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Coronavirus Update

06 September 2021

For your safety in college

We are doing all we can to make the college a Covid safe environment.

While wearing face coverings in public is now a personal choice, the Government still “expects and recommends” the use of face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces. We are recommending that all staff and students continue to wear face coverings in college, if they can.

We will be keeping in place the following measures:

  • Hand sanitisers in reception areas and across the colleges
  • Perspex screens in public face-to-face areas
  • Face coverings recommended in all public areas (as well as in the classroom, if people can)
  • An enhanced cleaning regime

We will keep these measures under regular review to ensure they reflect the latest and best advice.

Covid Symptoms

If you have covid symptoms, please do not come into college. 

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) 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, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • 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 have any of these symptoms, get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result, even if the symptoms are mild.

Covid-19 Lateral Flow Testing – at home

We are also asking all students, if they can, to take a Covid test before they come into college. This is so that we can be confident that we are in a Covid free environment. Don’t worry if you can’t take the test before coming into college, we can offer you a test on arrival.

You can collect the kits from the reception at James Watt College, and from the right -hand side reception by reception at Matthew Boulton College and the upper LRC at Sutton Coldfield College.

Please do also collect kits for your family as well – we want to ensure that all our families and friends are protected.

Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

You can report positive, negative or void results using the college booking app here and via the Government Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test result portal –  gov.uk online

If you are taking part in home testing please read our privacy statement here.

We are also encouraging all students that can have the Covid vaccine to seriously consider having the vaccination if they have not already. Having the vaccination can keep you from getting and spreading the virus.  Click here to see where you could have a vaccination.

 

Frequently asked questions

We have also put together some FAQs to help give guidance and support,  please click here to read them.

 

NHS app

 

The NHS COVID-19 app, is available to download for free in England and Wales.

The app has a number of tools including – contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in.  Click here to read a quick and easy guide on how the app works

 

NHS COVID-19 app