2021 Covid-19 update

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Updated 24/08/2021 10:15 am

 

As the country moved below Level 0 on 9th August, physical distancing restrictions have been lifted in the community. However we are advised by Scottish Government guidance to go beyond these restrictions to allow for students who are still not vaccinated, we are adopting a one metre social distance on campus.

HEALTH & WELLBEING MEASURES

Most measures to reduce COVID are still in place on campus to safeguard everyone's health. These include:

  • Enhanced Cleaning
  • Enhanced Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
  • Hand Gel stations
  • One metre Physical Distancing
  • Use of Face Coverings in Communal Areas
  • Use of Face Coverings in Classrooms, Learning Centre and information point
  • Ventilation - Windows and doors to be kept open
  • Asymptomatic Testing
  • Line marking in areas where they are queues e.g. Campus Café
  • As per current government guidance please remember 'FACTS' at the college site and out with

FACE COVERINGS

Face coverings are mandatory within all areas of our campuses. You must wear a face covering when entering the building and while moving around the campus. They must also be worn in classrooms and in the Learning Centre.  This applies to every student, staff member and visitor, except where an exemption applies.

Face coverings can be removed whilst seated in the Campus café.

TEST AND PROTECT

You do not need to sign in when you arrive in College. Your lecturer will complete a register confirming your attendance. This is what we will use to determine which students are in at any one time. Should there be an outbreak of COVID then we can pass the relevant information on to Public Health.

VACCINATION CENTRE

Anyone who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects (long COVID). The COVID vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others. There is now a drop in COVID vaccination clinic within one of the units in the Livingston Designer Outlet.  The unit is situated within the Sports Quarter and is directly opposite the entrance door facing West Lothian College.  The unit will be open until the end of August with the hope that this can be extended until mid-September.  The opening hours are 09.00-18.00 Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat; 09.00-19.00 Thu and 10.00-18.00 Sunday.

 

ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING

All staff and students are advised to carry out a LFD (Lateral Flow) test before coming onto campus and to continue testing weekly in line with government guidance.

It is important to note that this regular testing is only for individuals without symptoms. Those with symptoms must continue to follow the usual guidance. They must self-isolate and book a PCR test at a test centre or via a home test kit at the earliest opportunity. People with symptoms must not rely on a negative LFD result to continue to attend college.

Do I have to take part?

Testing is voluntary. No-one who is otherwise permitted to come to college/HEI will be prevented from doing so just because they do not wish to participate. However, we are strongly encouraging all staff and students to participate wherever possible, in order to contribute to the wellbeing of our college/HEI community.

Please complete the consent form to participate in this programme. 

Who is this consent form for:

  • For students younger than 16 years, this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Remember to complete one consent form for each child you wish to enrol.
  • For students over 16 who are able to provide informed consent, this form can be completed by themselves, having discussed participation with their parent/guardian.
  • For any student who does not have the capacity to provide informed consent - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian.

Once you have completed the consent form, kits can be collected from your faculty, Speak to your lecturer about collecting from the following location:

  • Built Environment, Computing and Engineering-  Terrace 1/2  
  • Business, Creative and Enterprise-  Terrace T3/4- G6 Technicians room   
  • Care and Wellbeing - Pavilion C/D  

To report your result you need the barcode on the test strip (or the ID number under it)

You can report your result either online at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result  or call 0300 303 2713

A positive test result from the LFD will feed into the Test and Protect contact tracing system and commence contact tracing for the positive case. If you have tested positive you should get confirmatory PCR test.

If the PCR test result is negative, you will be contacted by Test and Protect who will advise you on what to do next. In most cases this will involve ending self-isolation and returning to College, provided you continue to have no symptoms. 

COVID SYMPTOMS AND SELF-ISOLATION 

If you develop symptoms DO NOT COME ONTO CAMPUS, book a PCR test and isolate at home until you receive the results.

Symptoms are

  • new continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater)
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

A new continuous cough is where you:

  • have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour
  • have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
  • are coughing more than usual

If your test is positive you are required to stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days, the period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

Please continue to report any positive cases and self-isolation using the attached form

The link below explains this process:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/test-and-protect/coronavirus-covid-19-testing

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT?

The advice for adults (18+) who are fully vaccinated and for children and young people (0-17), if they are identified as close contacts has changed, and is now as follows:

Book a PCR test and self-isolate until you receive the result.

If the test result is positive you must continue to self-isolate.

If the result is negative, and you remain without symptoms, you can end self-isolation, and resume daily life including return to college, even if you have ongoing contact with the close contact.

If you have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days, close contacts do not need another PCR test to be exempt from self-isolation, provided you remain asymptomatic.

However if you are not fully vaccinated (had both vaccinations and it’s been 14 days since the second one) then you must self-isolate for 10 days.

Please continue to report any positive cases and self-isolation using the attached form

WHICH ‘CLOSE CONTACTS’ WILL NHS TEST AND PROTECT CONTACT?

If you are considered to be at risk, you will be contacted by phone or text message by the NHS. You will not be told the identity of the infected person unless they have given permission for their name to be shared.

CATERING

The new Campus Café will be open from Tuesday 17th August offering a reduced service until students return on the 30th August. Please note this will be a contactless service, meaning no cash will be taken. We will of course support students who do not have a contactless function on their phone or contactless bank card. A Track and Trace QR code will be displayed in the café and you are required to scan the code to sign in when sitting in this area.

SMOKING

The college site is now fully non-smoking, this includes vaping, the smoking area/bubbles are no longer in use and smoking is not permitted anywhere on site. As per the Smoking Policy please note there is a general duty on all staff and students both to comply, and to encourage others to comply with this. Students have been informed of this as part of their induction communication.

 

ON CAMPUS VISITORS

We are limiting visitors on campus to those who are providing essential services. Visitors should only attend if you have a pre-arranged appointment. On your arrival please, if you are able to, wear a face covering. Please make your way to the Information Point where your details will be noted on our visitors sheet for the purposes of an emergency evacuation, but also test and protect.