College and COVID 2021 Updates

Covid and College Updates

Welcome to the KC Covid update page.

Kidderminster College is open and delivering a normal timetable wherever possible, but we have plans in place should restrictions change.

We want to reassure everybody that safety remains our highest priority and some safety measures continue to be in place across campus. The FAQs below will provide further information about how we’re helping you stay safe while you’re on campus with us

2022 COVID UPDATES

For the latest 2022 COVID updates, please click the link above

Student Covid Testing

All students and colleagues are encouraged to continue testing at home twice weekly.

All home test results should be reported to both Kidderminster College and the NHS, even if your results are negative, using the links below. (We recommend bookmarking these links on your phone):

 Report this to the NHS and to Kidderminster College.

You should also book a PCR test to confirm your result.

This will allow close contacts to be identified and supported to self-isolate. You and the rest of your household will also need to self-isolate following the latest NHS guidance.

You must not attend campus after a positive test

Covid Vaccines For Young People

Vaccines to help protect against the effects and transmission of Covid-19 are now available to everybody aged 16 and over. Getting vaccinated if you can is the quickest way to help protect yourself and others around you. Find your nearest vaccination site here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Covid and College:

Do I need to wear a face covering?

The latest Government guidance (announced 27 November) outlines that face coverings should now be worn in communal areas of colleges unless you are exempt. This means that all students are expected to wear “masks on the move” within corridors and when moving around the College.

This new guidance does not apply to classrooms and face coverings do not have to be worn inside classrooms unless you choose to do so. There may be some exceptions to this, however, any changes will be communicated to you by your Tutor.

What does learning look like?

Kidderminster College is open and delivering a normal campus experience as much as possible for all of our students. That means on-campus lessons, a full timetable and full access to all campus facilities.

Safety remains our highest priority and we’re working hard to make sure that campus remains a safe place to learn. This means that there will continue to be some safety measures in place across campus such as signs to ‘Keep Left’ and we remind everybody that wearing a face covering when moving around campus is required under government guidance.

We are also fully prepared in case any wider restrictions are reintroduced.

Students and colleagues MUST NOT attend campus if they test positive for Covid-19, or are required to self-isolate.

Will I need a Covid test to attend college?

All schools, colleges and universities have been asked to provide testing on campus ahead of opening in September. This is to ensure that we can identify any aysmptomatic cases and help all of our students return to college safely without risking a rise in positive cases.

All students are asked to attend two lateral flow tests on our main campus, we will be in touch with your allotted time slots shortly.

Following this, students and colleagues will also be encouraged to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when the government will review its guidance.

How do I get my test results?

You will receive your results by text and email within one hour of your test.

Result notifications come from the NHS and not the College.

Will I be asked to take part in home testing?

All students and colleagues are encouraged to continue testing at home twice weekly until the end of September, when the government will review its guidance.

All home test results should be reported to both Kidderminster College and the NHS, even if your results are negative, using the links below. (We recommend bookmarking these links on your phone):

How do I report my home test results?

All home test results should be reported to both Kidderminster College and the NHS, even if your results are negative, using the links below. (We recommend bookmarking these links on your phone):

What if I test positive for Covid-19?

If you take a Lateral Flow test and your test result is positive, you will be required to report this to the NHS and to Kidderminster College.  You should also book a PCR test to confirm your result.

This will allow close contacts to be identified and supported to self-isolate. You and the rest of your household will also need to self-isolate following the latest NHS guidance.

You must not attend campus after a positive test

What if I get symptoms of Covid-19

If you, or someone in your household experiences symptoms, DO NOT ATTEND campus. The main symptoms include a fever, a new and continuous cough, or a loss of taste and smell.

If you develop symptoms:

If you develop one or more of the main symptoms of Covid-19 you should stay at home for the time recommended by the NHS and book a test here.

You should not return to campus until you receive a negative test result or your isolation period has finished.

If you are already at college when you develop symptoms, you will be asked to go to an isolated room before going home to isolate and book a test.

You should inform the college of your test results as soon as you receive them.

What if someone on campus tests positive for Covid-19?

When we receive news of a confirmed case from a student or a staff member, we follow the steps below. This explains why students and parents won’t always be contacted directly regarding confirmed cases on campus.

Step 1

The first thing we do is contact the local Health Protection Team (that’s a local arm of the government’s Public Health department who help to manage our health and safety on a regional level).

They will ask us and the affected persons lots of questions about when they were last on campus, which areas they’ve been to and who they’ve been in contact with.

Step 2

From this information, they’ll decide who will need to self-isolate or undertake testing. If you are affected by this, for example because they’re in your class or share a floor on a building with you, we will contact you directly.

In some cases, you will be asked to self-isolate and at other times you may not be asked to self-isolate but your learning will be moved online temporarily, following your usual timetable.

If you are not contacted directly, it is because it is extremely unlikely that you have been in any contact with the affected persons and therefore are not at any risk. Therefore, you should continue to follow your timetable as normal unless you are advised otherwise.

For those who are asked to self-isolate or remain at home, it is important to remember that the risk remains extremely low, thanks to the measures we have in place on campus which reduce contact with others.

Step 3

We will always undertake a deep cleaning of the affected areas when guided to do so, using specialist equipment and products designed to eradicate Covid-19. This means students may see teams of people in full PPE around campus from time to time and this is nothing to be concerned about.

While deep cleaning will usually only affect certain classrooms and facilities, we will update our website and social media (Facebook and Twitter) when this may impact on learning (for example if a building will be closed for a day).

However, it is not possible for us to contact all students individually. As you will understand, our priority is contacting students directly affected, following the advice of the local Health Protection Team and ensuring the learning of unaffected students continues uninterrupted. We will keep you updated via social media (Facebook and Twitter).

What if I, or someone I live with, are high risk?

Your health and wellbeing is our first priority and Kidderminster College is here to support you.

We understand that some students may be at additional risk or feel anxious about returning to college, particularly if you have any underlying health condition, are part of the BAME community or live with someone who is vulnerable.

Please be reassured that we have taken all possible and suitable precautions to ensure that our campus is a safe place to study.

If you have any health concerns about your return to college please speak to your Personal Tutor, who will be able to ensure we put the right support in place for you.

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend college?

Vaccines are not mandatory but they are the best way to protect yourself and others against the transmission and effects of Covid-19.

Vaccines are now available to

  • anyone aged 16 and over
  • anyone aged 12-15 living in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed.

Getting vaccinated if you can is the quickest way to help protect yourself and others around you. Find your nearest vaccination site here.

Will the college arrange my vaccination?

Kidderminster College is unable to book vaccine appointments on behalf of students.

Eligible students will usually be invited through their GP surgery to book a vaccine appointment if they are registered. You can also request to book an appointment online if you have an NHS number, or by calling 111.

There are also many drop-in vaccination sites and pop-up centres where you can attend without an appointment and without an NHS registration. Find your nearest site here.

Colleague and Student Reminder:

If you, or someone in your household symptoms or tests positive for Covid, DO NOT ATTEND campus.

If you develop symptoms you should self-isolate for 10 days before returning to campus and get tested wherever possible. You should not return to campus until you receive a negative test result or your isolation period has finished. If someone within your household tests positive for Covid you should self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms.

Full guidance on this is available on the NHS website