Frequently Asked Questions
These are new FAQs effective from 11am on Wednesday 13 October 2021.
This new edition of the FAQS has been created following the updated guidance from Shropshire Public Health.
Q. Someone from my household has tested positive, do I need to self-isolate?
A. Shropshire Public Health has now issued new guidance on household contacts of a confirmed case.
Where an individual in a household has a confirmed positive PCR test then all household members (“household contacts”) should have a PCR test even if they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Household contacts should now remain at home until they have a negative PCR result reported.
This means that students who are a household contact of a confirmed case (PCR positive) should not attend college while they are waiting on their result. If their PCR result is negative, then students should return to college, but are recommended to have a further PCR test 4 or 5 days after the first PCR test as an extra precaution.
Q. My friend in my class has tested positive, do I need to self-isolate?
A. The updated guidance remains that close contacts of positive cases from within the college should continue to attend college whilst they are waiting on a PCR result unless they develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19. It is now also recommended that these close contacts have a second PCR test 4 to 5 days after their first PCR test.
Q. Do I still need to wear a face covering at college?
A. We will require students who are not exempt to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas, but face coverings will NOT be required to be worn in classrooms or outdoor spaces on campus.
You may be required to wear face coverings in some specialist areas as well.
Q. Do I still need to test myself?
A. Yes, students will need to complete two LFD tests each week.
It is important that you test twice a week, and we recommend testing on a Sunday and Wednesday.
Test kits can be collected from the Reception & Student Service desks at each campus.
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:
- COVID-19 Vaccination Walk-in and Pop-up Clinics
- Places in Wales where you can walk in for a Covid vaccine
Q. Are there testing centres at college?
A. You can arrange to do a supervised LFD test on campus if you wish to, but we expect students to find it more convenient and appropriate to take these tests at home, as most new and current students are already familiar with LFD testing from doing so throughout the summer term. To book an onsite test please call 01743 342342.
Q. Where can I get Lateral Flow Device Rapid tests from?
A. Students can collect test kits from any campus reception or Student Services. You can also obtain Test kits from local centres. Details can be found by following the links below:
- COVID-19 testing in Shropshire
- Free Covid lateral flow home testing test kits available across Shropshire
Q. What happens if I test positive for one of the Lateral Flow Device tests?
A. If either of your lateral flow device tests returns a positive result, please ensure you self-isolate, follow government guidance and complete a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 2 days to confirm the result.
A PCR test can be booked via www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
Should the PCR test return a negative result your self-isolation will cease immediately.
Q. I have recently had a positive COVID-19 PCR test result, do I need to take Lateral Flow Device tests?
A. If you have had a positive COVID-19 PCR in the last 90 days, then you do not have to take a Lateral Flow Device test. Once the 90 days have been completed, then you should start taking Lateral Flow Device tests again.
Q. Will there be other measures put in place to minimise the risk of infections to students and staff?
A. We will 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.