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COVID19

Temporary suspension of confirmatory PCR tests in education and childcare settings

 

Confirmatory PCR testing following a positive result on a lateral flow device (LFD) will be temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11 January.

 

This means that for all education and childcare settings, staff and pupils 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. 

 

If anyone has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, they 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.

 

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

 

  • 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

 

Education and childcare settings are not expected to trace contacts of a positive case as this will remain the responsibility of NHS Test and Trace. From Tuesday 11 January, contact tracing is triggered once a positive LFD test is reported.

Support for Mental Health

During the current COVID pandemic many children and families are finding that they are struggling with their mental health more than normal. Parents are now able to seek advice and self-refer for support from the Mental Health Support Team for Nottingham City Council by clicking on the links below. 

GDPR - Coronavirus Update

Key Worker Information – since the Government’s announcement to close schools on 18 March 2020, it has been necessary for us to collect and manage the data of Key Workers and their children in a different way in order to comply with the Government’s guidance.  We will only process and manage this information to ensure that our Key Worker children are entitled to a school place whilst schools are closed or during the time when they are partially open for specific year groups.  Transform Trust and our Schools take their obligation to protect the processing of data very seriously and will ensure that the appropriate measures are in place to safeguard this information.

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