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By: Chelmsford College Posted: 27/08/2021 Share:

Start of term Covid testing

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Chelmsford College this September! Please keep an eye on our College website for further coronavirus updates. We continue to follow all guidance from the Department for Education and Public Health England.

In efforts to stay on top of the virus, there is an expectation that all new and returning College students will be asked to take part in two Covid 19 lateral flow tests at the start of their college term and then will be supplied with home test kits from 17th September 2021 to continue testing from home.

All full time learners will have timetabled slots for their first Covid 19 lateral flow test during their First Contact Induction Day on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd September.

All Level 3 Year 2 learners will be given a timetabled slot for their first Covid19 lateral flow test on the first day on programme from the 6th September.

All students will be given the opportunity to have their second Covid19 lateral flow test by Friday 17th September. There must be 3-5 days between the first and second test

Home Covid19 lateral flow testing kits will be supplied to all full time learners from Monday 20th September.

In line with the Department for Education’s latest briefing, if your Covid 19 test returns a positive result you’ll need to self-isolate immediately and order a confirmatory PCR test.

If a close contact tests positive for coronavirus, and you are fully vaccinated or under 18 years old, you will not need to self-isolate. Instead, you’ll be advised to take a PCR test. If your PCR test is positive you must then self-isolate. NHS Test and Trace will then work to help identify your close contacts who will follow the same procedure.

Tests are voluntary but we are asking for everyone’s support to help beat coronavirus together.

It is possible that this guidance will be reviewed if there are reports of any localised outbreaks including variants of concern.

Wearing of face masks has become a personal choice. We recommend you wear one in our busy areas to keep our students, staff, and visitors safe.