College update: 26 November 2021

Dear Students, Parents, Carers and Guardians,

This message sets out some important updates regarding our ongoing response to COVID-19.

Face Coverings

Following a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in our local areas, and after a recommendation from the local Public Health authority, we have decided to reintroduce the need for face coverings to be worn in all communal spaces and for close contact working from Monday 29 November unless you are exempt.  This requirement will stay in place until further notice. Your teacher or Learning Support Assistant will let you know if you are required to wear a face covering in your classroom, workshop or studio.

Vaccinations

The Government have announced that all healthy 16 and 17 year olds should be offered a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

 If you are aged 16 or over, you can now:

If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.

See the NHS website for more information.

Testing

With the numbers of new positive test results remaining high locally and nationally we wanted to remind you of when to take a test and where tests can be collected from on our campuses.

I don’t have any symptoms of Covid-19

Up to one in three people who have Covid-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms (gov.uk, 2021).  

If you have no symptoms, please continue to test yourself twice a week with a lateral flow test. All results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace

Lateral flow tests should be carried out at home the evening before you come to college or that morning, they should not be done whilst in college. Tests should be evenly spaced out such as on Sundays and Wednesdays.

If your result is positive:

Lateral flow test kits are available from the reception desk at each of our campuses.

I have symptoms of Covid-19

Get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of the following symptoms, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Do not come into college if you have symptoms whilst you wait for your PCR results.

Stay at home until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. 

Please also email H&S@gbmc.ac.uk, your tutor and complete this form to let us know you are self-isolating and awaiting a test result.

When you have your test result, you should follow the guidance given to you by NHS Test and Trace. Please also update H&S@gbmc.ac.uk and your tutor.

Helena Thomas
Principal

 

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