Covid-19 mass testing programme launched at The Perse
12 Jan 2021
The Perse has begun rolling out its Covid-19 asymptomatic mass testing programme to staff and pupils.
In line with government guidance, The Perse has launched its programme of lateral flow device testing to Upper pupils within the critical worker and vulnerable children scheme, as well as staff working onsite at the Upper.
It is hoped the testing will allow schools across the country to identify asymptomatic Covid-19 cases and reduce the risk of transmission.
As such, the Sports Studio has been transformed into a testing centre, operated by seven trained members of staff across two testing bays. Onsite staff underwent tests on Monday following a trial run at the end of last week, while around 60 pupils are set to take the test on Tuesday.
The school nurses are overseeing the swabbing, which are being carried out by the individuals themselves, with results being returned via the NHS Test and Trace system in just an hour.
Perse staff will be offered tests on a weekly basis, while pupils will be offered tests twice in total with three to five days between tests.
Head Ed Elliott has been among those to take a test and believes the programme is vital in the battle against Covid-19.
Having tested negative, Mr Elliott commented: “I was pleased to have a test and I would encourage all pupils and staff on site to register for a test.
“It’s a quick way to pick up asymptomatic cases which have previously been difficult to spot and by doing this, we can reduce transmissions and ask people to self-isolate sooner.
“Not only do we want to protect the rest of the school community, we want to help play our part in the wider drive to bring down the spread of Covid-19.
“Asymptomatic testing is the latest addition to our Covid-secure measures. Samba II testing for symptomatic cases, 2m social distancing, face coverings, excellent ventilation and exemplary hand hygiene are also vital elements of our infection control programme.”