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Covid-19

The latest college guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) for students, staff, applicants and visitors. If you have any questions please email health@pca.ac.uk

Plymouth College of Art is planning for a return to face-to-face teaching across all campuses for the 2021/22 academic year.


Plymouth College of Art has introduced a wide range of measures since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to maintain a safe working environment for students and staff, minimising transmission on campus, supporting the progress of students during incidents of national lockdown and maintaining as much access as possible to our world-leading resources and creative spaces.

We are planning for a return to face-to-face teaching across all Plymouth College of Art campuses for the 2021/22 academic year, with an end to most social distancing measures unless needed but retaining a few ongoing precautionary measures to keep everyone in our community as safe as possible. These measures are listed below, along with our guidelines around regular COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and what to do if you or somebody in your household becomes ill. If you have any questions about this guidance or plans for the coming year, please get in touch with our support team by email at health@pca.ac.uk.

Please do not come onto campus if you are experiencing any of the three main symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).

Book a PCR test if you start getting symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Advise us of any positive results as soon as possible.

Self-isolate for 10 days if you have been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and you haven’t had two vaccinations. Our health team will ask for evidence of vaccination or exemption if you are identified as a close contact but plan not to self-isolate.

Take twice-weekly rapid lateral flow tests before coming onto campus, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not. Advise us at health@pca.ac.uk of any positive results as soon as possible.

Please consider wearing face coverings in communal areas - in some areas, where you’ll work in close proximity with other students and staff members, we will strongly encourage the use of face coverings to protect our community.

Swipe your card on all door readers at entrances and exits when moving around our campus. Just as students did before COVID-19, you will also be required to register your attendance for each face-to-face session using our attendance monitoring system - please tap into your classroom, basework or workshop.

Wash your hands with soap and water and regularly use the provided hand sanitizer on campus.

Book study spaces in advance and clean shared equipment.

We strongly advise you to consider taking up the offer of vaccination, which is the best way to offer protection against COVID-19 for you and other members of our community.

Please download and use the NHS Covid App and check into Plymouth College of Art if you are able. This helps us to identify who has been on site and assists the national Test and Trace program.

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