COVID-19: Mass Testing in Academies
The government has asked secondary schools to offer Covid-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests,’ that provide a result within half an hour. Up to a third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms, so by introducing testing we will improve our ability to stop the virus from spreading within school.
Every Oasis academy has implemented lots of protective measures at the school to reduce the risk (hand washing, year group bubbles, remote learning), and we welcome these tests as an additional protective measure that will help keep everyone safe.
The tests are quick and safe and will help us to identify if anyone has the coronavirus as early as possible. Please see the leaflet online here to see how easy it is for your young person to take the test.
Students at secondary Oasis academies with parental permission (or students over 16 who have given their own consent) will be asked to take a test from either Monday 11th or Monday 18th January, and again if they come into contact with a positive case.
Parent Questions and Answers
We have provided a short Q&A for parents, which is available here.
Permission, Consent, and Privacy
If your young person attends a secondary Oasis academy and they are 16 or under, then we will need your consent for them to receive a test.
Please see below the information around testing, and the privacy notice.
After reading these, if you are happy for your young person to undergo testing at school, please send your consent to your Academy (this may be by the MyChildAtSchool app, e-signature, or email, depending on what your Academy has asked).
Please click here to visit the page on permission around testing.
Please click here to visit the page on privacy and data handling.
The Government has provided lots of additional resources.
- Please click here to access resources that help explain the impact of Covid-19 to primary and secondary aged children.
- Please click here for general materials on coronavirus including in different formats via Public Health England
- Please see the leaflet online here to see how easy it is for your young person to take the test.
Any further questions?
If you have read through the guidance on these pages, and you still have questions about how the testing will work, please contact your Academy using the Academy email address.