Following the announcement on Tuesday by the Department for Education, we will be re-introducing in school mass testing when pupils return to school in September, in a similar way to when we returned in March.
As pupils will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays, the advice is that all secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term.
We will therefore start testing on 1st September and all pupils will be returning to school on Monday 6th September. This will allow us to test the pupils before they return to classes. The following test (3-5 days later) will take place during the school day.
The tests that we will be using are new and no longer require the back of the throat to be swabbed – pupils need to swab both nostrils instead – which I am sure will be a welcome development. Further details of the tests will be placed on the school website shortly.
If you have consented to your child being tested in the past then this consent will be carried forwards for September. If you have not previously given consent but would like your child to participate please follow this link to complete the consent form by Tuesday 13th July. https://forms.office.com/r/ULc98wXfeg
We will be sending out invitations for testing next week and reminders will be sent during the school holidays.
Once this initial phase of testing is completed pupils should then continue to test twice weekly at home until further advice is given.
Finally I would like to thank you all for your support during these difficult times, we have worked hard as a community to keep school running and this hopefully is one of the last hurdles we must tackle in returning to normality.