All parents were contacted in July and August to offer them the opportunity to register their child for two Covid-19 Lateral Flow tests in the academy on Tuesday 31 August and Thursday 2 September, prior to the return to school on Monday 6 September. Registration for testing closed on 10 August.
Registration is now closed for onsite Covid Testing.
Students whose parents have provided consent are invited to attend the Sports Hall at Outwood Academy Bydales on both Tuesday 31 August and Thursday 2 September at the following times:
9.00 - 9.45am Surnames starting with letters A - C
10.00 - 10.45am Surnames starting with D - G
11.00 - 11.45am Surnames starting with H - L
1.00 - 1.45pm Surnames starting with M - R
2.00 - 2.45pm Surnames starting with S - Z
Students whose parents have not registered for testing on site are able to collect Covid-19 lateral flow test kits to self test at home prior to the academy opening on 6 September. Test kits will be available for collection from the Sports Hall on Tuesday 31 August and Thursday 2 September between 9am and 3pm.
Home testing kits are also available from local pharmacies and community venues. Please see below for guidance on conducting home tests.
School Risk Assessment and Covid-19 Asymptomatic Testing in the Autumn Term 2021
The Department for Education published updated guidance on 7 July 2021: Schools Covid Operational Guidance. This guidance explains the actions schools should take to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in their school. This includes public health advice, endorsed by Public Health England (PHE).
In response to this guidance, we have amended our Whole School Risk Assessment (see below) and the measures which we will put in place to ensure we are providing the best educational opportunities and support for our students, whilst minimising the risk of transmission of Covid-19 from September 2021.
Asymptomatic testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools. We have been encouraging students and staff to carry out home LFT tests twice per week, and we will continue to do this and provide testing kits for students during term time until it is reviewed by the Department for Education at the end of September.
If you or your family require additional Covid testing kits over the summer holidays, please access them from local community venues and pharmacies.
We are offering students the opportunity to be tested in the academy on Tuesday 30 August and Thursday 2 September, prior to all students returning on Monday 6 September 2021.
If you do not consent to on site testing for your child, we would encourage you to collect home testing kits from the academy on Thursday 2 September between 10am and 2pm or access these at a community venue or pharmacy to enable them to test at home, prior to their return.
We strongly encourage ALL students to take a Covid-19 test prior to their return to the academy to help minimise the risk of transmission and safeguard students and staff.
Many thanks for your ongoing support during this challenging time.