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Respiratory Infection including COVID-19

In order to keep our community safe at the College and align with Government guidance, students should not attend the College if they test positive for Covid-19 or have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to College or carry out normal activities.

The risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections is very low for most children and young people.

What to do if you have symptoms of a Respiratory Infection Including COVID-19

If you have mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, and otherwise well, you can continue to attend college.

If you are unwell and have a high temperature you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where you can. You can go back to college and resume normal activities when you no longer have a high temperature and are well enough to attend.

Please remember ‘Good Basic Hygiene’ – cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and always wash hands after using or disposing of tissues.

What to do if you have tested positive

You are no longer required to do a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test if you have symptoms but if you have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day the test was taken if you are under 18 years old – children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults
  • Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test if you are 18 years old or over.
  • Avoid meeting people who are more likely to get seriously ill from viruses, such as people with a weakened immune system, for 10 days after the day you took your test.

Government Advice

NHS Advice

Last updated 19 September 2023.