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Information for Parents Covid 19 Testing Changes

Dear parents/ carers


Today the governments advice on Covid 19 testing has changed. Please see below the key important changes and where you can find out more information.


If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test (LFT) test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive lateral flow device (LFT) test result.


From 11 January in England, people who receive a positive lateral flow test (LFT) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFT results can be confident that they have COVID-19.


People who have a positive LFT test result should only have a follow-up PCR test if:

  • they have a health condition that means they may be suitable for new coronavirus (COVID-19) treatments
  • they are taking LFT tests as part of research or surveillance programmes, and the programme asks them to do so
  • they have a positive day 2 LFD test after arriving in England

Under this new approach, anyone who receives a positive LFT test result should report their result on GOV.UK and must self-isolate immediately but will not need to take a follow-up PCR test. After reporting a positive LFD test result, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that their contacts can be traced and must continue to self-isolate.


For more information online please view below.



If you have any questions, please contact NHS 111 or 119 service for advice.

Thank you for your continued support
Best wishes
Leila Naldrett
Head of School