COVID-19

City and Islington College is open, with many of our courses running with a mixture of classroom lessons and online learning. Keeping our staff and students safe is our key priority, and we have put in place multiple safety measures – from social distancing, to one-way systems, to extra cleaning and hand sanitiser stations around our buildings.

We have created a student handbook, which contains further details, including our policy on face coverings and more.

We are also asking all of our staff and students to download the NHS COVID-19 app (Apple Store or Google Play).

We have also put together a quick and easy reference table for what to do and when you can return to college for some of the most common scenarios in our ‘new normal’:

What to do ifAction neededYou can return to college…
I have COVID-19 symptoms• Do not attend college
• Get a test
• You need to self-isolate for 10 days
• Your household needs to self-isolate for 14 days, even if your test results are negative
If your test result comes back negative and you have had no symptoms for 48 hours, you do not need another test and can return to college. 

If your results come back positive, please see below.
I have tested positive for COVID-19• Do not attend college
• You need to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started
• Inform the Safeguarding Team immediately on 020 7697 1717
• Your whole household needs to self-isolate from when your symptoms started
• Household members do not need to get tested, unless they develop symptoms
After 10 days have passed, you feel well and have not had a fever for at least 48 hours. 

You can return to college after 10 days even if you still have a cough or loss of taste/smell – these symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
Somebody in my household has COVID-19 symptoms• Do not attend college
• The household member with symptoms should get a test
• Your whole household needs to self-isolate, while awaiting test results
• Inform the Safeguarding Team immediately on 020 7697 1717
If the household member tests negative and you do not have any symptoms
Somebody in my household has tested positive for COVID-19• Do not attend college
• Your household must self-isolate for 14 days from the day symptoms started (or from day of test if no symptoms) – even if they test negative during those 14 days
• You do not need to get a test unless you develop symptoms 
When you have completed 14 days of self-isolation (even if you tested negative during the 14 days)
Someone in my class has tested positive •Do not attend college
• Teachers will arrange online learning for the class for 14 days
• You need to self-isolate for 14 days – your household does not need to self-isolate unless you start having symptoms
• You do not need to get a test, unless you develop symptoms
When you have completed 14 days of self-isolation (even if you tested negative during the 14 days)
NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 App has identified me as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or confirmed COVID-19• Do not attend college
• You need to self-isolate for 14 days (as advised by NHS Test and Trace) – even if you have tested negative during those 14 days
• Your household does not need to self-isolate unless they are a ‘close contact’ too, or unless you start having symptoms
• You do not need to get a test unless you develop symptoms
When you have completed 14 days of self-isolation (even if you tested negative during the 14 days)
I have travelled and need to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine• Do not take unauthorised leave in term time
• Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel

If you are returning from a destination where quarantine is needed: 
• Do not attend college
Contact the Safeguarding Team immediately on 020 7697 1717
• Your whole household must self-isolate for 14 days from the day symptoms started (or from day of test, if no symptoms) – even if someone tests negative during those 14 days 
When you have completed 14 days of self-isolation, even if you tested negative during the 14 days
I am not sure who should get tested for COVID-19• Only people with symptoms need to get tested
• People without symptoms are not advised to get a test, even if they are a ‘close contact’ of someone who has tested positive
When the conditions listed above matching your situation have been met

Covid-19 Update, Friday 16 October 2020

The Government announced London, Essex and other areas will move to the High COVID Alert Level (Tier 2) from Sat 17 October.

At this level:

  • Schools, colleges, universities and places of worship remain open, and businesses and venues can continue to operate in a COVID-Secure manner.
  • You must not meet socially indoors with anyone you don’t live with (unless they are part of your support or childcare bubble). This includes private homes, pubs and restaurants.
  • People must not meet in groups larger than 6 outdoors and must follow social distancing.
  • You must wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets and shopping centres.
  • People in support bubbles can go on meeting as before and informal childcare may also be provided.

To find out which tier your local area is currently in, click here.

For a full list of restrictions and to find out more about the three tiers click her

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