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Coronavirus Information

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 info@farn-ct.ac.uk.

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.

Face covering update for 17 May 2021

You may be aware that the government is updating its advice on the wearing of face coverings in education.

As a student you will no longer have to wear face coverings in lessons from Monday 17th May, however to help protect yourself and others, face coverings will still need to be worn in communal areas (such as corridors and study spaces) where there is not space to adequately distance. We expect that you will be wearing your Farnborough-branded mask when you do need to wear one.

Some close-contact subject areas are unaffected by this change. This includes sport, hair and beauty, and catering. This is because face coverings are still required by other regulations set by industry.

We are aware that some students will be anxious about no longer wearing a mask, so we are reminding all students to please consider and respect each other’s feelings and circumstances. This includes maintaining a safe distance from others wherever possible and behaving professionally at all times.

You should feel reassured that the twice-weekly lateral flow testing for all students will continue, and the College continues to monitor results and cases closely.

Please keep your college mask safe, continue to regularly wash them, and bring this to college with you each day for use in communal areas.

We may be advised to reintroduce the wearing of face coverings for students and staff for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern. If this happens we will contact you as soon as possible.

While we can now look forward to seeing your smiles more often, please continue to wash your hands frequently, wear a face covering when required in other places (such as public transport), and maintain social distancing where possible.

If you have any questions, please contact your personal tutor or programme manager.

Lateral flow testing

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.

Student absence and coronavirus

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 College and Covid-19

Useful Links

Department for Education

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:
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Call: 0800 046 8687

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Travel advice

NHS

If you urgently need medical advice, contact the NHS by calling 111 or visit the NHS 111 website.

Every Mind Matters

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus Every Mind Matters website

Public Health England

Updates from Public Health England