Important information for students
With staff, students and visitors back on campus, CAFRE is committed to making sure your experience at Greenmount, Loughry and Enniskillen is the best it can be. As we deliver teaching, assessment, and your student experience we will be following Public Health Agency guidance.
For student related COVID-19 information see the COVID-19 Student Protocol.
The CAFRE points of contact for all COVID-19 student related issues are as follows:
Track, Trace and Protect
The Department of Health has implemented a contact tracing programme called Test, Trace and Protect designed to control the spread of COVID-19.
You are encouraged to download the StopCOVID NI Mobile App onto your mobile device.
During course induction you will be provided with instructions on what you should do if:
- You have symptoms of COVID-19;
- You test positive for COVID-19;
- You live in a household with someone who has symptoms or, or has tested positive for, COVID-19;
- You have been advised by the PHA that you are a high risk contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; and
- You test negative for COVID-19.
As a general rule if you exhibit any symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have been identified as a close contact of an individual with symptoms of or has received a positive test for COVID-19, you should not attend College until permitted to do so in accordance with the Test, Trace and Protect programme. You should inform your Campus Student Services Manager at the earliest opportunity.
Lateral Flow Testing
The health of all our students and staff is of the utmost importance. You may be aware that up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without any symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals and we will do this in CAFRE by carrying out Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests twice every week, 3-4 days apart.
LFD kits will be available to you during your course induction week. After induction you will be able to collect LFD kits from your Campus Student Services Manager.
We would encourage you to take tests twice weekly before coming on to campus and you will be given a pack of 7 tests in a box with a separate leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.
You need to report each test result.
The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website.
You will also need to tell CAFRE the result of each test by completing the e-form,
Taking the Test
Make sure you have enough time to do the test and preferably in the morning before coming to campus. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before attending College, if needed. Residential students should ensure that they bring a test-kit with them to their student accommodation to complete a lateral flow test mid-week.
Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.
This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test at a testing centre and follow national guidelines.
Can I take the test myself?
Students aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it.
Students under the age of 18 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the student to take the test if they need support.
Why take part?
Taking part in testing is voluntary and you will be able to attend College whether you take part in testing or not. Please read the information below on how personal information and test results are shared and the NHS privacy notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some frequently asked questions on Lateral Flow Testing are found here.