Covid-19 Advisory

Safe Re-Opening


Our campuses will progress to the next phase of our calibrated resumption of more face-to-face classes from Monday, 21 September 2020. You will no longer be required to make prior appointments for certificate collection, Cashier payment or Learning Resources Centre loan services.

 

Our communication channels remain open to you. Please stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to meeting you again when it is safe to do so.

 

  • On-Campus / Online Learning

    We have resumed smaller classes, project work discussions and academic consultations across both campuses. Relevant staff will be based on-campus to support students, while other staff continue to support students remotely.

     

    We will continue with online learning for large classes and students unable to attend on-campus.

  • Adherence to Safe Management Measures

    Please be reminded that safe management measures have been put in place:

     

    Entry and Exit from Campus 

    • Check in and out of campus using the SafeEntry app, and voluntarily show your PSB Academy student card for verification of your identity at the entrance.
    • Temperature checks will be conducted per entry to campus. Anyone with flu-like symptoms such as fever or cough will not be allowed entry. Please see a doctor if you are unwell.
    • Take your attendance through our biometric system as part of your entry procedure.
    • Only the main entrance at both campuses will be accessible to enter and exit campus.

     

    On-Campus – General Requirements 

    • Wear masks at all times on-campus.
    • Put on your PSB Academy student card to be able to display visibly at all times while within campus.
    • Avoid socialising with other students within and outside the campus.
    • You may not eat on-campus. You may drink water, but must put back on your mask immediately after.
    • Maintain safe distancing of at least one metre at all times.
    • Where it is not practical to apply one metre safe distancing between individuals, do not form groups of more than five persons, and practise one metre safe distancing and no mixing between groups.
    • Furniture (tables, chairs, etc.) must not be moved from their assigned location.
    • Please practise good personal hygiene at all times.

     

    Individual Quiet Study / Group Project Discussions 

    • Individual quiet study is allowed at designated study areas, subject to availability. Seat reservation and sleeping at study areas are not allowed. No loitering in the campus is allowed.
    • You can book for group project discussions at designated locations via the Concierge, if this is part of your coursework requirements. Do not form groups of more than five persons, and practise one metre safe distancing and no mixing between groups. Each time slot is 2 hours. All bookings are on a first-come-first-serve Seat reservation, sleeping or loitering at group project discussions areas are not allowed.

    We seek your cooperation to observe all such measures for your own health and safety.

  • Campus Hygiene Measures

    SG Clean Certification

     

    PSB Academy campuses are certified SG Clean by the National Environment Agency (NEA). Our premises comply fully with NEA's sanitation and hygiene advisory, including:

    • Premises are cleaned daily and ventilated regularly
    • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection are done at areas with frequent touchpoints
    • Toilets are constantly supplied with liquid soap and toilet paper
    • Waste is handled with gloves/tongs, bagged properly, and bins are emptied regularly

     

    Enhanced Hygiene Measures

    During the Covid-19 situation, both our City Campus and STEM Campus will ensure:

    • Hand sanitisers are available at key locations
    • Temperature screening before entry to our campuses
    • Persons who are unwell or show flu-like symptoms will not be permitted entry to our campuses; they will be advised to see a doctor immediately
    • Persons on Stay-Home Notice / Leave of Absence / Quarantine Order will not be permitted entry to our campuses; they should remain at home at all times
  • Multiple Communication Channels

    Students will have the flexibility of communicating with their lecturers and programme executives. Between face-to-face consultations, email, live chat and phone conversations, you will have more opportunities to get feedback or have a great Q&A session.

     

    Academic Consultations

    Learning Resources Centre

    Enquiries

  • Whistleblowing

    If you have information on students not complying with the Stay-Home Notice requirements, please reach out to us at:

 

We have set up a task force that is closely monitoring the developments in Singapore and worldwide, and to maintain regular communications with all stakeholders. We will continue to take appropriate steps to keep our students safe and on track for graduation.

SHN/LOA/QO Support


Students serving the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) / Leave of Absence (LOA) / Quarantine Order (QO) will be supported throughout this period:

 


 

More About SHN, LOA and QO 

  • Stay-Home Notice (SHN)

    Singapore has introduced SHN for Singapore residents and long-term pass (including Student's Pass) holders returning to Singapore from all countries within the last 14 days.

    Students under the SHN have to remain in their place of residence at all times during the 14-day period. Those placed on the SHN will be reminded to monitor their health closely and minimise contact with others.

    During the SHN period, students can seek assistance from PSB Academy to support them in areas such as food and daily necessities.

    Surveillance and enforcement measures will be implemented to ensure compliance with the SHN, so that the wellbeing of the community is not put at risk. Those who flout the SHN may face penalties and can be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases Act.

  • Leave of Absence (LOA)

    To protect the well-being of our student community, we may place students under leave of absence (LOA) if they have had close contact with someone on SHN. Students who return from any country between 14 and 20 March 2020 will also be placed on LOA.

    Students under the LOA should remain in their place of residence as much as possible and minimise contact with others. They should minimise visitors to their place of residence, and avoid going to crowded places or attending social gatherings.

  • Quarantine Order (QO)

    The quarantine order is served to people who have come into close contact with individuals who have been infected. A quarantined at home cannot physically interact with others living in the same premises or leave home. Spot checks - both by phone and in person - will be carried out to ensure that they abide by the restrictions.

    Those who do not have such facilities at home may opt for government quarantine facilities. Quarantined people who live alone and need to get groceries, for example, may be granted assistance from the authorities.

    Those who flout the quarantine for the first time may be fined up to $10,000, jailed up to six months, or both. The penalty is higher for subsequent breaches.

International Student FAQ


  • International Students

    Is it safe to travel to Singapore?

    Singapore raised our national risk assessment alert (Dorscon) to Orange, as Covid-19 has been determined to be severe and easily transmissible. However, there is no widespread transmission in Singapore and the virus is being contained. Our defences have been strengthened to enhance public safety e.g. temperature screening, daily health checks.

    The international community can be confident in Singapore's commitment to share information openly and swiftly, to protect public health and maintain safety and stability. The World Health Organization has highlighted the strength of Singapore's response, and a Harvard study has lauded our effectiveness in detecting and isolating cases.

     

    Am I allowed to enter into Singapore if I have a valid Student's Pass or In-Principle Approval (IPA) Letter?

    From 30 March 2020, Student’s Pass (STP) and In-Principle Approval (IPA) holders planning to enter Singapore must obtain the Ministry of Education's permission before commencing their journey to Singapore. Please submit your application to PSB Academy and wait for an approval letter of entry before you arrange your travel to Singapore. This approval letter of entry must be shown to airline staff upon check-in at the departure airport and to the immigration officer upon arrival in Singapore.

    If you are travelling to Singapore from anywhere overseas, you will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) by the authorities and need to inform your School immediately upon arrival in Singapore. Students who have travelled within the last 14 days to Hubei province of Mainland China will be issued a 14-day Quarantine Order (QO).

     

    If I'm an international student, do I need to attend self-study sessions on-campus?

    All international students are not required to attend self-study sessions on-campus until the end of June or earlier. We will inform you when this ICA requirement has been restored.

  • 国际学生

    现在前往新加坡是否仍然安全?

    目前新加坡政府已经将疾病爆发应对系统的级别从黄色调高至橙色,新加坡当局已经进一步加强了对2019年新冠状病毒的防御,以加强公共安全。目前在新加坡并未出现大面积聚集性爆发,疫情得到了有效地控制。新加坡政府采取的抗疫措施包括日常检测体温,关注市民身体状况等等。

    国际社会完全可以相信新加坡,我们承诺公开和迅速地分享信息,保护公众健康,维护安全与稳定。世界卫生组织也在相关新闻发布会上高度评价了新加坡的应对力度,哈佛大学的一项研究赞扬了我们在发现和隔离病例方面采取的有效措施。

     

    如果我持有有效的学生证 (STP) 或原则批准 (IPA) 信函,我是否可以进入新加坡?

    自2020年3月30日起,学生证持有者(STP)和原则批准函(IPA)的签证申请者在入境新加坡之前,需要提前向新加坡教育部申请并在获得允许之后方可入境。目前PSB学院在读学生如需返回新加坡,请提交申请给PSB学院,获得新加坡教育部批准信之后再行安排赴新事宜。学生在出发时,请将批准信以及其他出境文件一同提交给机场工作人员办理登机。抵新之后,也需要将以上文件一并递交给新加坡入境处工作人员审核。

    任何外国人士需要进入新加坡在抵达新加坡当日起必须遵守14天居家令(SHN),并在到达后立即通知学校。在过去14天内曾经去过中国湖北地区的学生在入境时将被要求执行14天隔离令。

     

    SHN期间,我是否可以去移民厅办理学生签证相关事宜?

    SHN期间不可以离开住所,所以学生不能前往移民厅办理学生签证,需要和移民厅重新预约办理签证的时间。

     

    国际学生现在是否还需要到校参加自习?

    目前在六月之前,国际学生暂时不需要回到学校参加自习。如若ICA出台另外新的要求,我们会及时告知学生。

From the Dean


18 September 2020

 

Dear students,

 

Our campuses will progress to the next phase of our calibrated resumption of more face-to-face classes from Monday, 21 September 2020. Under this new phase, you will no longer be required to make prior appointments for certificate collection, payment at the Bursar or making use of Learning Resources Centre loan services.

Please continue to observe these safe management measures during this phase of the re-opening of our campuses:

 

Entry and Exit from Campus 

  • Check in and out of campus using the SafeEntry app, and voluntarily show your PSB Academy student card for verification of your identity at the entrance.
  • Temperature checks will be conducted per entry to campus. Anyone with acute respiratory infection-like (ARI) or flu-like symptoms such as fever or cough will not be allowed entry. Please see a doctor if you are unwell.
  • Take your attendance through our biometric system as part of your entry procedure.
  • Only the main entrance at both campuses will be accessible to enter and exit campus.

 

On-Campus – General Requirements 

  • Wear masks at all times on-campus.
  • Put on your PSB Academy student card to be able to display visibly at all times while within campus.
  • Avoid socialising with other students within and outside the campus.
  • You may not eat on-campus. You may drink water, but must put back on your mask immediately after.
  • Maintain safe distancing of at least one metre at all times.
  • Where it is not practical to apply one metre safe distancing between individuals, do not form groups of more than five persons, and practise one metre safe distancing and no mixing between groups.
  • Furniture (tables, chairs, etc.) must not be moved from their assigned location.
  • Please practise good personal hygiene at all times.

 

Individual Quiet Study / Group Project Discussions 

  • Individual quiet study is allowed at designated study areas, subject to availability. Seat reservation and sleeping at study areas are not allowed. No loitering in the campus is allowed.
  • You can book for group project discussions at designated locations via the Concierge, if this is part of your coursework requirements. Do not form groups of more than five persons, and practise one metre safe distancing and no mixing between groups. Each time slot is 2 hours.All bookings are on a first-come-first-serve Seat reservation, sleeping or loitering at group project discussions areas are not allowed.

 

Safe Distancing Ambassadors (SDAs) will move around campus to ensure compliance with these measures. Please cooperate with any directions given by our SDAs, for your own health and safety. 

 

Thank you for continuing to work closely with us to safeguard the well-being of our learning community. 

 

Regards,

 

Dr. Sam Choon Yin

Dean

 


21 July 2020

 

Dear students,

 

We would like to draw your attention to recent incidents where individuals were prosecuted for flouting Singapore’s safe management measures:

  • Ten individuals on student or work passes had their passes cancelled, and were fined, deported and barred from re-entering Singapore for having a social gathering during the Circuit Breaker
  • Six individuals on work passes had their passes revoked and are permanently barred from working in Singapore for socialising in groups during the Circuit Breaker

 

Please be reminded that safe management measures have been put in place, including SafeEntry in and out of campus, student identification (with your campus cards) and temperature checks. We seek your cooperation to observe all such measures for your own health and safety. These include remaining in your assigned seats during lessons and keeping your masks on at all times.

 

If you are unwell with any flu-like symptoms, please see a doctor immediately. Please stay safe and reach out to us if you need assistance.

 

PSB Academy and the authorities will not hesitate to take strong action against anyone who does not comply with safe distancing measures or show blatant disregard of Singapore’s laws, including the termination of student or work passes where applicable.

 

Thank you for continuing to work closely with us to safeguard the well-being of our learning community.

 

Regards,

 

Dr. Sam Choon Yin

Dean

 


22 June 2020

 

Dear students,

 

As Singapore enters into Phase 2 of Safe Transition, PSB Academy will increase on-campus activities progressively and we will do this on a calibrated and safe manner.

 

Laboratory sessions which have resumed in Phase 1 will continue. We will resume smaller classes, project work discussions, academic consultations and other activities in stages across both campuses from 13 July 2020. Our Bursar and Learning Resources Centre will operate on an appointment basis. Relevant staff will be based on-campus to support students, while other staff continue to support students remotely.

 

For everyone’s health and safety, PSB Academy will be undertaking thorough cleaning of our campuses before allowing staff and students back. Safe management measures are in place, including SafeEntry in and out of campus, biometric attendance-taking and temperature checks. Masks have to be worn at all times on-campus. Students who are unwell, on home quarantine / Stay Home Notice, or have flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough, will be required to stay away from campus. If you are unwell with any flu-like symptoms, please see a doctor immediately.

 

Your School will contact you with further information if you are scheduled to return to campus for classes.

 

We will continue to provide recorded sessions for your convenience. All large classes and examinations will remain online.

 

Please stay safe and reach out to us if you need assistance. Our communication channels remain open, including video consultations, email, live chat and phone conversations.

 

Regards,

 

Dr. Sam Choon Yin

Dean

 


25 May 2020

 

Dear students,

 

With the end of the Circuit Breaker period on 1 June 2020, Singapore will move into the Phase 1 of Safe Re-opening.  PSB Academy, alongside other schools and Institutes of Higher Learning, will progressively bring students back on campus in a calibrated and safe manner.

 

We have been facilitating campus access for graduating cohorts back into our STEM Campus laboratories to work on their final year projects since 20 May 2020. We are also in the process of getting the STEM Campus ready to resume laboratory-based classes progressively from 2 June 2020. All other lessons, assessments and activities will continue to be delivered online during this Phase 1. For everyone’s health and safety, PSB Academy will be undertaking thorough cleaning of the campus before allowing staff and students back.

 

Your School will contact you with further information if you are scheduled to return to campus for laboratory classes. Safe management measures including the implementation of SafeEntry, biometric attendance-taking and temperature checks will be carried out on entry to and exit from campus. Masks have to be worn at all times on-campus. Students who are unwell, on home quarantine / Stay Home Notice, or have flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough, will be required to stay away from campus.

 

Our communication channels remain open to you, including video consultations, email, live chat and phone conversations. Please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to meeting you again when it is safe to do so.

 

Regards,

 

Dr. Sam Choon Yin

Dean

 


31 March 2020

 

Dear students,

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for some time now, and the consensus from nations around the world is that the situation will stretch on for much longer. As we speak, these governments are implementing measures to ensure the safety and interests of their respective citizens are protected, and Singapore is no different.

 

  • Lessons in Unity

    Since the outbreak, we have witnessed the exemplary hard work shared by everyone in this tiny nation. Many have stepped up beyond our core duties to help one another and support the Government’s decisions all with the safety of our people in mind. While Singapore has received commendation for our effectiveness in containing the spread of the virus, these compliments may count for nothing, if Singapore and the world’s nations do not persevere in curbing the situation. We must continue to work closely together to fight against an invisible enemy.

    In contributing to training and developing quality graduates to serve the workforce since 1964, PSB Academy’s ties are deeply woven into the nation’s social fabric, along with the rest of the Education sector. I wish to reiterate that the entire academy is behind our Government’s efforts in these challenging times.

    Since the onset of the outbreak, we have set up a task force that works closely with the authorities such as the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Education. This has allowed us to anticipate and react swiftly to implement measures and policies in the Academy. From temperature screenings, strict campus entry polices, to close monitoring of our stakeholders’ travel history, these measures are set in place with the safety of our students and colleagues as our utmost priority.

  • Lessons in Innovation, So Learning Doesn’t Stop

    Our communication channels are constantly updated to keep everyone abreast of the evolving situation. You may visit https://www.psb-academy.edu.sg/advisory or follow our social media pages on Facebook, WeChat, and Instagram.

    We are keenly aware of how our students’ academic journeys are affected by this situation. As such, I am pleased that our academics have been able to work quickly in rolling out online learning on Learning Management Systems like BlackBoard. We will transit to full digital mode with effect from 1 April 2020.

    Our students can continue to access quality learning at the comfort and safety of their homes. We will also make separate arrangements on how exams to be conducted if required.  Students serving their Stay-Home Notice, Leave of Absence or Quarantine Order also continue to be supported throughout this period.

    Already, students can access a host of digital resources from their respective institutions on our website. Valuable face-time with our lecturers can continue to be scheduled as video sessions during their regular consultation hours. Student support services like counselling continue to be made available through phone and video.

  • Bracing Ourselves For The Long Haul

    As the Covid-19 situation continues to be fluid, many of our practices and policies today may evolve quickly tomorrow. In times like this, I call for all your understanding, trust and cooperation, as my colleagues and I work to keep our students’ lessons going.

    Please rest assured that your safety and academic learning experience will continue to be our top priority. While we understand our international students want to be with their families at this time, we strongly encourage all to heed the Government’s advice for everyone’s safety, which is to remain in your residences. Please continue to keep engaged with us through the online channels open to you.

    We would like to remind everyone that the situation will only improve significantly if we all do our part– in staying vigilant, diligent, practising personal hygiene and most importantly, being socially responsible for the sake of your health and the health of those around you.

 

Dr. Sam Choon Yin

Dean