Information for Students and Parents
- No student should attend college if they have COVID-19 symptoms or their household has been asked to self-isolate. Students should report their absence to the personal tutor.
- Any student who displays symptoms whilst at college will be immediately isolated until they can be taken home.
- If we become aware of any positive cases of COVID-19 in staff or students we will immediately inform Public Health England. They then work with the college to determine any associated individuals at risk and what action we need to take to inform those individuals.
- Key to minimising the risk for our students is that they follow our safety procedures. As a reminder the campus safety video can be found here. Students should ensure they avoid as much contact as possible outside of their class ‘bubble’, maintain good hygiene, and adhere to the use of face coverings and social distancing as instructed around campus.
- We will update our website daily so that everyone understands the current situation.
- If any students are asked to self-isolate or work from home as precautionary measure due to advice from Public Health England, they will be able to access online lessons and activities. The course tutor will provide details within 24 hours if this is the case.
What are COVID-19 symptoms
Following the return of schools colleges after a prolonged break, it is common for colds and similar viral infections to circulate. Below is some important information on how COVID-19 symptoms differ from those of other infections that we normally see circulating at this time of year. However, we advise that in all matters it is best to err on the side of caution and if you believe you have a heavy cold you may need to take a day or two off to recover and to prevent spreading it to your peers.
If you are unsure of your condition check your symptoms against this easy comparison:
COVID-19 symptoms. The main symptoms to be aware of are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour at a time, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If you should develop any of the above symptoms, you should self-isolate and you should book them a test as soon as possible at www.nhs.uk or via 119. Please let your tutor know you are off sick and also please let us know as soon as you have the results of your test. Upper respiratory symptoms, like stuffed up/runny nose and sinus congestion, are very uncommon in COVID-19.
Cold-like symptoms. Cold symptoms come on gradually and can include:
- a blocked or runny nose usually with a sore throat
- headaches and muscle aches
- spasmodic coughs and sneezing
- a raised temperature
- pressure in the ears and face
- loss of taste and smell (generally as a result of a blocked up nose)
We thank you for your co-operation at this time. We can assure you the College is taking all measures to provide a safe Covid secure environment and responding to all matters in line with national guidelines.