Dear parents and carers,
Positive LFD results – no need to take PCR test
From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t 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 LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19.
Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed.
Under this new approach, anyone who receives a positive LFD test result should report their result on https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and must self-isolate immediately. 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.
With recent changes to COVID self-isolation guidelines, we thought it would be useful to send a guide to the actions you need to take should your child have COVID symptoms and/or receive a positive result on an LFD test. Please see the attached document.
It is very important that you follow these steps and communicate clearly with the school with regards to self-isolation dates.
Please contact the school on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01784 455022 if you have any queries.
Thank you again for your continued support and cooperation.