COVID TESTING AT OAKLANDS

Where will testing take place?

The testing site at Oaklands School will be the Equaino Hall.

Who will carry out the testing?

The school has appointed a team of colleagues (who are all DBS cleared) to oversee the testing.  Students and staff are required to swab their own nose and throat before it is passed to the testing team for processing.  As part of the consent form, parents/carers will receive notification by text and email of their child’s result.

How often will I be offered testing?

When students return from their period of remote learning in the current lockdown we will try to test as many students as we can before or as they return.  This is called ‘Mass testing’.

When students are back in school, if they are identified as a close contact to a positive case of Covid-19 then they will have two options.  They will be able to come in to school each morning and be tested, unless they develop symptoms.  If the test is negative they will go straight to lessons as normal.  This will continue for 7 school days and is called ‘Serial testing’.  The alternative for close contacts is to self-isolate as previously for 10 days.

Testing will be offered weekly to staff. If capacity permits (the tests are provided by the Government) we will test children regularly in order to identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. 

What type of test is it?

The testing kits used are the rapid lateral flow tests.  If a positive result is confirmed, parents/staff will be required to arrange a PCR test using the normal arrangements (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or phoning 119).

What happens if my child's result is positive?

If students do test positive then the school will expect parents to collect them from school as soon as possible.  Students will remain isolated until collected.  Staff testing positive will need to go home.  Both staff and parents should book a PCR test straight away.  The school will need to see the results of this test.  If the laboratory test is negative students/staff can return to school, if it is positive then the student/member of staff will need to isolate and the school will begin daily testing of any of your close contacts.

What happens If my child's result is negative?

Students can continue to attend school in the normal way.  Students will still be required to observe Covid protocols which include the need to socially distance, keep good hand hygiene and wear face coverings in busy areas.

Does my child have to take part?

We must have parental consent for children under 16 to take part and individual consent for anyone over 16.  This means we must have the consent form signed before we can test your child or you, if you are a member of staff.  The consent form is completed through the Google Form below.

Click hereConsent Form to complete Google Form.

Please click here to read the terms of consent and complete the online form at your earliest convenience if your child wishes to take part.  An electronic signature of adding your name at the bottom of the form is sufficient. 

What if I have questions?

The NHS and Government website provide plenty of information about COVID-19 and the testing requirements, if you have a specific question about how the testing will take place at Oaklands, please contact the school or email reception@oaklandsschool.com

The electronic consent form is for participation in tests designed to detect asymptomatic coronavirus cases. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow government guidelines to self-isolate, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test. 

  • For students under 16 years - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
  • Pupils and students over 16 who are able to provide informed consent - can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent / guardian if under 18.
  • For any pupil or student who does not have the capacity to provide informed consent -this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.

For full details and schedule of testing see: Lateral Flow Testing For Return to School