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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