Covid-19 Communications Hub
Coleg Cambria Update
Last updated 04.01.2022
Happy new year!
We do hope that you had a relaxing break and that you were able to spend some time with your friends and family.
We just wanted to give everyone a quick update on Covid-19 arrangements at Cambria sites.
Wales is currently at Alert Level 2 which means that we must be even more vigilant in the prevention of Covid-19 and especially the Omicron variant. That said, the intention is that education settings remain open and teaching is delivered face-to-face.
With this in mind, all Cambria sites will be open as usual for students on all courses from tomorrow, Wednesday 5th January.
The main challenge the College may encounter over the coming weeks is the volume of staff absence. Where we identify this becoming an issue, we will make class, subject or college site specific decisions to move learning on-line for a period of a week-at-a-time. These decisions will be communicated to students by their tutors.
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?
Following the announcement by Welsh Government on 29th November 2021 it will now be a requirement that all students, staff and visitors to our College wear a face covering in all indoor situations.
Therefore as of tomorrow (Wednesday 1st December):
- Face masks to be worn by colleagues and students in all classrooms / teaching environments
- Face masks to be worn by all colleagues, students and visitors in all communal areas, with the expectation of our hospitality areas when face masks can be removed when sitting to have refreshments.
Do I need to continue social distance when attending College?
Yes. You will be required to maintain the Welsh Government social distancing guidance at all times in order to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
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 email@example.com, 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?
If you live in Wales, as of the 29th October 2021, if you are under the age of 18 or are fully vaccinated if aged over 18, and someone in your household has symptoms or has tested positive, you should self isolate and take a PCR test. If your test is negative you can stop isolating. If you are identified as a close contact, but non household, you do not need to isolate if you do not have any symptoms, although it is recommended that you get a PCR test on day 2 from your last contact with the positive case and day 8. (government advice)
If you live in England 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 firstname.lastname@example.org