already consented for your child to have the test as they are attending the academy as part of the Key Worker/Vulnerable Provision, you do not need to consent for a second time.

Yours faithfully,

Mr P Devlin
First Deputy
Lead on Academy Testing Centre