Salford City Academy is taking part in a study (SIS) to monitor infection and transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a sample of primary and secondary schools.
Why are we doing this study?
The Office for National Statistics want to find out how many school pupils and staff have COVID-19 infection, how many have already developed antibodies against the virus and how this changes over the course of the year. The information we collect will help inform policies to protect school pupils and staff.
The study is being conducted by Public Health England in partnership with the Office for National Statistics, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, working with the Department for Education and is funded by the Department for Health and Social Care. IQVIA, a healthcare company, is also supporting the study.
What does the study involve?
If you would like your child to take part, we would like you to complete a consent form and a short questionnaire about each of your children invited and all other household members. (See below for details on how to do this). Once this is completed, your child will be enrolled into the study. The study workers will visit your child’s school once every half term of the current school year to collect a nasal swab and an oral fluid (saliva) sample to test for the virus and antibodies against the virus.
The study is voluntary, your child does not have to take part and you can withdraw from any round of testing without giving a reason.
How can my child take part?
Complete the steps below, they work best on a computer or tablet, and we are working to improve how the surveys appear on a smartphone:
1 Read the attached information about the study and what it means for your child and your family.
2 Click link below:
Link to Salford City Academy
and create an account. As a parent, please simply select ‘No’ to the initial questions asking if you are a student or member of staff and then fill in the remaining fields, providing consent as required. You will then receive two emails; one to validate your email address and one to confirm your registration.
3 Please validate your email address by clicking on the link in the sign-up validation email. Login to the system by entering your email address and password.
4 Click on ‘Child Registration Page’ and register your child/children, providing consent as required.
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5 After registering your child/children, click on ‘Home’ and complete the enrolment survey for each child.