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Parent Briefing – 14 January 2022

Dear parents and carers

The first weeks of the new term have seen further important Covid updates relating to vaccinations, testing and isolation.

Covid-19 Vaccines
The Department for Education and the NHS are encouraging students aged 12 or over to take up the offer of a vaccine. Whilst the arrangements for vaccines on College site are being arranged, it is also recommended that parents book out of school vaccinations via the NHS booking system.

Healthy 12-15 year olds are being offered two doses of the vaccination.  The COVID-19 vaccination programme for 12 to 15 year olds will help to reduce the need for children to have time off school, reduce the disruption to face to face education and reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within

schools. Children who received their first dose in school can get their second dose outside of school in the community and vice versa. This means there are more opportunities for children to get the vaccine. Through opening up the community route, parents have the opportunity to accompany their child to the vaccination site if they wish.

PCR Tests
The advice from the NHS regarding a confirmatory PCR test following a positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test was temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11th January. This means that any student or staff member who receives a positive LFD Test result will no longer be advised to get a confirmatory PCR test. However, if students or staff display symptoms or are in a clinically vulnerable group, they may wish to book a PCR test. All LFD test results should continue to be reported to College and the NHS via the links on our website.

Isolation Period
From Monday 17th January, the isolation period has been reduced by the Government from 7 days to 5 full days. Any staff or students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to take an LFD test on day 5 and the start of day 6 and provided they are both negative, isolation can end from the start of day 6. Further information can be found here.

Best wishes

Jenn Burn