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Campsmount Academy

COVID-19

This page keeps you up to date with the latest news regarding the Coronavirus measures in place at Campsmount Academy.

Daily Contact Testing - Clinical Trial

Introduction

As you are aware our Academy has been selected to take part in a daily contact testing clinical trial for staff and students.

This means that if students or staff have been in contact with someone in school who has tested positive for Covid-19, they can return to school and have a rapid test every morning in school for 7 days rather than staying at home. They can engage in all school activities only after a negative result is returned but must self-isolate in the evenings and weekends until the daily testing is finished. 

How the trial will work

Students and staff identified as a close contact who are taking part in the study will be asked to perform COVID-19 tests on school days for 7 consecutive days:

  • A rapid test at school every day – this will involve rubbing of a soft cotton bud on the inside of the nostrils to test for the virus. The result is available within 30 minutes.
  • A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on day 2 and 7 – A swab is taken from the nose and throat to be processed in a laboratory at the end of the study . Results of these tests will therefore not be available until after the 7-day testing period.

Unless the rapid test is positive, students and staff will be able to take part in school activities. They will need to continue self-isolating when not at school. Rapid test results will be given verbally by the school or via text message.

Students and staff will be asked to complete a brief survey on day 7 and may be invited to speak to a researcher about daily testing. 

Consent

Participation in the study is completely voluntary. If students or staff do not wish to take part they must continue to follow national guidance and self-isolate if identified as a contact. The school will continue to support students self-isolating at home. If a student chooses to take part in the study, they can change their mind at any time. If they stop taking the tests they must self-isolate for 10 days after contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Daily Contact Testing Consent Form

Before giving consent please ensure you have read the following documents (copies can be found via the links at the bottom of this page):

  • Daily Contact Testing Information Letter
  • Privacy Notice Daily Contact Testing
  • Daily Contact Testing Overview Leaflet

Collection of personal data

Please see statement below from Department for Health and Social Care:

'We will collect personal information, including name, date of birth, contact details and names of contacts at school for you and the people you have been in contact with.  This information, together with COVID-19 test results will be provided to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) so they know when someone tests positive to help stop the spread of the virus.  Information is also shared with DHSC to help assess how effective the trial is. DHSC are the ‘controller’ for this use of personal data – they decide how it will be used and are responsible for it. The school use this information to help us manage our COVID-19 response within the school – where we do this, we are the controller of the personal data.

The use of personal data by the school and by DHSC is made lawful as it is being used for the protection of public health.  We will keep all the information securely in accordance with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UKGDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

If you would like to ask about how your personal data is used or if you have a complaint you can contact: School or DHSC:  data_protection@dhsc.gov.uk'.

Twice Weekly Home Testing

Please note, home testing of students should continue to take place twice weekly with results updated using the link below.

Home Testing Result Form