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COVID-19 Information

Young people with face masks back at work or school in office after lockdown.

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From 1 April 2022, the Government has removed all remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps everyone can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 at The Bedford College Group.

The Group is recommending some simple things you can do in your daily life that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and protect those at highest risk. Things you can choose to do are:

  • If you are not already vaccinated you may consider getting vaccinated.
  • Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors and whilst in classrooms.
  • Practice good hygiene:
    • wash your hands or use the hand sanitising stations across all campuses
    • cover your coughs and sneezes
    • clean your surroundings frequently
  • Wear a face covering or a face mask.

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to College or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections have been updated to include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

Reporting of COVID-19 symptoms or positive COVID-19 test results

Please remember that if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 all students and staff are still expected to not attend College until they feel well. During term time please inform us immediately of any positive test results by emailing Student Services:

If you are not sure if you need to self-isolate please see the NHS advice here.

If a positive test result is confirmed for yourself, you are expected to self-isolate for a minimum of 5 days providing you test negative on day 5 and day 6. If you no longer have access to tests, you should not be exhibiting symptoms on day 6 before returning to work.

Staff and students are expected to:

  • Not travel to College and contact your Personal Achievement Tutors or Course Tutors who will arrange for alternative study materials to be provided.
  • Stay at home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.

When reporting any positive test result you will be asked to confirm the following information:

  • The date you developed symptoms
  • Last date you were in College
  • If others in your household have symptoms.

You must not come into College if you have symptoms and must leave campus immediately and go home to self-isolate if they develop whilst at College.

For the latest updates on symptoms to be aware of please visit the NHS website here.