We begin the new term with very high COVID-19 risk levels throughout the country. The levels of Omicron have increased significantly in recent weeks and this has now become the dominant variant in parts of the UK. As such, all of Wales is currently at alert level 2.
Despite the current challenges, the Welsh Government is keen for further and adult education providers, together with schools, childcare and play settings, and universities, to remain open, and for face to face classes to continue where appropriate and possible.
At Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, we are taking a flexible approach to meet the needs of our learners and staff. Some face to face classes will resume from Monday 10th January 2022. Other classes may continue online at this time, and some may involve a mix of face to face and online learning. Our delivery teams will contact you to confirm the arrangements for your class.
We continue to make every effort to protect learners, staff and others from COVID-19. To support the Welsh Government’s Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing scheme, we are encouraging all staff and learners to carry out LFD testing before attending the classroom or office, and as we go about our everyday lives.
We have a good supply of LFD tests to provide to learners who wish to take part in the scheme. You can receive LFD tests from us in the following ways:
• By picking up tests from AOC | ALW venues in Cardiff, Ebbw Vale, Port Talbot, Swansea, Newtown and Bangor. These venues will be open for LFD test collection on Mondays between 10am and 3pm.
• By picking up tests when you attend your classes
• By filling in a form to ask for tests to be sent in the post. To complete the form, please click here
We would also like to remind all learners to please continue to follow our safety procedures, including the following:
At alert level 2, all reasonable measures must be taken to maintain 2 metre distancing between individuals, both in the classroom and the office environment.
Face coverings should be worn indoors by learners, staff and visitors (with the exception of those who are exempt) in all situations where 2 metre physical distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings should be worn in all indoor public areas to which the public have or are permitted access (e.g. reception areas, facilities open to the general public).
Good hand and respiratory hygiene
Washing hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and running water or hand sanitiser is an effective way of minimising the risk of contracting COVID-19. It is important that everyone continues to practice respiratory hygiene through covering coughs and sneezes and the immediate and safe disposal of used tissues and washing hands immediately afterwards.
COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolation
Under no circumstances should learners or staff attend the class or workplace if:
• you feel unwell and have any of the identified COVID-19 symptoms. If this is the case, you must self-isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test;
• you have tested positive for COVID-19; or
• you have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.
If you have tested positive, please ensure that you inform the organisation as soon as possible. This can be via your tutor, by calling 03300 580845 or by emailing email@example.com
Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home and self-isolate while also making arrangements to be tested. The Welsh Government’s self-isolation guidance sets out the actions to be followed and the periods of isolation required for those with possible or confirmed cases of COVID-19, and their household members.
As stated in the guidance, fully vaccinated adults and young people aged 5-17 do not have to self-isolate if identified as a close contact. Instead you are strongly advised to take a lateral flow test every day for 7 days; this is known as Daily Contact Testing (DCT). The position for unvaccinated adults identified as a contact of a positive COVID-19 case remains unchanged – you must continue to isolate for 10 days.
Please note that since 31 December, if you test positive for COVID-19 you now have to self-isolate for 7 days rather than 10, with a strong encouragement to take lateral flow tests on days 6 & 7 and to only release on day 7 if those tests are negative.
For further information on any of the points covered above, please see the following guidance from Welsh Government:
Despite the challenges of the current situation, we are confident that we will continue to support you with your learning journey and to help you to achieve your goals this term.
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