If there are two interpretations of a rule, take the stricter one. If there is a choice between the soft way and the hard, take the hard. If there is a choice between being with friends or being alone, be alone. For the next one month, live a solitary life.
It will not be easy.
But the best of us will show grace under pressure, and together, out of the night which covers us black as the pit from pole to pole, we will all emerge, circuit unbroken, all unconquerable souls.
A/P Leong Ching
NUS Dean of Students
#QOTD Questions of the Day
Anyone who needs tips on how to hold an election during COVID-19 can ask KEVII Hall. This year they held an e-rally, e-debate via Zoom, and e-voting. Student leadership at the hostels have been vital in the past 24 hours in ensuring that the new measures are understood and that the students’ views taken into consideration in implementation.
Elected just one day ago, the President of the JCRC Hong Xian Li, (Year 3, Nursing) and Vice President Wang Jiaqi, (Year 3, Life Sciences) led the effort to gather student feedback. They put out an e-form, and spoke to many residents to get immediate concerns. A/P Lee Kooi Cheng, Master, KEVII Hall wrote a list of FAQs in her own update.
1. Limited movement
Whichever the date that is decided as the move out date, those who decide to stay in Hall cannot go home during the circuit breaker period. Those who choose to go home cannot come back to the Hall until the end of term. This is to minimise movement and to stay intact in reducing risks of spread. I strongly encourage you to discuss with your parents/family members over the weekend before you decide.
2. Life will be solitary
Most things will be done in solitary. We eat in our own rooms, we exercise (run, taichi) on our own. The dining hall will be closed for dine in. We do take-away.
3. Studying remains essential
The study room will be kept open but everyone must abide by the social distancing arrangement made.
Once committed to staying at Hall, it means the following:
- Not to go home (date TBC) until the end of circuit break period.
- Take away meals and eat at own rooms. Essentially no eating together (unless it is a double room).
- Kitchenettes and pantries will be kept open but there is no cooking together.
- There is no visiting of one another’s room.
- No visitors from outside the Hall will be allowed.
- When in the study room, everyone must comply with the social distancing arrangement put in place.
During this period of time, we recognise that some may feel isolated or stressed. It is crucial that as a community, we
- Keep in touch via e-platform.
- Support one another emotionally (through e-platform).
- Assist in meals delivery, if required.
- Let RFs or Master know if unwell. Wear a mask if unwell. See a doctor immediately.
- Practise personal hygiene at all times.
- Keep to our exercise regime (exercise on our own).
There will be sanctions for those who do not comply.
Q1) Would we be able to go out of the Hall to buy things?
Yes. You may go out to perform essential things like buying groceries, buying food (take away only), going to UHC if unwell, going for a run/walk (on your own) within our vicinity. Please refer to the infographics here for more information.