This COVID-19 guidance applies to activities that are connected with teaching and learning in universities, colleges and CLD settings, and extends from our updated strategic framework published on 22 February 2022.
These principles are intended to support planning approaches and to enable in-person teaching and learning, where this is the desired and most appropriate approach. We will also work with institutions and organisations in order to address the impacts of the accumulated wider harms and lost learning on students and learners.
These principles are non-statutory, however they set out guiding principles and measures that can be implemented to help manage the risks arising from COVID-19 and take account of relevant advice from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Sub-Group on Universities and Colleges.
The updated strategic framework sets out actions to respond to COVID-19 and its associated harms, and our approach to managing it effectively but also sustainably for as long as necessary.
It marks a shift in the strategic intent from a focus on suppressing COVID-19 to managing the virus effectively in terms of both transmission and impact. This will require us to build a society able to balance various risks to reduce the harm from COVID-19, and it will involve an ongoing ask of the public and organisations to take responsibility for enhancing their safety. Adopting sensible behaviours and making basic, appropriate adaptations will help us to do this.
Many businesses and other organisations recognise the positive steps taken during the pandemic and the need for these steps to have greater permanency in its aftermath. This includes measures such as a mix of home and office (‘hybrid’) and flexible working where feasible and appropriate, enhanced sanitisation and hygiene, and improved ventilation within the workplace.
Future outbreaks or resurgences of the virus are expected which may occur at an institutional, local or national level. To inform the response to future outbreaks, including a potentially dangerous variant of COVID-19, the Scottish Government with Public Health Scotland (PHS), Local Government and other partners, are developing the COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan, which will set out the process and methods for responding to future outbreaks. The aim is to publish this Plan in spring 2022.
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