Face covering update – 11/02/2022
The college leadership team has taken feedback from students and staff and agreed that the wearing of face coverings in the college will become personal choice from Monday, 21st February.
- Hand sanitiser will continue to be available in college.
- Testing – please continue taking lateral flow tests twice a week, these remain available at reception.
- Vaccination: To find out more about how to get a vaccination please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or phone 119 (free), between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. Local information on vaccinations for Norfolk and Waveney can be found at https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme and for Suffolk at https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations-in-suffolk/
- If you need to isolate and work from home: The link for students to apply for Student Finance and laptops is https://portal.eastcoast.ac.uk/StudentFinancePortal, if you need help to do this email student finance on firstname.lastname@example.org / ring Lowestoft 01502 525124 or Great Yarmouth 01493 418312.
- Wellbeing: If you would like to speak to someone about wellbeing, our friendly team are available: Great Yarmouth – 07747037852, Lowestoft – 07823349327, Sixth Form – 07823349300 or for all campuses email email@example.com
- Useful links: Find support information on the website for a wide range of things you might need help with at https://www.eastcoast.ac.uk/student-support/wellbeing/
- Reporting absence to college: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 854695 – choose your campus – then option 1 to report an absence due to Covid.
Thank you for your continued support. If you have any queries please contact email@example.com. Wishing you all a good half term.
Covid Response Team
Covid-19 student, parent and carer update – 20/01/2022
The government has recently updated the rules around Covid self-isolation, the latest change being a possible reduction in the length of time which has to be spent in self-isolation if a person has two negative Lateral Flow Test results on days five and six of their self-isolation period.
The Covid-19 absence guide for students, parents and carers aims to help you understand what you need to do if you have Covid symptoms, test positive without any symptoms on a Lateral Flow Test, or live with, or are a close contact of, someone who has Covid.
The rules are complicated and in some areas are different depending on how old a person is and whether they have had two vaccinations – if you are unsure what you should be doing, please contact the College for advice.
Please forward any queries or request help to access the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covid-19 student flowchart update – 17/01/2022
College Covid-19 arrangements
In response to increased Covid-19 infection rates locally, the college has reviewed its risk assessments in order to introduce additional measures aimed at reducing the transmission of Covid-19 within the college.
These new measures are in line with guidance issued by the Norfolk and Suffolk Public Health teams and will operate in a similar way in many local schools.
Face coverings are required to be worn by students, staff and visitors:
- Upon entry to all buildings
- In corridors and stairwells
- In open spaces such as the libraries, the Core and Eating House
Please ensure face coverings are brought to College each day, except if exempt.
Whilst it is recognised that it may not be possible to maintain social distancing at all times, wherever possible social distancing should be maintained.
Should students attend college if feeling unwell?
In order to help reduce transmission of Covid-19 in College, please follow these steps if a student is feeling unwell with any cold of flu like symptoms:
- Students must not attend College if they have any symptoms which might be described as cold or flu like, this applies regardless of how mild the symptoms are. If these symptoms exist the student must take a PCR test.
- The student must not return to College until they have a negative PCR test result, or if their test result is positive, once they have completed the period of isolation notified by Test and Trace.
- If the student feels well enough, they can work/study from home whilst awaiting the PCR test result.
- If a student develops any symptoms which might be described as cold or flu like, regardless of how mild the symptoms are, whilst at College they must leave the College campus immediately and to go home and arrange a PCR test.
- The student must not return to College until they have either received a negative PCR test result or, if their test result is positive, once they have completed the period of isolation notified by Test and Trace.
- Students who have no cold or flu like symptoms are encouraged to take Lateral Flow Tests twice a week. If any cold or flu like symptoms exist, a Lateral Flow Test should not be taken and a PCR test should be arranged instead.
Please contact us if you have any questions at email@example.com.