If you develop symptoms of Coronavirus (any of the following; new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell) then you should stay at home (self-isolate), report this to us through the absence/sickness reporting procedure, and arrange to have a test.
You should also call 119 to make sure you are tested as soon as possible and when being tested tell the NHS that you are a student at Plymouth College of Art so that they can also keep us informed to support you should you become unwell or need to isolate.
When you receive your test results (usually by text) you must report the outcome of your test to us through the absence/sickness reporting procedure and send us a screengrab of your positive or negative test result by email to email@example.com
- Complete the easy online Absence & Illness Reporting Form, available on the Student Portal.
- Contact your Subject Leader as soon as possible.
- If you have later had positive or negative test results for Covid-19, you should complete the absence/illness form again and also email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your NHS Test result SMS. This allows us to get you back to campus when safe and legal to do so.
- Remember to advise the NHS Test & Trace team that you are a Plymouth College of Art student.
- Your nominated emergency contact or next-of-kin can also report your absence by following the same link.
What is Test and Trace?
The NHS Test and Trace service will get in touch with anyone who has had a positive test result to help them share information about any close recent contacts they have had, so that it can alert those contacts where necessary and notify them if they need to self-isolate.
How do I get a test?
It's so important to get tested and it doesn't take long.
- If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you can book an appointment at a walk-through or drive-through test centre, or by ordering a home test kit. To do any of these, you must follow the step by procedure at this link or by telephoning 119 (NHS).
- If you do not have Covid-19 symptoms (asymptomatic), you may still be able to get tested. Some people contract Coronavirus but do not show symptoms, and as a result may be unaware that they are infectious. Asymptomatic test sites were set up at universities across the UK towards the end of 2020, and continued to test students after the Christmas break. If you are eligible to be tested, you should have received information about this via your college email. Find out more on our Asymptomatic Testing page.
There are currently static test centres for symptomatic tests in Plymouth in the former Seaton Barracks, near Derriford, at the Lower Guildhall in Plymouth City Centre, and at Plymouth Marjon University. In Exeter there is a test centre at Honiton Road Park & Ride, and mobile test centres are often available in Barnstaple, Tiverton, Torquay, Launceston. Please check that this information is up-to-date and ALWAYS book an appointment before travelling for a test.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
As soon as you experience coronavirus symptoms, medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 10 days from when you started having symptoms.
Remember that during the national lockdown announced in early January 2021, you should stay at home regardless of having symptoms or not, unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave your home.
- If your test is positive - you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation. Anyone who you live with must also complete self-isolation for 10 days from when you started having symptoms.
- If your test is negative - you and others who you live with no longer need to self-isolate. If you live with someone who has symptoms of Coronavirus or has tested positive, you should self isolate for 10 days and report this to us through the absence/sickness reporting procedure (see this further information for guidance on when to self-isolate and for how long).
Click here for more information from the NHS about what positive, negative or unclear test results mean.
Current government advice is that people who are pregnant, or over the age of 70, or who have medical conditions that increase their vulnerability to Covid-19 may be at a heightened risk. If you think this applies to you or have any concerns, please email email@example.com
Non-coronavirus related absence
If you are a registered student reporting a non-coronavirus related absence, please click here to complete the Report Absence option in MyTimetables.
If you are a parent or guardian reporting a non-coronavirus related absence on behalf of a registered PCA student please click here to complete an absence form.
What kind of support can I access if I am self-isolating?
We are in regular contact with Public Health England (PHE) and are following their guidance on best practice across Plymouth College of Art.
All Plymouth College of Art resources that can be made virtually available have been moved online, including:
- Your Student Portal includes access to all your learning and teaching resources.
- You can continue to book 1:1 appointments with the Learning Lab and these can be delivered online or via telephone. The Learning Lab gives you access to everything from Careers drop-in sessions to Academic Skills workshops.
- Click here to search the Library Catalogue.
- You can find thousands of useful courses and learning materials on LinkedIn Learning for free, which you can access using your college login.
Student Support has moved to remote working. All appointments (counselling, wellbeing and general welfare) will be available online. If you have any concerns regarding your wellbeing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a response or visit our Wellbeing homepage, where there is advice on a range of services and support you can access.
- You can also register for free with Togetherall, a digital mental health and wellbeing service, offering safe, anonymous online support available 24/7. It offers a range of therapeutic pathways, including peer and professional support and creative self-expression. Sign up for free with your college email: www.togetherall.com
- Are you in a crisis? Anxious? Worried? Or stressed? Get 24/7 free help with 'Give us a Shout'. Text 85258
Students’ Union Food Bank
If you are vulnerable, isolating or unable to make the journey for food and other essentials, please reach out to the Students’ Union, who have been running a food bank this academic year to support you. As well as food, they can provide basic toiletries and sanitary products. As long as the campus can legally stay open to access these resources, our SU President Harriet Moore and SU Manager Paige Nolan can arrange for you to collect items from them or deliver to you if you are unable to collect.
Online Communities for students
Self-isolating and remote working? The Students’ Union has a Facebook group and WhatsApp chat for students which our SU President Harriet Moore, SU Manager Paige Nolan and the Student Union Ambassadors are using to keep supporting and connecting with students, and it is a great way to stay connected with your peers while our campus is closed or you are isolating.
Please keep in contact with your lecturers or subject leaders directly during any period of lockdown or self-isolation to ensure that you receive the support that you need.