Coronavirus Information

Following the most recent Covid-19 announcement, from Monday 29th November all students, staff and visitors will be required to:

  • wear a mask (unless medically exempt) in all communal areas including corridors.

We strongly recommend all students, staff and visitors:

  • wear a mask (unless medically exempt) in classrooms, workshops and studios. This is particularly important in areas where social distancing is not possible.

At the end of each lesson, students should ensure they are wearing a mask (unless medically exempt) before entering the corridors and wider communal areas.

Wearing a mask (unless medically exempt) is just one important way in which we can limit the spread of Covid-19. Other ways include:

  • testing twice a week (additional information below)
  • washing or sanitising your hands regularly, ideally when entering and exiting a classroom
  • practicing social distancing where possible
  • increasing ventilation by opening doors and windows (please wrap up warm for college)

New self-isolation advice

Those who have come into contact with a person suspected of suffering from the Omicron variant must self-isolate at home for ten days, regardless of their vaccination status.

We thank you for your ongoing cooperation and commitment to learning together in college.

These measures will stay in place until the end of term – Friday 17th December (unless we receive further guidance from the government or Department of Education).

 


 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Collecting your FREE test kits

Over the coming days and weeks we are introducing a new style lateral flow test which requires only a nose swab (rather than throat and nose).

These tests are called orient gene lateral flow tests. For guidance about how to take these new tests please visit: https://youtu.be/ZeX5txiZPyI

Test kits can be collected from:

  • Tangier Road Campus (Portsmouth College) – all entry and exit points
  • Highbury Campus reception
  • North Harbour Training Centre reception
  • Arundel Centre A1 (ESOL) reception
  • Arundel Centre A2 (Foundation and Resolve) from Samantha Gott
  • Flexi Centre, Arundel Street, from Steph Callaway.Test results

If you test positive, you should:

If your test result was unclear (void), you should do another test.

Positive, negative and void results should all be reported to NHS Test and Trace at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.

Self-isolating

Your 10-days of isolation start from:

  • the day of your positive lateral flow test result if you are not displaying any symptoms (asymptomatic)
  • the day of your positive PCR test was undertaken, or
  • your first day of symptoms (symptomatic).

If after 10-days you are still displaying symptoms of a high temperature, then you should continue to self-isolate.

Remember, if you’re showing symptoms of Covid-19 (even mildly), you should not come into college, self-isolate and get a free PCR test. Please remember to contact the College’s Absence Team and let us know you are self-isolating.

Covid-19 symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed.

However, if someone you live with has symptoms, or has tested positive, you will not need to self-isolate if:

  • you are fully vaccinated (2 vaccinations)
  • you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you are taking part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you should test daily and ensure you are wearing a mask when with others.

For full and up-to-date rules on self-isolating, please click here

Why take part?

These tests are to protect everyone, particularly those who may be vulnerable, from this virus. Taking part in testing is voluntary and you will still be able to attend College whether you take part in testing or not.

We would like you all to take part. Testing at home will allow everyone to attend college in as safe a way as possible.

You can view our COVID-19 Self-testing Privacy Statement here.

Vaccinations

The significant majority of staff and students have already had their vaccines – thank you!. Getting your vaccine is easy. https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site provides up-to-date- information on where you can get yours.

The Latest Government Guidance

The latest government advice and details on current restrictions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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