29th November 2021
Dear students, parents and carers
On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK.
New measures are to be introduced as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant while more information is gathered. We will continue to keep this under review as the situation develops.
This variant reminds us that this pandemic is far from over and that we must do all we can to keep this virus at bay.
From Tuesday 30th November 2021, face coverings must be worn by students, staff and visitors when moving around the College site, outside of classrooms or indoor teaching areas, such as in corridors, catering outlets and communal areas, unless exempt. Students must also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and dedicated transport to and from the College. Students and staff do not have to wear face coverings in classrooms or other indoor teaching areas, such as workshops.
Students must continue to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests and report their results.
Contact tracing and isolation
The current guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains in place. In addition to these, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age. You will be contacted directly and told to isolate.
All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters.
Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.
To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).
Thank you for your continued positive support.
Principal and CEO
South Devon College