Covid and staying safe
COVID-19 is still circulating. If you think you have COVID-19 and you are unwell (or have a high temperature) do NOT come to college
It is not possible to tell if you have COVID-19, flu or another respiratory infection based on symptoms alone. Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:
- continuous cough
- high temperature, fever or chills
- loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
- shortness of breath
- unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
- muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
- not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
- headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
- sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
- diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick
If you think you may have COVID-19 and are feeling unwell or have a high temperature please do NOT come to college. Please let us know that you are unwell and will not be able to attend college
If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, because you have been tested for a specific reason, you must follow all NHS guidelines to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
Four ways to stay safe
Get a COVID-19 vaccine. This is still the best way of keeping yourself and all those around you safe from COVID-19. Not been vaccinated and want to find out more? This NHS page will tell you what you need to know.
Let the fresh air in
Open doors and windows, even for a few minutes at a time. This helps remove stale air that could contain virus particles and reduces the chance of spreading infections. Keeping classrooms and workspaces well ventilated will help keep you healthy.
Keep hygiene levels high
Follow the basic rules of good hygiene to help protect you and others from COVID-19 as well as lots of other common infections:
- cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze – catch it, bin it, kill it
- wash or sanitise your hands frequently and thoroughly
- clean your work areas before use.
Consider a face covering
You no longer have to wear a face covering at college but it's a matter of personal choice and you can wear a mask if you want to. You may be in situations where wearing a mask will cut the spread of COVID-19:
- if you're in close contact with someone at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 or other respiratory infections
- when COVID-19 rates are high and you will be in close contact with other people, such as in crowded and enclosed spaces.