Coronavirus – Important information for students

Including Learning on Campus, Reporting a Positive Test and other Frequently Asked Questions

At Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) our top priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and community.

From September 2021 we start a new academic year. Wales is at ‘alert level zero’. The Welsh Government Coronavirus Control Plan for Wales states that education settings should operate as normally as possible at alert level zero. This includes schools and colleges starting the academic year by relaxing some restrictions that have been in place during the pandemic, whilst keeping some baseline measures in place.

At CAVC, we are working in line with Welsh Government guidance. We have undertaken revised risk assessments and put in place important steps for all staff, students and visitors to follow to help minimise risk and continue to control the spread on COVID-19. 

Please take time to read through this page before starting College this September.

COVID-19 Self Testing Programme for learners

All learners who are attending campus regularly to learn can access COVID-19 self-test kits. All staff attending campus regularly are also able to do this. You do not have to do this to be able to attend campus. It is a free of charge and voluntary option that is recommended by Welsh Government for all staff and learners.

Learning on campus – important guidance for all learners

Last updated Friday 27th August 2021

Before the start of your course

Before coming to campus please make sure you have read and understood all of the guidance on this webpage.

If you were previously shielding or you are currently highlighted as COVID-19 vulnerable, let us know on COVID19@cavc.ac.uk before attending campus. Your teachers will then link with you to discuss any concerns before you attend. Depending on your situation, they may also recommend an individual risk assessment to help reduce the risk of attending campus to learn.

All CAVC learners can access Lateral Flow self-test kits to test themselves regularly for COVID-19. This is not compulsory for you to attend campus but is strongly recommended by Welsh Government and the College to do twice weekly through term. You can pick Lateral Flow test kits from the reception of any CAVC campus throughout term and are available before the start of College by clicking here.

Taking Lateral Flow tests is compulsory for some learners to participate in certain activities, for example it is a requirement for all learners participating in Sports Academies. You will be informed by your teacher or lead staff member for that activity if this is the case.

Coming to College

Please follow the guidance in the table below about when to not attend campus.

Do not attend campus if:

What you must do

You have a positive COVID-19 PCR test result

Self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your result. You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms. After 10 days, if you are well and do not have a temperature in line with NHS guidance, you can return to college. Some symptoms including loss of taste/ smell may continue for a longer period.


Contact your teacher and email COVID19@cavc.ac.uk to let us know, ideally forwarding on your confirmation email from NHS.

You take a Lateral Flow Test and receive a positive result, or two void results in a row.

Self-isolate and book a PCR test. You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms.


Contact your teacher and email COVID19@cavc.ac.uk to let us know, ideally forwarding on your confirmation email from NHS.

You develop COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, new continuous cough, or loss or change in taste or smell)

Self-isolate and book a PCR test. You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms.

Email your teacher to let them know.

You live with someone and they have tested positive or they have developed symptoms (and you are over 18 and not fully-vaccinated)

If you are over 18 and not fully vaccinated, do not attend campus. You should self-isolate for 10 days and book a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. Email your teacher to let them know.


If you are fully vaccinated or under 18 you do not need to self-isolate and can attend college unless you are asked not to attend by the College as a precautionary measure. You are still advised to book a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 from the other persons positive test. The College also recommends using regular Lateral Flow Testing and kits are available from college or online.

You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, in the 2 days before their symptoms or their positive test results (and you are over 18 and not fully-vaccinated)

If you are over 18 and not fully vaccinated, do not attend campus. You should self-isolate for 10 days and book a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. Email your teacher to let them know.


If you are fully vaccinated or under 18 you do not need to self-isolate and can attend college unless you are asked not to attend by the College as a precautionary measure. You are still advised to book a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 from the other persons positive test. The College also recommends using regular Lateral Flow Testing and kits are available from college or online.

You have travelled from abroad and are required to self-isolate.

If you have travelled from abroad and you are required to self-isolate, please follow this guidance and do not attend campus until your isolation is complete.

The most up to date information on travel, countries visited and isolation guidance can be found
here

You are asked by Test.Trace.Protect (TTP) to self-isolate for any other reason

Follow individual self-isolation guidance provided by TTP and do not attend college if required to self-isolate. Email your teacher to let them know.

The College has asked you not to attend campus for a certain period as a precautionary measure.

If you are contacted by the College to not attend campus as a precautionary measure, please follow this guidance. Your teacher will contact you about your learning.

If you are unable to attend campus due to one of the above reasons:

  • Your teachers will link with you to ensure you can continue your learning at home during this time if you ae well and able to
  • If you usually receive EMA, Free School Meals (FSM) or other financial support, it will not be affected and you will continue to receive this.

Travelling to College

Only come to a College campus on days and times you are timetabled to, or if you have an exam/ assessment, learning or support session or activity booked. On those days, you can also choose to use the Success Centres. We are following this to manage numbers of learners on campus every day. If you have any queries, please contact your Course Tutor.

Stay safe on your journey to and from College - if using public transport always wear a face covering.

On campus

Physical Distancing: Maintain 2m physical distancing wherever possible on campus. During lessons this will not be possible for most learners, and all are asked to ensure they maintain good hygiene and physically distance as much as possible. Staff will always adhere to 2m physical distancing and/ or wear a face covering at all times in class.

Face Coverings: Face coverings must be worn at all times by staff, students and visitors to enter a campus and in general/ communal indoor spaces (everywhere outside a classroom/ workshop/ teaching space). Face coverings may be removed once in a lesson/ classroom or when seated in the canteen and coffee shops on campus for eating and drinking. Face coverings must be worn in the Success Centres. Face coverings should be 3-layer, as per government guidance.

If you are medically exempt from wearing a face covering you must complete our Face Covering exemption form and clearly display one of the college’s pink face covering exemption cards at all times when on campus. To register yourself as medically exempt from wearing a face covering on campus go to www.cavc.ac.uk/facecoverings

Practice good hygiene: Sanitise your hands when you enter any campus using the hand sanitiser provided or your own. Wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face and catch coughs and sneezes into tissues or your elbow. In some rooms we will provide cleaning materials for you to use before and after using computers or other equipment.

All teaching spaces and activities have been risk assessed and have set guidance you must follow. Your teachers will explain this to you.

Only use the classrooms and general spaces on campus that you are timetabled or advised to use. Don’t move chairs or furniture around – in some spaces it is spaced to support physical distancing.

We have thorough cleaning procedures across all sites. Please help to keep all classrooms and spaces tidy to assist with this. Please put all rubbish in bins.

Shops and coffee shops are operating using industry guidance. However, all staff, students and visitors are asked to wear a face covering in these venues. Face coverings can be removed if sitting to eat or drink in them.

Do not smoke or vape anywhere on a CAVC campus, including outside areas.

In the event of an emergency, safe building evacuation procedure takes priority over physical distancing.

Visitors are not allowed onto campus. This can only occur when someone is invited onto campus for an approved appointment by a member of staff (e.g. a pre-planned parent appointment).

Please follow the above guidance and behave responsibly on campus to keep you and our CAVC family safe. Our Learner Relationship Management procedure explains how we encourage everyone to do this.


Reporting a positive test for COVID-19

If you are a student of Cardiff and Vale College and you receive a positive test please let us know and do not attend campus.

Adhere to NHS self-isolation guidance and do not attend a CAVC campus for any reason during your required isolation period. You must do this even if you are under 18, fully vaccinated or you have no symptoms.

Please let us know if you have a positive COVID-19 test:
Email COVID19@cavc.ac.uk and copy in your Course Tutor

Please include in the email your name, student number and ideally the email/text you have received confirming your positive test and isolation period.

Your Course Tutor or another member of staff from your department will contact you to support you and help us to keep our CAVC family safe.

If you usually receive EMA, Free School Meals (FSM) or other financial support, your absence due to COVID-19 will not affect this and you will continue to receive this.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my lessons be on campus or online this year?

From September 2021 we start a new academic year. Wales is at ‘alert level zero’ and the Welsh Government Coronavirus Control Plan for Wales states that education settings should operate as normally as possible. This means most courses are delivered as close to usual as possible at CAVC.

All courses have some online learning, but if your course is usually delivered on campus, this will be the case and you will be on campus for the majority of your timetabled lessons.

However, if situation changes, we are able to move more learning online to ensure your learning continues, whatever happens.

Your timetable on the MyCAVC app will appear the week before your course starts. It shows each lesson and the location of it. This will show if a lesson is on campus (and if so the room and campus) or if it is online. If you are unsure please contact Student services here on livechat or call 02920 250 250.

I’m a CAVC student and I am COVID-19 vulnerable. What should I do?

If you were previously shielding or you are currently highlighted as COVID-19 vulnerable, let us know on COVID19@cavc.ac.uk before attending campus.

Your teachers will then link with you to discuss any concerns before you attend. Depending on your situation, they may also recommend an individual risk assessment to help reduce the risk of attending campus to learn.

I have tested positive for Coronavirus. Do I need to let College know?

Yes. It is important that you let us know as soon as possible if you have a positive COVID-19 test, whether you have attended campus recently or not.

Please let us know if you have a positive COVID-19 test:
Email COVID19@cavc.ac.uk and copy in your Course Tutor

Please let us know if it a positive PCR or Lateral Flow Test. Please include in the email your name, student number and ideally the email/text you have received confirming your positive test and isolation period.

If you have received a positive PCR test your Course Tutor or another member of staff from your department will contact you to support you and check a few things to help us to keep our CAVC family safe.

If you usually receive EMA, Free School Meals (FSM) or other financial support, your absence due to COVID-19 will not affect this and you will continue to receive this.

I have had Coronavirus and completed my self-isolation period. Can I come back to College?

After you have completed your self-isolation period, if you are well and do not have a temperature in line with NHS guidance, you can return to college. Some symptoms including loss of taste/ smell may continue for a longer period.

I’ve been in contact with someone who has had a positive COVID-19 test. Can I still come to College?

Please see the information below to assess whether you’re able to attend college or not.

Do not attend campus if:

What you must do

You live with someone and they have tested positive or they have developed symptoms (and you are over 18 and not fully-vaccinated)

If you are over 18 and not fully vaccinated, do not attend campus. You should self-isolate for 10 days and book a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. Email your teacher to let them know.


If you are fully vaccinated or under 18 you do not need to self-isolate and can attend college unless you are asked not to attend by the College as a precautionary measure. You are still advised to book a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 from the other persons positive test. The College also recommends using regular Lateral Flow Testing and kits are available from college or online.

You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, in the 2 days before their symptoms or their positive test results (and you are over 18 and not fully-vaccinated)

If you are over 18 and not fully vaccinated, do not attend campus. You should self-isolate for 10 days and book a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. Email your teacher to let them know.


If you are fully vaccinated or under 18 you do not need to self-isolate and can attend college unless you are asked not to attend by the College as a precautionary measure. You are still advised to book a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 from the other persons positive test. The College also recommends using regular Lateral Flow Testing and kits are available from college or online.


If you are unable to attend campus due to one of the above reasons:

  • Your teachers will link with you to ensure you can continue your learning at home during this time if you ae well and able to
  • If you usually receive EMA, Free School Meals (FSM) or other financial support, it will not be affected and you will continue to receive this.

A member of my household is self-isolating as they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Can I still come to College?

Yes, if you have not been in direct contact with the person with Coronavirus you can continue to come to College.

If the person in your household also develops symptoms or tests positive, you must follow the guidance for being in direct contact. Look at the question above ‘I’ve been in contact with someone who has had a positive COVID-19 test. Can I still come to College?’

Someone in my class has tested positive for Coronavirus. Does the rest of the class need to self-isolate?

All CAVC students are asked to let the College know if they test positive for Coronavirus.

If a member of your class reports a positive PCR test we will email you to let you know. If you are under 18, or over 18 and fully vaccinated you can continue to attend College. This is in line with Welsh Government and NHS advice for self-isolation. 

If you are over 18 and not fully vaccinated you are asked to self-isolate for 10 days and not attend campus. Let your teacher know and they can support you to continue to learn during this period.

Occasionally, the College may decide to ask a whole class to learn online and not attend campus as a precautionary measure for a period of time. This may be if there has been more than one positive case within a class, or if we have been advised to do this by Test, Trace, Protect. If this is the case we will email you to let you know and your teachers will also be in contact.  

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