COVID-19: Campus Re-opening Information

Dumfries & Galloway College

Updated 26/08/2021

In line with the country's move beyond Level 0 Coronavirus Restrictions on 9th August 2021, we've changed our coronavirus restrictions at our Dumfries and Stranraer campuses and will be bringing more students and staff on-site from this date.

In support of this, we will be prioritising practical delivery and continuing to utilise blended learning. This means that practical subjects will be delivered on campus and some subjects will be delivered using a mix of face-to-face delivery and online. For some subjects, we may simply deliver entirely online.

We also require everybody on our campuses to wear face coverings at all times, in all settings, unless you are eating or drinking or have a medical exemption and are wearing a green lanyard instead. 

Find out what this all means for you below.

What re-opening means for you

For pupils who are part of our College Academy programme, learning arrangements will vary based on the course being studied. Some elements will be delivered on campus and others will be delivered remotely online.

You will be contacted by your class Tutor or Curriculum Manager regarding the arrangements for your classes.

If you’re required to be on campus, please follow the measures we’re taking to keep our students, staff, suppliers, and visitors safe that are outlined below.

Students’ learning arrangements will vary based on the course being studied. Some elements will be delivered on campus and others will be delivered remotely online.

You will be contacted by your class Tutor or Curriculum Manager regarding the arrangements for your classes.

If you’re required to be on campus, please follow the measures we’re taking to keep our students and staff safe that are outlined below.

We will be adopting a blend of on-campus and remote working.  Staff members will be advised by their line manager as to whether they are required to be onsite.

Staff working in key student support roles will be on campus for the majority of the time to support our students.

If you’re required to be on campus, please follow the measures we’re taking to keep our students, staff, suppliers, and visitors safe that are outlined below.

Suppliers should continue to reach out to their designated college contact for authorisation to access our college campuses.

At this time, we’re only permitting on-site visits from suppliers whose presence is considered essential in line with our delivery of learning, teaching or achievement of students.

If you’re required to be on campus, please follow the measures we’re taking to keep our students, staff, suppliers, and visitors safe that are outlined below.

Visitors should continue to reach out to their designated college contact for authorisation to access our college campuses.

At this time, we’re only permitting on-site visits from individuals or groups whose presence is considered essential in line with the delivery of learning, teaching or achievement of students.

If you’re required to be on campus, please follow the measures we’re taking to keep our students, staff, suppliers, and visitors safe that are outlined below.

What we’re doing to make the campus safe

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, suppliers, and visitors is our top priority. As such, we will continue to require anyone coming on campus to be involved in Lateral Flow Testing and respect Discretionary Measures we’re putting in place to suppress transmission of the virus.

Hear from Douglas Dickson

Our Vice Principal of Learning, Skills and Student Experience has recorded a special message to outline the guidance and safety measures in place across our campuses. 

Rapid Self-Testing for Covid-19

In line with Scottish Government guidance and the national collective effort to keep society open and break the transmission chain of COVID-19, we require all individuals who attend our campuses to undergo lateral flow testing at least twice per week. This includes all students, staff, suppliers and visitors.

Further detail on self-testing and what this means for each group is below.

Self-testing kits are available for collection from Reception at both campuses.

The self-testing kits will require you to conduct a self-test at home twice a week prior to attending college and you will also be asked to record your results as part of the track and trace system. You will be notified of how to record your results when you pick up your testing kits.

Self-testing kits can also be ordered from the Government website.

Further details on self-testing is available below.

NHS Info on self testing

Pupils who are part of our College Academy programme, should participate in lateral-flow rapid self-testing twice per week to check whether they’re positive for COVID-19, in line with their established school requirements.

Pupils who do not already participate are encouraged to do so.

In event a test yields a positive result, you should book a PCR test and self-isolate immediately until the results of your PCR test are back and they are confirmed to be negative. If your PCR test is positive, you should self-isolate in line with Scottish Government guidance.

You MUST not attend our college campuses if you have a positive test result. You should not attend your school classes either. You should inform your college class Tutor or college Curriculum Manager and your school Teacher of your result so they’re aware you will not be able to attend any on-site lessons until the end of your isolation period.

All students who attend our campuses must participate in regular lateral-flow rapid self-testing to check whether they’re positive for COVID-19.

These tests should be taken twice per week, on a Sunday and Wednesday.

In event a test yields a positive result, you should book a PCR test and self-isolate immediately until the results of your PCR test are back and they are confirmed to be negative. If your PCR test is positive, you should self-isolate in line with Scottish Government guidance.

You MUST not attend our campuses if you have a positive test result. You should inform your class Tutor or Curriculum Manager of your result so they’re aware you will not be able to attend any on-site lessons until the end of your isolation period.

All staff who attend our campuses must participate in regular lateral-flow rapid self-testing to check whether they’re positive for COVID-19.

These tests should be taken twice per week, on a Sunday and Wednesday.

In event a test yields a positive result, you should book a PCR test and self-isolate immediately until the results of your PCR test are back and they are confirmed to be negative. If your PCR test is positive, you should self-isolate in line with Scottish Government guidance.

You MUST not attend our campuses if you have a positive test result. You should inform your line manager of your result so they’re aware you will not be able to work on-site until the end of your isolation period.

All suppliers visiting our premises should participate in regular lateral-flow rapid self-testing twice per week to check whether they’re positive for COVID-19, in line with their established business requirements.

Suppliers who do not already participate are encouraged to do so. Rapid lateral-flow self-tests can be ordered from the UK Government website.

You should take a test the day before attending any of our campuses.

In event a test taken yields a positive result, you should book a PCR test and return home to self-isolate until the results of your PCR test are back and they are confirmed to be negative. If your PCR test is positive, you should self-isolate in line with Scottish Government guidance.

You MUST not attend our campuses if you've had a positive test result. You should inform your college contact of your result so they’re aware you will not be able to be present for any on-site duties until the end of your isolation period.

You may be asked when you arrive if you have undertaken a lateral-flow rapid self-test the day prior to coming to our campus. In event you haven't or the result has been positive, you will be asked to leave.

All individuals visiting our premises should participate in lateral-flow rapid self-testing twice per week to check whether they’re positive for COVID-19, in line with their established business requirements.

Visitors who do not already participate are encouraged to do so. Rapid lateral-flow self-tests can be ordered from the UK Government website.

You should take a test the day before attending any of our campuses.

In event a test taken yields a positive result, you should book a PCR test and return home to self-isolate until the results of your PCR test are back and they are confirmed to be negative. If your PCR test is positive, you should self-isolate in line with Scottish Government guidance.

You MUST not attend our campuses if you've had a positive test result. You should inform your college contact of your result so they’re aware you will not be able to be present for any on-site duties until the end of your isolation period.

You may be asked when you arrive if you have undertaken a lateral-flow rapid self-test the day prior to coming to our campus. In event you haven't or the result has been positive, you will be asked to leave.

Further Information On Self-Testing

An Introduction to Rapid Self-Testing for COVID-19

Rapid Self-Testing

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Covid-19 Self Testing Step By Step Guide

Guidance provided by the NHS 

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How to Do a Rapid COVID-19 Self-Test

Guidance provided by the NHS

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Safety Measures

Despite the country’s move to Level 0 and effective withdrawal of many of the virus suppression measures we’ve seen over the past 18 months, Dumfries and Galloway College will maintain measures we think are essential to keep everybody safe.

We expect these measures to be in place until the start of our October holiday on 11th October, with reviews taking place between 9th August and that date.

The measures are:

  • A keep-left system
  • Continued use of face coverings (in all settings, at all times, unless exempt or eating/drinking)
  • 1-metre physical distancing
  • Test & Protect registration
  • Sanitisation & hygiene

We have replaced our one-way campus movement system with a new keep left approach. This means you no longer have to follow prescribed routes through our campuses. Instead, you’re required to respect the space of others and always remain on the left side as you move through our campuses.

In addition to removing our one-way system, we’ve also removed the thermal temperature scanners at the point of campus entry.

We require all individuals on our campuses to continue wearing face masks in our campuses.

This applies to all individuals on-site - students, staff, suppliers and visitors - and in all settings unless individuals are eating or drinking or have a medical exemption that permits the lack of a face covering.

Exemptions are available for those who were not required to wear a face covering during the time of heightened restrictions. If you were exempt, let our receptionists know and they will be able to provide you with a green lanyard to wear. You must wear this lanyard at all times if you are exempt from wearing a face covering, otherwise you must wear a face covering.

To avoid any doubt, all settings means everywhere inside our campus buildings including:

  • In classrooms or any practical learning spaces
  • In staff workrooms
  • In communal areas
  • In restrooms
  • While on the move through our catering facilities

Masks are to be worn during the course of work, learning, movement or any other activity other than while eating or drinking, or if you have a medical exemption and are wearing a green lanyard.

We require all individuals on our campuses to respect the space of others. This means we’re asking for individuals to respect a minimum of 1-metre physical distance from others at all times.

In workrooms and classrooms, individuals should maintain a minimum of 1-metre physical distance from colleagues, peers, teaching staff and students where possible.

It is advised that where 1-metre physical distancing cannot be maintained, that individuals temporarily wear face coverings in these settings for the during of the non-distancing time.

In line with the Scottish Government approach to halt transmission of the virus and keep us as free from further restrictions as possible, we will maintain our involvement in the Test & Protect Scheme.

This means:

  • All students should ensure their contact details are up to date on our systems.
  • All staff members should ensure their contact details are up to date on our systems and that their lines managers are informed of their on-site working patterns.
  • All suppliers and visitors coming to our campuses should leave their contact details with our reception staff.

It is crucial that we all collectively do what we need to and can so NHS Test & Protect is able to contact anybody they need to should any on-campus transmission occur.

All individuals are also encouraged to have the Protect Scotland app downloaded and active for contact tracing on their mobile phones.

We will continue to maintain hand sanitisation and hygiene stations throughout our campuses. Individuals should make regular use of these facilities, sanitising hands regularly or after touching high-frequency touchpoints and wiping down shared equipment or spaces before and after use.

Remember

Ensuring the safety of our students, staff, suppliers, and visitors is our number one priority. Everyone on our campuses has a role to play to help do this.

Please take note of the guidance above and also the summary below:

  • Only attend our campuses if you need to in line with your learning arrangements or working pattern
  • Participate on lateral-flow rapid self-testing
  • Keep left in our campus
  • Wear a face covering unless exempt
  • Maintain 1-metre physical distancing from others
  • Keep your information up to date for Test & Protect
  • Utilise our sanitisation and hygiene stations
  • Don’t attend our campuses if you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if you’ve had a positive test result.

 

Please stay safe and adhere to our guidance above as we progress through this new phase of living through COVID-19.