Lateral Flow Test Information & Consent FormsLast update: 2021-01-07
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NHS Test and Trace: Covid-19 testing for Staff and Students
We are working to keep our school as safe as possible. The Governments plan is that for those without coronavirus symptoms national testing is beginning across the country using new, quicker Covid-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’.
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. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep St Edmund’s open as safe as possible. The test is voluntary, but I would encourage everyone to take it. Students who do not take the test will still be able to return to school as planned. However, if identified as a contact in a positive case they will be required to isolate at home and not eligible to remain in school to be tested for 7-days. Giving consent for your child to be tested will be a huge benefit for students and families knowing they can remain in school and be safe.
We will be testing all staff and students who want to participate over the next few weeks. Individuals who do not wish to be tested must wear a mask at all times in their classroom/building.
Students who have already had a positive test do not need to re-test for 90-days (as this would give a false positive). However, we would still ask for consent in advance so that we can test if required. Please ensure you indicate a positive test for coronavirus on the form. 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.
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.
We know these tests work – in validation studies conducted by Oxford University and Public Health England, they were shown to be as accurate in identifying a case as a PCR test (99.68% specificity). The tests have lower sensitivity but they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.
Testing will be offered free of charge.
If you are happy for your child to be tested, please click on the icon below to complete our online consent form (one per pupil/student) to be completed by Thursday 7th January 2021.
This consent form has been designed for use by Parents/carers of students and under 16s, students over 16 and staff.