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On-Site COVID-19 Testing

On-Site Testing In September 2021

 

On the 9th July  2021 DfE wrote to schools to say:

'... we are asking secondary schools and colleges to test all students at an on-site asymptomatic test site (ATS) on return following the summer holidays.

This approach is based on the latest public health advice and will help us break chains of transmission in education settings after the summer holidays when students may have been mixing with lots of people.

We are asking these tests to be carried out on site as testing participation rates amongst students via ATS are much higher than when testing at home.

We are also asking that schools and colleges encourage students to continue twice-weekly testing at home for the rest of this term and in the autumn, following the two initial on-site tests...

We will review the continued need for testing, based on public health advice at the end of September.

The measures we will have after summer, including testing, strike the right balance as we learn to live with the virus so children can continue in face-to-face education.

The evidence on which our autumn testing policies are based can be found via the following links:

 

All Saints' is planning to run these tests in a very similar way to the March 2021 testing, and the privacy notices and risk assessments below will still apply.

 

We will follow the consent granted in March 2021, and we can only test pupils where we have received consent: if a pupils’ consent status has changed please email office@allsaintshigh.lancs.sch.uk to inform us.

 

Any pupils who have started since March 2021 (mostly our new Year 7s) will need to review the guidance and complete and return the consent form prior to testing.

 

This is available on our website at: Key Information > Coronavirus and COVID-19 Information > On-Site COVID-19 Testing > On-Site Testing In September 2021 > scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link ‘COVID-19 Testing Consent Form (scroll to complete the form):’ 
Alternatively you can click this direct link: 
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=5objvuCyTkijjv4nWYqskcpJQMj1zOJKgub-VaqsYR5UMEFUSUU1MzFBVUhXRkRGTUFaOFNKNVRHRC4u  
 

If any families have concerns about the testing please contact school by email to office@allsaintshigh.lancs.sch.uk. 
 

The proposed testing schedule is shown below - if this needs to change for any reason we will contact families to let you know. 

Any pupils who are unable to attend on a testing day will be ‘caught up’ on an alternative date. 

  

Thursday 02/09/2021 

1.00-3.00pm 

First test Year 7 

Friday 03/09/2021 

All day 

First test Years 11, 10 and 9 

Monday 06/09/2021 

All day 

First test Year 8;  

Second test Years 7 and 11 

Tuesday 07/09/2021 

All day 

Second test Years 10, 9 and 8. 

 

There are some nice videos online that explain what to expect when testing – families may wish to watch these with pupils before September:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XR8RZxKNo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQMa7LH-38E

On-site testing from April 2021

The information below relates to the first wave of on-site testing, which happened when schools re-opened in March 2021.

The school continues to maintain a small on-site testing facility for any pupils who are unable to use the at-home Lateral Flow Device tests, from April 2021 onward.

Consent to take part

 

We ask that all staff and families read the information: 

 

  • DfE Asymptomatic testing in schools and colleges - Public FAQs 

  • DfE Data protection Covid testing FAQs for parents 

  • DfE Privacy Notice - for supply of contact details by schools and colleges for management of Covid-19 testing 

  • All Saints’ Privacy Notice - school COVID-19 testing

  • All Saints’ COVID-19 Testing Risk Assessment and Management Plan

  • All Saints’ Consent letter and sample consent form

 

These documents are available below.

 

We require that a consent form is completed for every staff member and every pupil, to confirm whether or not consent is given to take part in testing. 

 

Staff and pupils over 16 years old should complete the form themselves; parents or carers should complete the form on behalf of pupils under 16 years old. 

 

We are collecting consent using an online form which is available below.

We would strongly prefer that the online form is used, but if anyone requires a paper form these are available on request from our Reception or office@allsaintshighschool.lancs.sch.uk.   

COVID-19 Testing - Consent and Volunteers - Letter

DfE Asymptomatic testing in schools and colleges - Public FAQs

DfE Data protection Covid testing FAQs for parents

DfE Privacy Notice - for supply of contact details by schools and colleges for management of Covid-19 testing

All Saints’ Privacy Notice - school COVID-19 testing

All Saints’ COVID-19 Testing Risk Assessment and Management Plan

All Saints’ Consent letter and sample consent form

COVID-19 Testing Consent Form

 

We require that a consent form is completed for every staff member and every pupil, to confirm whether or not consent is given to take part in testing. 

 

Staff and pupils over 16 years old should complete the form themselves; parents or carers should complete the form on behalf of pupils under 16 years old.

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