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Weekly COVID-19 Update: 30/04/21

Update Covid-19: Advice to all students, parents and carers 30/04/21

Dear students, parents and carers

Further to my last Covid update email to you on 23rd April 2021, I am now writing with this week’s update and important information relating to the following:

  1. Home test kits for students
  2. Reported number of positive covid cases
  1. Home test kits for students (including 14-16, FE, Apprentices and Adults, except HE)

Students are being issued with test kits by their tutors.

Students should continue to test themselves twice a week at home on a Sunday and Wednesday evening after 6pm for the foreseeable future.

Students must report their result to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed either online or by telephone following 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 HERE.  QR codes on the test kits boxes are now available and will simplify and speed up the reporting process. Please note the College reporting form has also been simplified to capture only the minimum essential information that the Government have asked us to collate.

Testing continues to play a crucial role, in and out of College, in our fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

To help in communicating the importance of testing and reporting, the Government have produced a blog on why reporting your test result is as important as taking a test, featuring further guidance and common questions. This also includes details on financial support available to parents whose children are asked to self-isolate after contact with a positive case.

Reporting positive COVID results

Please also remember to complete the ‘Out of hours Notification of a POSTIVE 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 via our main website www.southdevon.ac.uk  

  1.  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: 0 (Total confirmed positive cases reported in the last week – this gives an indication of the number of current cases)   
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 long Bank Holiday weekend!

Yours sincerely,  

Laurence Frewin 
Principal and CEO  
South Devon College