A whole year group at the Hereford College of Arts is self-isolating after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

A letter sent to students/parents said:

Request to second year Extended Diploma in Art and Design students to self-isolate for 14 Days     

We have been advised over the weekend that a student in the second year Extended Diploma in Art and Design has tested positive for Covid-19.  The student was not experiencing any symptoms or feeling unwell but responsibly decided to take the test on hearing of a possible close contact from outside college.     

Although we are able to identify a relatively small group of students who have been in close contact with the individual in studios and workshops there is a chance of additional contacts within the year group moving around at the beginning and end of the day and in breaks.    Following very careful consideration with staff and consultation with the local Outbreak Control Hub we have taken the decision to ask all students in the year group to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of the test (Thursday November 5th) as an additional precaution.    

Your final day of self-isolation will be Thursday November 29th.    

If you are well at the end of the 14 days’ period of self-isolation, you can return to college and your other usual activities.   

We are sorry for the disruption but your tutors and other college teams will work hard to support you to keep learning during this period.  Please see instructions for tomorrow at the end of this note.  

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided you do not develop symptoms within the 14-day self-isolation period.  It is worth paying extra attention to the hygiene measures you can take within households.