We continue to follow current government guidance on COVID-19, which can be found here.
What to do if you have symptoms or test positive
What do if you have symptoms
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 but generally feel well and do not have a high temperature, you should continue to attend college.
If you do not feel well enough to come into college or have a high temperature, you should stay at home and stay away from others until you feel better. You should add your absence to the student portal or call the absence line on 01553 815999 to let us know why you are off.
If you test positive for Covid-19
If you test positive for Covid-19, you should not attend college.
Although there is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate, you are strongly advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others and you should not attend college.
If you are aged 18 or under, you can return to college 3 days after you took your positive test, as long you no longer have a temperature and feel well enough to do so. This starts from the day after you did your test.
Children and young people tend to be infectious to others for less time than adults. If they’re well and do not have a temperature after 3 days, there’s a much lower risk that they’ll pass on COVID-19 to others.
If you are aged 19 or older, you can return to college 5 days after you took your positive test, as long you no longer have a temperature and feel well enough to do so. This starts from the day after you did your test.
If you test negative for Covid-19
If you test negative for coronavirus, you should continue to come to college if you are feeling well enough to do so.
Preventing and further details
Preventing the spread of Covid-19
Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us and we have put a number of measures in place to reduce the risk of Covid infection and transmission in the college community.
When moving around college, students, staff and visitors will be encouraged to wear a face covering in enclosed areas around the college. However, this is no longer a mandatory requirement. We will support all students and staff choosing to wear a face covering - please respect the choice of others.
What constitutes a face covering and how to wear one
In the context of COVID-19, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering, but these must securely fit round the side of the face. It is not acceptable to wear a face covering with inappropriate or offensive images or text.
We recommend that you either use a reusable face covering and wash it at the end of each day or dispose of a disposable mask at the end of every day. By following the simple measures set out below, you can help to keep yourself and those around you safer.
While wearing your mask, you should:
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times
- store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them
- wash a reusable face covering daily - it can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent or dispose of a disposable one daily
- ensure your mask is tight-fitting and covers your nose and mouth
- not share your mask with any other person
- not pull your mask away from your face to speak.
For more information on how to wear your mask and further protection measures, please watch this short video.
Click here for further guidance on how to make your own reusable mask.
Moving around college
To help you to move around college safely, we have introduced designated hand sanitising stations at the entrances and at various other points inside of each building. Please make sure you use hand sanitiser upon entrance to a building and as frequently as possible while moving around the college buildings.
Additional cleaning and hygiene
We’ve increased our daily cleaning routines to ensure more frequent and thorough cleaning and sanitising across the college campuses.
You can do your bit to help to ensure the safety of others by regularly washing and sanitising your hands, especially:
- when you arrive on-site
- when you return from a break
- when you are moving around the campus
- before and after eating, and using the toilet.
Queries or concerns