Our first priority is keeping our students and staff safe. We continue to follow the relevant guidance from the Department for Education and will continue to have a range of safety measures in place for the coming academic year.
The requirement to isolate for those with confirmed cases of Covid was removed on Thursday 24 February, 2022. However, the advice remains to isolate for five full days and until two consecutive negative tests have been achieved.
We have vulnerable students and staff at the college and we want them to feel and be safe. Therefore we are advising and encouraging any student or staff member who tests positive or has symptoms (any of the three main symptoms - a new cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to their sense of taste or smell), to isolate to avoid spreading the virus to others. We will continue to support students who do isolate and wish to study from home.
The recommendation for those in education settings to test twice weekly was also suspended and free universal tests for the general public will be withdrawn on 1 April, 2022 but will be available for vulnerable people.
We still have test kits available to our students and we encourage students to keep using these to test themselves.
Other safety measures
We continue to take the following preventative measures to keep staff and students safe:
- Well ventilated classrooms
- Asking people who are unwell to stay at home
- Recommending students using our transport service to wear face coverings whilst travelling
- Promotion of good hygiene including regular handwashing and the “Catch it, bin it, kill it” messaging
- Supporting all those who wish to continue with the use of face coverings
- Toilet cleaning throughout the college day
- Whole college cleaning each morning
Over two thirds of 18-30 year old's have already had their first Covid jab, It's the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious infection.
Many of the Covid-19 patients now in hospital are young and unvaccinated. It is important that you get your first and second dose for maximum protection.
Vaccinated people are far less likely to get Covid with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious Covid-19, be admitted to hospital, or to die from it. Vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.
Getting a vaccine
If you haven't had your first dose yet, you can book now at a centre or find your nearest walk in clinic at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine
If you are required to have a second dose you can arrange this through the booking service at www.nhs.uk/vaccine, or by going to a local walk in clinic 8 weeks after your first dose.