Welcome back - Start of the Spring Term

 Updated - Monday 17th January 2022


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From Monday 17th January 2022 the Government has further updated its COVID-19 measures and guidance for schools and colleges.  A summary of the key changes are listed below: 

 

1.     Face coverings in classrooms.

The government has reintroduced the advice for the wearing of face coverings in corridors, communal areas and in classrooms or workshops for all staff, students and visitors.  The College expects that all individuals wear a face covering, unless they are medically exempt.

2.     Temporary suspension of confirmatory PCR tests

Confirmatory PCR testing following a positive result on a lateral flow device (LFD) have been temporarily suspended. This means that anyone who has tested positive via a LFD, will no longer be advised to get a confirmatory PCR test unless they have symptoms.

The guidance remains unchanged for those with symptoms, in which case individuals will need to self-isolate and order a PCR test.

3.     Close contact of someone with COVID-19

Anyone who is fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months and who are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, are advised to take a lateral flow test every day for 7 days (24 hours apart) and should continue to attend College as normal, unless they have a positive lateral flow result.

For anyone who is unvaccinated and over the age of 18 years and 6 months and are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, are advised to isolate for the full 10 days. 

4.     Reduction in the isolation period

If a result from either a PCR or a lateral flow test result is positive, individuals are advised to isolate for 10 days. The isolation period can be reduced from a full 10 days to 5 days if a lateral flow test is taken on day 5 and day 6 (24 hours apart) and are both negative. In this instance, they can return to College on day 6. If either day 5 or day 6 results are positive, they should continue testing and after two consecutive negative lateral flow tests (24 hours apart)  they will be able to return to College. In all circumstances, individuals should return to College on Day 11.

Please note that Day 0 is the day that symptoms started or the day that the PCR/lateral flow test was carried out if there are no symptoms.

 

The above measures will remain in place until Wednesday 26th January, when they will be reviewed. We have updated our operational plan and risk assessments to reflect these changes and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

The above changes have been communicated to all of our staff and students and we will continue to keep our website up to date with the latest information.

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Principal – West Thames College


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We are now in the countdown to Christmas and the end of the first term here at West Thames College. For us it is business as usual: classes are going ahead as planned.

 

In line with the latest government guidelines we have implemented a range of safety measures to ensure that we can continue to provide a safe working and learning environment for everyone. All of our students have been fully briefed on the measures that we have put in place since September and we continue to monitor the  situation locally, regionally and nationally. We will continue to act in accordance with the latest government guidance.

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