Coronavirus COVID-19 updates and guidance

Updates for learners and parents

Last update: 12/10/21

Updated guidance as of 11/10/21

Testing and COVID Passes Update

Following a review led by Jeremy Miles, Education Minister for Wales, there is some updated guidance on Covid testing for College learners:

  • If you are aged under 18 and live with a household contact who has tested positive for Covid-19, you must:
    • Take a PCR test today (or as soon as possible) and also on Day 8.
      AND ALSO
    • Take a Lateral Flow Test (LTF) immediately and for the next 7 days (each morning at home).
  • This also applies if you are identified as a ‘close contact’ of a positive case at College.
  • If you have no Covid symptoms, you are fine to continue attending College during this period.

The requirement to show an NHS COVID Pass comes into force in Wales from 11 October.

This means all over-18s will need an NHS COVID Pass to enter:

  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventions
  • Outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people
  • Any setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance

People who are fully vaccinated in Wales can already download the NHS COVID Pass to securely show and share their vaccine status. It also allows people to show they have had a negative lateral flow test result within the last 48 hours.

Who can get an NHS COVID Pass in Wales?

You can get an NHS COVID Pass if:

  • You were vaccinated in Wales or England
  • You are aged 16 or over
  • If you were vaccinated outside the UK, you need to get proof of vaccination from the country where you were vaccinated.

How to access the NHS COVID Pass in Wales:

  • You can access the NHS COVID Pass via the NHS website (nhs.uk). This will allow you to produce a COVID pass using a smart phone, a computer or laptop.
  • To access the service, you’ll need to register for an NHS login. You will need to upload a photo of your ID (Passport, full UK driving licence, full European driving licence).
  • If you live in Wales, you cannot get it via the NHS App as this is only valid in England.
  • If you do not have photographic ID you will need to request a paper NHS COVID certificate.
  • Your NHS COVID Pass includes a barcode. The expiry date refers to the barcode and will update automatically. It does not apply to your vaccination status.

Dear Learners / Parents / Guardians,

With the rise of Covid-19 infections in our communities, I am writing to you with a brief update on how we are managing cases at college, as the new academic year gets underway.

Many of the Covid-19 control measures will continue for this academic year, including one-way systems, hand sanitising stations, extra cleaning, room ventilation and face coverings in communal areas. We are also minimising gatherings in areas such as our refectories with a limited grab and go offer.

When a learner (or a member of staff) tests positive for Covid-19 or if they have symptoms, we insist that rules set by Public Health Wales and Welsh Government are followed and that these individuals self-isolate at home and get a PCR test. You can get a free PCR test to check if you have Coronavirus (Covid-19) by going to: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronav... or by calling 119.

a) If there is a positive Covid case in a class:

  • We expect all learners to continue to attend College unless they are experiencing any of the 3 primary Covid symptoms (cough, anosmia {loss of smell/taste} and/or fever), or if they have had a positive LFD test (book a PCR test and isolate until result is received).
  • For college learners this means that when there is someone in their class who tests positive, the whole class will not be required to self-isolate. The same will apply to college transport, we will not need to isolate all of the learners on the bus.
  • We remind all learners to continue to be vigilant, follow any Covid protocols and continue using the LFD tests at home twice a week.

b) Close Contacts:

The rules for close contacts in Wales changed when we moved to ‘Alert Level 0’. If learners are identified as a ‘Direct Close Contact’, Test, Trace and Protect (TTP) will contact them for further information and confirm any isolation requirements. Their guidance must be followed.

If those people fall in either of these categories (and have no Covid symptoms), they do not need to isolate and are fine to continue attending College:

  • Under the age of 18

OR

  • Those over 18 who have been double jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccine for more than 14 days

We remain vigilant and are working closely with all of the Local Authorities and the local Test, Trace and Protect (TTP) teams to contain any clusters and we do reserve the right to increase our Covid-19 control measures if required.

Our primary focus is on supporting our learners to be successful at college as safely as possible. The start of term is going well and it is good to see so many learners getting on with and enjoying their studies.

Our website (https://www.gllm.ac.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-updates-and-guidance) has more detailed information, but if you have any concerns or questions about our approach please do not hesitate to contact our Covid Response Manager, Stephen Lloyd (s.h.lloyd@gllm.ac.uk) or the Learner Services team (generalenquiries@gllm.ac.uk or https://www.gllm.ac.uk/contact-us)

Diolch and Stay Safe,

Dafydd Evans
Chief Executive Officer

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