Keeping Safe On Campus

Keep your distance

We know that being on campus can be a daunting experience and we want to ensure that everyone is kept safe and has an enjoyable experience studying with us. We have put in place a number of measures to help keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Key information and guidance regarding Covid-19 can be found below:

Tier 4 Restrictions

In light of West Lothian being moved to Tier 4 in the Scottish Government Coronavirus protection levels from Friday 20th November for an initial 3 week period, it is important that all students, staff and visitors continue to follow Government guidelines.

The majority of classes will remain as being taught online, with some students on campus for practical subjects. When on campus it is important to remember to wear a face covering, socially distance and continually wash your hands.

Read our message to students here: Guidance following changes to Tier Levels

More information on the Tiers and staying safe can be found here.

Covid-19 campus form 

It is important, that if you have been on campus in the past 2 weeks, or are due to be on site, and have tested positive for Covid-19, are self isolating or have symptoms that you let us know by completing the below form. 

Reporting Covid-19 at West Lothian College 

Once you have submitted the form you may be contacted by a member of staff at the college for further information or be contacted by NHS track and trace staff if you test positive.

This will allow us ensure the health and safety of all students, staff and visitors to the campus. 

Test and Protect Scotland App

You are encouraged to download the Test and Protect Scotland app on your phone to help track the virus and notify you if you have been in contact with anyone who has the tested positive for Covid-19. More information on how to download this app to your phone can be found here: 

https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/test-and-protect 

The Scottish Government has also issued a letter containing advice for students on what to do if they develop cold or flu-like symptoms during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This letter can be viewed here

Assessing student vulnerabilities 

For the return to college we have risk assessed for COVID-19 and made all the necessary adjustments to ensure that it is safe for most students to return to their studies. However, we also are looking at individual vulnerability.  Due to underlying health conditions and other factors, some people have a greater vulnerability to COVID-19 than others and we want to ensure that we capture this to keep everyone safe and comfortable with being on campus.

The below self-assessment form will allow you to determine whether this applies to you.

Click on the self assessment form link below to work out what vulnerability category you fall into. Once completed you can then discuss this with your key lecturer for any additional support required.

Assessing your vulnerability

Health and Safety on Campus

For Health and Safety whilst visiting our campus, watch our short video which will explain all the campus changes and guidelines here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASHGl8to-kM 

Following Government and NHS guidance 

Government guidelines on limiting the spread of Covid19 are constantly evolving and Scotland’s new 5-tier system came into effect recently.

COVID protection levels set out measures that can be applied nationally or locally depending on prevalence of the virus across Scotland.

The 5-level system will help you to understand and prepare for protections that might be introduced, as well as showing how and when they may be lifted.

People are still able to travel for work and education, and we will continue to deliver a blended approach to learning until advised otherwise. We will update you on developments as they arise.

These rules are in place to keep everyone safe. When planning your social activities or meeting up with others, please follow the guidance set out by the Scottish Government. This includes not meeting up with more than 6 people across 2 households, both indoors and out. 

Classes are an exception to the rule of 6, however social distancing rules must be followed whilst on campus. 

Find out more about rules currently in place across Scotland by visiting: 

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Contact us

If you have any questions, concerns or are concerned about being on campus, please talk to your lecturer initially or email reception@west-lothian.ac.uk

Got more questions? Check our Covid-19 related FAQS