The government is delivering a programme of rapid asymptomatic testing for children in year 7 and above in secondary schools.
The DfE Guidance for Asymptomatic Mass testing in schools is available here. The objectives of this programme are to:
Rapidly identifying and containing any asymptomatic cases, which comprise up to a third of all cases, will help avoid individuals carrying the infection unknowingly spreading it. This is all the more so in the settings covered by this guidance, where education often involves close proximity between children or young people and staff and social distancing can be harder to observe.
Testing is voluntary and no student will be tested unless informed consent has been given by the appropriate person. There’s further guidance in the informed consent to testing section.
No one will be prevented from receiving face-to-face education if for any reason they are not tested.
Testing is similarly voluntary for members of staff.
The table below details the documentation that supports the implementation of Lateral Flow Testing at Cardinal Wiseman Secondary, The Risk Assessment is a live document reviewed at least weekly by the Team Leader and Governance.
|Standard Operating Procedure||SOP|
|Appendix 1 Risk Assessment||Lateral Flow Antigen Test Centre RA - Billingtons|
Lateral Flow Antigen Test Centre RA - Billingtons PDF VERSION
|Quality Management Plan (includes Training, Testing, Monitoring testing and Risk assessment)||QA Master Checklist|
QA for Lateral Flow Mass Testing
QA Competency of roles
|Privacy notice||Privacy notice||As appropriate|
|Letters||Testing and explanation letter to parents|
Testing consent letter for parents
|Trained staff and rota; completion of training||Weekly|
|Room layout||PDF of Hall Layout|