COVID-19 Announcement - Students

Dear Students

We commenced our new Academic Year 2021 having moved to COVID-19 Phase-Three “Safe Nation”. However, with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 clusters, more stringent measures were implemented for all students in this Heightened Alert phase:

  • All lessons (tutorials, practicals, workshops, labs etc) are conducted online. This measure is in place until further notice.

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

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

Notes:

  • If you are staying in the same household as individuals on QO, you must not come to campus. Apply for LOA and furnish proof i.e. the QO. An LOA will be issued to you for the duration of the household member’s QO. The same applies if the individual from your household is awaiting transportation to a Government Quarantine Facility (GQF). The LOA will be rescinded once the person under QO is tested negative for COVID-19.
  • 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.

TraceTogether-only Safe Entry (New)

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.

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. You may also use a token instead of your mobile device to check-in.

Besides using the TraceTogether App or your token for SafeEntry Check-in, you may also use the SafeEntry Gateway to record your entry. Please click here to view the guide on its usage.

The use of the TT app or token for safe entry 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 the 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 household member is has been issued with a Quarantine Order (QO) (whether staying in your home or at a Government Quarantine Facility), 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.  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

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

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 TraceTogether 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 and avoid intermingling to minimise the risk of transmission.  There are no restrictions on your choice of food court.

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: 

  • Gathering in groups of more than 2 for activities in class or in social spaces such as the eleven2 (T11A) long table.
  • 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.
  • Sitting less than 1-metre from another individual dining in the food courts.
  • 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.

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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