COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the government’s announcement yesterday regarding its implementation of Plan B of the COVID-19 Response, there is little change at this stage in respect of the measures the College already has in place. However, I would like to reiterate these measures and some updates from the latest announcement:

  • Attendance – school attendance remains mandatory and the current rules continue to apply. There is no change to the advice given to people previously considered to be particularly vulnerable, clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), and high or higher-risk – they are not being advised to shield again
  • Face coverings – to be worn by all staff, students and visitors in communal areas of the College, unless exempt. They must also be worn when travelling on public transport. There isn’t a current requirement to wear face coverings in classrooms, but this is subject to ongoing review and if advised by Cornwall’s Director of Public Health
  • Testing – staff and students are strongly encourage to continue regular testing (lateral flow tests not PCR) and reporting their results, if positive, to the College. Parents, guardians and other visitors are now strongly encouraged to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test before entering the College site
  • Isolation – all individuals who have been identified as a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicorn variant of COVID-19, irrespective of vaccination status and age, will continue to be required to self-isolated and asked to book a PCR test
  • January return – as notified, the College will be conducting on site lateral flow testing between 4th-7th January for students for whom we have received parental consent. This is to help boost participation and reduce transmission after a period of social mixing over the holiday period. It is strongly encouraged staff and students continue to test over the holiday period, in line with national guidance. This means that they should test if they will be in a high-risk situation that day and before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19. Staff and students are strongly encouraged to complete a lateral flow test at home either the evening or morning before they return to the College in January.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Kind regards

Jeremy Plumb