Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Information

Our current Covid status is GREEN
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We are going to continue with our Covid precautions through the summer and enrolment period to the beginning of the new academic year. This will allow us to gain assurances that our college community are testing twice-weekly on return to college which will be key to controlling the virus.

As a reminder:

  • Face coverings must still be worn on college sites
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Do not attend college if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, been identified as a close contact or if you been advised to self-isolate
  • Continue to test twice-weekly using a lateral flow home test kit and test negative prior to coming into college
  • Visitors attending site are required to register at reception and are asked to test prior to attending site
  • Continue to use the hand sanitising stations at building entry points and practice good hand hygiene regularly throughout the day

As a college community we have all worked hard to manage the Covid risk throughout the pandemic and we ask that we all continue to proceed with caution and work together to keep one another safe.

We have created a traffic light system to show what controls we have in place details can be found here

Our current status is Green

Further details will be released through regular communications throughout the summer to keep everyone briefed on our preparations for September.

Our Safeguarding & Pastoral and Learning Support staff are on hand to ensure learners feel safe during these uncertain times. Please be assured that our priority is to safeguard the health & well-being of the whole College community and we will continue to follow government guidance to adapt our procedures to the ever-changing response to Covid-19. 

The Importance of Home Testing

The importance of testing and reporting in schools and colleges
Testing continues to play a crucial role, in and out of classrooms, in our fight against COVID-19.

Reporting test results can be done simply and quickly, from mobiles, online or by phone, and should be completed straightaway. Reporting not only supports contact tracing in the event of a positive case but also assists our understanding of community rates of infection.

To help in communicating the importance of testing and reporting, the Department for Education have produced a blog on why reporting your test result is as important as taking a test, featuring further guidance and common questions. This also includes details on financial support available to parents whose children are asked to self-isolate after contact with a positive case.

Covid-19 Home Testing Information for Students

Did you know, up to one in three people can spread the COVID-19 virus without knowing, because they have no symptoms? We expect all of our staff and students to take twice-weekly LFTs to help keep the whole College community safe. 

NOTE: If you are displaying Covid symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

Collecting your Home Test Kit

Full-time students will be able to collect their test kits from their programme areas - your tutor will tell you where and when you can pick them up. 

Students attending evening classes can pick a kit up from The Hex at the following times:

Tuesday: 4pm-6pm

Wednesday: 4pm-6pm

Taking the test

Your at-home tests need to be taken twice a week, 3-4 days apart. 

Tests should preferably be taken in the morning before you arrive on campus. However, if you do not have time in the morning, please complete your test in the evening before you’re due to arrive on site. 

Reporting your test results

Find instructions on how to report each test in your instruction booklet. You must report your results at:

 

Please contact covidresponse@lmc.ac.uk if you have questions or concerns about at-home testing. 

Thank you for your support!

Covid-19 Home Testing Information for Parents

Did you know, up to one in three people can spread the COVID-19 virus without knowing, because they have no symptoms? As a College community we need your son/daughter’s help in reducing the spread by regularly carrying out an at-home test.

NOTE: This does not replace testing for those with Covid symptoms. Anyone displaying symptoms should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

Carrying out the at-home tests

  • Please help make sure these tests are carried out twice a week, 3-5 days apart
  • Tests should be taken in the morning before College if possible and, if not, the evening before.
  • At-home testing should continue twice a week throughout the term, including during College holidays.

Reporting test results

It is really important that results of test are reported online straight away, even if the result is negative or void. Please report test results by following both of these instructions:

  1. Online at the gov.uk website OR call 119 (free) between 7am-11pm, lines open every day.
  2. Click the Covid-19 Home Test Reporting button on the Student Hub OR use the QR code.
  3. Use the link on the Student home page

 

Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:

  • Ordering tests online  
  • Getting an assisted test at work, if available.
  • Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.

Find out more about household testing 

We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing. If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact us at covidresponse@lmc.ac.uk 

Thank you for your support!

Our first priority is to safeguard the health & wellbeing of our learners, apprentices and staff and we will continue to follow government guidance on how best to adapt the College’s functions to suit the ever-changing situation. Despite the current uncertainty our admissions team is now busy processing applications for courses starting in September 2021 and we would encourage prospective learners to apply as soon as possible. We appreciate that these are difficult times and we are here to help and support our whole College community. We look forward to being able to welcome prospective learners, parents & visitors back onto our campus once the current lockdown ends.

Principal, Wes Johnson