COVID-19 FAQs

As we enter the new academic year, we all have an important responsibility to limit the spread of Covid-19 both at College and in the local community.

The College strongly encourages all students to take part in the Rapid Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Testing scheme as this will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 both at College and in the community by alerting those who have COVID-19 but who aren’t showing symptoms.  We also strongly encourage all students to take up the offer of a vaccination against COVID-19.

Lateral flow device (LFD) home testing kits provide a quick result to show if you have Covid-19. 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 do not have any symptoms, so it’s important to test regularly to keep you, your friends and family as safe as possible.

Test kits are widely available in the community and can also be ordered online or by phoning 119. You can also pick up a pack of test kits from the College at the University Road reception area between 9.00am and 4.00pm from Thursday 26 August. 

We expect you to take three lateral flow tests in the time before your WQE timetable starts. You should take these tests at home on Sunday 29 August, Wednesday 1 September and Sunday 5 September.  

We expect you to keep up this home testing routine each Sunday and Wednesday. This is an important part of keeping all the College community as well as families and others you have contact with safe. 

There are instructions in the box that explain how to do the test.  You could also watch this video.

Yes.  You must report the result of your LFD test to the College using this link. Click here.

LFD tests will not be carried out routinely in College, but if you are struggling to do your test at home you will be able to book a LFD test to take at College. You can book a test here.  You will also need to complete a consent form here before you book an on-site test.

If you receive a positive LFD test you should self-isolate in line with the government’s stay-at-home guidance and take a PCR test as soon as possible and within 2 days of the positive LFD test.  PCR tests are sent to a lab to check whether you have Covid-19 or not.  While awaiting the PCR test result, you must continue to self-isolate.   If the PCR test result is negative, it overrides the LFT result and you can return to College. If your PCR is positive you must remain in isolation. You can read more about self-isolation and who should self-isolate. 

If you develop symptoms at any time – vaccinated or not – you should self-isolate and arrange for a PCR test at the earliest opportunity and remain in isolation until the result comes back.  You can go to a test site or order a PCR home test online or by calling 119.  Anyone who tests positive following a PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status or age. 

You should contact the College as soon as you can by calling the freephone number:

0800 246 1777

or emailing

covid@wqe.ac.uk

You will need to tell us the date your symptoms started, the date you took your test and the date you received a positive test result.

If you have had a positive PCR Covid-19 test within the last 90 days and this has been reported through NHS Track and Trace, and recorded on the national system, you do not need to be tested again as you will probably have some immunity, unless you start to display symptoms again.

If you have new symptoms of Covid-19, you should self isolate and arrange to take a PCR test at a government test centre as soon as you can.

Everyone aged 16 or over is now eligible for a Covid vaccination.  For further information on eligibility, please click the link below:

Coronavirus vaccine – Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (leicestercityccg.nhs.uk)

The link below gives the latest information about how you can get a Covid vaccination in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. This includes:

  • Who is eligible for a vaccine.
  • How to book your Covid jab
  • Location of walk-in clinics for those aged 16 and 17
  • further information about the vaccine

Coronavirus vaccine – Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (leicestercityccg.nhs.uk)

Research has shown the vaccines help:

  • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • protect against COVID-19 variants

Although many people have been vaccinated, there are lots of people waiting for their vaccination (or the second dose).  We have students and staff of all ages, and from a range of backgrounds and we want to make sure that we are doing all we can to protect everyone, so that we can keep everyone learning on-site. 

Government guidance on self isolation for close contacts changes with effect from 16 August.  People who have had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with their second dose at least two weeks prior to coming into close contact with a positive case, or are aged under 18 and 6 months will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

You should take a PCR test as soon as possible to check if you have COVID-19. You can go to a test site or order a PCR home test online or by calling 119. You will not be required to self-isolate while you wait for the results of the PCR test and you can still attend College.

You should contact the College to let us know that you have been identified as a close contact by calling the freephone number:

0800 246 1777

or emailing

covid@wqe.ac.uk

As soon as you have received your PCR test result, you should let us know the result on this number or email address. 

  • You should not be on site if you have any symptoms of Covid-19
  • If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace as an immediate contact of someone who has tested positive, you must arrange for a PCR test at the earliest opportunity and inform the College. 
  • Apply hand sanitiser on the way into and out of all College spaces
  • Regularly wash your hands
  • Face coverings are encouraged in crowded communal spaces
  • Clean your desk, chair and any College equipment used with the wipes provided at the end of every lesson 
  • Keep left in corridors and circulation spaces

Call the College’s freephone number, we’re here to help:

0800 246 1777

or email

covid@wqe.ac.uk

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