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  1. The importance of testing

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    Harrogate College is currently offering Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests to its students, as are schools and colleges across the country. We are asking students to come in to protect the wellbeing of our college and our community. 

    Here is some information on why that is important.

    Why should I get tested?


    Around one in three people with Covid-19 don’t display any symptoms. Although this person may be feeling fine, this means they could attend college, get on public transport and see many people while spreading the virus.

    Asymptomatic testing is key for identifying and isolating individuals who have Covid-19. This means these people can isolate and stop the spread. This will lower virus rates and protect our communities and the NHS.

    We should all play our part to reduce the transmission of Covid-19.

    The effective testing of students at college means we can return to face-to-face learning safely. Therefore, it’s important for all students identified on the testing timetable to take the opportunity to attend college for testing. 


    Getting tested

    Before returning to college, there are actions that you should take which you can view here. You must only come into college for testing if your group is identified on our testing timetable.

    Students taking the Covid-19 tests will have three tests on campus, which will happen three to five days apart. After this, students will receive LFD self tests to use at home twice per week. 

    Your teacher will provide you with more information about what happens when you come in for your test. You can watch this video to understand how testing is done at college.

    For further information, you can view our FAQ sheet here. If you have any additional questions, please get in touch with your teachers. 

  2. College reopening for testing from 8 to 19 March

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    College will reopen only for testing from 8 to 19 March. This is to make sure that every opportunity is taken to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our college and wider community.

    From Monday 8 March, we will be testing all full-time students and specific adult groups identified by the college management team. 

    These are Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) and all students are expected to take the tests, however consent is required. 

    We have designed the testing so that we can test all identified groups three times before returning to face-to-face teaching. We believe this approach allows the minimum disruption to students, staff and learning and allows us to return to face-to-face teaching in the most efficient and safe way.

    Online learning will continue until 22 March for these groups, after which they will return to college.

    All other adult groups will return to face-to-face teaching after the Easter holidays.

    Testing

    To keep us even safer on campus, you will be given a testing group and must only come in when told to do so. Check this testing timetable for more information. 

    This has been planned to make sure every student is tested three times before the return to on-site learning. After this, tests will be taken at home twice per week. 

    You must only come in if you are on this timetable, if you are not, you will be returning to college for face-to-face learning after Easter, while completing home testing.

    We’ve created a helpful video to show how testing is done at college.

    You will need to give consent before your first test. Please complete this consent form

    We are encouraging all families to support student testing in line with government expectations so that we can reduce Covid-19 cases and protect our NHS and communities.  

    If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days, you must fill in this form. If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days, you must not come to college for testing, and will return to college on the week beginning 22 March. 

    Data will be gathered for internal collection and this will be shared with NHS Test and Trace. The Privacy Notice on information collection is here.

    How to take a test

    Taking a test is quick and easy. Watch this video from Public Health England to see how it’s done. You can also read the guides below.

    How to take your tests (with a helper)
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WGuBzkndBqbjsX4IxYDO_gk-bYsXKt30/view?usp=sharing 

    How to do a rapid Covid-19 self-test
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pelamroxJaBwcuSJrRI9lFHMuaw0ZQ0b/view?usp=sharing 

    We’re responding to advice and guidance from the Department for Education. If this guidance is updated, our plans may change. 

    FAQs

    Please have a read of our FAQs, which may answer some of your queries. Make sure to speak with your tutor if you have any further questions.

    Safety measures on campus

    Our college has had successful safety measures in place to control the virus and these tests are now an additional safety measure.

    Returning to college is important for the quality of our students’ learning and wellbeing. We will continue to take safety measures seriously to keep our students and staff safe. 

    This includes:

    • testing for staff and students (as described above)
    • the continuation of social distancing measures
    • wearing face coverings 
    • the ‘bubble’ grouping system
    • increased hand sanitiser stations on campus

Contact

Harrogate College

Hornbeam Park Ave, Harrogate HG2 8QT United Kingdom

Tel: 0113 386 1997
Email: contact@harrogate-college.ac.uk