14 May 2021
Schools Asymptomatic Testing Programme Survey
Surveys for Secondary School Pupils and Parents/Guardians of Secondary Pupils
The Scottish Government would like your help to improve the schools asymptomatic testing programme.
What is the Schools Asymptomatic Testing Programme?
Some people may have COVID-19 but not have any symptoms. The testing programme aims to help secondary school pupils and staff in schools and childcare settings to find out if they have the virus, so that they and their close contacts can self-isolate. This should help reduce the extent to which the COVID-19 is likely to be passed on in school/childcare communities, reducing the likelihood of outbreaks.
Why are we being asked to complete a survey?
The Scottish Government would like to learn how to improve the testing experience for school communities. In order to do this, we are asking secondary school pupils and the parents/guardians of secondary pupils a few questions about their experience of and views on the testing programme. The surveys should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Pupils aged 15 and under will be prompted to discuss their participation in the survey with a parent or guardian.
Please watch this short video from Professor Jason Leitch encouraging people to participate: https://youtu.be/nMletsFhOBU.
Do we have to fill out the surveys?
Your participation in the surveys is voluntary. You may choose not to participate. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw at any time. All replies are anonymous. We will only use the information you provide to help improve the testing programme and the support we give to those involved. Thank you for your help.
Is anyone else being asked to do a survey?
Yes, we will be asking school staff and others involved in managing the testing programme for their views too.
Links to the surveys
Here are the links to the surveys:
- Survey for secondary school pupils (click on the underlined text/hyperlink)
- Survey for parents/guardians of secondary school pupils (click on the underlined text/hyperlink)
Please note that students aged 15 and under will be prompted to discuss participation in the survey with their parent/guardian.
The deadline for completion of the survey is 21/05/2021 at 9pm.
Easter Holiday LFD Testing Advice
Pupils who have signed up to participate in the testing programme please note that no LFD testing is required during the first week of the holidays but should take place during the second week in preparation for your return to school. If they have a positive LFD and cPCR test result during the holidays please report this result to the CEC Contact Centre (0131 200 2000).
S1 – S3 Distribution of Asymptomatic Testing Kits
The new Schools/ELC Asymptomatic Testing Programme is being put in place as part of the package of COVID-19 risk reduction mitigations in schools across Scotland.
Headteacher, John Wilson, has issued a letter with further information, along with a Privacy Notice. We will start distributing test kits to those S1 to S3 pupils who wish to participate in the programme next week. This is in preparation for their return after the Easter holidays. There is more detailed information included in the attached documents, please make sure to take time to read. Those taking the test must complete a Consent Form.
24 March 2021
COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing Programme for School Staff and Senior Phase Pupils
NHS Scotland has provided information on the new Schools Asymptomatic Testing Programme. This is being put in place as part of the package of COVID-19 risk reduction mitigations in schools across Scotland. It will also give you more information about how the programme will operate in the school.
Testing is voluntary. No-one who is permitted to come to school will be prevented from doing so just because they do not wish to participate. However, we are strongly encouraging all school staff and senior phase pupils who are attending school to participate wherever possible, in order to contribute to the wellbeing of the school community. Those taking the test must complete a Consent Form.