COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
LATEST UPDATE: 05.04.2022
COVID is now to be managed as for any other respiratory infection. Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
• There is no requirement to take a PCR test and staff should now report absence following the usual absence procedures. As no test is now required the college will no longer require staff to purchase PCRs or LFTs and will no longer reimburse purchases made after today.
• There is no requirement to test for COVID from today and no test kits can be ordered. Colleges and schools with excess stock are not to give out the tests and will be advised by the government of how to return / dispose of tests
• The government state that adults with a positive test for COVID, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. There is no longer a requirement to test before returning to work and staff who have tested positive can now return to work after 5 days.
• There is no requirement for staff to remain at home if a family member / close contact has tested positive.
Learners and moving forward
• There is no requirement for learners to test. Covid will be treated as a respiratory infection, and learners who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature. They will be marked as they would for sickness.
• If you are advised a learner has taken a test with a positive result, then those aged 18 and under are recommended to stay at home for 3 days (returning on day 4)
For further details please see the full government advice at Government sets out next steps for living with Covid- CLICK HERE
Please find our Covid-19 risk assessment available for download here: Risk Assessment – COVID-19
Code of Conduct
Please find the latest code of conduct guidance for learners relating to COVID-19: Code of Conduct Covid-19
Government Information and links
Please use https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for the latest information about the virus and how to protect yourself.
The Department for Education has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 0468 687
Opening hours: 8am–6pm (Monday to Friday)
For information on Higher Education guidance click here.
Duty Safeguarding Staff will still be providing safeguarding cover from 08.30 – 17.00 on normal working days although this may be facilitated remotely.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact customer enquiries on 0330 123 2523 or email email@example.com for details of the duty Safeguarding Officer.