We were relieved to have it confirmed yesterday by the Prime Minister that schools will re-open for all pupils week commencing March 8th. The guidance released to schools has stated that students will be offered three lateral flow tests (LFTs) on their return, each 3-5 days apart. We are currently in the process of working out the logistics of testing approximately 1550 students. Once we have finalised our plans, I will communicate these with you. Due to the complexity around this, it is likely that this will be at the start of next week. Lateral Flow Tests are not compulsory and form only one part of a safe return to school. The aim of testing in this manner is to be able to find students who do not have any symptoms (asymptomatic), but are carrying the virus and therefore have the potential to spread it. Receiving a negative result on a test, does not necessarily mean that the person is Covid free. It means that at the point of taking the test, they were not carrying a huge viral load. Therefore, it is important on their return, that all students still follow the safety measures in place. All students and staff will have to wear a face covering (unless medically exempt) in all areas where social distancing is not possible. This now includes classrooms.
I will be in touch when I have more details about how and when your child will return and with information regarding consent for the lateral flow tests.
I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding with this.