Arrangements from Thursday 27 January 2022

On 20 January 2022, the Government announced its intention to remove the vast majority of Covid-19 restrictions from Thursday 27 January 2022.

Morley College London will remove the majority of Covid-19 measures implemented in previous phases of the pandemic from Thursday 27 January 2022. The key points are:

  • You will not be required to wear a face covering in college, including in communal areas, but the government suggests you continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Staff and students should continue to test twice weekly at home, with lateral flow device (LFD) test kits, 3 to 4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged. Kits are available at no charge from our receptions for staff and students.
  • Social distancing is no longer required.
  • Please refer to national guidance on self-isolation in the event you are contacted by Test and Trace, or test positive for Covid-19. If you test positive, you no longer need to report this to the college directly, but should do so via the government’s website.

Other measures – such as perspex screens and social distancing markers – will be removed from college centres in due course.

Arrangements until Thursday 27 January 2022

Arrangements that were in place at the end of 2021 remain in place until 23.59 on Wednesday 26 January 2022 as the country continues to tackle the impact of Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Face coverings in all college communal areas (corridors, foyers, gallery spaces, etc.) are mandatory, unless you are exempt. Face coverings within classrooms are no longer required.

College events will take place as planned, with a new emphasis on the use of face coverings as detailed above.

We ask all staff and students to use their smartphones to ‘check in’ to Morley premises using the NHS QR codes posted at entrances (this supports track and trace in the event of coming into contact with a confirmed Covid case) and to undertake a lateral flow self-test twice a week.

We maintain the following control measures as a matter of course:

  • Ensuring good hygiene for everyone.
  • Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes.
  • Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.
  • Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Many of our spaces include windows, and where mechanical ventilation is required, this was cleaned and serviced over summer 2021. And we are also systematically keeping tabs on CO2 levels.

Lateral flow tests

Lateral flow device (LFD) testing kits are available to everyone in order that students can self-test for COVID-19 at home. Kits are available at no charge from our centre reception for staff and students.

We ask that staff and students take these tests twice a week, at a minimum of three days apart and no more than five days apart.

If you test positive using a LFD test

Confirmatory PCR tests following a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result are suspended from Tuesday 11 January. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

Staff, students and pupils who had a positive LFD test result should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance.

Since Monday 17 January, the 10 day / 7 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 5 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason. Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 5 and day 6 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 or 7 full days of self-isolation.

We ask that you send positive results to covid.testing@morleycollege.ac.uk so that we can follow processes with students/staff who may have been in contact in the classroom. We will then advise based on current government guidance.

Operational guidance for further education establishments has been updated here.

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