Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for New and Returning Students, September 2021

Capel Manor College is following the most recent guidance from the Department for Education (27 August 2021) to help students stay COVID-secure.

The College has issued a guide for new and returning students, which has also been shared with parents and guardians.

If you or someone you live with has Coronavirus symptoms it is absolutely essential that if you develop any of the following symptoms you should not come into the College:

  • fever, particularly a high temperature (i.e. a temperature of 37.8 degrees or over)
  • new continuous cough
  • loss or change in sense of taste or smell

You should follow public health advice on when to self isolate.

If you become unwell or develop symptoms, however mild whilst at the College please tell your tutor so arrangements can be made for you to go home.

You and everyone in your house must then follow Public Health England guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Close contacts

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus you will be contacted via NHS test and trace. Students who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 will not need to self-isolate if:

  • you are fully vaccinated
  • you are below the age of 18 years, 6 months

NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are required to self-isolate. Even if you do not have symptoms, you will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible. If you are symptomatic you should stay at home.

Testing

Testing remains important in reducing the risk of the spread of the virus at College. Students will be offered two on-site tests (lateral flow tests) when you return to the College. Tests are voluntary but we encourage everyone to take part to help protect our College community and keep everyone as safe as possible.

Students will then be provided with home test kits to be undertaken twice a week.

Further information can be found at www.gov.uk.

If you test positive you should self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. You will also need to get a free PCR test to check if you have COVID-19. Please let your tutor know if you have tested positive, have any symptoms, are required to self isolate or have any questions or concerns.

Whilst awaiting the PCR result, you should continue to self-isolate.

COVID-19 vaccination

We would encourage students to take up the offer of both doses of the vaccine, as soon as you become eligible.

COVID-19 vaccination is now being offered to everyone aged 18 and over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. More information on how to get a vaccine can be found on the NHS website.

Students registered with a GP can book their appointment at a larger vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites through the national booking service website or by phoning 119.

You may wish to refer to the COVID-19 vaccination FAQs for students in Higher Education Institutions as this contains information that is relevant for any student aged 18 and over. This has been published by NHS England and provides a range of important information.

Face masks

The government no longer advises face coverings for students, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas. You can find more information on the use of face coverings at “Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own.”

The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings but expects and recommends they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where an individual may come into contact with people they do not normally meet, this includes public transport.

You may choose to wear a face mask at College if you would like to, and we ask that you respect people’s choice as you will not always be aware of someone’s personal circumstances.

Hygiene

There will be regular re-cleaning of areas throughout the day with a special emphasis on the “high-traffic” areas.

It is important to ensure teaching areas are well ventilated and that a comfortable teaching environment is maintained. This includes opening windows and doors as appropriate whilst balancing the need for increased ventilation while maintaining a comfortable temperature. Please follow tutor instructions regarding additional ventilation.

Avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces as much as possible and use the sanitising wipes provided when you have finished with any equipment e.g. keyboards, desktops etc.

The first thing you must do, before going anywhere else on campus is to wash your hands thoroughly or use the hand sanitisers provided.

Avoid touching your own face and eyes and sneeze into a tissue (which should be carefully disposed of) or your inner elbow. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently throughout the day, and always before and after breaks.

These basic protections are the best way of keeping everyone safe.

Additional sanitisers will be available in classrooms and practical lessons. Teachers and students will be able to disinfect surfaces and equipment.

Keep your distance

It is great to see friends and tutors again, and make new friends but try to maintain social distancing and be outside as much as possible as these are some of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.