As we begin to welcome students back into school, I am writing to you with information about how we will be running the Covid-19 Testing Programme at The John Roan School. Secondary school students and staff in every school across the country are being urged to have regular tests for Covid-19, so that we can minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
I would like to thank everyone across the school who worked extremely hard last term to ensure that we did everything we could do to minimise the risk. We will of course continue with the systems and processes that have become routine since September, but the opportunity for everyone to be tested regularly is an excellent addition to our tools for keeping everyone safe and healthy.
All secondary schools in the country will be using what are known as ‘lateral flow tests’ (LFT). Whilst these tests are not as sensitive as a full Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, they are highly effective when the person has a high viral load and is therefore at their most contagious. With this in mind, the use of these tests will increase school safety measures and help identify any students who are asymptomatic. This will help reduce the spread of infection in school. Importantly, the test can be carried out regularly and results returned within 30 minutes, this means that anyone who is infected is identified much more quickly and effectively.