Coronavirus Update 29th November 2021
On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK.
New measures are to be introduced as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant while more information is gathered. We will continue to keep this under review as the situation develops.
This variant reminds us that this pandemic is far from over and that we must do all we can to keep this virus at bay.
Face coverings should be worn by students, staff and visitors when moving around college sites, outside of classroom or indoor teaching areas, such as corridors or communal areas, unless exempt.
Learners should also wear face coverings when travelling on public transport to and from college or work placements.
Learners who are exempt from the wearing of face-coverings should display their exemption badge clearly at all times.
A supply of face coverings is available at the reception for learners who forget to bring their own, but these should not routinely be relied upon.
Lateral flow testing (LFD)
All staff and Students must continue to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests and report their results with NHS England. LFD kits are available at the reception areas.
• Reporting positive test
If you develop Covid-19 symptoms or have a positive (LFD) test, follow the current guidelines on when to self-isolate. Guidelines are available here.
You will need to submit ‘Self-isolation declaration and contact tracing form’
You will need to get a free PCR test to confirm results and you must self-isolate whilst you wait for this.
New guidance is now recommending that people also get a PCR test if they have cold symptoms, rather than relying on lateral flow testing. However, you do not have to isolate while waiting for PCR results if it is based on cold symptoms.
If you test positive after a PCR Test for Coronavirus please inform the ICTC immediately using firstname.lastname@example.org
All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters.
Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.
To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).
Thank you for your continued positive support.
This advice remains subject to change as the situation develops, so please check back regularly to this page for updates. Many thanks for your continued efforts to keep college a safe place to study.