Dear Parents

Please read the information below very carefully and then complete either the:

I Consent to Rapid Result-result Testing Form (link at the bottom of this page)

or

DO NOT Consent to Rapid Result Testing Form (link at the bottom of this page)

It is vitally important that ALL children are accounted for, so please do complete one of the forms.

Upon the return to school, we will be offering three on-site rapid-result tests three- to- five days apart from Monday, 8th March in line with national guidance.

These tests will be conducted by Nurseplus who a leading provider of nursing and care services to both the Health and Social care sectors and have been operating since 2005. Nurseplus have partnered with BioGrad and other accredited laboratories nationwide to provide Tower College with fast, responsive and compliant testing. NursePlus’ team of highly qualified and experienced nurses have successfully tested staff within various industries including sports, commercial, food manufacturing and industrial settings. Nurses strictly adhere to the testing procedures in line with government guidelines and are fully trained and experienced in the recording of swab samples and test data.

We have secured 3 qualified and trained nurses to aid in the testing of our pupils. The nurses will be on site for several hours a day from Monday, 8th March.

What is coronavirus rapid-result testing?

To assist in the government’s goal to limit the spread of coronavirus and safeguard the health and safety of school communities, we will be offering all pupils of Year 7 and above three on-site coronavirus tests when they return to school following the school’s partial closure during the national lockdown. This is so that we can identify asymptomatic cases of coronavirus and support those who test positive to self-isolate, with a view to breaking the chain of transmission and ensuring the safety of our pupils and staff.

For this reason, even if your child is not showing symptoms of coronavirus, they are eligible for a lateral flow device (LFD) test, as it is possible to unknowingly spread coronavirus while being asymptomatic.

Initial testing will be conducted at Tower College. If appropriate consent is provided, your child will be asked to self-administer the tests at the testing site by swabbing their throat and one of their nostrils. Your child will be supervised by a member of staff while doing so. Results will be provided within 30 minutes. If your child tests positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days – you need to confirm this result with a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. If the test result is negative, your child may continue attending school unless advised otherwise by NHS Test and Trace or Public Health professionals.

Why do we need your consent?  

Please note that participation in these rapid-result tests is entirely voluntary. Without your consent to undergo these tests, we will be unable to administer them or use your child’s data for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

If you choose not to provide consent, your child will still be able to attend school from the 8th March, in line with our reopening arrangements – having a rapid-result test is not a requirement to return to school. Those who decline to participate in the rapid-result tests are still required to follow national guidelines and must self-isolate for 10 days if they present with symptoms of coronavirus, test positive for coronavirus, live in a household with someone presenting with symptoms of coronavirus, or are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

What data is collected? 
 
To process the rapid-result testing, we require the following data:

  • Your child’s name
  • Your child’s date of birth

How will we use your data? 
 
We will use your/your child’s data for the following reasons: 

  • To provide the NHS Test and Trace service with notification of positive results
  • To help identify close contacts of you/your child
  • To record when rapid-result testing has been administered

The results of your child’s test will remain confidential at all times and will be deleted after one month.

When does my consent expire? 
 
This consent form is valid until Friday, 16th July 2021. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Consent will be refreshed if any test administration or data management processes change.

You must inform the school office if your child’s consent needs to be withdrawn or amended. The school will retain your child’s data until this consent form expires, you withdraw your consent, or your child leaves the school.

Please complete one of the forms below:

I Consent to Rapid Result-result Testing Form

DO NOT Consent to Rapid Result Testing Form 

Yours sincerely,

Ms Bingley (Principal)