Beginning this term, we have instituted weekly Covid testing for staff and the children of key workers, who are all continuing to come into school during the new lockdown.
This has been a great success so far and we plan to continue rolling it out to other year groups as and when they are able to return to King’s. The Covid Testing Taskforce has been headed by Will Bird, a member of staff whose life before working in schools consisted of logistics and planning. Will’s efforts have been phenomenal. On Monday 4th January, the lateral flow testing kits were delivered to the school, testers were trained over the following two days, and the testing centre was launched on Thursday 7th January. By the end of school on Friday 8th, every key worker child and every member of staff who was working in school were tested, all of which were negative.
We are very proud of how successful this testing centre is working. Year groups are given a designated time and staff book a slot to go for their test each week. The centre is very efficient and well set up with enough testing stations to test in each time slot. This testing programme has allowed key worker pupils and staff to be reassured, feeling safer and confident coming into School knowing everyone has been tested.
Mr Doodes has said “Will’s efforts were phenomenal. On Monday, January 4, the testing kits were delivered to the school, testers were trained over the following two days, and the testing centre was launched on Thursday, January 7. By the end of school on Friday every key worker child had been tested, as had every member of staff who was working in school. We will be testing each member of staff and key worker child each week, rolling it out to other year groups as and when they return to King’s.”
Well done and thank you to all staff involved in this fantastically run programme.