Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

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Brunswick Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA9 2JE

01744 678670

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Covid pcr updated guidance

11 January 2022 (by admin)

Dear Parents,

 

Here is some updated guidance about when you need to get a PCR and when you don’t.

 

  • Confirmatory PCR testing following a positive result on a lateral flow device (LFD) will be temporarily suspended from today, Tuesday 11 January. This means that for all education and childcare settings, staff and students who have tested (either at home or through ATS) and reported a positive LFD result will no longer be advised to get a confirmatory PCR test.
  • This change is informed by public health advice. With high COVID-19 rates, the risk of a positive LFD result being false is very small. We therefore don’t need to ask people to do a confirmatory PCR unless they:

·         have symptoms (in which case they need to follow the stay at home guidance, self-isolate and order a PCR test)

·         wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment

·         have been advised to take a PCR test because they are in a clinically vulnerable group

·         have been advised to do so as part of a research or surveillance programme

 

Best wishes

 

Mrs Ravey                             Miss Sinead Walsh

Headteacher                          Deputy headteacher