NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for staff and students

Dear Parent or Carer,

We are working to keep our school as safe as possible. You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’.

Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in school safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. 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. We will be testing all staff and students who want to participate from week commencing 4th January, although the process will take some time and will be managed by year group.

If you consent to your child (or yourself if 16 or over) being tested, please fill in the consent form below (one per child). Once completed, "submit" the form and, if you have more than one child in school, complete the same form again for your other children.

Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. For under 18s, staff can oversee the swab process. 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.

By giving consent (ticking yes to the consent terms listed below and signing your name on this form) you are agreeing to this test being conducted and that you will not be contacted by Birchwood except where is a positive result.  Should a positive lateral flow test be identified, the person tested will need to self-isolate and follow public health advice until the results of the confirmatory PCR test have been received.  You should report this result to Birchwood High School.

If you wish to change your consent at any time, this must be done in writing and sent to the school's Data Protection Officer (dpo@birchwoodhigh.org.uk).

Dr Chris Ingate
Principal


NHS Test and Trace consent form for COVID-19 testing

This common consent form has been designed for use by parents and guardians of pupils and under 16s, pupils and students over 16. The form should be completed as follows:

• For pupils and students younger than 16 years - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to enrol.

• Pupils and students over 16 can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent / guardian if under 18.

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* 1. Terms of consent

1. I have had the opportunity to consider the information provided by the school/college about the testing, ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily, based on the information presented in the letter dated [DD/MM/YYYY] and the attached Privacy Notice.

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 lateral flow tests which tests for the presence of COVID-19. I / my child will self-swab if I / my child is able to otherwise I understand that assistance is available. In the case of under 16s or pupils who are not able to provide informed consent, I have discussed the testing with my child and they are happy to participate and self-swab (with assistance if required).

4. I understand that there may be multiple tests required and this consent covers all tests for the below named person. If, on the day of testing I / they do not wish to take part, then I understand I / they will not be made to do so and that consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test.

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

6. If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I consent to having / my child having a nose and throat swab for confirmatory PCR testing. I/they will follow the instructions on the PCR Kit to return the test the same day to an NHS Test & Trace laboratory.

7. If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I commit to ensuring that I / my child is removed from school premises as promptly as possible, bearing in mind I / they may have some anxiety following a positive test result.

8. 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.

9. I agree that if my / 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.

10. 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.

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* 2. Has your child (or you if you are completing this form on behalf of yourself) previously tested positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test? [it is possible that a Lateral Flow Test will give a false positive result for someone who has tested positive by PCR test in the last 90 days]

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