Coronavirus COVID-19 updates and guidance

Updates for learners and parents

Last update: 15/09/21

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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