Coronavirus Guidance


COVID-19 Guidlines re: College Attendance

If you are under 18 and a half years of age, not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons and people who are double jabbed are advised to take a PCR test if they've come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but this will not be compulsory. You should still attend Colelge while awaiting the result.

Update to the educational setting status form to reflect changes to the guidance on face coverings and isolation - 7th December 2021

On Tuesday 7 December, existing questions on the education setting status form (EdSet) will be updated to reflect the recent temporary measures introduced in response to the Omicron variant. No new questions will be added to the form. The list of additional control measures that you can implement to manage an outbreak in your setting has been updated, to reflect the new guidance on face coverings in communal areas.

As face coverings are now recommended to be worn in communal areas by staff in all settings and by pupils in secondary schools, their use does not need to be recorded in the EdSet. Only the use of face coverings in classrooms (which are not advised, but Directors of Public Health may temporarily advise for individual settings experiencing an outbreak) should be recorded in the EdSet as an additional control measure.

Reasons for absence related to COVID-19 will be updated to reflect the self-isolation requirement after contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant.

Pupils who are self-isolating after contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant should be recorded under ‘required to remain at home or isolate in line with government guidance’. Pupils required to isolate after returning from abroad or pupils required to isolate because they are over the age of 18 years and 6 months who are not fully vaccinated should also be included in this category.

Staff who are self-isolating after contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant should be recorded under ‘required to remain at home or isolate by NHS Test and Trace or in line with government guidance due to close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19’ either within or outside your setting.

Vaccination update

As of 24 August, 87.7% of those aged 16 and older in England have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 76.9% have received a second dose.

This level of protection means an increasing proportion of the education workforce are vaccinated, protecting both them and, by weakening of chains of transmission, their unvaccinated colleagues and students.

In addition to all over 18's, the following children and young people are also eligible to receive the vaccine

  • All 16 and 17 year olds can receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • 12 to 17 year olds with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of severe COVID-19 should be offered 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • Those 12 and over who live with an immunosuppressed person should also be offered 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Home Testing in September

What testing is required for staff and students from the new academic year onwards?

  • Once students have taken two tests on-site at school or college, it will move to transition to regular twice-weekly testing at home.
  • Resume regular twice-weekly testing at home for staff from the start of the autumn term.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Contact Tracing

Stanmore College continues to follow the latest Government Guidance, which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Latest update from the DfE - 30th August 2021

Information on school attendance expectations

School attendance is mandatory and the usual rules continue to apply, including:

  • a parent’s duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school, where the child is a registered pupil at school
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the ability for schools and local authorities to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

To promote excellent attendance this term, we expect schools and local authorities to continue to:

  • communicate clear and consistent expectations around attendance to families
  • identify pupils who are reluctant or anxious about attending or who are at risk of disengagement and develop plans to re-engage them, especially those who are persistently absent or at risk of persistent absence
  • use the additional recovery funding, attendance staff, resources and pupil premium funding, as well as existing pastoral and support services, to put measures in place for those families who will need additional support to secure pupils’ regular attendance
  • work closely with other professionals to support regular attendance

Important information about clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people

Clinical studies have shown that children and young people, including those originally considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), are at very low risk of serious illness if they catch the virus. The UK Clinical Review Panel has recommended that all children and young people under the age of 18 should no longer be considered CEV and should be removed from the Shielded Patient List, the national database of people considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

All children and young people should continue to follow the same guidance as everyone else, which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. For a very few individual children specific clinical advice may be given and this should continue to be followed.

The Department for Health and Social Care have developed an FAQ that can be accessed online. A letter has been sent by the Department of Health and Social Care to the families of children and young people who were previously classified as CEV informing them of this change. Although shielding was paused on 1 April 2021, we know that for some this may be a significant change and they may be anxious about returning to face-to-face education for the Autumn Term.

Testing in schools and colleges to stop the spread of the virus

Over 49 million rapid COVID-19 tests have been conducted by students and staff at schools and colleges across England since Monday 4 January. Building regular twice-weekly testing into routines has been critical in reaching this milestone number of tests and is testament to the dedication of students and staff to keep the virus out of schools and colleges.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

*“I am grateful and humbled by the actions that everyone working in education has taken to pull together and deliver this programme. Alongside the wider protective measures in place that we must all continue following, this asymptomatic testing helps break chains of transmission by taking people who are infectious but don’t know it out of circulation.

As we head towards the end of this challenging academic year, please encourage your staff and students to keep testing and reporting.”*

Source: DfE 7th June 2021