The battle to stop the spread of coronavirus has been boosted by the rollout of lateral flow tests across schools with The Blandford School having conducted approximately 800 tests up to February half term, 22 on behalf of local primaries. The community will be aware of the close relationship with schools in The Blandford Schools’ Network and TBS were very pleased to assist fellow headteacher colleagues who requested support whilst they were waiting for their own test kits.
Fourteen members of the volunteer testing team have been working tirelessly to ensure the TBS testing area is sanitised, safe and operating in line with government guidance. The team, all of whom completed training early in January, includes current staff, an ex-GP, community volunteers (some with nursing experience) and governors.
TBS have been thrilled by the response to their request for help and are confident they will be able to scale up the testing regime (if required) when all students return to school. They are also extremely grateful to local businesses including Chaffers Blandford Limited for kindly donating money towards medical waste bags and hand sanitisers as although much of the testing is underwritten by external funders, the school has had to buy extra of these items as well as PPE.
As Sally Wilson, headteacher says ‘This really has been a massive team effort and a great example of the Blandford community and schools working together for the benefit and safety of all. I know the testing work we have conducted since the start of ’21 will stand us in really good stead as students return to school full-time and we gradually return to normal.’