Coronavirus Testing

To support the return of staff and students to College, we have established a Rapid Testing Centre.

 

Testing for students

The College continues to follow the guidance set out by the government. Testing remains a key element within the government’s approach to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 and support the re-opening schools and colleges. Testing remains voluntary but is encouraged.

As part of our plans to support the return of students to face to face education, the College has phased the start dates for students to enable them to access a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test of the first day of their return. Where students were invited into the College to undertake practical work and have already had the opportunity to undertake supervised LFD testing, their test may be scheduled for later in the week.

Following their first test, students will then be able to access a further two LFD tests under supervised conditions. This will be at a time, planned within their timetable on a day they are in College.

In line with government guidance, the College will be moving to implement home testing for students from 15 March. Further details on this will be provided including information about how these will be distributed.

Download the attachment to find out more about how the test works

 

Testing for staff

From 8 March, the College will implement home testing for all staff. This will mean there is no need for staff to access the LFD testing available on site. We are awaiting the delivery of home test kits. Further details will be provided for staff on where they can collect their home test kits with instructions on how to complete the tests.

The test kits are only to be used by the staff member. Staff will be required to carry out twice weekly testing at home, 3 to 4 days apart. It is recommended that staff test in the morning before coming into the college.

For home testing, staff are required to register the result of every test they complete with the NHS system. 

For home testing, if you receive a positive result on the LFD test, you will need to book a confirmatory PCR test and self-isolate until you receive the result from the test.

Download the attachment to find out more the guidance for staff testing

Download the attachment to find out more about how the test works

 

Testing for households

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles. 

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
  • by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test. If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.