Coronavirus advice for staff and students

Staff and students attending College campuses from Monday 6th September should be aware of the following guidance in relation to COVID-19, Colleges and Universities are required under government guidance to maintain Covid restrictions on Campus above current levels, please ensure you follow the guidance below.

SBC Campus from air photo

Covid-19 Updates

COVID-19 emails will be sent out every Friday morning with updates on changes to guidance or other important information you need to be aware of, so please check your emails for updates every week

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR ALL STAFF & STUDENTS

Important news:

The Scottish Government have developed an E-learning resource for students entitled ‘COVID Safety On Campus’ Please follow the following link to access: https://bit.ly/covid-safety2021

Vaccination Bus is on Galashiels campus until 4 pm today, no bookings are required and staff are on hand to assist with any questions you may have.

Staff and students attending College campuses should be aware of the following guidance in relation to COVID-19, Colleges and Universities are required under government guidance to maintain Covid restrictions on Campus above current levels, please ensure you follow the guidance below.

Before travelling to Campus:

When arriving at Campus:

  • Appropriate Face Coverings are required to be worn at all times within social and public spaces except when eating or drinking or if you are medically exempt, we would also strongly encourage you to wear face coverings in offices, classrooms and workshops even where 1mtr distancing can be achieved.
     
  • Sanitise your hands before entering Campus and utilise the multiple sanitising units spread around the Campus on a regular basis, ensure good hand hygiene.
     
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 1 mtr+ where possible, always keep left and avoid large gatherings in enclosed spaces.

When entering classes/workshops/offices:

  • Ensure the area is ventilated by opening all available windows, doors and ensure any operating ventilation systems such as AC units are working.
     
  • Wear any PPE required as per departmental risk assessment.
     
  • Clean down any work surfaces/equipment before and after use. Sanitising materials are available in all areas.
     
  • Maintain 1mtr+ social distancing, if you feel uncomfortably close, move to another location/desk.
     
  • If CO2 monitors area available check CO2 levels periodically during your stay to maintain regular air changes, if elevated improve ventilation or seek alternative work area until levels have reduced.  

Help us to help you please: 

  • If you see someone not wearing a face covering (or not wearing it properly) please respectfully ask them if they can wear a face covering, and if so, to please wear it.
     
  • If you come across a large gathering in a corridor or enclosed space please respectfully ask them if they could move to a more suitable location.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR ALL STAFF & STUDENTS

Important news:
There will be a mobile vaccination unit onsite at the Galashiels campus on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th September from 10am – 4pm. Please drop in and get your Covid-19 vaccination. It is open to everyone. 

Staff and students attending College campuses from Monday 13th September should be aware of the following guidance in relation to COVID-19, Colleges and Universities are required under government guidance to maintain Covid restrictions on Campus above current levels, please ensure you follow the guidance below.

Before travelling to Campus:

When arriving at Campus:

  • Appropriate Face Coverings are required to be worn at all times within social and public spaces except when eating or drinking or if you are medically exempt, we would also strongly encourage you to wear face coverings in offices, classrooms and workshops even where 1mtr distancing can be achieved.
     
  • Sanitise your hands before entering Campus and utilise the multiple sanitising units spread around the Campus on a regular basis, ensure good hand hygiene.
     
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 1 mtr+ where possible, always keep left and avoid large gatherings in enclosed spaces.

When entering classes/workshops/offices:

  • Ensure the area is ventilated by opening all available windows, doors and ensure any operating ventilation systems such as AC units are working.
     
  • Wear any PPE required as per departmental risk assessment.
     
  • Clean down any work surfaces/equipment before and after use. Sanitising materials are available in all areas.
     
  • Maintain 1mtr+ social distancing, if you feel uncomfortably close, move to another location/desk.
     
  • If CO2 monitors area available check CO2 levels periodically during your stay to maintain regular air changes, if elevated improve ventilation or seek alternative work area until levels have reduced.  

Help us to help you please: 

  • If you see someone not wearing a face covering (or not wearing it properly) please respectfully ask them if they can wear a face covering, and if so, to please wear it.
     
  • If you come across a large gathering in a corridor or enclosed space please respectfully ask them if they could move to a more suitable location

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR ALL STAFF & STUDENTS

Staff and students attending College campuses from Monday 6th September should be aware of the following guidance in relation to COVID-19, Colleges and Universities are required under government guidance to maintain Covid restrictions on Campus above current levels, please ensure you follow the guidance below.

Before traveling to Campus:

When arriving at Campus:

  • Appropriate Face Coverings are required to be worn at all times within social and public spaces except when eating or drinking or if you are medically exempt, we would also strongly encourage you to wear face coverings in offices, classrooms and workshops even where 1mtr distancing can be achieved.
     
  • Sanitise your hands before entering Campus and utilise the multiple sanitising units spread around the Campus on a regular basis, ensure good hand hygiene
     
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 1 mtr+ where possible, always keep left and avoid large gatherings in enclosed spaces.

When entering classes/workshops/offices:

  • Ensure the area is ventilated by opening all available windows, doors and ensure any operating ventilation systems such as AC units are working.
     
  • Wear any PPE required as per departmental risk assessment.
     
  • Clean down any work surfaces/equipment before and after use. Sanitising materials are available in all areas.
     
  • Maintain 1mtr+ social distancing, if you feel uncomfortably close, move to another location/desk.
     
  • If CO2 monitors area available check CO2 levels periodically during your stay to maintain regular air changes, if elevated improve ventilation or seek alternative work area until levels have reduced.  

General advice and information

We will continue to prioritise practical courses for on campus delivery and to use blended learning.  This means that some subjects will be delivered using a mix of face-to-face delivery and online, and for some subjects we may deliver entirely online. 

We are adopting a hybrid model of on-campus and remote working.  Staff members will be advised by their line manager whether they are required to be on-campus.  From 16th August, there is no longer a requirement to log your on-campus attendance on the master rota spreadsheet.

Please look after your own health by following Scottish Government advice.

If you are required to be on campus, please follow the measures outlined below. Your manager will provide you with any additional relevant information for your area.  The Facilities team including the Health and Safety Manager will be contactable to advise you. 

The Health, Safety and Wellbeing of our staff, students, contractors, and visitors is always of paramount importance. This guidance has been produced to outline the College’s procedures in relation to allowing staff, learners, contractors and visitors to confidently return to a safe on-campus working and learning environment if working / learning at home / remotely is not appropriate. 

This guidance is aimed at minimising the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

Scottish Government guidance - FACTS

F – Face Coverings, (3-ply) to be worn in all public and communal areas on campus
A - Avoid crowded places
C – Clean hands regularly, taking at least 20 seconds 
T – Observe social distancing throughout the college and grounds
S – Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms

The symptoms are: high temperature, persistent cough, loss of taste / smell.

Your best protection against COVID19 is to get the vaccine when offered it.

If you are unwell, if you or a member of your household have symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been alerted that you have been in contact with someone identified as having the symptoms, you should not attend the campus and you should inform your line manager / lecturer and follow Scottish Government Guidance. 

Some people are at extremely high risk of severe illness with COVID-19. These people should follow the same guidance and advice and will be supported in working / learning from home where appropriate.   

All staff and students are encouraged to carry out a Lateral Flow test twice weekly. These should be carried out at home and not on campus. If you have a positive result, please do not attend campus and please book a PCR test.  If you have a positive PCR result follow guidance from Test and Protect.

If you have not already downloaded the Test and Protect App please do so now. https://protect.scot

Physical distancing rules have been removed; however, we encourage staff and students to avoid crowded areas and to maintain a safe distance apart, especially in the Union, corridors, toilets and other close spaces.  

If you meet a colleague in the corridor, please do not stand and chat but find a suitable space to talk, so the corridor does not get blocked, which may cause anxiety to others.

If you can work from home and your line manager agrees, you should. 

Stagger start, finish and break times where possible.  

Observe good hygiene measures:

  • sanitise hands before entering campus
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue (into your elbow if no tissue) 
  • tissues should be disposed of immediately, followed by the washing of hands 
  • 3-ply face coverings to be worn in all public spaces and communal areas
  • consider how to ensure circulation of fresh air in your office or classroom.

Follow any additional safety measures based on the risk assessment for your area, as advised by your manager.

Safety measures may change and we will update you through the COVID19 email account.

More information will be provided next week from the COVID19 email account including an updated service directory showing how to get in touch with support services.

Over the last nearly year and a half we have showed, in so many ways, our strength in working together, our resilience and our ability to adapt and change. We fully appreciate that this is both an exciting time and potentially a nervous time.  

If you have any questions or comments please get in touch via the COVID19 email account, raise with your manager, seek advice from the Facilities team or from the HR team.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Sanitise hands before entering the campus.
  • Observe social distancing at all times - see signage in place. (in car park and outside areas too).
  • Observe any one-way systems in place.
  • Sanitise hands before entering the toilet and work areas.
  • Do not share any items of tools or equipment. i.e. pens, mugs.
  • Wear a face covering when using the "Click and Collect" from Baxter's Story.
  • If you sneeze or cough use a tissue to catch it or use the crook of your elbow. Dispose of tissue correctly in bins provided. Wash/sanitise hands as soon as possible.
  • Do not use the lift unless you have a disability or you are moving a heavy/awkward item that is not suitable to be taken via the stairs.
  • Do not shake hands with anyone.
  • The toilets are single-use only.
  • If you feel unwell at work and are showing any Covid-19 symptoms, please inform your line manager immediately (symptoms are: continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell). Follow the guidance https://NHSinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816 if you cannot get online.

If in doubt - ask for advice.

  • Face coverings in enclosed spaces and communal areas
  • Avoid crowded places (one way system) (toilets and lift for 1 person only)
  • Clean your hands and surfaces regularly (prior to entering campus and toilets)
  • Two-metre distancing
  • Self-isolate if you have symptoms

Face coverings will be required to be worn in all public spaces by staff, students and visitors (with exemptions on medical and communication grounds) around campus which includes Corridors,Toilets, Library and Union and College/University managed Transport.

Non-compliance of FACTS above will be subject to the same protocols as those for smoking on campus.

Use of face coverings within Teaching environments will be based on Risk assessment with details provided to students as per departmental requirements.

Non-compliance in a situation that has been risk assessed as requiring Face Masks (PPE) will be treated more seriously and will be considered as a breach of the Health and Safety Regulations. Face Masks will be provided by the college.

All communications will be sent to the email address you provided us with. Please check your emails regularly.

Have a question? Please email enquiries@borderscollege.ac.uk

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All Student Support services are looking at how they can support students well. Online support has been provided to students during and after lockdown, including access to learning support and counselling.

You will hear more about how to access these services in your induction. In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can contact us via email:

We will provide a bus pass to students who are eligible. The public service bus routes are being planned to cover all the main towns in the Borders at the times required.

If you are travelling to College by train, remember that you can get discounted rail travel by applying for a 16-24 railcard. All information about bus and train travel can be found on our website at https://www.borderscollege.ac.uk/life-at-borders.

We also recommend you download the Borders Buses app which will allow you to access your bus pass as well as information on bus times and routes.

Please ensure you follow all public transport guidance in terms of face coverings and ventilation.

In the event of an outbreak the college will work with local health protection teams to put plans in place to make sure you are safe and supported.

Any important information about Covid-19 will be sent to you by e-mail so please make sure you check these before coming to college.

If you need to go into isolation, please do not attend college and let a member of staff know.

Your lecturer should be clear about how your course will continue to operate in these circumstances and what welfare, resources and support are available to you.

The college should also provide information about how testing can be accessed and make sure that you can access food and other essential provisions if needed.