Last Updated 14 Jan 2022

In light of the escalating national and local COVID picture I am sending you the most up to date guidance from www.gov.uk. The next few weeks promise to be busy and disruptive. As always we will do our utmost to limit disruption wherever we can. Please see attached information.

This information has been emailed to all parents.

update Jan 13

Reminder on the temporary suspension of confirmatory PCR tests in education and childcare settings

On Tuesday the government updated its advice the temporary pause of confirmatory PCR tests.

As a reminder, you are only asked to take a follow up PCR test after a positive LFD test if you:

  • 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
  • have received a positive day 2 LFD after arriving into the UK
  • If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, you are are strongly advised to take a PCR test, not an LFD test. If someone with symptoms has already taken an LFD test for any reason and the result is positive, they do not need to take a follow-up PCR test.

From Monday 17 January,

people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

  • The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.
  • If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
  • Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available here

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19

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