Covid-19 Communications Hub
Coleg Cambria Update
Last updated 01.09.2021
As we get ready to welcome all students and apprentices joining us from 6th September 2021, we are delighted that delivery across all our sites will be face to face delivery, ensuring that we continue to follow the latest Welsh Government advice and guidance.
All students and apprentices can attend their timetabled classes as usual College transport will run as normal according to the published timetables.
The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our number one priority and, as an organisation, we are doing all we can to ensure that our sites are safe places to work and learn.
For any further questions please refer to our FAQs
How do I access Lateral Flow Tests?
Students are asked to please read the Frequently Asked Questions found here before completing the online consent form which can be found on the College’s Student Hub site here. If a student does wish to take part in the testing, then they should carry out a test twice a week, before they come into College. Please remember that you are required to log all your results via the NHS portal.
Test kits are available from Student Services at all College sites and at the Engineering Department Reception point at the Deeside site. Alternatively they are available from local pharmacies and are free of charge.
What to do if my Lateral Flow Test is positive?
If you do receive a positive LFT result you must self-isolate immediately (even if you have received the vaccine) and you will need to book to take a confirmatory PCR test within 24 hours of the LFT result. You also need to inform the College of your absence via the Student Hub choosing the option COVID-19 Positive Lateral Flow Test Self-Isolation.
- If you remain asymptomatic and receive a negative PCR test then you can cease isolating and return to college/work.
- If you receive a positive PCR Test you are to continue to isolate for 10 full days from the date of the positive LFT result returning to college/work on day 11 if you are fit and well and free from a temperature.
As always, if you develop any symptoms of COVID 19 (even after LFT or PCR testing), do not attend College, self-isolate immediately and book a further PCR test at a testing centre. If you’ve had the coronavirus vaccine but have symptoms or have been told to self-isolate by Track and Trace you must still self-isolate and follow the guidance.
Your tutors will get in touch with you to arrange for online learning so that you can continue with your studies from home.
Do I need to wear a face covering to come on to a College site?
In line with the most recent Welsh Government Guidance for the Safe Operation of post-16 learning, all students must wear a face covering at College (unless exempt), in the public areas of the college. These areas are; the ground floor of Hafod building Yale, and the Reception and corridor area through to sports facilities at Deeside. In addition you must have a face covering when traveling on College Transport.
If you have an exemption from wearing a face covering then you need to wear a yellow exemption lanyard in addition to your College lanyard. You can apply for an exemption lanyard at the Student Services department on each site.
There is no longer a requirement to wear a face covering in all internal communal areas, such as classrooms, libraries, workshops, shared offices and staff rooms. You may of course still choose to wear a face covering when on site, especially when moving around the College when it is busy.
Please note separate arrangements and practices that are in place for our Independent Living Students remain unchanged and they will continue to be supported by their allocated staff team.
Do I need to continue social distance when attending College?
Following the move to Alert Level Zero in Wales there is no longer for students to be socially distanced in any of our internal settings such as classrooms and workshops. However we are encouraging all students and staff, where possible, to maintain a physical distance as part of the ways in which we can reduce the spread of COVID 19.
How do I show my PCR test result to college?
Once you have received your test results, please forward this on to college before returning to campus by sending the result to the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org, we can then check the result and provide further advice as to whether you can return or need to isolate for an extended period.
Please do not return to campus until advice has been given.
What to do if I have symptoms of COVID 19.
If you have any coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change of taste or smell), you must self-isolate at home and get a test. You must not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You must not come onto campus. Instead, please notify the College of your absence through the Student Hub and follow the government’s self-isolation guidelines and NHS advice to book a PCR test. It is important that you do not use a Lateral Flow Test if you have any symptoms, they are only to be used if you are asymptomatic (have no symptoms of COVID 19).
A person I came into close contact with has tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do?
As of 7th August 2021, if you are 18 or over and have been fully vaccinated and received the vaccine in the UK, or aged under 18 and vaccinated or not, you will no longer have to self-isolate if you have been identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including household members. You will be asked by TTP to take PCR tests on Day 2 from your last contact with the positive case (or as soon as possible) and on Day 8. It is important that you take these tests even if you feel well, you may have COVID-19 even if you do not have symptoms.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms at any point, no matter how mild, regardless of your age or vaccine status, you should immediately self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 PCR test.
If you are over the age of 18, and have not received a full course of COVID-19 vaccination in the UK, you should self-isolate for 10 days if:
- You develop COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild (and you should book a test).
- You live with someone who has developed COVID-19 symptoms and they are awaiting the outcome of a PCR test.
- You live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- You have been contacted by the TTP service and told to self isolate because someone you have had close contact with has tested positive for COVID-19.
What will happen if I don’t wear a face covering when required?
Students who refuse to wear a face covering on site in identified specific areas or on College transport will be fixed term excluded from the College and will be unable to return until such time that College wide restrictions are reduced.
Can Work-based Learning Assessors visit students at their workplace?
Yes, following the latest Welsh Government guidelines our Work Based assessors will be able to visit workplaces, and will be complying with any preventive measures that are in place in employer settings. If you have any queries contact your assessor directly or email email@example.com