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NHS COVID-19 Testing for staff and students - 06/01/2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Since announced, members of staff within Sewell Park have been making specific arrangements for the Governments proposed COVID-19 testing of staff and students. Attached are several documents giving specific details about the process and what is required. We also have a detailed risk assessment which will be posted on our website.

In order for testing to take place, parents and carers must give consent for students below the age of 16. Students in Year 11, over the age of 16, may consent themselves having discussed with their parents. We would ask that you provide evidence of your consent through completing the attached form or by completing the following Google Form:

We would ask that all parents and carers complete this form so we are aware if consent has been given or has been refused. A new form will be required for each student who attends Sewell Park.

Although any testing for most students will not begin until students return to learning in person at Sewell Park Academy, our preparation will be significantly supported if these can be completed in advance. For those children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable Students, who are currently attending in person, our proposal is to begin weekly testing of students either on Friday of this week or at the start of the week beginning 11th January. Staff attending school will also be tested on a weekly basis. We hope this testing programme will play a significant factor in keeping our community safe, as there has been a rapid rise in cases (a 1969% increase) reported in our catchment within December.

We understand that some parents and carers may have questions regarding the process. We have attached some FAQs and guides however, please feel free to contact us through the office on 01603 411721 or and we will look to answer these as soon as possible. Also attached is a letter written by the NHS on my behalf, with a bit more information should you wish to read it.

Thank you for all of your efforts in continuing to keep our community safe.

Best wishes,

David Day



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