As of the 1st of April 2022, the government will no longer provide free COVID-19 testing to the public within England. This decision will also apply to educational settings.
There will be some exceptions where you may be required complete a Lateral Flow Test (LFT). These circumstances include:
- In the event of a significant outbreak in the local area. In this situation we will be advised by the local health team or director of public health at the Local Authority.
- Large events or gatherings organised by the College e.g., graduation, staff meetings, celebration events etc.
- An outbreak in a particular area of the college
In the event of the above the college will currently provide tests to be used.
The above circumstances will be under ongoing review and dependent on available testing within stock held by the College.
If you are required to work within a different establishment e.g., Partner organisation you should check their testing requirements and adhere to these accordingly.
- Following the guidance should you test positive for COVID-19 you must inform the College through its COVID-19 reporting email and follow the recommended period of isolation. Learners should inform their Personal tutor or Faculty Office who will then be required to report it via the COVID-19 email.
- If you are 18 or under you are recommended to isolate for 3 days from your positive test or the day your symptoms began. If you are over 18, you are recommended to isolate for 5 days from your positive or the day symptoms began.
- A situation may arise whereby you test positive for COVID-19 though have no symptoms or illness. In these instances, you may feel able to work from home whilst isolating. If you are able to work from home, talk to your lecturer or line manager about work options available to you.
COVID 19 - What Should You Do?
Covid-19 Guidance and support
How will I be protected?
Weston College opened its doors back up in June, so we have had the opportunity to effectively implement and trial a robust approach to campus health, safety, wellbeing plans to ensure you are safe when onsite.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Every teaching space and communal area is set-up to ensure you can learn, study and socialise safely
- Additional cleaning, extra hand-washing and sanitising facilities have been added
- More staff are on hand to make sure everyone understands and follows the rules
- Access to the building is through each main reception of the campus only – we are tracking and tracing all staff and students through the scanning of ID badges at barriers
- Clear signage for a new directional system is displayed to enable safe movement around campuses
- We have curriculum pods and dedicated zones to limit contact with others onsite
- Face masks are mandatory in communal spaces and corridors onsite
- Teachers will wear PPE where there is a requirement for them to work in close proximity to learners to check their work
- Timetables have been constructed to ensure that you are in for set blocks of time - free periods have been removed where possible to reduce unnecessary movement of students
- Blended learning (face to face and online) form part of study programmes.
- Online resources can be accessed through Microsoft Teams, which is the platform that the College uses as its virtual learning environment.
- We request that staff and students to continue to engage with the Track and Trace App
- Only necessary staff and students are permitted on campus at present. All other external visitors are unable to attend under the current restrictions, all external meetings will be held virtually.
- Reporting a COVID absence in the first instance to your tutor and your employer if you are an apprentice or on work experience. All learners will need to keep the College updated on their situation, including new symptoms and most importantly learners cannot return to site until authorised to do so.
- Students/staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to study/work from home and not come into College. Individuals in this group will have been identified through a letter from the NHS or from their GP
- Students/staff who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend College.
What we will encourage you to do when you are on campus:
- If you need to cough or sneeze, remember - Catch it! Bin it! Kill it!
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
- Limit your movement around the campus and any unnecessary contact where possible
- Stay in your assigned curriculum pod and learning zone
- You will be expected to return home following any block of learning
- Bring and use your own laptop and tablets at College (loan and bursary support is available)
- Wear your ID badge at all times.
Need more information?
Check our COVID 19 Student FAQ's
How often do I need to test?
You should continue to undertake an LFT twice weekly before coming to college. Please always report your results through the NHS www.GOV.uk/report-covid19-result.
When do I need to undertake twice weekly?
Tests should be taken Sundays and Wednesdays or more regularly.
What if I test positive?
In addition to reporting to the NHS, you should report all positive results to your tutor/assessor, and they will advise you on next steps.
What information do I need to give when I report my positive result?
• The date you tested positive
• What testing method was used LFT/PCR
• What date your symptoms started (if at all)
• What date you were last in the college
What if I’m a close contact?
If you are a close contact of a positive case, you will be asked to undertake daily testing as a precaution. This is regardless of your vaccination status or age.
What if I live in Wales?
Wales will continue to follow the same rules regarding isolating for 5 full days and testing to be released early.
You may also be required to self-isolate if you have been a close contact of a positive case if you have not received your full vaccination and are over the age of 18 and 6 months.
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