Campus Safety and Wellbeing

How long should I isolate for if I am in close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19?

From the 16 August, people will no longer need to self-isolate for ten days as a close contact of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 if they can meet the following three criteria:

1. Have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination under a UK Government programme (and 2 weeks have passed since receiving the second dose). 

or are under 18 years and 6 months of age

or are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, not personal reasons

or have taken part in or are currently part of an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial

 2. Are asymptomatic; i.e, without any symptoms.

 3. Return a negative NHS PCR test; Please note – Lateral Flow Test is not acceptable for this purpose. 

Line Managers (or in the case of students, their Lecturer) are required to confirm (verbally) with anyone who has identified as a close contact that they have met all of the three criteria above before being allowed to return to campus. 

Individuals who do not meet the exemption criteria above, must self-isolate until 10 days after the last day on which they were exposed to the positive case.

Is there going to be a signing in/out system on the campuses?

All staff attending a campus should complete the relevant campus online sign-in document available on the staff intranet, on arrival and when leaving. It is essential that staff visiting the campuses comply with this instruction to aid in the event of an emergency evacuation.

What happens if someone on campus experiences Covid 19 symptoms?

Should a member of staff or student begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, they must leave the premises immediately and return home. They should then call their line manager or lecturer to notify them and contact NHS Inform to book a Covid-19 test. If a positive result is obtained for Covid-19, they should notify their line manager immediately to enable the College to comply with its legal duties in support of the government’s Test and Protect Strategy. Students have been advised of the same process.

Please use the Covid 19 Contact Toolkit if you are contacted by a member of staff or a student.

Where do I wear a face covering?

In line with Scottish Government guidance face coverings are required to be worn in all public areas within College buildings, e.g. corridors, toilets, lifts, refectory, library, as well as in all learning and teaching areas unless a medical exemption applies.

Are there going to be different entrances and exits to the campus?

All entrances and exits are clearly sign posted and one way systems are in place.

What arrangements are being put in place to ensure that the College is properly cleaned and that extra precautions will be put in place?

The College has implemented a focused Covid-19 secure cleaning protocol throughout the campuses and there is signage in place to remind staff and students of safe hygiene practices.

Are there hand sanitiser stations in college buildings?

Additional hand sanitiser stations have been provided around the campuses and everyone on campus is encouraged to use these frequently, both on entering and exiting the building as well as during the time on campus. This is in addition to regular and thorough handwashing.

Will we be utilising divider screens between desks for staff and/or students?

All rooms will be risk assessed to determine any action to be taken to make the rooms safe for use. Social distancing will be in place across the college.

Where can I find our Health and Safety Policy statement on Covid 19?

Our health and safety policy statement on Covid-19 can be found here.

Will I be able to use the shared kitchen facilities when returning to college?

Shared kitchen facilities will be open but maximum occupancy levels on doors must be adhered to. Workroom tea areas remain accessible provided social distancing is maintained at all times.  Shared equipment used (e.g. kettles) should be wiped and disinfected before and after use. Staff should use their own cups, crockery etc. and should not store them in kitchen cupboards. Staff must not congregate in these areas.

Will I be tested for Covid 19 before coming into any of the College buildings or facilities?

Glasgow Clyde College is following Scottish Government guidance on arrangements for Test and Protect. This guidance doesn’t currently require routine College-based testing as part of our reopening activities, but if this guidance changes then testing will be put in place as needed.

Now that gyms are open can I use the College gym facilities?

The gyms and sport areas on all three of our college campuses will remain closed to staff and students for recreational use.  The facilities are currently only in use for teaching in the sports and fitness curriculum area.

The shower facilities on each campus may be used by staff cycling or running to work.