Information relevant to ALL Learners, Parents and Carers
Do I need to wear a face mask 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 staff, students and visitors must wear a face covering at College (unless exempt), in all internal communal areas where it is difficult to maintain social distancing, such as libraries, classrooms, workshops, shared offices and staff rooms, and on College transport.
The World Health Organisation recommends that face coverings should be 3 ply (made up of three layers). There are disposable 3 ply face coverings available from all receptions, libraries, and student services areas and all teaching spaces.
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.
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.
How do I access Rapid Lateral Flow Testing?
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 every Monday and Thursday 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.
Are the canteen facilities open when we return to College after Easter?
The catering outlets will reopen on 12th April in line with current government guidelines. Social distancing will remain in place and layouts of each area will be set to minimise contact, and students may consume refreshments during breaks in classrooms (unless signage on a classroom indicates otherwise).
Do I need to continue to social distance if I am required to attend College?
In all internal communal areas where it is difficult to maintain social distancing, such as libraries, classrooms, workshops, shared offices and staff rooms.
Social distancing (staying 2 metres apart) is a very important measure in preventing the spread of the virus, and we ask all students to maintain a social distance as much as possible. You can still spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.
Our key aim for our full time learners is to keep contact groups as small as possible, in order to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and the numbers of learners who may have to self-isolate if a member of the group tests positive.
When outside on campus there will not be a requirement to wear a face covering unless you cannot maintain a 2 metre distance when talking with another person (s).
The guidance for part time learners is to maintain the 2 metre distance as much as possible, this means that we may need to change how we deliver your course to ensure your safety. Your tutor will discuss this with you.
What will happen if I don’t wear a face covering?
Students who refuse to wear a face covering on site (inside and outside) 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.
What to do if my Lateral Flow Test is positive?
If you do receive a positive LFT result you and all household / extended household contacts must self-isolate immediately 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 and your household/close contacts can cease isolating and return to college/work.
- If you receive a positive PCR Test you and all household / extended household contacts 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.
If a PCR test is not taken within 24 hours then the guidance is to treat the LFT as a positive PCR test and you and your household/extended household must continue isolating for 10 days from the date of the LFT Test.
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.
Why is the advice on how the College works to minimise contacts and mixing different to that of schools?
The diversity of the post-16 sector, in terms of the learning environments, provision and learners involved, means that in order to reintroduce face-to-face teaching a tailored, risk-based approach has been adopted; this is why the Welsh Government guidance for FE Colleges differs from the operational guidance for the schools sector. For example at Coleg Cambria we have over 16,500 students and apprentices attending our six College sites across Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham, studying a vast number of different courses, supported by a workforce of 1,300.
A person I came into contact with has tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do?
If you are living with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 you need to follow guidance on self-isolation, and you must not attend College, reporting your absence through the Student Hub.
If you have been identified as a confirmed contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, you will be contacted by the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. The contact tracer will advise you to self-isolate for 10 days from your last contact with the person who has tested positive. This will apply even if they or you have received the COVID 19 vaccine.