COVID-19 updates from South Essex College
Latest Please ensure you read our start of term arrangements
15 Dec 2021
Important Start of term arrangements
29 Nov 2021
03 Sep 2021
COVID-19 update: Autumn term
16 Jul 2021
Changing COVID-19 guidelines
26 Feb 2021
Return to college plans
25 Feb 2021
11 Feb 2021
18 Jan 2021
Remote Education Offer
6 Jan 2021
5 Jan 2021
FAQs and information
In line with the government’s mass testing programme, we are offering all students and staff who do not have COVID-19 symptoms the opportunity to take a COVID-19 rapid test (Lateral Flow Device, or LFD).
Please view our COVID-19 testing page for full details.
Close contacts in schools and colleges are now identified by NHS Test and Trace and education settings no longer undertake contact tracing.
As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case or their parent to identify close contacts.
If you receive a positive test result, you must isolate as per government guidelines.
You must also let us know.
- Complete the online form providing as much detail as possible including test date, isolation periods, expected return dates. Don’t skip boxes, please provide as much information as possible.
- Email your tutor as a courtesy and to say that you have completed the online form.
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:
- Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Check if people you live with need to self-isolate.
- Enhanced cleaning arrangements have been implemented to ensure all common areas are regularly disinfected such as door handles and welfare facilities.
- Hand sanitisation stations are available throughout college campuses.
- It’s also important to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene, such as regularly washing hands.
The government has announced that all Plan B measures will be removed in England, with a full return to Plan A by Thursday 27 January.
For education this means face coverings are no longer required to be worn in classrooms / teaching areas. Please note, the requirement to wear a face covering in communal areas of the college will remain in place until Thursday 27 January.
Although it may no longer be a requirement to wear a face covering in classrooms/ team rooms, we understand some people may still wish to continue to wear one and we support this.
We are encouraging students and staff to walk or cycle to college where ever possible.
Those using public transport should wear a face covering (unless exempt) as per current government guidelines.
- Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), with or without an EHC plan, will be assessed individually to ensure they remain safe in college.
- The college will adopt control measures in a way that addresses any risks identified, allowing us to deliver education and training to our learners, including full educational and care support for those learners who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The current situation we find ourselves in can be scary and overwhelming. It is OK to feel worried, stressed, anxious or concerned about what is going on, you are not alone in feeling this way.
Everyone will react differently and again that is OK. To help everyone manage this difficult and uncertain time we have pulled together a range of support services and links to guide you through.