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Weekly COVID-19 Update: 01/04/21

Update Covid-19: Advice to all students, parents and carers 01/04/21

Dear students, parents and carers

Further to my last communication to you on 26th March 2021, please find detailed below important information relating to the following:

Home test kits for students (including 14-16, FE, Apprentices and Adults, except HE)

Students have now been supplied with Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits to self-swab and test themselves twice a week at home on a Sunday and Wednesday evening after 6pm. 

It is important that students continue home testing over the Easter holidays. Students should now have an adequate supply of kits to enable them to test twice a week up to and including Sunday 25th April. 

Students must report their result to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed either online or by telephone as per the instructions in the booklet provided with the home test kit. Students must also share their result, either positive, negative, or VOID with the College to help with contact tracing using the link HEREA video showing how to conduct the test at home is available HERE.

We are currently working on distribution arrangements for the supply of home test kits to students after Easter. At this stage we envisage a simple system where tutors will collect and distribute kits to their students. More details to follow.

In the event that a student finds themselves short of test kits and unable to cover the Easter period they should call 08000 380123 to make arrangements to obtain additional home testing kits.

Reporting Positive COVID results

Please remember to complete the ‘Out of hours Notification of a POSITIVE COVID-19 test result’ form to alert us if you, a member of your household or other close contact identified through Track & Trace, receive a positive test result whilst the College is closed. This online form is available here or via our website www.southdevon.ac.uk


The table below gives the most up-to-date picture of COVID-19 infections at South Devon College in all areas. 

Weekly cases: 1 (Total cases reported in the last week – this gives an indication of the number of current cases)
During the last week all of these are cases reported by students or staff who are learning or working remotely due to lockdown. 
Total cases:  82  (A running total of positive/presumed positive cases reported to the College by students and staff since the first case was reported on Wednesday 7th October 2020) 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support and I hope you have a great Easter break. Unless there are some important announcements made by the Government over the Easter period, in which case I will email everyone accordingly, the next COVID-19 update email will be issued on Friday 23rd April 2021.

Yours sincerely,  

Laurence Frewin  
Principal and CEO  
South Devon College

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