1. What is Covid-19 and what are the symptoms?
The Covid-19 coronavirus is a new virus that has not been seen in humans before. Most people who have Covid-19 exhibit at least one of the following symptoms:
2. How do I protect myself and help stop the transmission of the virus?
Please stay up-to-date with the latest guidelines so that we can keep our college and wider communities safe. You can find the most up-to-date advice on the government website.
The key things to remember are:
3. What should I do if I have suspected symptoms?
If you develop suspected symptoms, please do not attend college. You should stay at home, self-isolate immediately and get a free PCR test as soon as possible.
You can order a test online, on the NHS Covid-19 app or by phoning 119, or visit the government website. Please also report any symptoms of coronavirus to the College at the earliest opportunity.
4. Who should I tell if I have coronavirus symptoms?
5. What do students for this academic year 2021/22 need to know?
Our Covid-19 Student Charter outlines our expectations of students whilst on campus to help to minimise transmission of the virus.
We are strongly encouraging all students to wear face coverings in communal and social areas, unless exempt, and to undertake regular home testing.
For more details, please read the email that we sent to new and returning students on September 7th, 2021.
It has some important start-of-term information including how to access timetables, details on how to book a Covid-19 test at our on-site test centres, which are open from Monday September 13th, 2021 until Friday, September 24th, 2021.
The email also contains details about our expectations of students whilst on campus in addition to covering Covid-19 testing guidance.
6. What are the main ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ in the Covid-19 Student Charter?
7. Do I need to wear a face covering at the College?
We are strongly encouraging all students to continue to wear face coverings on campus in communal and social areas, unless exempt, and to wash their hands regularly.
We have taken this decision as Public Health England has advised that the Delta variant is highly transmissible.
8. Do students need to do Covid-19 home testing?
It is vital to continue home testing twice weekly to help detect asymptomatic cases and prevent the spread of the virus.
To ensure the safety of students and staff, we are asking everyone to take regular lateral flow tests before attending campus.
Lateral flow tests should be taken twice weekly, ideally after a weekend and after attending crowded environments/events.
These tests should only be used if you don't have symptoms of Covid-19. Should you have symptoms, please book a PCR test immediately.
You should take two tests per week, with no longer than three to four days between your last test. You should continue to test during any holidays or annual leave.
Any students who choose to opt out of the testing process are declaring that they are not showing any symptoms of Covid-19 and should not be self-isolating for any reason when they are on campus.
9. What is the College doing to help keep students and staff safe?
Every step is being taken to ensure that the College remains a safe place to work and learn.
It's vital that we all continue to work together to help minimise transmission of coronavirus both on and off-campus.
For the new academic year 2021/22, we will continue to keep some measures in place so that when students attend college, they can do so safely.
We will continue to monitor the situation, in line with our ongoing Covid-19 risk assessment and review our plans according to the latest government guidance.
10. Does the College have a track and trace procedure in place?
Yes. The Sheffield College Covid-19 Track and Trace Policy provides guidance for our staff so they know how to support anyone exhibiting symptoms and take the necessary steps to contact anyone who has come into contact with the person affected on campus.
11. Where can I get Covid-19 testing kits?
You can collect free home testing kits from:
• City Campus - Sports Hall
• Hillsborough Campus - Reception
• Peaks Campus - Reception
• Olive Grove Campus - Reception
• Fir Vale Campus - Reception
• Eyre Street Campus - Reception
You can also order tests to your home through the government website.
12. What happens if I have a confirmed positive Covid-19 test?
All positive results from rapid lateral flow tests need to be confirmed with a PCR test within two days. A PCR is a test that is sent to a laboratory to determine the result.
Please self-isolate immediately. If you test positive, your self-isolation 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. Anyone you live with will also need to self-isolate at the same time.
You may need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away. For details, please read the NHS guidance on self-isolation.
All students and their households should report any positive test results by calling 119 or through this online form. Students should also inform the College.
13. When should I self-isolate?
Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of the following three symptoms of Covid-19, even if they are mild:
You will also need to self-isolate if:
14. When don’t I need to self-isolate?
If you live with someone who has symptoms of Covid-19, or you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for the virus, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply to you:
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:
Those identified as a close contact will still be informed by NHS Test and Trace that they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible.
15. Where can I get more help?
16. I have a safeguarding concern - what should I do?
If you have a safeguarding concern, please email email@example.com immediately.
17. Where can I get more mental health information and support?
If you are struggling with your mental health, please contact staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
18. I am having problems accessing financial support - what should I do?
If you are eligible for financial support from the College and have any questions or concerns about accessing that, then please email email@example.com.
19. How do I find out more about the NHS Test and Trace Covid-19 app?
The free NHS Test and Trace Covid-19 app will help you see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The app has a number of tools including contact tracing, local area alerts, and venue check-in, and uses technology from Apple and Google. If your postcode district