18th June 2021
Dear students, parents and carers
Further to my recent communication to you on 11th and 15th June 2021, please find below important information relating to the following:
1. Government announcement re delay of planned easing of covid restrictions on 21 June
2. Covid Testing – Home test kits for students
3. Reporting a POSTIVE covid test result out of hours
4. Reporting COVID-19 Cases: Latest data
1. Government Covid-19 update 14/06/2021
The Prime Minister announced this week that the planned easing of covid restrictions in the UK has been delayed by between two and four weeks. As a result of this announcement, we must carry on with ‘hands, face, space’ and comply with the COVID-19 measures that remain in place.
2. Covid Testing – Home test kits for students (including 14-16, FE, Apprentices, Adults and Higher Education
With up to 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 not displaying any symptoms, rapid testing remains a vital tool to help us stay ahead of the virus. The twice-weekly regular testing habit is as important as ever and we urge all students to continue to test themselves twice a week at home on a Sunday and Wednesday evening after 6pm for the foreseeable future.
Please note that it is a requirement to share results (positive, negative and void) with NHS Test & Trace immediately so that contact tracing (particularly outside the college environment) can take place and clinical evaluation of the testing programme can continue. Students (or parents/carers) should share results with the college via the Covid test results form, as soon as possible after a test, so that if positive, contact tracing at the college can take place. QR codes for both the Test & Trace and college results form are on each box.
3. Reporting positive COVID results
Please remember to complete the ‘Out of hours Notification of a POSTIVE COVID-19 test result’ form using the link on the South Devon College website to alert us immediately if you, a member of your household or other close contact identified through Track & Trace, receive a positive test result whilst the College is closed.
4. Reported COVID-19 Cases: Latest data
The table below gives the most up-to-date picture of COVID-19 infections at South Devon College in all areas
|Weekly cases: 2 (Total confirmed positive cases reported in the last week)|
|Total cases: 86 (A running total of positive/presumed positive cases reported to the College by students and staff since the first case was reported on Wednesday 7th October 2020)|
I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you all for your ongoing support.
Principal and CEO
South Devon College