COVID-19 Guidance

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Updated 24th January 2022

Covid guidance for staff, students and visitors

Covid-19 continues to be an issue for all of us. This information will help you to understand what we are doing to keep you safe and how you can help to protect your classmates, tutors and others.  

It is important to remember that attitudes towards risk and Covid-19 differ from person to person. Please be respectful and considerate of those who may wish to take a more cautious approach than you. If you are feeling anxious about coming to College, you should speak to your course tutor or student services about your concerns.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive or have been instructed to self isolate do not come to College. You should report your absence in the normal way - call 01274 327293, text 07860 031287 or email Apprentices should contact the Learning Coach on 07969 686915 and adult students should contact their tutor directly.If you are well your tutor will make arrangements for you to continue with your studies.

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, whilst on College premises or in your placement or workplace, you must let your tutor/manager know immediately, arrange to return home, self isolate and get tested. 

At all times you should follow the national guidelines for self isolation.


Covid-19 symptoms

The most common symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back 

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

You should also be alert to the symptoms of the Delta variant which include headache, runny nose and sore throat.


Updated guidance on the use of face coverings in education settings

Face masks should be worn in all communal areas of the College including corridors, the canteens and toilets unless you're exempt.

Can we please remind you about good mask hygiene:

  • avoid touching the front of your face covering during use or when removing it 

  • dispose of temporary face coverings in a ‘black bag’ waste bin (not recycling bin) 

  • if removing a reusable mask for any reason it should be stored in a resealable plastic bag 

  • wash your hands before and after putting on or removing your mask


Testing after the holiday period

Further education and higher education students, and staff in all education and childcare settings, should take one self-test at home either the evening or morning before they return in January, then continue to test twice weekly at home. Colleges should continue to make LFD tests available to students and staff who need them to enable them to test prior to, and at, the start of term.

Even if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they are strongly encouraged to take part in LFD testing on-site through ATS or at home once they have completed their isolation period for their prior infection.


Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.


Mixing and Bubbles

Restrictions around social distancing have changed. If you are 18 or under you will probably have been in a ‘bubble’ in order to limit the number of people you mix with. If you are an adult and/or apprentice you will likely have attended College remotely or been required to socially distance in the classroom. 

Bubbles are no longer required, and staff and students of any age are no longer required to practise social distancing. 

We do ask however, that you limit the number of unnecessary interactions that you have and that you minimise time spent in close proximity to others to what is absolutely necessary.

All College facilities, including the canteen, the Learning Resource Centre and gym will be open for use with reduced capacity where necessary. Please follow the advice of staff about how to use these spaces safely. 


Tracing close contacts and isolation

Contact tracing will mainly be handled by NHS Test and Trace. Staff and students should report positive cases to College.

The rules around self isolation were relaxed on 16th August: 

  • Adults who have been fully vaccinated (2 doses) are no longer required to self isolate if they are identified as a close contact but should get a PCR test. There is no requirement to self isolate whilst awaiting the results of the PCR test.

  • Adults who are not fully vaccinated will continue to self isolate if identified as a close contact.

  • Students under the age of 18 are no longer required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case but will be given age appropriate testing advice.

  • Students who turn 18 will be treated in the same way as under 18s until 6 months after their 18th birthday to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. After this point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.

  • Students who have taken part or are taking part in an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial or are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons will not be required to self isolate if identified as a close contact.

You should continue to consider the risks of close contact with others, particularly if you are clinically extremely vulnerable or not yet fully vaccinated. Just try to minimise close contact wherever possible.



Ongoing testing

You should continue to test at home twice a week and report your results to the College until further notice. You can collect LFD test kits from College.

Please register your results using this link We also ask that you register your results with the College.

*We have a single bay testing facility in College for any student or staff member who is unable to conduct tests at home. Appointments are available on request by emailing

 Positive test result

If you have a positive LFD test result you must self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. You will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive LFD test, and is negative, it overrides the LFD test result and you can return to College, as long as you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms. If the PCR test is positive then you must self isolate as per the national guidance.

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, you must self isolate and get a PCR test.

Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.



The College strongly recommends that all eligible staff and students take up the offer of the vaccine. For any staff or students aged 18+ who have already had the initial vaccine, the College strongly recommends that you book your booster vaccine (no longer a 6 month gap between second jab needed). 

The Covid-19 vaccine has now been approved for young people aged 12 and over and we encourage students to take up this offer at their earliest opportunity. 


Placements / workplace

When on placement or in the workplace you should make sure you are familiar with their risk assessments and follow these. If you have any concerns you should raise these with your manager/supervisor or otherwise with your tutor.

The College encourages students to have the vaccination. It should be noted that Health and Social Care placements will require students to have had the vaccination. The law states that all HSC workers have to be first vaccinated by September 16th 2021. The full vaccination (2 jabs) became mandatory when this entered into law on November 11th 2021.

Students on Childcare courses are also encouraged to be vaccinated as they will be working with young children. Placement providers have the right to only take vaccinated students. Therefore, vaccinations are encouraged by the College and those who choose not to get the vaccine may not be able to meet the requirements of the course.


What we are doing to keep you safe:

  • Implemented one way systems throughout most buildings and routes

  • Reduced capacity in shared areas like the canteen

  • Undertake regular cleaning of the buildings

  • Blocked open doors to reduce the risk from door handles and provided cleaning products next to high touch points such as vending machines, door openers and photocopiers

  • Increased ventilation in the buildings by opening doors and windows

  • Using CO2 meters to check ventilation levels

  • Providing an onsite test facility for younger students to take 2 tests in College as they return to College

  • Providing sanitiser/wipes at entry and exit points and at stations throughout the College including classrooms and offices

  • Permitting staff and students to wear a face covering if they feel more comfortable

  • Reviewed Covid risk assessments and developed an outbreak management plan

  • Promote the take up of both doses of the Covid vaccine amongst staff and students, including providing an onsite vaccination clinic

  • Supporting good student mental health through various initiatives including access to FIKA, a mental fitness app


Things you can do to keep you, your classmates and your tutors safe:

  • Avoid unnecessary interactions at College and outside of College - limit your number of contacts to those you need to see face to face

  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly

  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and then clean your hands

  • Wipe down your desk and any equipment before and after use

  • Where you can, sit side by side or back to back rather than face to face with others and use screens where these are provided

  • Bring all equipment you need for your sessions to avoid the need for sharing: your tutor will tell you what specialist equipment is required

  • Keep doors and windows open to provide good ventilation

  • Take part in the testing programme

  • Continue testing at home at least twice a week and reporting your results to College

  • Get the Covid vaccine - you can arrange this yourself online or attend the vaccination clinic at Shipley College, 1st - 3rd September

  • Access the mental health resources, engage with the FIKA app and share any concerns or worries with staff

  • Follow public health advice on testing, self isolation and managing confirmed cases of Covid-19



Do not come into College if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive or have been instructed to self isolate. If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, on College premises or in your placement or workplace, you must self isolate and get tested.

The full College Risk Assessments are available to view on the website. We will continue to monitor the situation and inform you of any changes or updates. If you have any questions you can put these to your tutor in the first instance.



We will provide regular updates on the College website, on social media and by your College email, in response to changing government guidance.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns for your health or for others in relation to the virus, please follow advice from Public Health England or call NHS 111 to discuss symptoms. 

Other useful information can be found on NHS UK


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