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Guidance on current Covid isolation rules

Sometimes it is difficult to know of the many Covid rules we need to follow, to help stop the spread of Covid.

We want you to be as safe and well as possible and we also want you to have access to all the relevant information to help you in your continued studies with us. With recent changes to guidance on self-isolation and more changes to come on testing, here’s what you need to know:

  1. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or feel unwell you should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. Do not come into college. You should arrange to take a test as soon as possible. If this test result is positive, you must continue to self-isolate. At the moment, if you have symptoms and test positive with a lateral flow test, you must follow up with a PCR to confirm.

  2. If you do not have symptoms but test positive on a lateral flow device, you must also self-isolate immediately, and follow the rules relating to 7 or 10 days. From 11th January, all those testing positive on lateral flow, without symptoms, will not need to follow up with a PCR test. Isolation rules still apply.

  3. If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 you are at significantly higher risk of becoming infected yourself.

    The rules on how long for have changed recently. From the date of your positive test, or your first symptoms, you must isolate for 10 days. This can be reduced to 7 days if you take a lateral flow test on day 6 and again on day 7 and both are negative. You must log all your test results with the government’s test and trace service. You must only return to college after 7 days if you have had two negative lateral flow tests or after you have completed the full 10 days if you continued to test positive on day 6 and 7.

    If you are aged 18 years 6 months or over and you are not fully vaccinated*, and you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate.

    If you are aged under 18 years and 6 months, or are fully vaccinated, and you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are NOT legally required to self-isolate. However, you are strongly advised to take an LFD test every day for 7 days, and to self-isolate if any of these test results are positive.

    *You are fully vaccinated 14 days after having received 2 doses of an approved vaccine (such as Pfizer/​BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Moderna/​Spikevax) or one dose of the single-dose Janssen vaccine.
  4. If you have been informed by NHS Test and Trace that you are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for COVID-19, you are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate if you are aged over 18 years and 6 months and are not fully vaccinated.

    You are not legally required to self-isolate as a contact if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months. However you are strongly advised to take a rapid LFD test every day for 7 days.

You must continue to attend college to participate in your studies if you are legally permitted to do so. Mask wearing when you are here with us is strongly encouraged. And please remember to test yourself two to three times a week and report your results to GOV​.UK. The more people we can protect the greater chance we have of keeping our campuses and all of our services open. We must all work together to avoid further disruption to your studies – we want you to achieve as much as you can while you are here.

All the best 

Mohammed Ramzan
Deputy Principal, Nottingham College