Covid-19 FAQs for Students

Please see below for the Covid-19 frequently asked questions for our current students:

Covid-19 FAQs for Students

A1. Yes, mass testing is available at AECC University College for all students and staff attending campus.

Our test centre is based on Garnet campus. You can book your time slots for your tests by using the online booking system. The details and link for booking your tests have been sent to all students and staff by email. Booking is preferred, but you can also turn up on the day. 

 

A2. All students have must take two lateral flow tests as they return to campus for the first time (and at least one before they go into the first practical / or into clinic) or they need to self-isolate at home. After the initial ‘return to campus’ tests, participation in regular lateral flow testing is strongly advised to protect your fellow students, staff and patients by reducing transmission in those who are asymptomatic.

A3. Testing will help to break the chain of transmission amongst students especially when they are infected and are not aware of it, helping to ensure the safety of their loved ones at home. If you are a student on placement in the Chiropractic Clinic, you must get tested before your first clinical shift; all other students are expected to have taken the first of their two tests before their first practical session.

A4. No, but you need to have at least one negative test before coming onto campus, and take your next test 3-5 days later. 

A5. No – we are encouraging all students and staff attending campus to be tested, unless they already participate in a regular testing scheme with another workplace (e.g. Care home, NHS).

A6. The tests being used for students and staff are called Lateral Flow Devices - these are quick tests that produce a result within 30 minutes. At the AECC on-campus test centre you will be provided with advice on how to self-swab. You can also view the instructions here on how to take a swab sample: Self-swabbing instruction.

A7. If you are a close contact of some with COVID you should self-isolate under the Government rules and NOT attend the university testing centre. Please report your Covid-related absence via the online reporting form. This will log your absence officially, enable the University College to provide support if you need it whilst isolating and give you access to catch up support. More detailed information can be found on the Government website. 

A8. The lateral flow tests that we are using on campus are not appropriate for people who have had a positive test result within the last 90 days, due to the strong likelihood of receiving a false-positive result. If you test positive for Covid you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Further guidance on self-isolation is available on the NHS website. If you have had Covid you and you have completed the full period of self-isolation, you are only able to leave isolation if your symptoms have gone (other than symptoms of a cough or loss of taste and smell which can persist for weeks after the infection has gone). You can then return to campus without further testing.

 

A9. If you are being tested regularly through your job, you don’t need to take a test on campus. You may be asked to show your latest negative result, so please have this to hand. 

 

A10. No – we suggest that you take a test on the days you are coming onto campus. Please arrive early enough to attend the time slots you have booked.

A11. For those returning to campus for the first time, please provide evidence (text, email, screenshot) of a negative result to your lecturer who is running the session so they can note you have a negative test result (or your 10 day isolation). Clinic students will also need to provide evidence of a negative result when they enter clinic for the first time. Ongoing testing for non-clinic students is strongly encouraged but will not be checked regularly in practical sessions on an individual basis. Since clinic students are attending campus regularly they will be asked to report their test results as they do already in the office.   

A12. Yes you can, but you must as usual follow all of the onsite guidance to remain Covid-safe. Even if you have had a negative test, you must remain vigilant and follow the guidance. Please check for your results during a break in class, and if your result is positive please leave campus safely as soon as possible.

A13. This testing service is linked to the NHS Test and Trace. Your test result is sent anonymously to the NHS and you will receive the notification of your result via text message (as with tests currently). The University College does not receive the results.

A14. You will be notified of the result of the test (whether positive or negative) via your mobile phone or email. If you test positive you will be instructed to self-isolate by the test and trace app. Please leave the campus safely and inform the University College that you have had a positive result via covidconcerns@aecc.ac.uk

A15. Yes, you should continue to undergo lateral flow testing even though you've had the vaccine. There is evidence that individuals may still become infected and may transmit the virus after receiving the vaccine. The aim of the testing is to reduce the transmission across our community, whether individuals have received the vaccine or not.

A16. If you have isolated for 10 days, you do not need to have a test on campus. If you use the Test to Release scheme, the test from the private provider can be used as evidence of your negative result. 

 

A17. Unfortunately, you cannot use the University College lateral flow device testing centre for this purpose as university testing centres (all of them, not just ours) are not designated private providers for this purpose. You will need to use one of the private providers for the test to release scheme. 

A18. At this moment in time, it’s not clear that the tests can be used for international travel. Our understanding is that they do not come with a certificate of results which some countries require – please check the requirements in the country you are travelling to. You can book for a test which does certificate the results for travel purposes privately at reputable retailers such as Boots or Lloyd Pharmacy. 

A19. The most important symptoms of Coronavirus are the following: recent onset of a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change in your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If you develop any of these symptoms, you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19. Please do not come onto campus and do not come to the test site on campus.

Please use the Covid-19 Symptoms Reporting Form to let us know you are self-isolating because you have symptoms, living with someone who has symptoms or tested positive or, have tested positive yourself. It is essential you keep us informed as we are working with Public Health England and Local Authorities to manage cases. 

Please be aware of other seasonal illnesses, such as meningitis and mumps, can start with similar symptoms. We encourage you to make sure your immunisations are up to date and to be aware of seasonal illnesses. For more information, please see the NHS website for mumps and for more information on meningitis please visit Meningitis Now which has specific resources for university students.  

 

A20:Please use the Covid-19 Symptoms Reporting Form to let us know you are self-isolating because you have symptoms, living with someone who has symptoms or tested positive or, have tested positive yourself. It is essential you keep us informed as we are working with Public Health England and Local Authorities to manage cases.  

You should also tell your housemates that you have developed symptoms and that they should also self-isolate; you can do so by giving them this information. 

Please be aware of other seasonal illnesses, such as meningitis and mumps, can start with similar symptoms. We encourage you to make sure your immunisations are up to date and to be aware of seasonal illnesses. For more information, please see the NHS website for mumps and for more information on meningitis please visit Meningitis Now which has specific resources for university students.   

If you are absent for any other reason, please email courseadmin@aecc.ac.uk    

A21. Yes, as long as  you have not been informed by NHS Test and Trace that you need to self-isolate or a member of your household has symptoms.  If you are using public transport you should follow the safer travel guidance This includes wearing a face covering unless you are exempt, planning your journey in advance to avoid busy times and routes, washing/sanitising your hands regularly, and keeping your distance while travelling where possible.

As always, this is subject to change depending on Government guidelines. Please ensure you take time to read the guidance before travelling.

 

A22. If you are feeling stressed or anxious at all during this time and would like to speak to someone in confidence, please contact the Student Services Team at studentservices@aecc.ac.uk   

A23. In line with Government guidelines, face coverings must be worn in indoor spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet, for example, in corridors. Signs will indicate the areas on campus where the wearing of face coverings is mandatory, such as in corridors. If you are exempt from wearing a face covering under Government guidelines, the same will apply on campus.   

In practical sessions where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required, you will be provided with this and instructed on how to use this. 

If you are exempt from wearing a face covering as outlined above, this does not extend to a clinical environment where PPE is essential. Therefore, there are no exemptions from wearing PPE if it is deemed necessary. You can read more about that on the Government website here. 

A24. There is new advice for those using the NHS Covid-19 app when wearing PPE. Those wearing PPE* should turn off their phones or turn off its tracing function so as not to be wrongfully notified. This is because the app cannot know if you are protected by your PPE and will assume you need to self-isolate if you have been close to someone with Covid-19. 

A message has now been placed in the app itself saying: ‘Your interactions at work should not be captured when you are wearing personal protective equipment.’ 

With this in mind, we are asking for all students and staff to switch off their mobile phones when they put on their PPE at the beginning of a practical session and turn their phones back on once their PPE is removed. 

 The NHS Covid-19 app is a free app which helps monitor the spread of Covid-19. To download this app please visit https://covid19.nhs.uk/ 

 

* Please note, wearing a face covering alone is not considered PPE 

 

A25. We have made a number of changes to keep all our students and staff safe:

  • We now have a one-way system around campus. Some staircases are marked as up only, some as down only and there are signs and arrows reminding you to keep left when walking along corridors.
  • There are sanitisers and cleaning stations throughout campus.
  • Physical distancing will be required on campus when teaching, and in areas of the library, IT study spaces and catering.
  • Contactless payments will be requested at the clinic, library and catering
  • Temperature screening has been installed through our CCTV at key points of entry onto campus. If someone appears to have a very high temperature, they will be required to undertake an enhanced health questionnaire
  • Screens have been put up at key points on campus including at the main reception desk and the library desk

Please remember to bring your ID cards so you can access the buildings on campus.

A26. We understand that you may have concerns about sharing your data with Public Health England (PHE), however under the Health Protection Regulations 2010, there is a clear statutory basis for your personal data to be shared. That statutory duty means that under GDPR there is a lawful basis for processing your data in this way. You are therefore unable to ‘opt out’ or withdraw your consent for your data to be shared.  

Our statutory duty to report this information protects individuals from health risk and could save lives. As this information is classified as Special Category data under Data Protection Regulations, we are processing this information under the lawful bases of legal obligation (Art6) AND Public Health (Art9) to share this vital information with PHE. Your data will be handled with appropriate security.  

Due to the statutory requirement placed on us and as a healthcare organisation, the lifesaving importance of limiting the spread of COVID-19, and our desire to ensure the highest level of safety for our students, staff and visitors, this processing activity is exempt from the usual right to opt out or request deletion or restriction of this processing activity.  

We hope you will respect the position we are taking so we can fully support all initiatives to operate in a responsible and safe manner. If you have any concerns about this processing activity please contact the Data Protection Officer. 

A27. Please use resources from Gov.uk or NHS websites. Here are a few key resources: 

  • Covid-19 Symptoms https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ 
  • Understanding Covid Test results https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/what-your-test-result-means/ 
  • Getting a Covid-19 Test https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
  • Self-isolation guidance https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ 
  • ‘Rule of 6’/Meetings other safely: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing  

A28. The official channel for your timetable is online at https://timetable.aecc.ac.uk   

Log in using your AECC University College credentials, and follow the instructions sent to your AECC account from timetable@aecc.ac.uk 

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