We strongly support that as a school community, we must use all of the tools available to us to combat the transmission of COVID-19. These tools range from vaccination, symptomatic testing, improving medicines, self-isolation regulations and non-pharmaceutical interventions like hands-face-space. Asymptomatic testing is a further and critical tool to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.
On its own, asymptomatic testing will not prevent the transmission of COVID-19 but used with the other tools available (to us) it will help us to:
- Identify and help to prevent staff and students without symptoms from transmitting and spreading the virus unknowingly.
- Allow us to operate as safely as possible by self-isolating those that are the most contagious as soon as is practical.
Asymptomatic testing is done via simple and quick tests, known as ‘Lateral Flow Device’ (LFD) tests. They enable us to rapidly test students and staff, without the need for a laboratory. No test is 100% accurate, but when done as part of a testing regime is very good at picking up those with high viral loads (i.e. those that are the most contagious).
Please refer to the ‘Lateral Flow Testing – Information Guide’ for full information about the testing process. Consent must be explicitly given – please complete the electronic form that has been sent through My Ed App for each child. The following schedule has been confirmed for ‘test 1’ to support a staggered return from 8 March:
- Thursday 4 March – Year 11 + 13 (students return to school Monday 8 March)
- Friday 5 March – Year 10 + 12 (students return to school Monday 8 March)
- Monday 8 March – Year 7 (students return to school Tuesday)
- Tuesday 9 March – Year 8 (students return to school Wednesday)
- Wednesday 10 March – Year 9 (students return to school Thursday)
The information guide below provides more information about test 2, test 3 and home testing kits.
To enable testing to be completed at Chase Terrace Academy, we need to process personal data for those staff and students taking part. Full details can be found in the ‘Lateral Flow Test – Privacy Notice’.
Please send any queries relating to lateral flow testing to email@example.com