Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

FAQ coronavirus

Latest update: 20-04-2021 20:00

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 IN THE NETHERLANDS

  • Current information and Q&As from concerning the novel coronavirus in the Netherlands are available on the RIVM website
  • The government of the Netherlands is taking various measures to control COVID-19. Find out more on this website
  • Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, provides an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on international education

STUDYING

During this academic year AUAS is aiming for on-campus education and meetings whenever possible. The capacity in our buildings is very limited however due to the corona measures, so most instruction will continue online. You can find all the relevant information at amsterdamuas.com/remotelearning .

Do you have questions about your classes, tests, internship or graduation? Please contact your programme or lecturer. See more information here.

Don’t have a suitable study spot at home? Then you can study on campus. You do however need to reserve a spot before you come. Please see this page.

This page contains the relevant information on Brightspace and more.

SELF-TESTS

Starting 5 may 10.00 a.m. the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science offers students and lecturers free coronavirus self-tests via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. These tests give you, and others, peace of mind knowing that you are not infected with the Covid-19 virus. Testing is not compulsory. The self-tests will be made available through SURF. More information will be available in the coming weeks about how this works exactly. You can also refer to the frequently asked questions on the Dutch government’s website. Please note that the FAQ is currently in Dutch and will be available in English from Thursday, 22 April.

The self-tests are easy to administer, as they do not require deep insertion in the nose. The instructions for administering the test are included in an instruction manual, which comes with each test. In order to help ensure that the self-tests are conducted carefully and correctly, the Dutch government is developing national instruction material on how to use them. This material will be available in both Dutch and English.

More information regarding self-testing on the website of the RIVM.

Self-tests are being used preventively for both students and staff in higher education institutions. This means that these are tests that can be taken comfortably at home as a precautionary measure. It is advisable to take a self-test before participating in on-campus education.

If you already have coronavirus-related symptoms you should not take a self-test in this case. If you have symptoms or if you find out that you have been in close contact with someone who is infected then you should always get tested at a Municipal Health Service (GGD) testing facility.

WORKING

Starting on 28 April the AUAS is open, with restrictions, for students and employees.

A timetable has been prepared per programme to ensure that students can once again come to the campus for a number of hours during the week. The exact amount of time that can be scheduled on campus differs per programme because the options for organising this within the 1.5 metre distancing rule also differs per building. Students will be informed by their degree programme about the date and time that they will be welcome on campus again. The options for employees to return to the office for a few hours will also be reviewed per department.

These new opportunities are in addition to the existing exemptions that are already being made, such as taking exams and tests on campus, providing support for vulnerable students and attending practical education.

Please see this site for information on working safely on AUAS campuses.

Yes. A special site focuses on this. This is the place to find information that will help you to work and collaborate with others from home, how to take care of yourself physically and mentally, digital security and regulations concerning illness, absence and leave. Visit the site for more information.

Please discuss this with your supervisor so you can figure out a solution. Visit mijnhva.nl/thuiswerken/en for more information about working from home.

Employees can order the items they need for a healthy home work space on loan from the AUAS. Your manager can help you with this.

During this exceptional time it is important to discuss and address your personal situation with your manager. Your workload can be reviewed: can the work be distributed differently or can a colleague take on some of your work? If that is not possible, other solutions can be considered. It may also be possible to take different forms of leave. Please also see the page Illness, Absence and Leave on the website Thuiswerken (Working from Home).

Yes. Working from home does not affect your employment status, even if you have to be quarantined.

BUILDINGS

During this academic year AUAS is aiming for on-campus education and meetings whenever possible. The capacity in our buildings is very limited however due to the 1.5-metre distancing rules, so most education will continue online. For information about our opening hours please see this page.

Starting on 28 April the AUAS is open, with restrictions, for students and employees. Students will be informed by their degree programme about the date and time that they will be welcome on campus again.

Are you going to one of the campuses? Find out how we are studying together safely here.

The Dutch government made face masks mandatory effective 1 December to help prevent the the coronavirus from spreading. Everyone who is moving through the buildings is required to wear a face mask. The mask can be removed during class, if everyone has a fixed seat or place to stand. Need to move to another spot? Then you have to put your face mask on, even if you’re moving around in the same space.

Don’t have a suitable study spot at home? Then you can study on campus. You do however need to reserve a spot before you come.

The campus buildings are open to employees in special circumstances, starting on 28 April. The details concerning this are determined by each department. You should only come to the AUAS after discussing it with your supervisor and in cases where your schedule requires you to. Please see this site for information on working safely on AUAS campuses.

In order to create an environment where we can study and work together safely, we ask you to stick to the following agreements:

  • Only come to the AUAS after discussing it with your manager or if your timetable requires you to. Are you a lecturer? Please ask your students to leave the building at the end of class if they don't have other classes on campus. This way education can carry on within the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) guidelines.
  • It’s mandatory by law to wear a mask when moving around in buildings (corridors, stairs, lifts).
  • Always bring your Staff ID Card so you can check in and out. This way we'll always know how many people are in the buildings and we can make sure we're working together safely.
  • Commute by walking or riding your bike or scooter, if possible. This will help reduce public transport overcrowding.
  • Follow the instructions and route signs. Fewer than 6 floors? Please take the stairs.
  • Help keep the buildings clean. Leave your work/teaching space clean and tidy when you're finished. Cleaning supplies will be provided.

And of course, the RIVM guidelines still apply:

Stay home if you (or those you live with) have cold symptoms.

Keep a distance of 1.5 metres.

Wash your hands regularly with soap.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow.

Yes. Students can contact their student counsellor; employees can contact their manager.

The AUAS adheres to the RIVM guidelines when it comes to ventilation and installation maintenance. Employees can access information here.

Students can read more about ventilation here.

FACILITIES

Visit the library’s site for all relevant information: amsterdamuas.com/library.

Information on food, drinks and catering is available here.

Relevant information on using lockers is available here.

Information about parking your bicycle is available here.

EVENTS

Events are allowed, provided they:

  • are closely related to education and research;
  • fit within the limited capacity and applicable restrictions;
  • are arranged in consultation with the parties involved (particularly building management).

In order to ensure that traffic can flow through our entrances, elevators and stairwells, and to use the available space for education, research and employees, other events are not possible until further notice.

FINANCIAL MATTERS/PROBLEMS (STUDENTS)

If you are currently experiencing financial problems and are a recipient of a student grant from the Dutch government, we recommend that you look at the possibilities offered by DUO during the corona crisis (information is in Dutch only). Some information in English is available here .

If you are having problems paying your tuition fees, please contact the service desk of the AUAS Administrative Centre: Servicedesk AC: 020 595 1404 or servicedesk-ac@hva.nl. Please contact your student counsellor regarding any other financial problems.

FINANCIAL MATTERS/PROBLEMS (EMPLOYEES)

First check in DSPE to see whether you can use existing arrangements at the AUAS. Don't qualify for this? If you have an employment contract with the AUAS (and are not employed through a temporary employment agency, secondment, payrolling or as a freelancer, you may be eligible for reimbursement from the emergency fund for employees. Please contact your manager to discuss your options.

Send an email to servicedesk-ac@hva.nl stating 'trip cancellation' and note the claim number. The AUAS will deduct the amount you received back from the travel organisation or cancellation insurance from your next salary. You therefore do not have to transfer the amount to the AUAS or submit a refund claim.

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE AND TRAVEL

Semester 2 2020/2021

The AUAS has taken decisions concerning the international mobility of students and employees in the second semester of the academic year 2020-2021. These decisions pertain to three types of international mobility: degree-seeking students, exchanges and internships/work placements. Please see this page for the details.

Semester 1 2021/2022


International mobility is possible for incoming and outgoing students as well as employees under certain conditions in the first semester of the 2021/2022 academic year. Please see this announcement.

Please visit the website of the governmen t for information concerning the mandatory negative test declaration and related requirements.

RAPID TESTING TRIAL

• An e-mail has been sent to invite students to come to the rapid testing centre. There is also a link so that they can reserve a time slot for a rapid test
• When the student arrives, step 1 is to report and show proof of identity; step 2 is to undergo the test
o The student is sent an email and text message with the test result within a maximum of 30 minutes
o If it is positive, the result is shared with the GGD. If necessary, the GGD and the student will take further steps, such as contact tracing
• Students are not obliged to show a test result when entering the practical lab, because the test is not mandatory. The results of the test are not shared with the university.
Other requirements, such as maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres from other people, and wearing a face mask, still apply.

In partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the ROC of Amsterdam-Flevoland and Hotelschool The Hague (Amsterdam Campus) will be conducting a trial with rapid testing. The aim of the trial is to look at how rapid testing can help make more in-person education possible in the long term.

Due to the current restrictions, not enough space is available on campus, which means that not many activities can take place. This limitation is particularly affecting activities that can only take place on campus, such as practicals. AUAS is voluntarily introducing rapid testing to see whether more space can be made available for the activities that are permitted on campus, with or without any easing of the current restrictions.

Academic research is also underway, carried out by a partnership between VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the ROC of Amsterdam-Flevoland and Hotelschool The Hague (Amsterdam Campus). This research is looking at which factors play a role in the willingness of students and lecturers to get tested, what the advantages and disadvantages of rapid testing are, and what effect testing has on students’ perceptions of safety.

Another aspect being studied is whether epidemiological research can also be linked to the pilot. That research would, for example, look at the risks of a negative test result in combination with compliance with other measures in relation to coronavirus and how epidemiological research can contribute to relaxing the existing social distancing requirements.

It is for employees and students who are already allowed to be on campus for location-specific education. We will initially look at the options for practical teaching, but the expectation is that we will also look at how the tests can be deployed more widely at a later stage. We will begin with practical teaching, because no exams are currently being taken on campus. By starting from the status quo, we can better investigate whether rapid testing can help expand educational capacity on the campus in the longer term. We can also evaluate people’s willingness to undergo a coronavirus test voluntarily. In addition, several pilots are being carried out nationally with each region adopting its own angle. In the Amsterdam region, the emphasis is on the use of rapid testing around practical teaching.

These requirements, such as maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres from other people and wearing a face mask, continue to apply. Everybody therefore needs to respect these rules in the relevant teaching area.

Capacity on the campus will remain limited for as long as the social distancing rules apply. Those rules mean we can accommodate far fewer students and employees than normal on campus.

In the short term, the pilot will not lead to any expansion of teaching and research capacity on the campus. However, we hope that the trial will generate insights that can contribute to this in the longer term. This is also the main idea behind this trial: to discover how the sector can scale up its activities in a responsible manner.

The option for rapid testing on the AUAS-campuses will initially be available for students and employees who have to attend practicals on campus. Students and employees who may participate in the trial will be informed of this and can only come to the testing centre if they have no symptoms. If you have symptoms, you must not get tested at the university; you should contact the GGD instead.

The rapid test used is Abbott's validated antigen rapid test provided by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

No, you are not required to take a rapid test and you are not required to show a statement of a negative test result in order to participate in the practical. It is completely voluntary. Students and employees who are invited to take a test but do not wish to do so can still take part in practical teaching at the university. After all, students and staff are asked to stay at home if they have symptoms.

You will receive the result of the rapid test within approximately thirty minutes. If the result is positive, this will be reported to the GGD where the student or employee is resident, and the instructions of the GGD must then be followed strictly. The main requirement is to self-isolate at home. See the GGD website for the most up-to-date information. Contact tracing is also carried out by the GGD.

If the GGD has any doubts about the accuracy of the test, the individual concerned will be invited for another test at a GGD testing centre. Self-isolation is required while awaiting the result of this test. The Healthcare and Youth Inspectorate (IGJ) also supervises the testing and the testing process.

No. Only students and employees who are invited for the trial can get tested at the rapid testing centre. And in any case, people who have symptoms should not be coming to the campus.

No. You are only allowed to come to campus if you have no symptoms. That means we can only test people without symptoms on campus. People with symptoms should contact the GGD for a coronavirus test, as normal.

The testing centre is staffed by a professional organization. They comply with the GDPR and local laws and regulations in the Netherlands. They also manage the relevant data. No personal data or individual test results are shared with the university. The Healthcare and Youth Inspectorate (IGJ) also supervises the testing and the testing process.

Students and staff who are invited for the rapid test are only taking part in education on campus because no online alternatives are available for these educational activities. In addition, at AUAS, we ask our students and employees to use alternative means of transport wherever possible, such as coming by foot, bicycle or car. If you do use public transport, you must wear a face mask, keep your distance from other passengers and wash your hands before and after.

A negative test result is valid for 48 hours. This period of validity has been chosen by the university and starts as soon as the test is administered.

It is difficult to predict how willing students will be to take part. The trial will possibly give us a better picture of this. At the moment we hope to carry out 200 tests per day.

The trial will run until July

Students participating in the pilot project for rapid coronavirus testing are requested to continue doing so. This trial is part of an important investigation into how we might be able to meet each other in the future without the Covid-19 measures, after taking a rapid test.

Published by  Communication 4 May 2021