NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for staff and students
As you know, we have worked incredibly hard since the start of the pandemic in March to keep our academy as safe as possible, and that work has continued over the Christmas holiday period. I would like to thank our incredible staff for their commitment and professionalism, which has seen many working over the holidays.
My letter today includes important information relating to the COVID-19 testing process for staff and students. As before, a great deal of planning and risk assessment has gone into ensuring that our academy continues to be as safe as possible for students and staff, in line with latest Government and Public Health England guidance.
We will continue to take decisions in the best interests of our students, working with you and keeping you informed every step of the way, while following Government rules and advice.
Information relating to NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for staff and pupils
You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’. Ormiston Six Villages Academy will be following the guidance set out by the government and NHS and implementing Lateral Flow Testing using test kits provided by the DfE/NHS.
Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests can help staff and students 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 our school open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary. However, we are participating as a school and I would encourage all students and staff to take part as well.
We aim to begin testing staff and students who are on site this week, moving to Year 11 on 11th January, extending this to other year groups from 18th January.
Please note the following key points:
What do parents and carers need to do next?
All tests are voluntary and your consent is required. If you are happy for your child to be tested, please complete the e-consent form and submit by 9am on Wednesday 6th January. Click https://forms.gle/Vcb2ADb3qNhk7JZi6 to access the form. I appreciate the notification is short, but fast responses from yourselves would greatly assist our planning, will ensure we are fully compliant and prepared and students can return safely back to school.
I hope that the information in this letter is helpful and clear. Please also refer to the additional information below which I hope you will find reassuring and informative. If you have any questions, please email Mrs Canadas on [email protected]. Rest assured that we will support our staff and students throughout.
Mr P Slaughter, Principal