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Coronavirus Information

Find updated information on coronavirus (COVID-19) below, including College announcements, guidance and support

Last updated: 14 January 2022

If you have Covid or are having to self-isolate can you please notify us by emailing covid@bcot.ac.uk.

 

Covid measures

The College will be operating as normal with all teaching being carried out on-site.

To ensure that we are keeping everyone safe, we would ask that if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (new persistent cough, high temperature, loss of sense of smell or taste - additional symptoms could include headache, sore throat or runny nose) that you do not attend the College site and get a PCR test as soon as possible.

We all need to make a concerted effort to minimise the disruption to learning that occurs when members of our community (staff and students) are required to self-isolate.  We can do this by following the established COVID-19 protocols of wearing a mask, washing hands and regular testing.

 

On-going testing

All students are expected to take a lateral flow test at home or provide a saliva sample twice a week.  If the lateral flow test is positive but you have no symptoms there is no need to book a PCR. If you are experiencing symptoms then a PCR is required.

Saliva tests can be collected from the lower concourse and can be returned to college for testing. We are also offering on-site testing in the lower concourse.  

If the PCR test is negative you can return to college  If it is positive please follow the guidance from Test and Trace.  Test and Trace will ask you who your close contacts have been and notify them, but they do advise that you tell people you have been in close contact with so that they can arrange a PCR test as appropriate.  Test and Trace will tell them if they need to isolate but current guidance is that you are not required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • You are fully vaccinated
  • You are below the age of 18 years 6 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

 

From Monday 17 January regarding isolation is that individuals may now take LFD tests on day 5 and day 6 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart; you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education or childcare setting from day 6.  If you are a close contact with someone who has a positive COVID-19 PCR result the guidance is to take daily LFD for seven days.

 

All visitors to BCoT should take a test before they come onto site.

 

Masks in College

All students are required to wear face coverings in all areas of the College including communal areas and classrooms.  This is being reviewed on the 26 January.

For staff, there isn’t a requirement to wear masks in classrooms but should maintain a 2 metre distance from students. If this isn’t possible then masks should be worn.  All staff should continue to wear masks in all communal areas.

 

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Staying Safe with COVID-19

Click on the documents below for more information on what steps are being made to ensure the College is safe for staff and students:

 

Reporting an absence or self-isolating
If you have recently had a COVID-19 test and are awaiting the results, you must not attend college until you have received a negative result. For self-isolation reporting, please email covid@bcot.ac.uk as soon as possible.

To report a student absence, please call 01256 306321. If the student is 16-18, we ask the next-of-kin to phone in with the student's full name, student number and course they are studying.

 

Government information
For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus

 

This webpage is updated with any new information that becomes available. If you have any questions or require any support, please contact Alexis Smith (Assistant Principal of Foundation Learning and Student Voice) by email at alexis.smith@bcot.ac.uk

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