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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Update 28/04/2022

Government guidance on testing has changed:

  • Most learners do not need to test regularly for Covid-19 and the College will no longer be providing tests to all learners. 
  • If you are in a Health and Care workplace setting you must continue to test twice a week. You can request LFT kits. 
  • If you are an ILS learner or clinically vulnerable, you can request LFT kits. 
  • The government is providing free tests if you have Covid-19 symptoms. You can order these from the government website or by calling 119. If you test positive for Covid-19, please inform your tutor and stay away from the college for 5 days. This measure will be in place until the end of June
  • Masks are still available from receptions if you choose to wear one.  

Are you sitting GCSE, AS, A Level and vocational examinations?

Covid-19 guidelines:

  • If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate and take a lateral flow test (LFT).
  • If the test is positive, you should self-isolate for at least 3 full days. Day 1 is the day after your symptoms started. Please report your result.
  • On day 3, if your symptoms have stopped, take a LFT. If that test is negative, take another LFT on day 4.
  • If your day 4 test is also negative, and you feel well and do not have a high temperature, you can leave self-isolation to sit your exam. Please report your results.
  • If either the test on day 3 or the test on day 4 is positive, you should remain in self-isolation and contact your school or education setting.
  • If you still have a high temperature or feel unwell, you should continue to self-isolate until it returns to normal, or you feel better.
  • You should continue taking daily LFTs until you get 2 negative tests in a row, taken a day apart, or until day 10 – whichever is sooner. You do not need a negative LFT test on day 10 to leave self-isolation.
  • The government is providing free tests if you have Covid-19 symptoms. You can order these from the government website or by calling 119.

Pontypool Campus – Mass Vaccination Centre information

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are currently using our old Pontypool Campus as a site to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the mass vaccination programme. For further information, please visit the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board website – Our Vaccination Centres – Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (nhs.wales)

Getting to Coleg Gwent Pontypool Campus: 

Coleg Gwent Pontypool CampusBlaendare RoadPontypoolNP4 5YE

Covid-19 arrangements from Monday 28 March

From Monday 28 March, most legal Covid-19 restrictions in Wales will be lifted. The rules around self-isolation, testing, and the use of facemasks are no longer mandatory in all but health settings.

As a college, we’ll be taking a precautionary approach to protect the health and wellbeing of our learners and staff. Therefore, we’re choosing to maintain some of our measures until the end of term. This will include enhanced cleaning, hygiene, and increased ventilation.

Face coverings will no longer be mandatory in communal spaces, though we’ll continue to make them available to anyone who wants to continue wearing them, along with hand sanitisers.

Lateral Flow Tests will continue to be available on request from each reception area and we encourage you to test regularly. If you test positive, the requirement to stay away from college for 5 days will be College policy and is a preventative measure to keep staff and students safe.

How we’re keeping our community safe 

We’re working hard to make sure everyone is kept safe on campus and we appreciate the support of our staff and learners with this.  Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions to help explain the measures we have in place.

We have Lateral Flow Device testing kits available to all staff and learners and these are readily available in each reception area, so you can pick up what you need when you need it.

If you test positive for Covid-19, you should stay at home for 5 days in line with the College policy to keep other learners and staff safe. You can return to college on day 6 if you feel well enough.

If you test positive for Covid-19, you should stay at home for 5 days in line with the College policy to keep other learners and staff safe. You can return to college on day 6 if you feel well enough.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and need to stay at home for 5 days, it won’t affect your EMA payments if you present proof to your Personal Tutor that you’ve tested positive.

In the unlikely event that Covid-19 disrupts external exams this year, the College has prepared a contingency plan.  You should have received the plan from your lecturer before Christmas.  A copy of the letter can be found here.