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 covid@eastcoast.ac.uk.

Covid-19 student flowchart update – 17/01/2022

Covid-19 student flowchart v15

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

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.

Social distancing

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 covid@eastcoast.ac.uk.