COVID-19

Arrangements for September onwards

In September year group bubbles will no longer be in place however, the following plans have been implemented to limit the number of students in one place at one time:

  • Split breaks and lunch times
  • Each year group has a designated staircase
  • A one-way system on Floors 1 and 2 of the building

All students will attend assemblies, classrooms and shared spaces as normal but please be reassured that there are measures in place to keep everyone safe.  As a college, we have an Outbreak Management Plan in place, to which we will refer to is necessary.

The college day is as follows:

One-Way System

The one-way system will remain in place in September.  The one-way system reduces the congestion in corridors between lessons and durng break and lunchtimes, and also helps the flow of students around the college.

Face Coverings

From September the wearing of face coverings will be personal choice, however we would encourage students to consider wearing them in situations where social distancing is difficult.  It is not mandatory for students to wear a face covering whilst in college but we will respect the decision of those who do.  Those travelling to college on public transport are advised to wear a face covering.

Good Hygiene

Please support the College by asking students to continue to wash and sanitise hands on a regular basis, in particular before and after break and lunch, when entering the college and classrooms. We also advise students follow the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ phrase when using tissues.

COVID Symptoms

Following current guidance, students who develop any COVID symptoms should not come to college and should take a test at a PCR test site.  Students who become/are symptomatic in college will be sent home for a PCR test.  Please do not rely on lateral flow home tests as a test result, a PCR test must be complete before returning to college.

The 3 main COVID symptoms are:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

Positive test results

Anyone with a positive must isolate for a full 10 days after the onset of symptoms or their positive result if they have no symptoms.  This would include after a positive LFT home test result once confirmed with a positive PCR test within 2 days of any positive home test result.  If the PCR test returned negative, student can return to college once we have been notified of the result.

Self-isolation from Monday 16th August  2021

Rules regarding the need to self-isolate are due to change on Monday 16th August.  From this date you will be exempt from self-isolating if:

  • you are under the age of 18 and a contact of a positive case. This means students who are identified as close contacts will no longer be required to isolate as long as they are well and show no symptoms of COVID
  • you have been fully vaccinated (‘double jabbed’), as long as your second jab has been more than 2 weeks from the date you have been identified as a close contact

Close contacts will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible but do not need to isolate whilst waiting for the result, unless they are symptomatic.  Any student testing positive will still need to self-isolate regardless of vaccination status or age.

Track and Trace of students after Tuesday 20th July 2021

All positive COVID cases (both LFT and PCR test) should be reported to the college.  The college reception will be open across the Summer Holidays or they can be emailed to Mr Pickford at dpickford@hightunstall.hartlepool.sch.uk.  Lateral flow results should be logged on Test Register and the government website as normal.   Please note, from Tuesday 20th July we have been advised that the Track and Trace for students of a school age will revert back to the NHS Track and Trace team to follow up on.