COVID-19: Safety Measures on Campus

Dumfries & Galloway College

Updated 06/01/2022

COVID-19 cases have risen significantly in the region this winter, it's important everyone takes personal responsibility to keep themselves and others safe.

To do this, we're asking all students, staff, suppliers, and visitors to our campuses to follow Covid-19 Safety Measures intended to stop the spread of the virus and allow us to continue delivering a first-class learning experience that will help our learners build a better future.

In support of this, we are encouraging any visitors and non-essential individuals to stay away from our campuses. Subjects and qualifications may be rearranged for later in 2022 or maybe available online only until future notice.

We also require everybody on our campuses to take a lateral flow test in the morning you are planning on entering our campuses making sure you document this. You must 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. 

When staying in any of the rooms, you will need to have good ventilation keeping windows and doors open at all times.

Find out what this all means for you below.

What this means for you

For pupils who are part of our College Academy programme, learning arrangements will vary based on the course being studied. Most elements will be delivered remotely online unless unable to do so such as practical courses

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. Most elements will be delivered remotely online unless unable to do so such as practical courses.

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 are now requiring all staff members to continue remote working unless their work is essential and needs to be done onsite.

Staff members will be advised by their line manager as to whether they are required to be onsite.

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.

All visitors are required to provide evidence of negative lateral flow. This needs to be taken the day off prior to entering the College or delivering in another location. This can be the Text Message you receive from the NHS when registering your lateral flow test result. You will need to show this at our reception when you arrive on the day.

Find out more about lateral flow test prior to attendance on campus.

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.

All visitors are required to provide evidence of negative lateral flow. This needs to be taken the day off prior to entering the College or delivering in another location. This can be the Text Message you receive from the NHS when registering your lateral flow test result. You will need to show this at our reception when you arrive on the day.

Find out more about lateral flow test prior to attendance on campus.

Hear from Douglas Dickson

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

You can read the letter via the link below and watch the video by clicking on or tapping the thumbnail image.

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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 who is essential to be involved in Lateral Flow Testing and respect the below Discretionary Measures we’ve put in place to suppress transmission of the virus.

  • A keep-left system
  • Continued use of face coverings (in all settings, at all times, unless exempt or eating/drinking)
  • 1-meter physical distancing
  • Test & Protect registration
  • Lateral Flow testing every day before coming for any on-site location. Kits are available with the NHS or at the College reception
  • Sanitisation & hygiene
  • CO2 monitors
  • Staff to work from home unless critical
  • Ventilated rooms by opening windows and doors
  • Discouraging of the congregation in social spaces or staff rooms

All visitors are required to provide evidence of negative lateral flow. This needs to be taken the day off prior to entering the College or delivering in another location. This can be the Text Message you receive from the NHS when registering your lateral flow test result. You will need to show this at our reception when you arrive on the day.

Find out more about lateral flow test prior to attendance on campus.

More on our safety measures

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.

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 just prior to visiting any on-site campuses. You should register your results with the NHS as normal as you may be asked to show evidence of your negative test result when you come to our campuses.

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

Self-testing kits are available delivered to you from the NHS or for collection from Reception at both campuses.

The self-testing kits will require you to conduct a self-test at home any time 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 that need to be onsite and are part of our College Academy programme, should participate in lateral-flow rapid self-testing every time prior to attending college 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 the event that a test yields a positive result, in accordance with Government guidelines, you should self-isolate immediately.

As of January 6th 2022, if you have no symptoms, you do not need to book a PCR test but a positive lateral flow test still means you need to self-isolate. If you do have symptoms, the advice remains to book a PCR test immediately.

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

These tests must be taken every time prior to attending college.

In the event that a test yields a positive result, in accordance with Government guidelines, you should self-isolate immediately.

As of January 6th 2022, if you have no symptoms, you do not need to book a PCR test but a positive lateral flow test still means you need to self-isolate. If you do have symptoms, the advice remains to book a PCR test immediately.

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

These tests must be taken every time prior to attending college.

In the event that a test yields a positive result, in accordance with Government guidelines, you should self-isolate immediately.

As of January 6th 2022, if you have no symptoms, you do not need to book a PCR test but a positive lateral flow test still means you need to self-isolate. If you do have symptoms, the advice remains to book a PCR test immediately.

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 suppliers visiting our premises should participate in lateral-flow rapid self-testing prior to attending 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 on the off-day before attending any of our campuses.

In the event that a test yields a positive result, in accordance with Government guidelines, you should self-isolate immediately.

As of January 6th 2022, if you have no symptoms, you do not need to book a PCR test but a positive lateral flow test still means you need to self-isolate. If you do have symptoms, the advice remains to book a PCR test immediately.

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 the 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 prior to attending 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 on the off-day before attending any of our campuses.

In the event that a test yields a positive result, in accordance with Government guidelines, you should self-isolate immediately.

As of January 6th 2022, if you have no symptoms, you do not need to book a PCR test but a positive lateral flow test still means you need to self-isolate. If you do have symptoms, the advice remains to book a PCR test immediately.

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 the event, you haven't or the result has been positive, you will be asked to leave.

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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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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 it is essential
  • Participate in lateral-flow rapid self-testing prior to entering our campuses
  • Keep left in our campus
  • Wear a face-covering unless exempt
  • Maintain 1-meter 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.