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Coronavirus COVID-19 Infection Prevention – Latest Information

Tomas Bata University in Zlín is closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of the COVID-19 disease. TBU regularly discusses the current situation with relevant authorities and follows the recommendations.

EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES

Physical presence of persons in TBU premises is allowed only upon fulfilment of the following conditions:

  • The person is free of acute health problems indicating a viral infectious disease (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath, sudden loss of taste and sense of smell, etc.) and in the event that he/she has undergone a test for COVID-19, the test has proved negative.
  • The person has respiratory protective equipment (face mask, scarf, headscarf, respirator, mouthpiece), which he/she wears in all TBU premises.
  • At the entrance to a TBU building, the person sanitizes his/her hands.
  • The person is not in quarantine at the given time.

Classes scheduled to be attended in person may only be held with a maximum of 99 persons enrolled for and present at the timetable event (usually lectures).

The Dean of the Faculty/Head of the component part is entitled to reduce the maximum number of persons allowed to attend the timetable event, and he/she can also divide the timetable event with more enrolled persons into separate timetable events scheduled to be attended in person.

If the timetable event is held in the form of distance learning – online classes using Microsoft Teams, Rector’s Decree No. RR/26/2020 shall be observed, and the Dean of the Faculty/Head of the component part is obliged to send a list of these degree programmes and course units with a brief reasoning to the Vice-Rector for Pedagogical Activities. Afterwards, the information will be sent cumulatively to the National Accreditation Bureau on behalf of the entire TBU.

In order to ensure a safe and healthy working and learning environment for staff and for students, an obligation to register persons attending timetable events which are scheduled to be attended in person has been imposed, and that in the form of an attendance list. Attendance lists shall be filed in the Offices of Assistants to relevant constituent parts (departments/cabinets/studios) that provide the classes.

Current hygiene measures imposed at TBU in Zlín

TBU STUDENTS

A TBU student who has been quarantined or who develops acute symptoms of a viral infectious disease, is obliged to report this fact to the Student Affairs Office of the relevant Faculty, whose staff shall inform relevant teachers and the contact person at the given TBU component part. The contact person shall report this information to the Head of TBU Crisis Management Team, Vice-Rector for Internal and External Relations (prorektor-vztahy@utb.cz), without delay.

A TBU student who provides evidence (in the form of a medical certificate issued by a physician) of the fact that he/she falls into a vulnerable group or that he/she has been quarantined or put into isolation will be allowed not to attend classes scheduled to be attended in person.

A TBU student who falls within the category of persons specified in the two preceding paragraphs will be provided with study-related materials and other forms of support upon request in order to ensure a smooth process of studies, including, for example, on-line tutorials, on-line streaming of lectures or practical classes, recorded lectures, alternative dates for laboratory practical classes, etc., according to options and requirements of the given course unit.

TBU EMPLOYEES AND TBU EXTERNAL EMPLOYEES

The obligation to wear respiratory protective equipment does not apply to:

  • teachers during classes provided that they keep a distance of at least 2 metres between each other,
  • employees sharing a common office (space) provided that they keep a distance of at least 2 metres between each other and that regular ventilation is ensured.

A TBU employee or a TBU external employee who has been quarantined or who develops acute symptoms of a viral infectious disease, is obliged to report this fact to his/her superior who shall inform the contact person at the given TBU component part. The contact person shall report this information to the Head of TBU Crisis Management Team, Vice-Rector for Internal and External Relations (prorektor-vztahy@utb.cz), without delay.

Persons aged 60 and over as well as persons suffering from chronic illnesses or an immune deficiency (confirmed by a medical certificate issued by a physician) may ask their superior (Rector/Bursar/Dean/Director/Head of the relevant component part) for an adjustment of work in order to minimize the risk of transmission of the disease.

MOBILITY PERIODS

TBU students are permitted to participate in mobility periods abroad on condition that the outgoing TBU students comply with all measures currently in force which have been imposed by the competent public sector administration authorities in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Arrivals of international students to TBU are permitted on condition that the incoming students comply with all measures currently in force which have been imposed by the competent public sector administration authorities in the Czech Republic.

International business travels of TBU employees and TBU external employees are permitted to countries which are classified as countries with a low risk (coloured in green) of transmission of the COVID-19 infection as of the scheduled departure date in accordance with the current list issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

Arrivals of guests are permitted from countries that are classified as countries with a low risk (coloured in green) of transmission of the COVID-19 infection as of the scheduled arrival date in accordance with the current list issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

List of countries according to the infection risk (external link – Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic)

List of countries according to the level of risk Updated 14 September 2020

HALLS OF RESIDENCE AND REFECTORY

A TBU student/employee accommodated in the Halls of Residence of TBU in Zlín or in the MSI Accommodation Facility who has a positive COVID-19 test result is obliged to inform the Halls of Residence and Refectory in Zlín about this fact – Head of Accommodation Services (tel.: 576 036 118, 602 777 275, email: koleje-u7@utb.cz) and the accommodation officer in U12 (tel.: 576 038 002, 602 777 273, email: koleje-u12@utb.cz). For detailed information please see the Card of Instructions to Be Followed When Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms and Organization of Catering Services in Isolation in Building U3 – https://kmz.utb.cz/en/documents/.

Employees of TBU are recommended to order a delivery of packed meals according to the instructions given by the Director of the Halls of Residence and Refectory (https://kmz.utb.cz/aktuality-akce/objednavkovy-system/).

Latest information on the COVID-19

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

General recommendations

The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has issued the following basic guidelines, which are almost identical with those set by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are obviously sick.
  • Use a disinfectant if you come into contact with people who suffer from acute respiratory infections.
  • Avoid crowded areas.
  • Individuals suffering from respiratory illnesses should observe the rules of respiratory hygiene – i.e. when coughing and sneezing, properly use (ideally single-purpose) tissues, when coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth with your arm or with your sleeve, not just with your hand (the droplet infection may spread to another person).
  • Health professionals should protect themselves particularly well as they come into contact with patients most frequently.

Source: WHO, Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, ČT24, Charles University

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