COVID-19: advice and guidance

COVID-19: advice and guidance

Last update: 11 April 2022

The following advice and guidance has been developed in line with the government’s publication of the COVID-19 Response: Living with COVID-19.

All staff and students have a responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. We strongly recommend you follow the government guidance, People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19

Key headlines

  • Students, staff and other adults must exercise caution when they feel unwell like they would with 'flu and other viruses, and if unwell must stay at home until they are well enough to return to college.  
  • There is no longer a requirement to test at home; you should only test if directed by a medical professional. 
  • If you are unwell and have a high temperature, please stay home and avoid contact with other people where you can.
  • You may come back to college when you no longer have a high temperature and you feel well enough to attend.
  • You do not have to stay home if a member of your family receives a positive COVID-19 test result. 
  • Face coverings are not required anywhere on campus; however, students, staff and visitors may choose to wear one and we will support them in that decision.

What to do if you have a positive COVID-19 test result

  • You should not test unless you have been directed by a medical professional.
  • Age 18 and under: if you are directed to test and have a positive COVID-19 test result, stay at home for 3 days after the day you took the test. After 3 days, if you feel well and do not have a high temperature you may return to college.
  • Age 19 and over: if you are directed to test and have a positive COVID-19 test result, stay at home for 5 days after the day you took the test. After 5 days, if you feel well and do not have a high temperature you may return to college.

Vaccination

All eligible staff and students are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including the booster. 

Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

To book a vaccination, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

COVID safety protocol

Our priority is to continue to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to our students in a safe environment. We will continue to do all we can to reduce the risk of the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

You can help to make our campus as safe as possible by following our COVID-19 safety protocols: 

  1. Do not attend college if you are unwell.
  2. Sanitise your hands often. Practice good hand hygiene and wash your hands regularly.
  3. Staff and students should ensure good respiratory hygiene by using the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  4. Face coverings are no longer required; however, staff and students may continue to wear one if they choose to do so. 
  5. Social distancing is not required anywhere on campus, but please be considerate of others.
  6. Wipe down any shared equipment/materials/tools; appropriate supplies will be in classrooms for this purpose.
  7. Wherever possible, maintain and increase the supply of fresh air, for example, by opening windows and doors.
  8. Please be considerate of our local community when you are in town.

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