Important Update: Returning to College in September
Although the Government have continued to implement its COVID-19 roadmap, we all have a part to play and our individual actions continue to be extremely important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Whether you are joining us for the first time in September, or continuing your studies with us for another year, it is important that you are aware of The College's rules and suggestions to keep students and staff as safe as possible.
It is important that you continue to take your COVID-19 home tests. Please ensure that they are completed the day before you are due to begin/return to college, and log your results on the NHS and College websites. More information on testing can be found at thecollege.co.uk/testing
Despite the Government's continued relaxation of COVID-19 related restrictions, we recognise the importance of continuing aspects of the guidelines to ensure the College and wider community are safe for everyone. This includes following one-way systems throughout buildings as signposted.
Please continue to practice good hygiene. Hand sanitiser will be placed at all entrances and you must use it when you enter a building.
If you are aged 16-18, you may have become used to being placed in a “bubble”; this is no longer required by the Government and so we will not be setting up bubbles this year. However, we would encourage you to be sensible about social distancing at all times when you are in and around the College and try as far as you can, to minimise the risk of transmission.
When you are not in lessons you must not congregate in corridors and in particular, the practice of sitting on floors in the corridor is not permitted. There are a variety of spaces available for you to use when you are not in lessons and these will be open as normal this year. Classrooms doors will be open when sessions are not taking place except where there are security or other reasons for them to be locked and you should feel free to access your normal classroom outside of formal sessions if it is both vacant and open. However, you may not use classrooms to consume hot food.
Our smoking shelters will be in use and it will be the responsibility of users to maintain a safe distance from each other.
- 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 example 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.
Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test as soon as possible if:
- you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild
- you've tested positive for COVID-19 - this means you have the virus
- someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate - check below if this applies to you)
- you've been told you've been in contact with someone who tested positive - find out what to do if you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
You may need to quarantine when you arrive in England from abroad. Check the quarantine rules when entering England on GOV.UK.
When you do not need to self-isolate:
If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
- you're fully vaccinated - this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccination given by the NHS
- you're under 18 years old
Any queries, questions or concerns?
Please speak to a member of college staff should you have any queries or concerns.