Coronavirus advice for staff and students

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.

SBC Campus from air photo

Covid-19 Updates

COVID-19 emails will be sent out every Friday morning, or at other key times, 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

From Monday 17th January 2022 there will be a phased return to college for students who are undertaking practical subjects. Students and staff who are in this cohort will be advised by Courses Tutors and Line Managers.

Please note

All staff and students attending college must have a negative Lateral Flow Test prior to returning to any campus from Monday and ensure that they take regular Lateral Flow Tests as per the latest guidance.

Borders College reserves the right to request evidence of a negative Lateral Flow Test.

Students should only attend a college campus if they have been asked to do so. All other students will continue with online learning.

All other college staff will continue to work from home where possible unless advised by their Line Manager to ensure sufficient levels of onsite services are maintained.

Before travelling to Campus: 

When arriving at Campus: 

  • Appropriate Face Coverings are required to be worn at all times within social and public spaces and areas specifically identified by risk assessment, (except when eating or drinking or if you are medically exempt). We strongly encourage you to wear face coverings in all offices and classrooms 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 well ventilated by opening windows and doors and ensure any operating ventilation systems such as AC units are working. 
     
  • Wear all 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.   

Learning or working from home

  • It is important that you take regular screen breaks when working online to help reduce eyestrain and to help aid positive mental health.

Staff Absence

Students returning to Northern Ireland from England, Scotland and Wales

As the current autumn term comes to an end, many students studying outside of Northern Ireland will now be planning to return home for Christmas. To support the safe return for everyone it is important that students continue to keep themselves and others safe and continue to follow the public health advice of:

  • social distancing
  • good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • wearing a face covering
  • being alert to the symptoms of COVID-19
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test

The current guidance for travelling to Northern Ireland from within the Common Travel Area is that:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travelling within the Common Travel Area

If you are travelling from within the Common Travel Area (CTA) and staying overnight in Northern Ireland, you should take a rapid lateral flow device test (LFD) before you begin your journey.

You should only travel if the test is negative.

You should also take an LFD test on days two and eight of your stay.

You should not travel to Northern Ireland if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have received a positive COVID-19 result.

You do not need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form if you are travelling from within the CTA and you have not been outside the CTA in the last 10 days.

When in Northern Ireland, students are asked to take regular COVID-19 lateral flow tests, particularly if planning to mix with other people. This will be a crucial element in a package of measures that will help to stop transmission of the virus in the community. Under the current guidance, anyone who is meeting friends or family, or attending an event or social gathering should take a test before they go. It is particularly important to test before visiting someone who is older or more vulnerable. Regular twice weekly testing is also encouraged.

Lateral flow device (LFD) tests can be ordered here: coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests  or from an LFD Collect sites which can be found on Site Finder https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/. You can also use home test kits provided by your university or education college.

Please remember to report the result of your LFD test through the following link https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. Reporting your result is important as it helps our Public Health services monitor virus activity.

Anyone who gets a positive LFD result should self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test immediately. PCR tests can be booked on line at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  or alternatively you can telephone 119 or 0300 303 2713 to book a test.

Students should be aware that travel guidance and testing requirements may differ across the UK and Ireland. The situation regarding travel is fast moving. Students are therefore advised to regularly check relevant guidance pages for updates:

On your return to Northern Ireland, you must follow all specific public health guidance and measures, which may be in place.  

Get your vaccine

Students returning home to Northern Ireland, who are not yet vaccinated, are encouraged to do so without delay.  Vaccination is how we protect ourselves and those closest to us, and support our health service this winter. Every jab matters.

Trust vaccination hubs and community pharmacies across NI are providing first and second doses to everyone aged 18 and over who has yet to receive their first two primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Photo ID and evidence of a UK address is required.

Information on clinics and participating pharmacies is at the following link: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/get-covid-19-vaccination-and-booster-northern-ireland

Booster Vaccination

The booster vaccination programme is being implemented using a combination of Health and Social Care Trust teams, GPs and community pharmacies.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recently recommended the phased extension of the booster programme to all adult age groups. It advised that boosters should be offered to everyone aged 18 and over in order of descending age groups, with priority given to the vaccination of older adults and those in COVID-19 at-risk groups. Booster vaccination can now be given from three months of completion of the primary course.

Vaccinators will work through all adult age groups in a phased way, just as they did in the original vaccination programme earlier this year. To see what age groups are currently eligible for a booster vaccination visit:  https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/get-covid-19-vaccination-and-booster-northern-ireland#toc-3

If you have any queries in relation to this correspondence please email Covid19Directorate@health-ni.gov.uk 

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR ALL STAFF & STUDENTS

As we approach the holiday period and in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation please note the following College Guidance for over the Christmas period.

From Monday 20th December access to College Campuses will be limited to students requiring practical teaching only with all other activity moved/remaining online, please discuss with your Lecturer if you are required to attend a College Campus.

College support services such as Facilities/ISLT/Student advice and Finance will remain on Campus on a reduced basis, please liaise with your line manager in terms of access and departmental requirements.

For Student return in 2022, All College Courses will commence online from the 10th January until at least Monday 17th  January to enable the College time to evaluate the COVID situation prior to providing further guidance to all staff and students.

All College Staff will be on a Work from Home basis wc 10th  January, As above, updated guidance on future Campus access will be provided that week.

Due to limited Campus access please ensure you take all equipment/materials you require to work from home prior to Christmas break to enable post-holiday working.

Please also note changes to self-isolation guidance - The self-isolation policy has also changed as a result of the Omicron variant and from December 11th, All household contacts of a positive case will need to self-isolate for 10 days irrespective of vaccine status and following a negative test.

If you have any concerns on the above please contact student advice or college HR services.

The NHS Vaccine bus will be at Scottish Borders Campus from today for the remainder of this week to provide boosters to all who meet the current NHS guidance, Boosters are provided on a drop in basis with no appointment required.

You can also book your Covid Booster online: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/the-vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-booster-vaccination

Benefits of Vaccination

  • Helps to reduce the severity of COVID-19 should you be unlucky enough to catch it.
     
  • Helps to those with underlying medical conditions and elderly.
     
  • Reduces pressure on the NHS with less hospitalisations.
     
  • Ensures those who really need medical treatment to get it earlier due to less pressure on services.

Before travelling to Campus: 

When arriving at Campus: 

  • Appropriate Face Coverings are required to be worn at all times within social and public spaces and areas specifically identified by risk assessment,(except when eating or drinking or if you are medically exempt). We strongly encourage you to wear face coverings in all offices and classrooms 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 well ventilated by opening windows and doors and ensure any operating ventilation systems such as AC units are working. 
     
  • Wear all 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.   

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. 

Please direct any queries to covid19@borderscollege.ac.uk 

Out of hours responses may take longer 

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR ALL STAFF & STUDENTS

Four Omicron cases have been found in Lanarkshire and two in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  There is much speculation about the impact of this variant.   In light of this we are reinforcing our protection arrangements from 1st December.  Where possible we need to have home working and online learning.  

Any changes this will have for students and timetabled campus attendance will be communicated to you directly by your course tutor(s).
 

  • Practical courses for students who have already been delayed / deferred should be prioritised for on campus delivery
     
  • Lateral Flow Test kits are available from reception, use twice per week
     
  • Visors are available from reception for all teaching and learning staff
     
  • We encourage staff to consider online learning when appropriate
     
  • Wear face coverings over your nose and mouth at all times
     
  • When on the campus ensure the space is well ventilated
     
  • When on the campus regularly use the hand sanitisers
     
  • Do not car share outwith your household
     
  • Work from home where possible
     
  • Get vaccinated


The NHS Vaccine bus will return to Scottish Borders Campus on Monday 6th and Tuesday 14th December, we encourage anyone who hasn’t had their first or second dose to attend and is available to all staff/students and members of the public. The bus will be at the front of the Campus 0830-1630 both days, no appointment is needed.

You can now book your Covid Booster online: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/the-vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-booster-vaccination

We understand that this may be a worrying time for both staff and students and assure you that the steps being taken are in order to protect you and your family.  If you are in any way concerned about attending campus then please speak to your line manager or contact  hr@borderscollege.ac.uk for staff and studentadvice@borderscollege.ac.uk for students.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR ALL STAFF & STUDENTS

The NHS Vaccine bus will return to Scottish Borders Campus on Monday 6th and Tuesday 14th December, we would encourage anyone who hasn’t had their first or second dose to attend and is available to all staff/students and members of the public. The bus will be located at the front of the Campus 0830-1630 both days, no appointment is needed.

You can now book your Covid Booster online: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/the-vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-booster-vaccination

Benefits of Vaccination:

  • Helps to reduce the severity of COVID-19 should you be unlucky enough to catch it.
     
  • Helps those with underlying medical conditions and the elderly.
     
  • Reduces pressure on the NHS with fewer hospitalisations.
     
  • Ensures those who really need medical treatment to get it earlier due to less pressure on services.

Before travelling to Campus: 

When arriving at Campus: 

  • Appropriate Face Coverings are required to be worn at all times within social and public spaces and areas specifically identified by risk assessment,(except when eating or drinking or if you are medically exempt). We strongly encourage you to wear face coverings in all offices and classrooms 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 well ventilated by opening windows and doors and ensure any operating ventilation systems such as AC units are working. 
     
  • Wear all 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.

As Covid Cases remain high it’s important to remind ourselves to follow the current guidance

Please remember when on campus to:

  • Wear your face covering correctly, covering your nose and mouth (unless you are exempt)
     
  • Do not block corridors, always try and leave space for other to pass or find an alternative space if you need to have a conversation

Please find attached link for students attending Campus and further COVID related guidance below

https://bit.ly/covid-safety2021

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 large gathering in a corridor or enclosed space please respectfully ask them if they could move to a more suitable location

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

Stay safe and keep well

Please direct any queries to covid19@borderscollege.ac.uk
Out of hours responses may take longer

Please remember when on campus to:

  • Wear your face covering correctly, covering your nose and mouth (unless you are exempt).
     
  • Do not block corridors, always try and leave space for other to pass or find an alternative space if you need to have a conversation

 

Please find attached link on guidance for students attending Campus and further COVID related guidance below

https://bit.ly/covid-safety2021

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 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:

Thank you to everyone who received their Vaccination via the Vaccine Bus on Campus last Thursday & Friday, the uptake was fantastic with over 200 vaccinations taking place, we have asked for a future return date and will update you all in due course. 

Please find attached link on guidance for students attending Campus and further COVID related guidance below

https://bit.ly/covid-safety2021

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 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:

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.