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Latest update: 09-09-2021 11:30

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

THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022

On Friday 13 August, the outgoing government held a press conference announcing that social distancing measures (1.5-metre rule) in the higher education sector are to be scrapped effective 30 August. This means that all teaching activities will once again be allowed to take place on our campuses. There are, however, a number of conditions: face masks are required in hallways and a maximum group size of 75 people applies for classrooms.

Everything regarding the books you need, your class schedule as well as the start of your introduction week can be found at amsterdamuas.com/startoffstrong.

All teaching and research activities will once again be able to take place at our teaching locations. This means that the student and staff timetables will have been adjusted accordingly and that the normal attendance requirement will once again apply. Only in exceptional cases, such as quarantine, self-isolation when experiencing symptoms or in the case of international students who are not allowed to travel to due to travel restrictions, will degree programmes be able to explore additional options to ensure everyone is able to follow teaching activities.

We wish to take a prudent and responsible approach to the flexibility we have been given so that teaching can resume on our campuses without major restrictions. Although the education of our students is our No. 1 priority, everyone will be able to come to AUAS if required for work, whether for (face-to-face) meetings, trainings or social interactions. If you are unable to work from home entirely, you will continue to have the option of extending your working hours on campus. We kindly request that you travel during off-peak hours as much as possible to avoid any unnecessary crowding on public transport and at the building entrances.

Starting on 30 August, all teaching and research activities can once again take place at our teaching facilities without social distancing, however with due observance of a maximum capacity of 75 people per room.

Although we will be retaining online learning methods, teaching and interaction will primarily take place on campus. Each programme has striven to design a suitable blended learning approach - referring to an effective, well-thought-out mix of online learning environments, face-to-face teaching and practical training.

From 30 August on, face masks will be mandatory when moving around in the hallways and elevators. We will also create designated walking routes to help minimise crowding in certain areas. We strongly recommend that you follow the relevant instructions and guidelines.

The Covid-19 hygiene rules will likewise remain in force throughout the new academic year. Similarly, staff must self-isolate if experiencing symptoms and are advised to take self-tests regularly.

No, you don't have to show a vaccination certificate or negative test result to be permitted to use AUAS facilities.

A walk-in vaccination site will be set up primarily for international students, in collaboration with the Municipal Health Service (GGD). This site will be located on the Roeterseiland campus of the University of Amsterdam, close to the AUAS’s Amstel Campus. Naturally, any Dutch students or staff members at AUAS are more than welcome to drop in if they have not yet been vaccinated.

The vaccination site is open from 6 – 10 September, from the hours of 13:00 until 18:30 and is located at Roeterseiland (UvA) in between Crea and Building J/K (see the map).

Students: please contact your academic advisor.

Employees: get in touch with your manager.

Visit the RIVM website to find out if you can go to campus for the exam. If you determine that you can’t come after reviewing that information, you should contact the student counsellor to report this and explain that you cannot take the exam. This is a personal circumstance and the same rules apply concerning illness. You can resit the exam if this is the first time you’ve missed it. If it concerns missing a resit, you can submit a request for another chance to the examinations board. The student counsellor can help you to find an appropriate solution.

In that case, the 'normal' resit options apply. A maximum of one resit is organised for each exam.

SELF-TESTS

Starting on 5 May at 10:00 a.m. the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is offering 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, however the guidance for students and staff is to be tested twice a week. The self-tests will be made available through SURF.

Please refer to the RIVM website for more information on self-tests.

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

We wish to take a prudent and responsible approach to the flexibility we have been given so that teaching can resume on our campuses without major restrictions. Although the education of our students is our No. 1 priority, everyone will be able to come to AUAS if required for work, whether for (face-to-face) meetings, trainings or social interactions. If you are unable to work from home entirely, you will continue to have the option of extending your working hours on campus. We kindly request that you travel during off-peak hours as much as possible to avoid any unnecessary crowding on public transport and at the building entrances.

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

On Friday 13 August, the outgoing government held a press conference announcing that social distancing measures (1.5-metre rule) in higher education settings are to be scrapped as of 30 August. This means that all teaching activities will once again be allowed to take place on the campuses. There are, however, a number of conditions: the wearing of face masks will be required in hallways and a maximum group size of 75 people will apply for classrooms.

From 30 August on, all study activities will once again be allowed to take place on the campuses. There are, however, a number of conditions: the wearing of face masks will be required in hallways and a maximum group size of 75 people will apply for classrooms.

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.

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 air ventilation in AUAS buildings has once again been carefully assessed based on the latest insights of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The RIVM states that current building regulations are sufficient to minimise the aerosol spread of the COVID-19 virus. The installations at the AUAS meet these requirements.

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 at AUAS are permitted, although some restrictions do apply. See the AZ list, under Event coordination, for the latest information.

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.

Published by  Communication 9 September 2021