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Weekly COVID-19 Update – 01/10/21

Update COVID: Advice to all students 01/10/2021 

Dear students, parents and carers  

I last emailed you on 24/09/2021 with all the current Covid information and updates.  This link will take you the Covid-19 section of the college website where you will find all the information and resources from the College 

Please see below the current important information.  

  1. Covid – recommended precautions for all students and staff who attend College 
  2. Covid Testing – students
  3. Reporting COVID-19 Cases: Latest data.
  4. Online booking service for COVID-19 vaccinations available for 16 & 17 year olds

1. Covid – recommended precautions for all students and staff attending College – these are continuing for the foreseeable future.

Wear face coverings when indoors in communal areas of the College buildings. 

2. Covid Testing – students

Students are asked to conduct home testing on a Wednesday and Sunday evening after 6pm. Tutors will ensure that students have a constant supply of home testing kits. Test kits can also be collected by students from the ‘Student Space’ in The Street.

Please note students should share their home test results with NHS Test & Trace as soon as they have undertaken their home test.  Students must also share their results with the College via the Covid test results form, as soon as possible after a test so the College can monitor any localised ‘outbreaks’.  The College will be reviewing who completes this form, as well as the results, and keeping Public Health England informed of the numbers of students conducting home tests.   The SDC COVID results reporting form is now even quicker and easier for students to report their results. 

We will continue to constantly review our approach, following the latest government guidance and will adapt what we do accordingly.  Please do whatever you can to keep everyone safe. 

3. Reported COVID-19 Cases: Latest data  

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

Weekly cases:    (Total confirmed positive cases reported in the last week)  24
Total cases:   (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)   197

 4. Online booking service for the COVID-19 vaccine now available to 16 and 17 year olds

The Department of Health and Social Care announced on Friday 24 September that all 16 and 17 year olds can now book their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment online.

Young people aged 16 and 17 can:

book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment

If students cannot book appointments online, they can call 119 free of charge. They can speak to a translator if they need to. Further information can be found on the NHS website.

Kindest regards  

Laurence Frewin   
Principal and CEO   
South Devon College