Most parents happy to give consent for children to have regular Covid tests as schools return


Most parents in North Staffordshire have happily given consent for their children to have regular coronavirus tests as they return to school today.

Current government guidance requires secondary schools and colleges to offer on-site Covid testing to their returning pupils – with the first test taking place before they enter the classroom.

But taking part in the testing is voluntary and children will not be tested unless appropriate consent is given.

It is mandatory for all children to return to school from March 8 and those students whose parents have not consented for them to be tested will not be stopped from attending.

The guidance recommends pupils in Year 7 and above take four tests on their return – three times on site at school and once at home, using a home testing kit. The first three tests should be between three and five days apart.

After this pupils will be given home test kits and asked to regularly test themselves at home twice a week and report results to their school and NHS Test and Trace.




Parents took to StokeonTrentLive’s Facebook page to discuss the issue, where some also said they would not consent.

Kelly Frankum said: “My daughter has consented as she wants to get back to school. She will do anything to get back into learning and to be with her friends.

“So I’m happy to do whatever she wants to do this. Also hopefully it’ll stop all the isolating like last year and get them back into their normal routines.”

Victoria Westwood added: “Absolutely we have consented, and more importantly she’s consented herself.

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“She caught Covid in school last October. Had these tests been available back then, she may not have ended up ill as it would have been detected sooner and her year wouldn’t have had to spend two weeks in isolation.

“Any parent who wishes not to have their child tested needs to remember whilst their child maybe fine and show no symptoms, there are other children who have underlying conditions that will become seriously ill from it.”

Lesley Blood posted: “I have given consent on my daughter’s behalf as I have with every other medical test she has had in her life.

“I have discussed it with her and made sure she is comfortable with how it works and why I think it is required and she is happy to partake.

“I have one weekly as a precaution and it is literally a cotton bud swipe in the throat and nose so if it gives us piece of mind we can go to work/school without passing anything on to anyone vunerable.”

Jason Finney said: “If you don’t consent its personal choice. You’re certainly not a bad parent if you dont consent. Personally I wouldn’t put my children through the ordeal of being tested it’s not nice at all especially for a child.”

Tina Leese added: “I’ve agreed for my son who’s absolutely fine with it. I asked him first but you don’t have to have them and you can still go in school.”

Steph Mantle posted: “Yeah absolutely, the kids desperately need too be back in school.”

Jo Walker said: “Yes, it wont do any harm and who ever tests positive will isolate and stop it from spreading.”

Karla Louise added: “My daughter has made her own decision to decline the test and I 100 per cent support her.”

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