Drive-thru covid test programme at St George’s secondary as schools prepare for March 8 reopening

St George's C/E school

St George’s school in Broadstairs will be operating a drive-thru testing programme for secondary students before schools fully reopen on March 8.

The school, like all others on the isle, is preparing for the full return of its students on March 8 following the unveiling of the roadmap out of restrictions by Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday (February 22)

Year groups will be invited in on allocated slots to ensure all youngsters have had two covid tests before going back school.

Pupils need to be pre-registered for the tests and results will be sent to a parent/carer’s mobile number and email.

On arrival at the school cars will be directed through a one way system. Students will remain in the vehicle and will be provided with a registration card and barcode as well as a swab. Youngsters are required to make sure they have watched an NHS video on how to carry out their lateral flow test, Staff will be on hand to help.

Test results will be received within the hour.

Two sessions will be held each weekday from Friday, February 26 to Friday, March 5 – one in the morning and one in the afternoon with year groups allocated to each one.

Parents can opt for their child to be tested at an external site or inform the school if they are declining testing.

The school hopes to provide home testing kits from March 8.

Year groups will remain in pods to restrict mixing and secondary pupils must wear face coverings throughout the day and in lessons.

Extended day and breakfast club schemes will also resume. There will be a gradual reopening of other after school clubs.

Head teacher Adam Mirams says to parents: “If I am totally honest you have all been brilliant and so supportive over the last year.

“It has been extremely difficult to meet the needs of all, follow the guidance and jump through every hoop

“We have set a huge challenge of getting over 1600 children back to school in one day but we will do it, we will continue their education and once we have the guidance we aim to get the children the grades they deserve.”