Following the First Minister’s confirmation that from Monday 9th August, most of the remaining legal Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, we wanted to let you know about our plans for returning to college this autumn.
When developing these plans, we have followed the Scottish Government’s guidance, which makes it clear that it expects colleges to plan their return to campus carefully and to take extra precautions, until everyone has had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated if they wish.
So with that in mind, to keep you all safe, we will be asking all students and staff to maintain one-metre social distancing in all indoor areas of our campuses.
We will also be phasing our return to on-campus learning and teaching.
What will campus be like when we return?
Your safety will still be our top priority. Here are the safety measures we’ll have in place:
One metre social distancing will be maintained in all indoor areas.
All our students will be required to wear face coverings while indoors on our campuses at all times, including when in classrooms, unless you have an exemption or when you are eating or drinking. We know it isn’t easy to wear a mask for prolonged periods of time, so we would encourage you to take regular breaks in the fresh air, away from your classroom. Your lecturer will support you to do this. We will be reviewing the guidance on face coverings again on 1st November 2021.
Indoor spaces will be ventilated and air quality will be monitored.
Our enhanced cleaning regimes will remain in place, with an ongoing focus on high-touch points in high occupancy areas.
We will continue to promote regular hand washing/sanitising and ask you to clean any shared work and study surfaces.
Unless you are exempt, face coverings must still be worn while moving around the campus buildings, however they can be removed while seated.
Twice-weekly lateral flow tests will still be available free of charge to all staff and students who wish to take part in the testing programme, and we will encourage everyone to participate. You can find out about that here.
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Our support teams can be reached Monday - Friday from 10am - 4pm and will reply to your enquiries as quickly as possible.