The Government has asked us to offer two lateral flow device COVID tests to students as they return to school in September. Unfortunately – and this has been a frequent problem this past year – government expectations and guidelines are not yet clear. We are making plans to be able to administer these tests in the first two weeks of term, but we are not yet able to give all the details.
We encourage all parents and carers to give their consent for their child to take the lateral flow tests at the start of the year. If you have already given consent earlier this year, you do not need to give consent again. If you wish to withdraw your consent, you need to write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org including ‘COVID Testing Consent’ in the title and stating the name and year group of your child. There will be a further opportunity for parents who have not already given consent to do so, including parents of students starting in year 7. We will be in touch with you about this towards the end of the holiday period, when we will also be able to give more detail about the testing arrangements.