Crispin School

Start of Term January 2022

Dear Parent/Carers Information relating to COVID-19 testing for students from January 2022 Following a recent Government announcement regarding the return to school in January 2022, I write regarding arrangements at Crispin for Covid-19 testing for students from that date.

The tests that will be taken in school are the same as the Lateral Flow Device test that you will be familiar with. For those students who are not comfortable with a nasal and throat swab, nasal only test kits are available to be used. All students will remember the process from September when those taking the test were supervised by trained staff. This will again be the case for the January tests but staff will be on hand to support students if required. While the test is voluntary, as a school we are keen to participate as fully as possible and would encourage all students to take part as these tests will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school and wider community as safe as possible.

Our plan is to test students on the following basis;

Tuesday 4 January 2022 Year 10, 11 and students in 7X. 8.30 to 16.30

Wednesday 5 January 2022 Years 8,9 and students in 7Y. 8.30 to 16.30

Students in Year 10, 11 and 7X will return to school on Wednesday 5 January 2022 unless there has been a positive test result, in which case a follow up PCR must be booked by parents or carers.

Students in Year 8, 9 and 7Y can return to school on Thursday 6 January 2022 unless there has been a positive test result, in which case a follow up PCR must be booked by parents or carers. Students who do not need to test due to previous positive Covid 19 test results can return to school if they are asymptomatic along with their Year group/ teaching group on the dates set out above.

We have sought clarification from Public Health Somerset about who should be testing, their advice is - If you have a student or staff member who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have received confirmation of this via a PCR test, then they need to wait 90 days after your PCR test was taken before starting lateral flow home testing again. However, should they become symptomatic within that 90 day period then they should get a PCR test.

Please do not register for a test slot if your child is in this category Work will be set via Teams for students not in school on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 January 2022. All test slots are to be booked using the Parents’ Evening booking system. The booking system will go live on Wednesday 8 December 2021. Each day will be split into testing sessions.

These will run from 8.30 to 12.00, from 12.00 to 14.00 and from 14.00. Bookings for each session will close between 30 and 60 minutes before the start of each slot to allow for staff breaks to be planned. There will be six testing bays set up in the school sports hall. A reminder on how to use this system is available on the school website under the Parents and Students - Parents Evening section. Results take around half an hour from testing and will be shared directly with those participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will be informed. As per the usual testing and reporting regime, test results will be sent via text message. Further instructions regarding registering for the tests or information required to register at school will be sent to you in due course.

The booking system will contain a series of questions that will form the consent element of the January 2022 testing process. This will supplement the consent given for earlier testing rounds. We are aware that consent can be withdrawn by parents or carers at any time.

If you wish to do this between the date of booking the testing slot and the day of the test, please do so by emailing giving the student’s name. How we manage the data from the consent form and information arising from the test is set out in the at the Privacy Notice for Covid testing which can be found in the News and Events/ COVID-19 Information section I hope that the information in this letter is helpful and clear.

If you have any questions please email and a colleague will be pleased to help.

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