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COVID-19 – mass testing in Gosforth Group schools

Date Published:
Wednesday 20 January 2021

January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

COVID-19 – mass testing in Gosforth Group schools

Firstly, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope that you were able to enjoy a relaxing break over the festive season.

Now that the spring term has started our attentions are focussing on the government’s programme for the testing of staff and students in secondary schools. Gosforth Group has taken the decision to participate in the testing programme to ensure we can minimise the spread of COVID-19 in a timely manner and enable us to continue to deliver education services safely and securely, across each of our academies.

Testing kits have been received from the government to allow us to undertake the testing and we’re now in the process of setting up appropriate testing centres and bays at each of our four schools.  A trained workforce is also being established to carry out the testing, and a timetable for testing students and staff over the coming weeks is under construction.

Please find links below to the Privacy Statement regarding how we intend to use student and staff personal data during the testing process and an additional information letter. Participation in the testing programme is entirely voluntary, but if you wish your child to be tested, please complete the consent form linked below. The consent form must be completed before any participation in testing can take place.

 

Privacy Statement

Additional Information Letter for Students, Parents and Staff

Consent Form

 

If you require a hard copy please email admin@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk

 

Yours faithfully

David Sheppard

Chief Operating Officer