There is lots of information around coronavirus and government guidelines are regularly updated, so please re-visit this page when needed for the most up-to-date information.
We have compiled the most important and frequently asked-for information below. If there is anything else you wish to know, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event that a student or staff member receives a positive Covid-19 test, the College will contact all individuals that are affected by this in line with Public Health England advice.
For information on how learning is taking place during the pandemic, please read our update.
We are working to keep the College as safe as possible. You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker Covid-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’.
Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to stay as safe as possible. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread. The test is voluntary, but we would encourage everyone to take it.
We will be testing all staff and students who visit the College week commencing 4 January 2021.
Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. For under 18s, staff can oversee the swab process.
Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with staff and pupils participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
We know these tests work – in validation studies conducted by Oxford University and Public Health England, they were shown to be as accurate in identifying a case as a PCR test (99.68% specificity). The tests have lower sensitivity but they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.
Testing will be offered free of charge.
For more information, an instructional leaflet is available.
What to do if you, or someone you live with, suspects they have coronavirus or has tested positive for the disease:
*Symptoms include either a high temperature; a new, continuous cough, or a change/loss to your sense of smell or taste, or a combination of these
The Department of Education (DfE) has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.
Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline:
Call: 0800 046 8687
If you urgently need medical advice, contact the NHS by calling 111 or visit the NHS 111 website.
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