How the College is preventing the transmission of COVID-19 on campus

City College Plymouth would like to reassure all students and parents that we continue to follow all current Government guidelines for the education sector and have a robust collection of control measures in place to ensure that we remain COVID-19 secure during the current period of national restrictions.

Whilst there have been confirmed cases within the College community, our staff have been able to swiftly reduce the risk of the virus being transmitted on campus. At this point in time, we are happy to confirm that there are no links between cases, or cases having started at a College site.

In addition to this, the College is still enforcing strict social distancing measures and the wearing of face coverings in all communal areas. We frequently promote the necessity for regular hand washing, ventilation in teaching and office spaces, and one-way systems around the College. The College takes the health and wellbeing of students, staff and the wider community very seriously and is working constantly to provide a safe learning environment. 

Please be assured that the College is taking the threat of this virus seriously, however we would like to stress the importance of your child attending College for their education and wellbeing. 

If you are the parent of a child who is considered clinically extremely vulnerable, then we would encourage you to discuss current arrangements with their tutor to ensure they are being supported during this time.

Ten ways the College is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The College is delivering courses via blended learning, reducing the number of people on site at any one time. 

The wearing of face coverings is mandatory in all internal communal areas, with a majority of students and staff opting to wear them at all times.

Internal areas are ventilated at all times where possible, as this has been scientifically proven to lower the risk of transmission. 

Directional flow and floor markings ensure students and staff can remain at a safe distance from one another. 

 Hand sanitiser and disinfectant products are provided in every classroom and workshop, and sanitiser stations in all corridors on the campus. 

Lessons are staggered to reduce the number of students and staff moving around the campus at once. Lunchtimes are also staggered throughout the day. 

Students are bubbled with people on their course and great care is taken to ensure these bubbles do not mix. 

Whilst the College community has largely welcomed the measures, staff will address any non-compliance.

Those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case within the College community are quickly identified and instructed to self-isolate. 

 

The College has increased the frequency of cleaning, with a particular focus on touchpoints and communal areas.

Guidance on when to self-isolate

If a City College student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the College will contact directly those who need to self-isolate. The College has a robust tracing system that allows for quick identification. Whilst you may be aware of a confirmed case at the College, there is no need for a student to self-isolate unless instructed to do so.

A student will also need to self-isolate if contacted by NHS Test and Trace. 

In line with the guidance, students will also need to self-isolate if they – or a member of their household – develop symptoms of COVID-19. 

If someone in your house is self-isolating as a result of being in contact with someone who has tested positive, there is no need for you to self-isolate unless the household member also develops symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

As we are in winter, and cold and flu season is approaching, it can be difficult to determine whether someone is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or a cold. This BBC video is useful for helping to tell the difference:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-54182329.

I/my child has one or more COVID-19 symptoms, what do I/we do?

If a student develops symptoms, they need to self-isolate for ten days from the day the symptoms started. 

If a member of a student’s household has symptoms, the rest of the household must self-isolate for 14 days.

Only those displaying symptoms need to be tested for COVID-19, not the entire household.

If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, please report this to the College by sending an e-mail to covid19@cityplym.ac.uk. If a student is self-isolating due to a confirmed case within the household, please also notify the College via covid19@cityplym.ac.uk.

All non-COVID-19-related absences can be reported via the usual channels.

How to order a test

Tests must be carried out within the first eight days of developing symptoms. 

To book a test at a local testing centre, or to order a home-testing kit, please use this link https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/condition.

 

Please note that if it has been eight days since the symptoms began you will not be eligible for home testing and you must go to a testing site.

When can I/my child return to the College?

The self-isolation rules vary depending on your circumstances. Please see the table below:

Symptoms Positive test Outcome
Yes Yes Self-isolate for ten days from when the symptoms started. Students can return after the ten days if well enough to do so. 
No Yes If a person has no symptoms but has tested positive for COVID-19, they must stay at home and self-isolate for ten days from the day the test was taken. 
Yes No If a student has had a COVID test and it was negative, they can return to College as soon as they feel well enough. 

 

In the incident of a case within the household, a student can return to the College at the end of the 14-day isolation period providing they remain healthy. If a student develops symptoms during the 14-day isolation period, the student must be tested for COVID-19 and must self-isolate for an additional ten days from the day the symptoms started.

What extra support is there for self-isolating students?

Please contact your tutor for assistance with your studies if you are well enough to continue working through this period. If you are in need of support for your mental health and wellbeing, please check Student Central for the links to the different support services offered at the College.