COVID-19 Announcement - Students


Dear Students,

1.   Welcome to a new Academic Year at Singapore Polytechnic (SP). You are all part of the SP community that has been working together to keep our campus community safe to enable teaching and learning to continue.  In that spirit, let us adhere to the latest instructions:

a) All students are welcome on campus regardless of Vaccination Status. Year 1, 2, 3 and Poly Foundation Programme (PFP) tutorial/practical/lab classes will continue on campus while lectures continue to be online. Students may choose to come back to campus even when there are no face-to-face classes that day.

b) All CCAs will have to adhere strictly to SMM advisories and guidelines.

c) 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.


COVID-19 Booster Shot

d) MOH has recommended for all individuals aged 18 years and above to receive a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine about 5 months after completing the primary vaccination series in order to maintain protection against COVID-19.  For more information on requirements with different vaccines and other FAQs, please refer to https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/vaccination/faqs---booster-doses

e) From 14 Feb 2022, MOH revise the vaccination status for individuals aged 18 and above.  All individuals who have completed their primary vaccination series will need to complete a booster shot within 270 days in order to maintain their full vaccination status.  

 

Unvaccinated

f) Unvaccinated full-time students who do not have a valid test result will still be able to attend in-person classes, but the following restrictions apply:  

  • From 1 Feb 2022, to facilitate the continued resumption of activities on campus in a safe manner, MOE introduced a new self-administered ART regime for all unvaccinated students including the medically ineligible. In order to participate in higher-risk activities on campus, the unvaccinated are required to submit a negative self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result to be eligible for such activities which include dining in food courts.  An ART result submitted will be valid for 7 days from the date of submission (inclusive).  Unvaccinated students who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days will be exempted from the regular ART regime.  (You may wish to refer to MOE FAQs).  Upon online submission of their ART result, students will receive an acknowledgement email which would allow them to dine in. (Submit your test result here).


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

    Please make a COVID-19 Health Declaration and apply for LOA (with the proof provided) and inform your Personal Tutor if any of the following apply to you.

    Please refer to https://www.covid.gov.sg/resources/ for the new MOH Protocol details.

     

    • To self-isolate at home, and take self-ART after 72 hours.
    • You may exit self-isolation (a) if you test negative on an ART self-administered, or (b) on Day 7 (if fully vaccinated or below 12 years old) or Day 14 (if unvaccinated/partially vaccinated and aged 12 and above) without a need to test, whichever is earlier. Days are counted starting with the day you first tested positive as Day 1.
    • If you become unwell at any time, such as high fever or breathlessness, see a doctor.
    ProtocolDescriptionApproachAction by Student and School
    1Feeling Unwell
    • To see a doctor, and if tested positive, you will be placed on Home Recovery Programme by default.
    • You are to self-isolate for the first 72 hours from your positive test result and then take an ART.
    • You may exit self-isolation (a) if you test negative on an ART self-administered, or (b) on Day 7 (if fully vaccinated) or Day 14 (if unvaccinated/partially vaccinated) without a need to test, whichever is earlier. Days are counted starting with the day you first tested positive as Day 1. 
    • Student to make a COVID-19 Health Declaration to SP and apply LOA for the first 3 days with doctor’s positive test result as evidence.
    • Take ART after 72 hours:

    i. If negative, student will end isolation and can attend lessons on campus. Student to do online submission for Protocol 1 with uploaded proof before returning to campus (Submit here).

    ii. If positive, to apply for further LOA which will only be approved with positive test result for that day.

    2You are well but tested positive for COVID-19
    • To self-isolate at home, and take self-ART after 72 hours.
    • You may exit self-isolation (a) if you test negative on an ART self-administered, or (b) on Day 7 (if fully vaccinated or below 12 years old) or Day 14 (if unvaccinated/partially vaccinated and aged 12 and above) without a need to test, whichever is earlier. Days are counted starting with the day you first tested positive as Day 1.
    • If you become unwell at any time, such as high fever or breathlessness, see a doctor.

     

    • Student to make a COVID-19 Health Declaration to SP and apply LOA for the first 3 days with initial positive ART result as evidence.
    • Take ART after 72 hours:
      1. If negative, student will end isolation and can attend lessons on campus. Student to do online submission for Protocol 2 with uploaded proof before returning to campus (Submit here).
      2. If positive, to apply for further LOA which will only be approved with positive test result for that day.
    3

     

    You have been informed of exposure to an infected person

     

     

    • Take an ART self-test over the next 5 days.
    • Only go out if the ART result is negative. If your ART result is positive, see Protocol 2.
    • If ART result is negative on Day 5, no further test is needed.

     

     

    • No declaration is needed for those who have been informed that they are a close contact of a positive case.

     

     

    3.   COVID-19 Health Declaration

    Please note that COVID-19 Health Declaration submission is ongoing and a declaration must be made every time your situation changes.

     

    4.    TraceTogether/SafeEntry (TT/SE)

    TT/SE will no longer be needed at the MRT or Gate 1 entry points from Tue, 26 Apr 2022. If students are walking in through Gate 1, they are to show their Student Card to the Security Officers at the Gate 1 Guard House. If students are coming from the Dover MRT, they just have to tap their Student Card at the gantries to gain entry.

    TT/SE is also not required at our Food Courts. However, you may be required to show your vaccination status (through TT App) or for the unvaccinated, your email proof of your ART negative result taken in the last 7 days, as random checks will be conducted.



    5. Campus Entry

    The campus will still be restricted only to students, staff, authorised visitors and other persons with business. They will enter using their Student/Staff card or a Letter of Entry (LOE). However, for taxi drivers, private hire car drivers and family members driving into campus at Gate 1 to drop off their passengers, LOEs are not needed; only the passenger(s) will be asked to produce their Student/Staff Card or LOE.

    6.   Dining

    Do take note of the food courts available for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals:
    COVID Dining Guidelines for Students
    Note:
    Dining-in for the Unvaccinated - You will need your email proof of a regular self-administered ART negative result taken in the last 7 days for random spot-checks.

    As campus food courts will be crowded during term time lunch hours (11 am – 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.

     

    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.   Mask Wearing & Group Sizes

    Mask wearing will continue to be required for all indoor settings on campus which include your tutorial/practical/laboratory lessons but group size limits are lifted. Mask wearing in outdoor settings on campus is optional.


    9.   Travel and Travel Declaration

    If you plan to travel, you are required to inform your Personal Tutor via email. You are to submit your travel declaration (Student Travel Declaration Form), by logging in with your SPICE account (PXXXXXXX) and password. 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).

    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


    11.    Student Support

    If you require any student support services, please click here for financial assistance or make an e-appointment  to speak to our SP counsellors.


    12.    Enquiries

    If you have enquiries, please contact SP at 6775 1133 during office hours from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am - 5.30 pm (except for Public Holidays) or write to contactus@sp.edu.sg .

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



    From

    SP Management