Covid-19 PCR Testing in Secondary Schools
Salford’s Covid-19 cases are increasing and we have seen an increase in cases in our school. Salford’s Public Health service supports schools and communities on reducing rates and onward transmission. They have recommended ‘whole-school’ testing; testing all students, family members and staff over the coming week.
A PCR Covid-19 test centre will be set up in our school car park. The tests will be carried out by trained staff and involve a swab of your child’s nose and throat. To enable your child to be tested you will need to give your consent by our online consent form using the link below:
This consent form is for participation in testing for the school to detect coronavirus cases. Anyone who is unwell should stay at home and get a test by calling 119 or booking online at: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Please complete one consent form for each child you have that attends Co-op Academy Swinton. For students younger than 16 years this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian.
Those exempt from the programme are individuals that have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days in line with national guidance.
In addition, PCR kits will be sent home with students for their families to test themselves at home. Once completed, the test should be sealed and brought back to the school within 24 hours of the test. If you, or a member of your family, has a positive Covid-19 test then you and all the household members will be required to isolate for 10 days. If you need to isolate and need support to do this, you can call the Spirit of Salford Helpline on 0800 952 1000, Monday-Friday 8:30am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm, where you can access practical support for shopping and medication, advice on finances and financial support packages available.
For those who receive a negative Covid-19 result, you should still continue to follow the latest Government guidance and legislation:
- Meet outside rather than inside where possible
- Keep 2m apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them)
- Minimise travel in and out of Greater Manchester
If you have any further questions, please contact Mrs Sparrow on: email@example.com or 0161 921 1441
Mrs Zarina Ali