PCR testing – updated advice All household contacts of a confirmed case (PCR positive) should undertake a PCR test, with or without symptoms, and remain home until a negative PCR is returned. This means that pupils who have a household contact who is a confirmed case (PCR positive) should be recommended to take a PCR test and not attend school while awaiting the result. Absence should be coded as X. If the PCR result is negative, then pupils should be recommended to have a further PCR test after 4 or 5 days as a precaution. All close contacts of confirmed cases are also recommended to take a PCR test. Unless they demonstrate COVID-19 symptoms, they can continue to attend the setting. Anyone with the three main symptoms of the precautionary symptoms are recommended to get a PCR test and only return to school after a negative result. They should also consider contacting 111 for medical advice if required.