Thank you for responding to our request to provide consent for asymptomatic testing.
As you know from our previous correspondence this week, from Monday, 8 March we will be carrying out thousands of tests as, in line with government guidance, all students who have consented will be tested 3 times during the first 2 weeks. This is an extraordinary undertaking and our team of staff, who have undergone online training, assessments and onsite training are totally committed to making this happen, to further protect our school and the local community at this time.
Next week we will be welcoming students back on a phased basis to allow sufficient time for us to carry out the first of these tests.
Students MUST keep to their allocated time slots (see email for times) as the school has a huge undertaking with being able to process so many tests; we WILL NOT be able to accommodate students who arrive late for this test.
We are asking that students arrive on site no more than 5 minutes before their time slot. This is to avoid large groups of students congregating. Please make the necessary travel arrangements (school buses will be operating from Tuesday 9 March – these will be usual morning and afternoon times only as per their normal timetables). Students DO NOT need to wear their school uniform for this testing.
Students must not attend school for their testing if they are experiencing any of the following Covid-19 symptoms:
- loss of sense of taste and/or smell
- high temperature
- new continuous cough
Access to the Test Site will be at the top of the service road; staff will be positioned at various points to assist students. Parents/carers dropping their children off should drive up the service road and drive into the car park straight ahead (by the 2012 building); parents/carers will be directed to drive clockwise round the car park in order to drop their children off before exiting the car park, driving back down the service road and then waiting at the front of the school (space permitting) for their children.
Test results take thirty minutes to develop and results will be processed by our team of results records throughout the day; please be aware that uploading such a large number of test results will take time. All results will be uploaded on the day of testing and we will contact parents/carers immediately in the event of a positive test result.
Students will be expected to leave the school site as soon as they have taken their test.
ALL students should return to school on the date detailed in the letter that was sent on Tuesday 2 March, this is when students will resume their normal timetable, including tutor time. Students returning to school should use their year group gates entry/exits as normal.
Students returning to school are expected to be in full school uniform including the correct footwear and wearing masks (any student exempt must wear their exemption lanyard at all times). We will be asking that all staff and students wear a face covering in classrooms, communal areas and corridors. This is in line with the latest government guidance for schools and essentially what this means is that everyone will be expected to wear their face mask when they enter the school site and then throughout each day; the only exception to this is when students are outside in their year group hubs at break and lunch times and during their PE lessons.
The second and third tests for students will be timetabled during the school day from Thursday 11 March-Thursday 18 March.
Ms A Croft | Associate Principal