This page is regularly updated to provide up to date Covid guidance and to offer an overview of how Nottingham College continues to manage through the Covid crisis.
Update: 4th March 2022
Last week (Monday 21st February) the Government announced its new rules for living with COVID.
This had two main implications for the College.
Firstly, staff and students, with the exception of SEND provision are no longer required to test twice weekly. We have also been told that we should no longer distribute test kits to our staff or students. If you want test kits for your own use you should get them from your local pharmacy or order them online.
Secondly, you are now (from Monday 24th February) no longer legally required to self-isolate if you test positive.
However, staff and students who have COVID symptoms or who test positive are strongly advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days.
Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days. You may choose to take an LFD test from 5 days after your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you did not have symptoms) followed by another LFD test the next day. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, the risk that you are still infectious is much lower and you can safely return to your normal routine.
If you live with, or have stayed overnight in the household of, someone who has COVID-19 you should work from home, if you can, and limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces. If you develop symptoms you should get a PCR test.
Students living with someone who has COVID should continue to attend the setting as normal, as long as they do not have symptoms.
If a colleague is displaying symptoms you should encourage them to go home at once avoiding public transport if possible.
If a student is displaying symptoms you should encourage them to go home at once and follow the existing procedure for dealing with suspected cases on site.
In most cases you can anticipate that parents and carers will agree that a student with the key symptoms of COVID should not come to College. However, if you are worried about a student who is displaying symptoms but is not willing to go home, you should contact your Head of Centre or you can take the decision to refuse the student if, in your reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other students and staff from possible infection with COVID-19.
Absences from college
If students are absent from college they should let the college know using the absence reporting form. You can also report a COVID result on behalf of a student or staff member.
You can find more information about Covid, its symptoms and all current Government guidance on the Government’s coronavirus web pages.