Frequently Asked Questions

These are new FAQs effective from 2pm on Friday 25 February 2022.

This new edition of the FAQS has been created following the updated guidance:

  • New guidance on what to do if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID
  • New guidance on the wearing of face coverings within the college

Q. What should I do if I am identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID?
A. There is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate, however, if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
    If you have any of these symptoms you should order a PCR test. You are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people while you are waiting for the test result.

Q. What should I do if I test positive?
A. The Government's guidance is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days. You may choose to take an LFD test from 5 days after your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you did not have symptoms) followed by another LFD test the next day.
If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, the risk that you are still infectious is much lower and you can safely return to your normal routine.

Q. What information do I need to provide to the college if I’m absent due to COVID?
A. We are currently receiving a very significant number of absence emails stating a student is self-isolating, but no other information. While we appreciate you keeping us informed, it would be extremely helpful if you could provide the following additional information as well.

Additional information required

Please could you provide the following information should an absence be COVID related:

  1. If you have a positive LFT or PCR result, what date did you start having symptoms (if any)?
  2. What type of test have you had and on what date (LFT, PCR or both – if both please provide both dates.)
  3. Please confirm the date for the end of your isolation period notified by NHS Test and Trace
  4. If you have not had a positive LFT or PCR test, please clarify why you are self-isolating

If you are unable to provide these details, please provide your contact number so that we can call you to clarify and support you.

 

Q. Do I need to wear a face covering in classes at college?
A. From Monday 28 February, face coverings will be optional in corridors and other public places on all three of the college campuses.

Q. Do I need to be vaccinated to attend college?
A. As the official guidance is that 16 aged 16 and 17 are now able to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as all adults, we would encourage all our students to get vaccinated as soon as possible because being vaccinated reduces the risk of having severe symptoms if you contract the COVID-19 virus. You don’t have to be vaccinated to attend college.

Details of where vaccinations are available are here:

Q. What other measures are in place to minimise the risk of infections to students and staff?
A. We continue to use further measures on the three campuses to minimise the risk of infection. The measures that continue to be in place are:

  • An enhanced cleaning regime to target key areas and touchpoints
  • Application of a long-lasting anti-viral protective barrier to all classrooms and public spaces
  • Provision of hand sanitiser throughout all campuses
  • Provision of more food outlets to reduce congregation and mixing at break times
  • Booked seating in Learning Centres
  • Ongoing support for close contacts in the event of positive cases including informing those who are not a close contact but who share a class to advise them as needed.