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Arrangements from Tuesday 30 November 2021

Following the announcement on 27 November by the Prime Minister detailing the temporary introduction of new measures as a result of discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, and in line with Government and Department for Education advice, we are reintroducing mandatory face coverings in all college communal areas (corridors, foyers, gallery spaces, etc.) from Tuesday 30 November 2021, unless you are exempt.

Face coverings within classrooms are not required but are recommended, particularly in circumstances where social distancing is more challenging.

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.

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

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 receptions.

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, this should be immediately confirmed via a Government-authorised PCR test, which should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days.

Staff, students and pupils who had a positive LFD test result should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance and while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the staff member, pupil or student can return to school or college, and their close contacts can end their 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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