Covid Update - Public health advice for People with COVID-19 and their contacts changed from 24 February.



There is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a recent onset of any of the following:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you have any of these symptoms you should order a PCR test. You are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people while you are waiting for the test result.


How to safely return to your normal routine before 10 days


Covid chart for safe return to normal routine
If you are staying home due to having a positive result or have one of the main symptoms, then please contact your department attendance officer or administration office on the following numbers:




A Levels

01642 333816


01642 333497


01642 333555

Progression Studies

01642 333764

Catering, Hospitality, Hairdressing and Beauty

01642 333599

Sport, Travel and Public Services

01642 333744

Visual and Performing Arts, Fashion and Computing

01642 333307

Access to HE Provision

01642 333826

Adult Community Learning

01642 333378


01642 462266
Work Mob:
Health and Care

01642 333211
BE and Adult ESOL 01642 333826
Work Mob:

Outreach Centres e.g. Sunderland, Newcastle, York, Ripon, Darlington, Community centres – please contact your tutor directly

Evidence will need to be provided for absence (in the case of full-time students) and where you are well enough, online work will be set through our virtual learning systems for you to complete at home.

Close contact of a Covid case

There is no need to isolate and you should attend College as normal.

Asymptomatic testing

Most staff and students are no longer required to carry out home testing.   Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision staff and students should continue twice weekly testing.

Tests should be reported to Middlesbrough College Covid-19 Home Test Result Submission ( and the NHS Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (

Covid Safety Measures 

Face Coverings

Face coverings are no longer advised for students, staff or visitors in classrooms, other teaching environments or communal areas. 

Staff and students should follow wider advice on face coverings outside of their setting, including on transport to and from their setting.

Most staff will not require PPE beyond their normal department requirement.  If a person wears a face covering please respect their choice.


Covid safety information may be displayed in communal areas including entrances, please pay attention to these as they may change.

Vocational courses, commercial training and sports will be following the relevant professional working arrangements, you will be informed of these.

Where a person has Covid safety concerns these can be raised with a member of staff.

International and Educational Visits

Current rules on travel from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will be followed.  All visits will be risk assessed prior to travel.


The government are advising that vaccination is the best line of defence against Covid.

Staff and students are strongly encouraged to take up the offer of both doses of the vaccine and their booster, as soon as they become eligible. COVID-19 vaccination is now being offered to most people at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. More information on how to get a vaccine can be found on the NHS website.

For further information please see:

DFE        FE COVID operational guidance Feb 2022 (

.Gov      COVID-19: people with COVID-19 and their contacts - GOV.UK (

NHS       Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (