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Latest updates

Monday 17 January 

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19 from 17 January 2022.

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

 

Tuesday 11 January 

Confirmatory PCR tests to be temporarily suspended for positive lateral flow test results

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

Anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test:

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

They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed.

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Tuesday 4 January

Further to the most recent government announcement we will be implementing the following arrangements for students due to return to College for the start of the new term from tomorrow (Wednesday 5 January).

  • Face coverings must now be worn by all students in classrooms and workshops as well as within communal spaces whilst on College premises. Students who are exempt from wearing a face covering can obtain a sunflower lanyard from their Personal Achievement Tutor or Student Services. When wearing, please ensure the lanyard is visible at all times.
  • It is requested that all students take a lateral flow test at home before travelling to College. By testing before leaving your home it will enable positive results to be picked up before getting on a bus or entering College.

We have rapid lateral flow test kits available for students to collect from our College main entrances.

  • All students and staff should continue to take rapid lateral flow tests twice a week for the foreseeable future before travelling to College or work. Please report results straight away to help find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.
  • Download our College testing app. You should have received an email inviting you to download the app. This will save you time and helps us to identify any areas of concern so we can act quickly. Once you have downloaded the app, you will be asked to register your details and will then be able to record your rapid test results.
  • When at College your tutors will continue to ensure ventilation in classrooms and workshops by opening windows and doors. We suggest students dress appropriately for the colder weather and to improve their comfort in the ventilated rooms.
  • Any students who have been advised to isolate must not attend College until they are safe to do so.

We will continue to restrict visitors to the College during this period.

IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • 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

Please remember that if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 you must self-isolate and arrange a test using the NHS website or telephone NHS 111 and during term time please inform us immediately of any positive test results by emailing Student Services:

Bedfordshire: covidreportbedford@bedford.ac.uk

Northamptonshire: covidreporttresham@bedford.ac.uk

If you are not sure if you need to self-isolate please see the NHS advice here.

If you have tested positive for Covid in the past 10 days:

Individuals may now take a lateral flow test on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the confirmed self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, and feel well enough to do so, you may end self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to College from day 8.

If you test positive and/or have a high temperature, you should continue to isolate until the end of day 10.

If you are in close contact with a positive case, even if within the same household, please undertake daily lateral flow tests and only continue to come to College if it is negative.

If you still have any questions, please get in touch by searching our website, or use our  LiveChat from 8.00am Wednesday 5 January 2022.

 

December 2021

WEDNESDAY 22 DECEMBER 2021

We have enjoyed having our students in College over the last term returning for face-to-face learning in classrooms and workshops across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Now, as we all take a break over the festive period we thought it would be useful to highlight some of the latest guidance we are following and also what to do if you feel unwell.

We continue to recommend that everyone follows the safety measures below which are based on the current advice from the government and local Public Health England:

  • Take a rapid lateral flow test at home twice a weekbefore you travel to College or work and report results straight away to help find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.
  • Download our College testing app. You should have received an email inviting you to download the app. This will save you time and helps us to identify any areas of concern so we can act quickly. Once you have downloaded the app, you will be asked to register your details and will then be able to record your rapid test results.
  • Continue to wear face coverings when in communal social areas on campus such as walking into the building, corridors, breakout areas and seating areas. Wearing is caring.
  • Wash your hands or use the hand sanitisingstations when entering and exiting any building. You are welcome to bring your own hand sanitiser solutions to use throughout the day.
  • Keep your distancewhere possible and follow any social distancing measures that may remain in place around campus.
  • If you feel unwellplease take a lateral flow test before attending College.

IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • 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

Please remember that if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 you must self-isolate and arrange a test using the NHS website or telephone NHS 111 and during term time please inform us immediately of any positive test results by emailing Student Services:

If you are not sure if you need to self-isolate please see the NHS advice here.

Current advice (updated on 22 December 2021) states if you show symptoms and test positive for COVID-19 in England you will need to self-isolate for seven days instead of ten as long as you provide negative lateral flow test results on day six and day seven.All adults in England are able to book their booster vaccine if they have had their first coronavirus vaccine doses. To find your nearest vaccination centre click here.

If you still have any questions, please get in touch by searching our website, using LiveChat until Friday 24 December (our Customer Contact Centre and Enquiries and Admissions Team will be unavailable from 5.00pm on Friday 24 December until 8.00am Wednesday 5 January 2022).