COVID-19 Announcement – Adult Learners (PACE)

Dear CET Students

The SP community has been working tirelessly to keep our campus safe for all and we have all students and staff to thank for the good cooperative spirit. With Term 2 of our Academic Term in full swing, let us continue in our efforts to keep our campus community safe to enable teaching and learning to continue. In that spirit, let us adhere to the latest instructions for Term 2:

All practical/lab classes will continue on campus while lectures and tutorials continue to be online. Students can only come to campus for scheduled onsite practicals/labs/assessments and must leave immediately after the last scheduled activity of the day. Students cannot linger on campus after lessons or stay on for project discussions. If, however, you have an online lecture to attend immediately before or after the onsite lesson and face a challenge moving between home and campus for these lessons, you may attend the online lecture on campus.

  • Group sizes are limited to 2 (effective 22 July 2021). A safe distance of 1m is to be maintained between groups of 2 pax.
  • Do not come to campus if you are unwell or if:
    1. You are a person under quarantine / Stay Home Notice, or
    2. You have been put under the Ministry of Health’s (MOH’s) Health Risk Warning (HRW). You will only be allowed to return to campus after the exit Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab test result is negative. (If you have been put under Health Risk Alert (HRA), you are allowed to return to campus, but should limit your social interactions as an added precaution, monitor your health and see a doctor promptly if you feel unwell.)
    3. You or your household member has been asked to go for a mandatory swab test (because of contact with a confirmed case). You will only be allowed to return campus after the exit Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab test result is negative.
    4. You are diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI), or
    5. You are staying in the same household as a person under quarantine order / issued with a Stay Home Notice, or a person (6 years old and above) who has ARI.

If any of the above apply to you, please make a declaration here.

  • As part of good self-care and to keep our campus safe, all students should continue to monitor their temperature (which means you should take your temperature before coming to campus). However, you are no longer required to submit your temperature record. Anyone entering SP’s campus, whether by car or on foot, will be subjected to temperature screening. 

Please familiarise yourself and adhere to SP’s Safe Management Measures (SMM) that are in place to keep our campus safe.

Contact Declaration

Please note that Contact Declaration submission is on-going and declaration must be made every time your situation changes such as the followings:

  • If you are staying in the same household as individuals on QO, you must not come to campus. The lecturer/trainer or programme administrator will follow up with you on administrative matters, if any. The same applies if the individual from your household is awaiting transportation to a Government Quarantine Facility (GQF).
  • If you are residing in the same household as Persons serving SHN, who are required to serve their SHN at SHN-Dedicated Facilities upon their return by default, but have been granted permission to serve their SHN at home due to extenuating circumstances, e.g. medical grounds, The lecturer/trainer or programme administrator will follow up with the affected trainee(s) on administrative matters, if any. You may be required to, furnish proof i.e. the duration of the household member’s SHN.
  • Anyone entering SP’s campus, whether by car or on foot, will be subjected to temperature screening.

TraceTogether-only Safe Entry

TraceTogether-only (TT) Safe Entry is mandatory. Students should have their TT token or app with them throughout the school day to facilitate accurate contact tracing, should the need arise. Keying/scanning of NRIC/FIN/other IDs/passport number or barcode for safe entry will only be used in exceptional extenuating circumstances.

If You are Unwell

If you are feeling unwell, you should see a doctor immediately, especially if you display symptoms like cough, sore throat, runny nose or have lost your sense of smell and should not come to campus (even if authorised/scheduled to do so). You will be checked for Acute Respiratory Infection by the doctor and will likely be sent for a swab test (this is free).

  • If sent for a swab test, you will be considered a COVID-19 suspect case. You will be covered by the Medical Certificate (MC) issued by the doctor, must not come to school to attend classes. . You must make a Contact Declaration immediately. Under item 2 of the form, please select Suspect Case (a person suspected by MOH). You should remain at home, self-isolate as much as possible, observe good personal hygiene, and monitor your health. Most results will be available within 3 working days. You must inform us your swab test results using this “Declaration of ARI diagnosis and Swab Testing” form and upload your MC for our reference.
  • Your lecturer/trainer or programme administrator will follow up with the you on administrative matters, if any

If You are Well but Sent for Swab Test

Anyone informed by MOH to take a mandatory swab test because of contact with a confirmed case (i.e. likely to have been issued “Health Risk Warning”(HRW) by MOH; does not apply to those required to go for routine job-related testing) should make a Contact Declaration immediately and to self-quarantine/isolate until the PCR test result is out and is negative. Antigen Rapid Test (ART) test results will not be sufficient.

Those who have received a “Health Risk Alert” (HRA) can continue to return to campus, if they are well. They should also make a Contact Declaration. However, students are encouraged to purchase self-test ART kits from retail pharmacies and take a self-test. Students with a positive ART test result should seek medical attention immediately and not return to campus until they receive a negative confirmatory PCR test result.

Your lecturer/trainer or programme administrator will follow up with the you on administrative matters, if any.

If Your Household Member is under Quarantine Order or is Unwell

If a household member is has been issued with a Quarantine Order (QO) (whether staying in your home or at a Government Quarantine Facility) or have received a “Health Risk Warning”(HRW), in view of the relatively higher risk of the spread of infection to household members, you should not come to campus and should isolate yourself at home until your household member has completed the QO or the PCR test result is out and is negative, for those given HRW. Antigen Rapid Test (ART) test results will not be sufficient.

You are to complete the Contact Declaration.

If your household member (6 years old and above) is feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms (such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or loss of sense of smell), please do not come to campus. Please encourage your household member to see a doctor and obtain an MC with confirmation of the flu-like symptoms. You are to complete the Contact Declaration.

Campus Entry and Exit

Entry into the campus will only be through the following entry points, with all other entrances closed.

  • Gate 1 (along Dover Road) – all Vehicular Traffic
    • All occupants will have their temperature and TT-only Safe Entry checked.
    • Private Hire vehicles (PHVs) and taxis will now be allowed to drive into other parts of campus for pick up and drop off. Similarly, parents of students can also drive in for pick up and drop off.
  • To facilitate a smooth traffic flow at Gate 1,
    • Students are to show student card.
    • Parents of students can indicate their intention to pick up and drop off.
  • Pedestrian turnstiles at Dover MRT Station
    • Students will have their temperature and TT-only SafeEntry checked.
    • Students are to tap their student card against the turnstiles (from MRT entry point to SP) in order to gain entry into the campus.
  • All other gates with turnstiles will operate as exit points only.

Temperature Taking

Take your temperature before leaving your home to come to campus, and do not come to campus if unwell or if your body temperature is 37.5 degrees Celsius and above. You do not need to submit the temperature reading. If your lesson duration is more than 4 hours, you are required to bring your thermometer to campus to take your temperature a second time later in the day, but you do not need to submit the temperature reading.

Wearing of Mask

Students are required to wear a mask. Face shields in lieu of masks are only allowed for students who have health conditions that may result in breathing or medical difficulties when a mask is worn for a prolonged period of time. The face shields must cover the wearer’s entire face, from the forehead to below the chin, wrapping around the sides of the face. Face shields may be worn on top of a mask to provide additional protection.

Group Size and Safe Distancing Requirements

Students should adhere to safe distancing requirements and avoid intermingling as far as possible to minimise the risk of transmission. There are no restrictions on your choice of food court but you should ensure that you adhere to the prevailing Safe Measurement measures that are in place in food courts. In class, groupings of not more than 2 with 1m distance between groups must be observed.

Travel and Travel Declaration

If you are currently in Singapore, you are strongly discouraged from travelling overseas. Please take note of the following consequences of travel:

  • Bearing the full expenses associated with re-entry into Singapore like serving of Stay-Home-Notice, swab tests.
  • If you are not a Singaporean or a Singapore PR, you will need MOE’s entry approval to return to Singapore.
  • Re-entry is also not guaranteed as there may be delays should there be changes in the COVID-19 situation in Singapore or your home country/place of visit.
  • If you are unable to return in time to School, you will have to withdraw or defer your studies which would mean a delay to your course completion and extra costs for course fees, etc.
  • For essential travel/emergencies, please submit your travel declaration (Travel Declaration Form),
  • If you have just returned from overseas, and thus placed under Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or in quarantine, you need to submit your travel declaration (Travel Declaration Form),
  • Note:  A travel declaration must be made every time your situation changes.

Disciplinary Rules

It is important that everyone should play a part in exercising social responsibility to curb the spread of COVID-19. This entails strict observance of all precautionary measures. Anyone found breaching the measures will face disciplinary action as it endangers others. Safe Distancing Ambassadors will be stationed around campus to enforce SMM.

Please refer to the SP Disciplinary Rules & Regulations relating to COVID-19 in the Student Handbook.

Some common contraventions to avoid: 

  • Gathering in groups that exceed the prevailing allowable group size in food courts and other social spaces.
  • Not wearing your face masks properly e.g. nose exposed.
  • Forgetting to put the face mask back on after taking a drink or finishing meals.
  • Rearranging furniture in food courts, social spaces and classrooms that were specifically set up to ensure safe distancing.
  • Walking together in groups exceeding the prevailing allowable group size, while talking to each other and not adhering to safe distancing.
  • Not practising safe distancing while queuing e.g. when buying food or while entering/exiting campus via Dover MRT linkway.

Prohibition of using Laptop in Food Courts during Lunch Hours

As campus food courts will be crowded during lunch hours (12 – 2 pm), you should not use the food courts as a study area during these hours. Please vacate your seat as soon as you finish your lunch in consideration of other students who need a seat to consume their lunch.

Enquiries

If you have enquiries, please contact PACE Academy at 6772 1288 during office hours from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except for Public Holidays) or write to pace@sp.edu.sg.

Let’s all work together to keep our campus and community safe.

 

From
PACE Management, Singapore Polytechnic

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