We have had cases of COVID-19 confirmed at a number of campuses since the start of term.
This is worrying but the number of cases is rising both locally and nationally.
When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed we are following national guidance and a clear set of operating procedures and risk assessments to minimise the risk to other students and staff.
We are asking those students and staff who may have been in close contact with the affected person to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days from their last possible date of contact. Those small number of our students who have been in direct prolonged contact with a confirmed case have received an individual letter advising them to stay at home, in self-isolation, for 14 days.
Students should continue to come to college, to their campus of study, as advised by their tutors in accordance with their timetable, and obey all measures we have put in place to keep them safe.
We understand that these cases are a worry for our students and their loved ones. We are working closely with the local Health Protection team and taking all necessary steps to keep our students, and their families, safe.
Everyone can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can find out more about the process in place at the college here.
What to do if you or your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
If you or your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 (see below), they must not come to college.
Instead they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and should be arranged online or by calling 119.
All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. This advice should be followed if your child, or anyone in your household, develops Covid symptoms.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Nottingham College has introduced a number of measures across its sites and all our students are asked to obey the protocols for their own safety, that of their teachers, and their friends and family.