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COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing

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 pupils 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 we would encourage everyone to take it.

We will be testing all staff and pupils (keyworker, vulnerable and those with an EHCP) who want to participate from week commencing 18th January 2021. 

Upcoming COVID-19 testing day(s):  Wednesday 3rd March 2021, Monday 8th March 2021, Tuesday 9th March 2021, Wednesday 10th March 2021

We have attached an instructional leaflet with some more information (see below).

Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. For under 16s, 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 carers 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 a higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.

Testing will be offered free of charge.

Children with SEND

We recognise that the self-swabbing part of the test may cause significant concerns for some children and young people with SEND and their families. Some of these concerns may be alleviated by discussing them with school and agreeing on strategies to help reduce anxiety and putting in place any reasonable adjustments (if the individual has a disability).

Parents and carers may want to look at the Mass Testing Guidance for Specialist Settings for further information:

Mass Testing Guide for Specialist Settings

 

How the tests work

Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff and volunteers. The lateral flow devices are easy to undertake, using a swab of your nose and throat. For those who are unable to self-swab please refer to the Mass Testing Guidance for Specialist Settings for further information about options. Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with the individual participant. The school will inform the pupil of a positive test result. Where participants are under 16, parents or carers will also be informed.

 

Recording your consent

We are using the COVID-19 SchoolScreener application to electronically record consents and test results. As a parent or carer, you must provide consent on behalf of your child. If you are happy for your child to be tested, please submit and record your consent via COVID-19 SchoolScreener by clicking on the button below:

Submit Consent

Once you have arrived at the website, you will be invited to register your consent.

Please register and complete the form, regardless of whether you wish your child to participate in COVID-19 Mass Testing. There is an option to decline your consent.

Testing is not mandatory, and we will not perform testing on any child unless we have received written consent from a parent or carer. We will also not perform any testing on a child if they withdraw their consent.

You can withdraw your consent at any point by emailing enquiry@hodgehill.bham.sch.uk or telephoning 0121 783 7807. You will also be able to log in to the consent website and update your preferences at any stage.

Should you be unable to complete the form, or should there be any technical problems, paper-copies will be available from the school office.

 

Your data

As part of this programme, the school must process some additional data for your child. Information concerning this data, how it will be processed, and with whom it will be shared can be read via our website. Please click here to read the privacy notice. Should you require a paper copy of this document, please contact the school.

Thank you again for your continued support and patience during this unprecedented time.

 Annexe to Covid -19 Risk Assessment for Asymptomatic Testing - January 2021DfE Guide to How to do Your Test

Frequently Asked QuestionsData Protection - COVID-19 Testing FAQs for Parents

Consent Form