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Coronavirus - updated 17th of January

COVID-19 graphic: CDC - Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Please kindly guide your attention to a new measures by UCT Prague’s Rector, the purpose of which is to define and specify the organizational rules binding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 testing at UCT

Updated January 17, 2022

In accordance with the Extraordinary Measure of the Czech Ministry of Health 461/2022-1/MIN/KAN going into effect on Monday, January 17, 2022, our university is obliged to test all its employees for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus by means of a rapid antigen test designed for self-testing.

 

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Current covid-19 restrictions

Examination period

UCT Prague’s leadership has decided that the following rules and regulations will apply to the upcoming examination period:

  • Mandatory use of respirators by employers and students inside university buildings still applies
  • We recommend limiting auditorium capacities to 50% during lectures
  • The form of examination is in the purview of subject guarantors, who are obliged to inform students about the form of an exam in advance. In-person examination is preferred
  • Auditoriums will be regularly disinfected and we also recommend frequent ventilation
  • If the pandemic situation does not worsen, the examination period will not be extended

Please note that the university’s leadership is closely monitoring the situation in relation to the new Omicron variant and is ready to react quickly and adjust the rules if necessary. As in the past, any restrictions will continue to be tied to government, ministry, and health station regulations. Therefore, please stay tuned to your email inboxes and the university website, where you will be informed of any changes as soon as possible.

Update from November 18 (in force from Nov 22)

Details

With regard to the unfavourable development of the pandemic, the university leadership has issued the following preventive recommendations with the aim of maintaining laboratory, practical, and project instruction in in-person form and, at the same time, to enable the examination period to proceed in in-person form.

Doctoral studies

Starting November 22, 2021, until further notice, doctoral students may, in agreement with their supervisor and departmental head, conduct part of their research activities in “home office” form. Upon agreement with students, doctoral instruction can be converted into hybrid or online forms.

Master studies

Starting November 22, 2021, until further notice, the university management is allowing the heads of departments and study program guarantors to switch to online forms of education as a substitute for lectures and exercises taught in lecture halls and classrooms, taking into account the possible health risks to instructors and students. Moving to the online form must be in accordance with the schedule and related subjects on a given day, and must not interfere with instructional schedules, if the subject is part of several study programs. The decision to move to online instruction is the responsibility of the guarantor of the study program in agreement with the head of the department, and students must be informed about the transition in advance. In-person student examinations are possible when maintaining a maximum number of 10 people in a room.

Bachelor studies

Instruction will continue in in-person form without any changes.

ATTENTION:

In the event of an acute worsening of the epidemic situation at UCT Prague, the above recommendations for Master and doctoral studies will become mandatory.

At the same time, the following measures concerning Bachelor studies would also also enter into force:

  • 2nd and 3rd year students: by the end of the instructional part of the winter semester (December 17, 2021), lectures and exercises taking place in lecture rooms and classrooms would be completely transferred to online form. Laboratory, practical, and project instruction would not be affected by this measure.
  • 1st years: teaching would continue in in-person form without any changes.
  • Student examinations would be possible in person when maintaining a maximum number of 10 people in a room.

The implementation of these measures may take place very quickly if the situation worsens, within 72 hours after a decision by the university leadership. Therefore, please be prepared for this possible variant.

Update from October 25

Obligation to wear a respirator

In connection with the deteriorating epidemiological situation, I would like to draw your attention to the emergency measure of the Ministry of Health (15757/2020 - 60/MIN/KAN from October 22, 2021), which is effective starting October 25, 2021.

According to this measure, the use of protective equipment indoors is required, notably:

  • Respirators must be used in all rooms unless the employee is alone in a room or maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other employees.
  • “Respirator” means a protective device that meets at least all technical conditions and requirements, including a filtration efficiency of at least 94%, according to relevant standards (e.g., FFP2, KN 95). Therefore, ordinary face masks or other face covers cannot be used.
  • At UCT Prague it is still necessary to wear respirators in common areas, auditoriums, and classrooms at UCT Prague.
  • Respective exceptions in connection with instructional activities continue to apply - Wearing respirators does not apply to lecturers if a safe distance from students is possible in auditoriums, and, in selected laboratories, for work safety reasons as well as during physical education instruction. The obligation to use respirators during laboratory instruction will be regulated by laboratory guarantors. During exams, if a distance of at least 1.5 m is maintained, there is no obligation to use respirators.

At the same time, we would like to point out that employees can, through the managers of their departments and faculties, request the provision of respirators from the stock of the central warehouse.

Information valid from the begining of winter semester 2021/22

Details

With the Winter Semester, the new 2021/2022 UCT Prague Academic Year is starting on Monday, September 13, so we would like to remind you about the current COVID-19 restrictions.

1) Instruction will take place in-person.

2) Wearing respirators without an exhalation valve and with a filtration efficiency of at least 94% according to the relevant standards (or a similar device meeting these technical conditions and requirements) is mandatory in public indoor areas, auditoriums, and classrooms at UCT Prague. Wearing respirators does not apply to lecturers if a safe distance from students is possible in auditoriums, and, in selected laboratories, for work safety reasons as well as during physical education instruction. The obligation to use respirators during laboratory instruction will be regulated by laboratory guarantors. During exams, if a distance of at least 1.5 m is maintained, there is no obligation to use respirators.

3) “Vaccinated, tested, recovered,” (VTR; “OTN” in Czech) regimes will not be required in common areas, auditoriums, or classrooms, but you must wear respirators in these areas and not to enter UCT Prague buildings if you have symptoms of respiratory disease. VTR regimes will be required for admission to laboratory instruction for the first two teaching weeks of the semester. After this period, VTR regimes will be replaced by measuring individual’s temperatures at the entrance to laboratories (additional information for instructors and heads of departments - thermometers will be provided by the Rector’s Office).

4) Each time when you enter practical training sessions and laboratories, you must sign the attendance lists due to possible contact tracing later.

5) UCT Prague closed its own test site for students and employees in June 2021 and does not currently plan to reopen it.

Of course, the above regulations may change over time depending on the status of the epidemic and regulations provided by the national government, its ministries, or the health department.

Returns from abroad

Measures of the Rector of UCT Prague valid from 9 July 2021 – implementation of the protective measure of the Ministry of Health (MZDR 20599/2020-96/MIN/KAN) at UCT Prague.

All employees and students who are subject to the obligation to undergo a SARS-CoV-2 test before entering or after entering the Czech Republic after returning from abroad have:

  1. the obligation to inform about travel exceeding 12 hours in the last 14 days (or 24 hours in the case of neighbouring countries);
  2. the obligation to provide proof of submitting of Entry form and proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test from a health service provider; antigenic no older than 48 hours or PCR no older than 72 hours.
  3. the obligation to inform the employer of the isolation in the event of isolation and to comply fully with the isolation.

Employees are required to fulfill the above obligations upon arrival at the workplace in relation to their supervisor, students to their teacher. Without documentation of a negative test, attendance at the workplace or at a class or exam is not possible.

When arriving from countries with a low or medium risk of COVID-19, the employee may be present at the workplace until the result of the test is available, but must use the prescribed respiratory protective equipment in all areas of UCT Prague until the result is available.

Points 1, 2 and 3 do not apply to persons who have been in the territory of countries on the list of countries with low, medium, high or very high risk of COVID-19 and when entering the buildings of the UCT Prague:

  1. are able to provide proof of a national certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 where more than 14 days have elapsed since the final dose of vaccine;
  2. have had COVID-19 disease and at least 11 days but not more than 180 days have elapsed since the first positive result of the RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2.

Employees who plan to travel to countries with a high or very high risk of infection are obliged to inform their supervisor of this fact prior to the start of the trip, due to the mandatory isolation upon return to Czechia.

Employees who have taken regular leave in Czechia can document this fact by means of the Declaration of Leave Taken, which is available in the OKbase web client reports.

A list of countries and their risk ranking is available on the Ministry of foreign affair website.

Older information

  • Employees:  Regardless of your place of work, please use electronic and telephone forms of communication as much as possible, including scanning of invoices, orders, and other documents. Regarding the in-person work-related meetings outside your workplace, please hold them only in the most urgent cases and by prior arrangement with the other party.
    • Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 must inform head of group, laboratory or their superior about this fact without unnecessary delay in order for the latter to be able to organize in cooperation with a university GP and the relevant hygiene station an epidemiological investigation or take other prevention measures to mitigate the impacts of this situation on the operation of the university.

       


      Documents

      Updated: 17.1.2022 18:18, Author: Jan Kříž

      CodeASCDESC NameASCDESC Valid fromASCDESC ExpirationASCDESC
      B/O/963/06/2021 (EN)Laboratory instruction and examinations for all years of study in connection with the Covid-19 pandemics31.05.2021
      B/O/963/5/2021 (EN)Laboratory instruction and examinations for all years of study in connection with the Covid-19 pandemics24.05.202130.05.2021
      A/V/961/10/2021 (EN)Organization of the academic year 2021/202206.09.202111.09.2022
      B/O/963/03/2020 (EN)Documentation for Covid-19 contact tracing14.09.2020

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