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New guidance on PCR testing

Following the letter from the Headteacher dated Friday 7 January, we would like to clarify the latest public health advice concerning the temporary suspension of confirmatory PCR testing following a positive result on a lateral flow device (LFD) from today. 

This means that for all education settings, staff and students who have tested and reported a positive LFD result but are not displaying symptoms, will no longer be advised to get a confirmatory PCR test. If, as per the current guidance, a negative LFD result is returned on day 6 and day 7 following the PCR and taken 24 hours apart, a student can return to school. We will require evidence via Test Register of these results. 

If your child is showing any of the main symptoms of Covid, (a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of or change in normal sense of taste or smell), they need to follow the stay at home guidance, self-isolate and order a PCR confirmatory test.  

Should you have any further queries, please refer to the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 for guidance or contact our medical team at shwo@cps.hants.sch.uk

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