Covid-19 Testing

29 December 2020

NHS Test and Trace: Covid-19 Testing for Staff and Pupils

Dear All,

We are working to keep Salvatorian College as safe as possible. You may have heard that, across the country, those without symptoms will be tested using new, quicker, ‘lateral flow’ Covid-19 tests. The Test and Trace team will be testing staff once a week from 4 January 2020 on a voluntary basis. In addition, the programme will help pupils to stay in education, by enabling those who are close contacts of someone who tests positive to stay in school if they do a daily test for seven school days, known as ‘serial testing’.

Along with the other measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and pupils to work safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus have no symptoms, so by supporting them to self-isolate we will save lives and help keep our school open and as safe as possible. The test is voluntary, but I am encouraging everyone to take part.

The test will be supervised by trained staff and there will be minimal disruption to lessons.  The tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. Results will be shared with those individuals who are tested, and their parents/guardians if they are under 16 years old.

To reach this stage, the test has been tested at Public Health England’s research laboratories in partnership with Oxford University and is totally safe, with a 99.8% specificity. Testing is free and provided by NHS Test and Trace.

We are supportive of this initiative, but participation will be voluntary. More detailed information will be shared with parents, staff and pupils. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Bryant
Head of School

Download - Testing in School - Letter to Parents

Download - Consent Form & Privacy Notice