Lateral Flow testing
The Welsh Government is advising and recommending that all staff and learners in education undertake a lateral flow test three times a week and we would strongly encourage you to do this on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday prior to attending college.
When not to attend college
Please do not attend college if:
If you develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19 you should stay at home and self-isolate and make arrangements to be tested.
Testing and Self-isolation rules and guidance
The Welsh Government has now revised the self-isolation rules.
Receiving a positive lateral flow test
If you have had a positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test, you should not attend college and should self-isolate immediately.
If you have had a positive lateral flow test and have symptoms of COVID, you need to arrange for a confirmatory PCR test.
If you have had a positive lateral flow test and have no symptoms of COVID, you do not need to arrange for a confirmatory PCR test and must isolate from the day of your positive test, as outlined below. Please inform us of your positive test result using the link here: https://bit.ly/32Oes8N
Developing symptoms of Covid-19
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate and take a PCR test as soon as possible.
If your PCR test result is positive
If you receive a positive PCR test you must self-isolate from the day your symptoms started and for at least 7 full days. Please inform us of your positive test result using the link here: https://bit.ly/32Oes8N
If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 7 full days. If you get symptoms while you're self-isolating, the 7 days restarts from the day after your symptoms started.
The NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service will contact you to give you advice on self-isolation
You can leave self-isolation after 7 full days (on day 8 of your self-isolation period).
You should take a lateral flow test (LFT) on day 6 of your self-isolation period and another lateral flow test 24 hours later. This is to check if you remain infectious and could pass COVID-19 on to others.
You should not take a LFT before the sixth day of your self-isolation period because the risks of remaining infectious and the chances of passing it on to others before this period is significantly higher.
If either of the LFTs taken on day 6 or day 7 is positive, you should remain in self-isolation until 2 negative LFTs or day 10 whichever is sooner. A positive result indicates that you are likely to still be infectious and the risk of you passing on coronavirus to others is high. If the result of the LFT test you take on day 6 is positive, wait 24 hours before you take the next test.
If you still have a high temperature after 7 full days, even if the LFT is negative, you should continue to self-isolate until your temperature has returned to normal.
You do not need to continue self-isolating for more than 7 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks following a COVID-19 infection.
What if I am identified as a close contact?
If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolation and what tests you should take will depend on:
Fully vaccinated in this context means:
You do not need to have received a booster vaccination to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of self-isolation rules.
If you are 18 and over, and not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate from the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 and for the next 10 days.
You should also take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. It is important that you take the tests even if you feel well as you may have COVID-19 even if you do not have symptoms.
Even if these tests are negative, you should complete the isolation period. This is because if you have been infected, it can take time for symptoms to develop or to become infectious to others.
If you are not able to be vaccinated for a clinical reason, you must self-isolate for 10 days, even if you get a negative PCR or lateral flow test result.
If you are a fully vaccinated adult or aged between 5 and 17 you do not need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact but you are strongly advised to:
The tests are free and are available to collect from the college reception or from a local pharmacy.
Ensuring your safety at college
All learners (unless exempt) are required to wear face coverings at all times in the college, including in classrooms, IT rooms, exam rooms and workshops and on all college transport
Physical distancing is still highly effective to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19. In line with this, all staff and learners are encouraged to maintain social distancing from each other whenever possible in order to minimise contact and hence help limit transmission. To support with this, green ticks have been placed on the atrium stairs, in the library and open access areas to direct where you are able to sit. The rule of 6 per table will also apply in the college canteen and atrium café.
Ensuring good hand and respiratory hygiene
Ventilation and room temperature
To ensure that you are in the safest environment possible, all of the college’s classrooms, exam and assessment rooms will be well ventilated. All learners are therefore advised to wear warm clothing to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during your lessons, exams/assessments.