Precautionary Measures for Coronavirus - Updated
Following a letter received from the Secretary of State for Education which provided an update on the return to college after the holiday, we have reviewed the coronavirus (COVID-19) measures currently implemented across the College.
From the start of term, wearing face coverings will still be recommended in classrooms, all communal areas and on transport until Wednesday 26th January at which point this will be reviewed. Additionally, the 10 day self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for coronavirus has been reduced to 7 in most circumstances. From Tuesday 11th January, anyone who receives a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test should report their results and must self-isolate immediately; they will not be required to undertake a follow up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Finally, a new national approach to daily testing for COVID-19 has been introduced. All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 should take a LFD test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. For further information, please refer to the letter that was distributed this week via https://bit.ly/34lqDu5.
We encourage students to test twice weekly using the LFD tests and to report results to both the NHS and college, and we urge everyone to ensure they engage with the vaccination programme, including boosters when eligible.
Please be reminded that students should not come into college if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Should your child develop symptoms, they must immediately self-isolate and arrange a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.