We are working to keep our school as safe as possible. You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms 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 our school open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but I would encourage everyone to take it.

Here is an instructional leaflet with some more information.

Those taking the test will be supervised by staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. For under 18s, staff can oversee the swab process. Staff will not assist you with the test. They are there to supervise only.

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 carers will also be informed.

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