Higher Education coronavirus (COVID-19) handbook issued amid increase in cases

Higher Education coronavirus (COVID-19) handbook issued amid increase in cases

The Department for Education has published a Higher Education (HE) coronavirus (COVID-19) NHS Test and Trace handbook for HE providers, in an effort to ensure they feel ‘supported and aware’ of the coronavirus testing channels available to students and staff ahead of the 2020–21 academic year. The government insists that this is ‘only one part of the series of interventions including social distancing’ to prevent the spread of coronavirus and should not be considered the only preventative measure.

The guide makes several key points, including:

• anyone with symptoms is eligible for a coronavirus test, and if students/staff experience symptoms they should self-isolate immediately and be tested as soon as possible

• the government expects HE providers to work with local authorities to use the high level of testing infrastructure already in place for symptomatic testing and co-ordinate the development and implementation of clear plans for responding to local outbreak

• testing is available on a symptomatic basis only through the National Testing Programme

For more information on eligibility for testing, testing channels, what to do if you test positive and more, see: Higher Education coronavirus (COVID-19) NHS Test and Trace Handbook

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