Dear Adult Learners,

1. 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. 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.

  1. 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. In classes, group size is capped at 2.
  2. Do not come to campus if you are unwell even with mild symptoms like dry/itchy throat or loss of sense of smell or have any flu-like symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat etc.). Please seek medical advice.

2. Scenarios and Issuance of Leave of Absence (LOA)

Please refer to https://www.covid.gov.sg/resources/protocol-changes/9-oct for the new MOH Protocol details.

Please make a Contact Declaration if any of the following apply to you.

ProtocolDescriptionApproachAction by Adult Learners
1Unwell and tested positive 
  • To see a doctor, and either be placed by MOH on Home Recovery Protocol or admitted to an appropriate care facility.
  • To only return to campus after discharge criteria is met – isolation period of 14 days for unvaccinated individuals or 10 days for vaccinated individuals.

For all CET students:

For part-time diploma/post-diploma students only:

  • In addition to the contact declaration, please also apply LOA via MyCEMS if you have scheduled class in SP campus during the 10-day or 14-day period with evidence from MOH or doctor.

For SGUS students only:

  • In addition to the contact declaration, please also apply LOA via this link (here) if you have scheduled class in SP campus during the 10-day or 14-day period with evidence from MOH or doctor.
2Well but tested ART positive
(Ag+)
  • To self-isolate at home, and test again after 72 hours (3 days)
  • To only return to campus after obtaining a negative ART test result.

For all CET students:

  • Student to make a Contact Declaration to SP
  • Take ART after 72 hours (3 days):
    • If ART negative (Ag-), student will end isolation and can attend lessons/exam on campus. Student must submit his ART test result using this link if they want to attend scheduled lesson/exam on campus on that day.

  • Refer to Protocol 1 if student becomes unwell.

     

    In addition, for part-time diploma/post-diploma students:

  • Please apply LOA via MyCEMS for the first 3 days with initial positive ART test result as evidence if you have scheduled class on campus during this period.
  • If ART positive (Ag+), student to apply for further LOA which will only be approved with positive test result for that day. 

In addition, for SGUS students

  • Please apply LOA via this link (here) for the first 3 days with initial positive ART test result as evidence if you have scheduled class on campus during this period.
  • If ART positive (Ag+), student to apply for further LOA which will only be approved with positive test result for that day. 
3Issued a Health Risk Warning (HRW) by MOH via SMS 

(You are a close contact of a confirmed case based on TraceTogether data / you are a household member of a confirmed case)
  • Self-isolate on Day 1 of being issued HRW, take ART test and upload test result online as per MOH’s instruction.
  • Take ART test on Day 7. If negative, no need for further testing.
  • During the 7 days of HRW, student can return to campus only if there is an Ag- result for that day. The test must be taken before coming to campus.
  • If test is positive at any point during HRW, to follow instructions in Protocol 2.

For all CET students:

  • Student to make a Contact Declaration to SP

  • During the 7 days of HRW, student to do ART on days when student plans to come to campus for lesson:
  • If Ag+, student to follow instructions under Protocol 2.
  • If Ag-, student must submit ART test result using this link before coming to SP campus for lesson/exam on that day.
 

Note:

· If you live in the same household as a COVID positive case, you should ensure your COVID positive household member has nominated you for a HRW through the link in their Isolation Order SMS.

· If you are unwell and have taken a PCR test for COVID-19, you are to self-isolate at home until you receive your result. 

3. Contact Declaration

Please note that Contact Declaration submission is ongoing and declaration must be made every time your situation changes.

4. TraceTogether-only Safe Entry

TraceTogether-only (TT) Safe Entry is mandatory. Trainees should have their TT token or handphone with the TT app activated 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. Anyone entering SP’s campus, whether by car or on foot, will be subjected to checks.

5. Campus Entry and Exit

Entry into the campus will only be through the following entry points:

  1. Gate 1 (along Dover Road) – all Vehicular Traffic
    • All occupants will have their 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.
  2. To facilitate a smooth traffic flow at Gate 1,
    • Students are to show student cards.
    • Parents of students can indicate their intention to pick up and drop off.
  3. Pedestrian turnstiles at Dover MRT Station and T1A overhead bridge.
    • Students will have their 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.
  4. Other pedestrian turnstiles around the campus perimeter as shown below.
    • Students are to tap on the SafeEntry Gateway Box (mounted on the turnstile) with their mobile phone with the TT App activated OR with their TT token.
    • Students are then to tap their student card on the card reader (also mounted on the turnstile to gain entry through the turnstile.

SP PACE turnstile

6. Dining

Students should adhere to the Safe Measurement Measures that are in place in food courts and other on-campus dining places. Do take note of the food courts available for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals:

  1. At food court 2, food court 3, food court 6 and McDonald’s – It will be accessible by everyone for takeaway, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. But dine-in will only be allowed for vaccinated persons.
  2. At all the other food courts and eating places, entry will be restricted to only those vaccinated.
  3. Seating will be subject to the prevailing national restrictions.

As campus food courts will be crowded during term time lunch hours (11am – 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 others who need a seat to consume their lunch.

The open benches near the lift lobby at T19 Level 2 & 3, Spectrum and Dover Front can be used for meals by everyone, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, only during 11am to 2pm. When consuming meals at these places during these stipulated hours of 11am to 2pm, one must eat alone (i.e. at 1 metre distancing between individuals) and there should not be any form of social interactions (such as conversations). Consumption of meals outside of these stipulated hours are strictly prohibited.

7. Temperature Taking

Students are no longer required to monitor their temperature twice daily. All entry into campus, whether by car or on foot, will no longer be subjected to temperature screening. Students should continue to practice good hygiene and exercise good health-seeking behaviour, such as isolating themselves and seeking medical attention immediately if they are unwell.

8. 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.

9. Travel and Travel Declaration

If you are currently in Singapore, you are advised to defer all travel especially travel to higher risk countries. Please take note of the following consequences of travel: No guarantee of re-entry, bearing the full expenses associated with re-entry into Singapore like swab tests.

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 disruption to your studies.

If you plan to travel, you are required to submit your travel declaration (Travel Declaration Form). As Singapore’s measures will evolve as the global situation changes, please check MOH’s updates on border measures (https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg) and MFA’s country-specific travel advisories ( https://www.mfa.gov.sg/where-are-you-travelling-to). Please note there are countries where travellers are disallowed entry into Singapore via Student Pass Holder Lane.

Note: A travel declaration must be made every time your situation changes.

10. 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: 

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

11. Enquiries

If you have enquiries, please contact PACE Academy at 6772 1288 during office hours or write to pace@sp.edu.sg. Let us all work together to keep our campus and community safe.

From
PACE Management, Singapore Polytechnic


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