Coronavirus Guidance

Updated August 2021

We look forward to welcoming all learners back to College in September. The information below provides an overview of the arrangements that will be in place from September.

Our number one priority continues to be the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, learners and stakeholders.

As with all educational facilities across the UK, we continue to receive updates and advice from the Department for Education (DfE) and will continue to follow the advice they provide.

We will continue to communicate with learners via their College email account. It is essential that learners check their emails frequently.

Asymptomatic testing 

The College will be providing all 16–19-year-old full-time learners with the opportunity to complete two lateral flow device (LFD) tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term. Following this, LFD home testing kits will be issued to learners until the end of September.

Testing is voluntary, however we encourage everyone to take part. 

Learner letter: Important information regarding asymptomatic testing on Campus  

Risk Assessment 

In line with the national lifting of restrictions and government guidance, we continue to review the risk assessments already in place, to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to reduce the risks from COVID-19.

Outbreak Management Plans 

The College has a contingency plan (or outbreak management plan) in place, describing what would happen if a learner or staff member tested positive, or how we would operate if we were advised to reintroduce any additional safety measures.

Vaccinations for young people  

Vaccinations will now be available for those aged 16 plus, and are key measure in the government’s plan to reduce the risks of COVID-19. We encourage all those eligible to take up the vaccine offer as soon as possible.

The government has issued advice and guidance on when to stay at home to support the prevention of the virus spreading. More information can be found here

FAQs

What if I receive a positive test results from a LFD?  

If you receive a positive LFD test result you will be required to self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. You will also need to complete a PCR test to confirm that you have COVID-19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, you will need to continue to self-isolate.

What if I have received a positive LFD, and then a negative PCR test?  

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive LFD test, and is negative, it overrides the LFD test result and the learner can return to their setting, as long as the individual does not have COVID-19 symptoms. Those with a negative LFD test result can continue to attend College.

What if I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive?  

From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:

  • you are fully vaccinated 
  • you are below the age of 18 years 6 months 
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial 
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons 

The government has issued advice on guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of the virus, a link can be found here.  

What is I live with someone who has tested positive?

You’re not required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply: 

  • you are fully vaccinated 
  • you are below the age of 18 years 6 months 
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial 
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons 

The government has issued advice on guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of the virus, a link can be found here.  

I have been notified by NHS test and trace that I am a close contact, but do not need to isolate, can I still attend College?  

You should continue to attend as normal, you will not be required to wear a face covering within the College, as this is now a personal choice, but it is expected and recommended to wear a face covering on public transport.

Please check this page regularly for the latest updates. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.