Coronavirus advice for staff and students

Welcome to academic year 2021/22.   

We look forward to seeing you in person at the Principal’s Address on campus on 17th August.  We have assessed our arrangements for this face to face gathering and have taken steps to ensure it is safe.

SBC Campus from air photo

In line with the country moving beyond Level 0 Coronavirus Restrictions from 9th August 2021, we are changing our coronavirus response and bringing more students and staff on-site from 16th August.  

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. 

COVID19 measures

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.

Look after your own health

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.

Safe environment on-campus

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.

Keeping in touch

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.   I personally am looking forward to this revised way of working and I hope you are too.  

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.

Stay safe and keep well 

  • 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 or by calling 0800 028 2816 if you cannot get online.

If in doubt - ask for advice.

All College programmes will start online initially. Please do not attend Campus until a member of College staff contacts you to arrange this.

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

Have a question? Please email

  • 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.

We are following the latest Government Guidance available in order to keep students and staff safe. For the latest information please visit:

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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:

Public transport providers like First Bus and Scot Rail will be making sure they meet social distancing requirements. We will make a travel allowance available to you if we require you to attend a Campus and you are entitled to this funding support. This will allow you to choose how to travel to College. Where it is possible, we may change class start and finish times to help avoid the need for you to travel at busy times.

In order to limit the number of people on campus at any one time, all courses are likely to have at least some off-campus learning.  College students always do some independent work for courses but this autumn there will more time where students study off-campus.  This could be through timetabled classes which are taught online, pre-recorded lessons, online tutorials, activities or projects.

Some full classes will be completely off-campus. If you are not able to get to a campus, for example you are self-isolating, your lecturer will support you to learn online.