Last updated: 4th April 2022

Lateral flow testing for all students and staff

The Government has outlined further steps as part of their ‘Living with COVID-19’ strategy, including the announcement of the end of free COVID-19 testing for the majority of the population.

From 1 April, people with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and a high temperature or who feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.

Domestic restrictions

If you are unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19:
• If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, have a high temperature or feel unwell, you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
• It is particularly important to avoid close contact with anyone who you know is at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell if they are infected with COVID-19.
• It is recommended you wait until at least 48 hours (about 2 days) after the symptoms have stopped before returning to college/work or meet with other people.  You should make sure they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.

Adults who have access to COVID testing and have a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.
• For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

Covid-secure measures on campus

Face Coverings

  • Students, staff and visitors may choose to continue to wear a face covering and are encouraged to do so in crowded communal areas or where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

Additional Covid-secure measures remain in place at the college:

Hygiene and Cleaning

  • Frequent and thorough hand cleaning continues to be encouraged.  Hand sanitisers are available around our campuses for people to use as often as possible

Make Space

  • Students, staff and visitors are encouraged to minimise close contact with others and maintain as much distance as possible.

Vaccine information

The vaccine still remains our best form of defence against the virus and it is never too late to come forward for the vaccine. If you haven’t yet received your first vaccine dose, you can book an appointment here or visit one of the walk-in locations listed here.

More information on how to get a vaccine can be found on the NHS website.

Public Health England

Director of Public Health, Stephen Gunther, has written to all parents and carers asking for support to continue to adhere to COVID-secure measures in colleges, schools, nurseries, childminders to continue to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in their setting.  This letter can be accessed here.

Walsall College will continue support Public Health Authorities and respond to any local changes if necessary.