Dear Parent or Guardian,

We are working to keep our school as safe as possible. 

Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and pupils to remain in school safely.

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 I would encourage everyone to take it.

I enclose instructional information with some more information.

If you are happy for your child to be tested, please fill in the  consent statement below. 

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 legal guardians will also be informed.

The tests have lower sensitivity but they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.

If you have any questions, please email

Testing will be offered free of charge.

Parental consent

1. I have had the opportunity to consider the information provided by the school about the testing, ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily, based on the information presented.

2. In the case of under 16s, I have discussed the testing with my child and my child is happy to participate. If on the day of testing they do not wish to take part, then they will not be made to do so and consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test.

3. I consent to having my child having a nose and throat swab for a lateral flow test.

4. I consent that my child’s sample(s) will be tested for the presence of COVID-19.

5. I understand that if my child's result(s) are negative on the lateral flow test I will not be contacted by the school/college except where they/you are a close contact of a confirmed positive.

6. If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I consent to my child having a nose and throat swab for confirmatory PCR testing, which shall be sent the same day to an NHS Test & Trace laboratory.

7. I consent that I / they will need to self-isolate following a positive lateral flow test result, until the results of the confirmatory PCR have been received.

8. I agree that if my child’s test results are confirmed to be positive from this PCR test, I will report this to the school and I understand that I/ my child will be required to self-isolate following public health advice.

9. I consent that if a close contact of my child tests positive but I / my child has tested negative, I / they will continue to attend school but will be tested every day at school for 7 days.

Kind regards

Eastbrook School

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