Shrewsbury Colleges Group has responded to the Omicron variant and the Government update announcement on 3 January.
Following the recent developments with the Omicron variant and the Government update announcement on 3 January, Shrewsbury Colleges Group can confirm the following arrangements are in place.
The college will reopen for all students on Wednesday 5 January with timetables running as normal.
Face coverings wearing
From the start of term, face coverings are now required in all indoor areas of the campus, including for students when in classrooms and workshop areas. Face coverings do not need to be worn in outside areas or when undertaking strenuous activity. Existing exemptions regarding the use of face coverings continue to apply, as per last term.
Keep testing – and test before you return
In line with Government guidance, you need to do an LFT test at home on either the evening before or the morning that you return to college in January, and then continue with normal twice weekly at home LFT testing. As we start the new term please ensure that you have a spare pack of tests at home and obtain replacement test packs from receptions at each campus when needed – the College has stocks of these for students and staff.
LFT kit collection points at the following locations:
- London Road Campus – Student Services & Reception
- English Bridge Campus – Entrance lobby
- Welsh Bridge Campus – Reception and Student Services
Positive COVID test results
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible, even if you’ve had one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Those who are close contacts of someone who has tested positive
Where an individual has produced a positive COVID test result (whether by an LFT or PCR) we will ask potential close contacts who are over 18 years and 6 months old and have had at least two vaccinations, or who are under 18 years and 6 months old, to complete daily Lateral Flow Tests (LFT’s) before leaving home and attending college for a total of 7 days and to report the results through the NHS online reporting system.
Those who are close contacts and meet these criteria should continue to attend college as long as their LFTs are negative and they have no COVID symptoms. Close contacts who are over 18 years and 6 months and who have not had at least two vaccinations must self-isolate for 10 days in line with current guidance.
This daily LFT testing approach will replace the request for “whole class PCR tests”.
Mock exams will take place as planned with additional measures in place to ensure the safety of students. Students will be more spaced in the exam rooms than they would in a classroom, and we will instigate holding areas to reduce the crowding on entry.
Students will need to wear face covers (unless exempt) whilst waiting to take their exams, both outside and inside the exam room. Once the exam starts, students may choose to remove their face cover. They will be asked to put on their face cover again at the end of the exam before they leave the exam room.
In addition to regular spot cleaning of high touchpoint areas on all campuses, we continue to apply the “Zoono” long-lasting antimicrobial surface protection to minimise the risk of transmission from surfaces.
We also strongly encourage parents, guardians, and other visitors to take a LFD test before entering any of the college campuses.