COVID

Although the Government has now said that it is no longer a legal requirement for people with Covid to isolate, the College is not comfortable with staff or students coming on site with Covid-19 or Covid-19 symptoms.

See below the following College guidelines: 

  • If you test positive or have Covid-19 symptoms you should stay home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days as per government guidance. Ideally we would ask that you have two negative tests, 24 hours apart, before returning to College

  • We encourage anyone who is absent from College with symptoms or a positive test to inform the College of any close contacts in the 48 hours prior to symptoms or a positive test

  • Staff & students are no longer required to test twice weekly, however, if you have access to a supply of tests you are encouraged to take a test before returning to College after the half term holiday. 

  • Wearing a face covering in College is now personal choice but you are encouraged to continue to wear a mask in communal areas.

  • Screens will continue to be used around College as appropriate. 

  • Home working only when agreed with line management on a case by case basis.  

If you have any concerns in relation to the virus, follow advice from Public Health England or call NHS 111 to discuss symptoms. Other useful information can be found on NHS UK.

Latest guidance updated 28th February 2022

Find up-to-date information on symptoms on the NHS website.

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

  • 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 and using CO2 meters to check ventilation levels

  • Sanitiser/wipes throughout the College including classrooms and offices

  • Review 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

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.

Contact tracing is handled by NHS Test&Trace. Staff & students should report positive cases to College. The rules around isolation relaxed on 16th August: 

  • Fully vaccinated adults (2 doses) are no longer required to isolate if they are identified as a close contact but should get a PCR test (no requirement to isolate whilst awaiting PCR results)

  • Adults not fully vaccinated will continue to isolate if identified as a close contact

  • Students under 18 are no longer required to isolate if they are contacted by NHS as a close contact of a positive COVID case but will be given appropriate testing advice

  • Students will be treated the same way as under 18s until 6 months after their 18th birthday to allow them to get vaccinated. The same rules as adults will then apply so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to 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

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.

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

From Monday 17 January, people isolating with COVID will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow test on both day 5 & 6 and they do not have a temperature. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the 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 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 LF tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of isolation.

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • Get the Covid vaccine 

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

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. 

 

 

 

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