COVID 19 January 2022 Update

Arrangements for return to college week beginning Tuesday, January 4th

We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed your break. Following new guidance received on January 2nd from the Department for Education, new arrangements have been made in College to mitigate against the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 as follows:

(i) Lateral flow testing All students are encouraged to take a lateral flow test at home before starting the new term if this is possible. The College is also scheduling lateral flow tests for all full-time students as early as possible this week, with regular testing to follow. Daytime adult part-time students also have the opportunity to participate in on-campus testing. Any students exhibiting any symptoms of Covid and/or a positive lateral flow test should not attend College but instead, arrange a PCR test at one of the local testing centres. Any absence must be reported in the usual way by contacting your student progress mentor. Students should return to College only after a negative test result or following the mandatory isolation period if tested positive. Government guidance can be found here:

(ii) Mask wearing It will be a requirement for all students to wear masks throughout the College day, unless exempt. This includes classrooms, workshops, salons, studios, the Learning Zone and other communal areas including corridors, and when entering and leaving College. Please bring your own face coverings to College. If this is not possible there will be face coverings available as you enter the building for those who need them.

The health, wellbeing and safety of all of our students and staff, and their families, is vitally important to us, so please follow the instructions above. Any questions should be directed to your course tutor or student progress mentor in the first instance. Thank you for your support and our very best wishes for a happy and successful year ahead in 2022.