COVID-19 Announcement - Students

Dear Students

As you start your last term of Semester 2 on 4 January, please continue to maintain vigilance to control the spread of COVID-19.  The prevailing COVID-19 measures in place for SP in Phase 3 remain mostly unchanged with tutorial, practical or lab classes conducted on campus and lectures conducted online.  However, in social spaces and food courts, you can now sit/gather in groups of up to 8 instead of 5.

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

TraceTogether-only Safe Entry (New)

As with all venues of public sector agencies, TraceTogether-only (TT) Safe Entry will be made mandatory when all have access to a token or the app.  When this occurs, the current modalities of i) scanning on-site QR codes with a phone camera, ii) using SingPass Mobile for SafeEntry check-in, and iii) scanning of personal IDs, will be disabled.  Keying/scanning of NRIC/FIN/other IDs/passport number or barcode for safe entry will only be used in exceptional extenuating circumstances.

Download and ensure that the TT app (link) is activated on your mobile device with the Bluetooth function switched on throughout your time in campus.  You can add “Singapore Polytechnic” to your favourite places in the app and select it for check-in without having to scan the QR code at the entrance.  Please click here to view the steps for checking in.

If you prefer to use a token instead of your mobile device to check in, please access https://token.gowhere.gov.sg/ for more details on collecting your token.

The use of the TT app or token for safe entry is important in our national efforts to keep students and staff in our SP community safe.  They will enable the relevant authorities to quickly identify anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case.

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 and must inform your Personal Tutor/Lecturer immediately.  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.  Your Personal Tutor/Lecturer must be informed immediately once swab test result is received.
  • You must also make a Contact Declaration.  Under item 2 of the form, please select Suspect Case (a person suspected by MOH).
If You are Well but Sent for Swab Test (New)

Anyone informed by MOH to take a swab test (apart from those required to go for routine testing) should immediately inform your Personal Tutor of the circumstances, and unless told otherwise by your Personal Tutor, to self-quarantine/isolate until the test result is out and is negative.

If Your Household Member is under Quarantine Order or is Unwell

If a member residing in your same household is a Person placed under Quarantine Order (QO), in view of the relatively higher risk of the spread of infection to household members, you should not come to campusand should isolate yourself at home until your household member has completed the QO.  You are to complete the Contact Declaration, apply for Leave of Absence (LOA) at this link: LOA application and furnish proof i.e. the QO.  An LOA will be issued to you for the duration of your household member’s QO.

If your household member (18 yrs old and above) is feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms (such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or loss of sense of smell), 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.  If you are required to come to campus, please apply for LOA.

Campus Entry and Exit

Only authorised students are allowed to enter campus.

Take your temperature before leaving your home to come to campus, and then report it via STRES.  Do not come to campus if unwell.  You are required to bring your thermometer to campus to take your temperature a second time later in the day, and also report that via STRES.

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

  • Gate 1 (along Dover Road)
  • Pedestrian turnstiles at Dover MRT Station
  • All other gates with turnstiles will operate as exit points only.

Students coming via vehicles will have to be dropped off either at the Dover MRT Station driveway or Gate 1 drop-off area.  They are not allowed to be dropped off inside campus.  For those with special needs who require drop-off inside campus, they will have to inform Security when they arrive at Gate 1 and they will be directed accordingly.  Note that the driver will need to go through temperature screening, do SafeEntry check-in and submit the visitor declaration form before being allowed to proceed into campus for the drop off.

You must do the SafeEntry check-in and tap your student card (against the turnstiles at Dover MRT Station entrance) in order to gain entry into campus.

All students must wear a mask when in campus.  Face shields in lieu of masks are only allowed only 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.

Adhere to the strict safe distancing measures within campus, do not loiter around campus and avoid intermingling to minimise the risk of transmission.  There are no restrictions on your choice of food court.

Contact Declaration

You are required to submit your contact declaration at this link: Student Contact Declaration Form, if, to the best of your knowledge, in the past 14 days, you:

  • are a Confirmed Case/Suspect Case/Person under QO/Person issued with Stay Home Notice (SHN), or
  • have been in contact with a Confirmed Case/Suspect Case/Person under QO/Person issued with SHN.  (Please note that this is on-going and declaration must be made every time your situation changes.)

Notes:

  • If your household member has been placed under QO, you must apply for LOA and furnish proof i.e. the QO.  An LOA will be issued to you for the duration of your household member’s QO. 

  • 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, you are also required to apply for LOA, and furnish proof i.e. the duration of the household member’s SHN.

    The duration of the LOA will be aligned to the duration of the household member’s SHN. The LOA requirement would not apply if the household member had returned from a lower-risk country where the default option is to serve SHN at his/her own accommodation. 

    For the latest update on the countries where SHN can be served at own accommodation, please refer to the ICA website (https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19/arrivalsg) on “Border/Health Control Measures Summary Table”.

  • 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 graduation and extra costs for tuition fees for an extra semester, etc.
    • For essential travel/emergencies, you are required to seek approval from your School Director, through your Personal Tutor via email and keep the email copy as proof of approval.  Once approval is granted, submit your travel declaration ( Student Travel Declaration Form), by logging in with your SPICE account (PXXXXXXX) and password. Disciplinary action will be taken if you leave the country without SP’s approval.

      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: 

    • Loitering in campus (or not leaving campus) after finishing classes for the day.
    • 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.
    • Gathering in groups of more than 8 for social activities.
    • Rearranging furniture in food courts, social spaces and classrooms that were specifically set up to ensure safe distancing.
    • Sitting in large groups of more than 8 e.g. at the social spaces such as at the eleven2 long table.
    • Walking together in large groups, 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.
    • Not practising safe distancing while taking the lift and/or exceeding the number allowed inside each time. 

    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.  Please proceed to any designated study area to do your work instead.

    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.

    Enquiries

    If you have enquiries, please contact SP at 6775 1133 during office hours from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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

     

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