We continue to follow current government guidance on COVID-19, which can be found here.
General update for students for January 2022
The government has advised that face coverings should now be worn in all indoor areas at college (including classrooms and workshops). CWA will be implementing this from the beginning of term in January 2022. Please ensure to bring your own face covering each day and wear it in all indoor areas as required.
All students should also undertake a lateral flow test at home before coming back to college at the beginning of term and then continue to test at home twice weekly until further notice.
Preventing the spread of Covid-19
Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us and we have put a number of measures in place to reduce the risk of Covid infection and transmission in the college community.
If you travel to college by bus or train, you should wear a face covering during your journey. When moving around college, students, staff and visitors will be expected to wear a face covering in communal areas inside college buildings, including corridors, reception areas and social spaces. From January 2022, you will also need to wear a face covering in classrooms and workshops.
What constitutes a face covering and how to wear one
In the context of COVID-19, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering, but these must securely fit round the side of the face. It is not acceptable to wear a face covering with inappropriate or offensive images or text.
We recommend that you either use a reusable face covering and wash it at the end of each day or dispose of a disposable mask at the end of every day. By following the simple measures set out below, you can help to keep yourself and those around you safer.
While wearing your mask, you should:
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times
- store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them
- wash a reusable face covering daily - it can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent or dispose of a disposable one daily
- ensure your mask is tight-fitting and covers your nose and mouth
- not share your mask with any other person
- not pull your mask away from your face to speak.
For more information on how to wear your mask and further protection measures, please watch this short video.
Click here for further guidance on how to make your own reusable mask.
Moving around college
To help you to move around college safely, we have introduced designated hand sanitising stations at the entrances and at various other points inside of each building. Please make sure you use hand sanitiser upon entrance to a building and as frequently as possible while moving around the college buildings.
Additional cleaning and hygiene
We’ve increased our daily cleaning routines to ensure more frequent and thorough cleaning and sanitising across the college campuses.
You can do your bit to help to ensure the safety of others by regularly washing and sanitising your hands, especially:
- when you arrive on-site
- when you return from a break
- when you are moving around the campus
- before and after eating, and using the toilet.
Response to infection
The main symptoms of coronavirus 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 3 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.
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms, although people infected with the latest omicron variant of the virus may not exhibit any of these symptoms.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of or think you may have coronavirus, please follow the steps below. More detailed government guidance is available here.
- Stay at home; do not come to college. (If you display symptoms whilst at college, you will need to go home immediately.)
- Telephone the college absence line on 01553 815999 to inform us of the reason for your absence.
- Get a test. Book online or by calling the NHS on 119 to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home until you get the test result. If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you must stay at home until you get your result. You must only leave your home to have a test and not have visitors until you get your test result.
What to do if someone else in your household has symptoms
If someone in your household has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, please follow the steps below. More detailed government guidance is available here.
- The person with symptoms should self-isolate and get a test. Book online or by calling the NHS on 119.
- If they test positive, they will need to continue self-isolating for the full 10 days (or as advised by the NHS), although they may be able to stop isolating on or after day 6 in some circumstances - more detailed information here.
- Exemption from self-isolation: Anyone in the household or who is identified as a close contact of the person who tested positive will need to self-isolate unless they have been fully vaccinated, are below the age of 18 years and 6 months or are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. Please read the full government guidance here
- If they test negative, they can stop self-isolating and return to normal daily life.
- If anyone else in the household develops symptoms, steps 1 - 4 apply.
If you test positive for Covid-19
If you test positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate immediately
- If you had a test because you had symptoms, you must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. If you had a positive test result but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test. You may be able to stop isolating on or after day 6 in some circumstances - more detailed information here.
- Anyone you live with must self-isolate for 10 days from when you start self-isolating unless they are exempt from isolation. Please read the full government guidance on exemption from isolation here.
If you test negative for Covid-19
If you test negative for coronavirus, you no longer need to self-isolate with your household, as long as:
- everyone you live with who has symptoms tests negative
- you were not told to self-isolate for 10 days by NHS Test and Trace
- you feel well – if you feel unwell, stay at home until you’re feeling better.
If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped.
To read more information on what to do when you receive your test result, please click here to visit the NHS information page.
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