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COVID-19 measures for September 2021/22

Whilst COVID-19 restrictions are no longer enforced throughout England, the College is maintaining some measures and procedures to keep the College a safe place to learn.

Please use the sections below to see what students and staff are asked to be aware of when onsite.

Social distancing

Whilst there is no longer a formal requirement for social distancing, we kindly request that everyone respects personal space and limits close contact with others when onsite.

The one-way system in the main corridor, floor markings and signage indicating lift capacities are still in place. 

Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene remains an effective defence against infection and we encourage all at City College to practise regular hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser.

Cleaning

The College will continue to deploy the extra touchpoint cleaning programme with Churchill and will ensure continued supply of products and regular cleaning of areas and equipment with a particular focus on frequently touched surfaces.

Reporting COVID-19

Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace; however we request that Test and Trace notifications and positive test results are reported via the Covid mailbox – covid19@cityplym.ac.uk – for monitoring and management purposes. 

NHS Test and Trace will work with any positive cases to identify close contacts. Contacts will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact.

 

 

Self-isolation rules

There is no requirement to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 or if you have been in close contact to someone with Covid if any of the following apply:

  • you are fully vaccinated
  • you are below the age of 18 years and six months
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

NHS Test and Trace will notify you that you have been identified as a contact and check any requirement to self-isolate. If you are required to self-isolate, advice on testing and preventing the spread of Covid will be provided.

If identified as a contact by NHS Test and Trace the College would ask that you take an LFT self-test and book a PCR test. If you have any COVID symptoms or the LFT is positive then you should isolate yourself from the College community. If the PCR test returns as negative you may return to College; if positive you will need to isolate for ten days or as instructed.

Home-testing

In line with Government guidance the College is encouraging students and staff to continue with home-testing twice a week using an LFT device.  Test kits are available at various points throughout the College, including opposite Reception.

Face coverings

It is mandatory for students, staff, contractors and visitors to wear face coverings in all internal communal areas. For more on face coverings, please click here.