Coronavirus: links to official information sources and binding instructions
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Measure of the Task Force (“TF”) of the Faculty of Science, Charles University, of 15 March 2021: Mode of the Faculty’s operation in a state of emergency with effect from 17 March 2021
(posted on website 16 March, 10:58)
In accordance with the Measure of the Rector of Charles University No. 8/2021, Rector’s Measure No. 9/2021, the currently applicable government regulations and the Measure of the TF FSc CU dated 9 March 2021, and considering the opportunities for self-testing, the Faculty workplaces shall operate as follows.
The Task Force of FSc is extending the possibility of access to the Faculty to employees and students with employment contracts (primarily doctoral students and exceptionally master students) beyond the scope of instructions dated 9 March 2021 as follows.
Access to the Faculty is allowed to the employees and persons under employment contracts, agreements to complete a job and agreements to perform work who cannot interrupt their experimental or laboratory activities or who have teaching duties and whose authorisation to enter was approved a Section Vice-Dean or Secretary as well as by the Dean. Lists of persons authorised to enter the premises will be available at the reception desks (or elsewhere under the Section Vice-Deans’ instructions) with effect from 17 March 2021. Upon arriving at the workplace, everyone shall produce a valid negative covid test result or a solemn declaration.
Since the Faculty is obligated to only allow those who have been duly tested to work on its premises, the range of eligible tests is extended to include antigen self-tests for those workplaces that intend to use them. In this case, each Department/Institute shall dedicate a place where an authorised person will verify self-tests under the manufacturer’s instructions and record the results. The self-tests shall be provided and paid from the workplaces’ budgets. The main entrances to buildings shall not be locked; side entrances shall remain locked or blocked as per decision of the Section Vice-Deans/Secretary.
The use of self-tests can be reported to the health insurance company once every month for each organisational unit (typically each unit with its own payroll office = faculty), the maximum payment being CZK 240 per employee (one test every week). The option of taking an antigen test centrally in Studničkova street for the employees is still available. By the same token, all the requirements and conditions for entering Faculty buildings remain in force: entry is subject to a negative result of antigen/PCR test not older than seven days, the expiry of 14 days from the second dose of an anti-covid vaccine, or staying within 90 days from having suffered from covid-19 as confirmed e.g. by a solemn declaration. The requisite protective aids shall be provided by the individual workplaces.
Current information on employee testing and entry to CU premises
(posted on the website on 15 March 2021, 9:42)
Based on the Czech government’s Emergency Measure, starting on 17 March 2021 employees shall not be admitted to workplaces without confirmation that they have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. For this reason, Charles University is initiating the large-scale testing of its employees. Employees who are required to be present at workplaces in person shall be able to take a test once every seven days at the University’s testing stations.
On Monday, 15th March the antigen testing centre at Albertov will be open to Charles University employees only It will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No prior reservation will be required for testing on Monday. Those requesting a test must present a valid employment contract or employee ID card on the spot. Starting on Monday, 15th March, two mobile testing teams, who will regularly visit CU workplaces, will also be in operation. Further information on testing by the mobile team is available to employees from their faculty or unit. Negative tests are valid for 7 days for the purposes of entry to workplaces.
An exemption has been granted to those who have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days or those who have been vaccinated against the disease. Either of these two reasons can be demonstrated by filling in a statutory declaration.
A reservation system for CU employee testing at the centre in Albertov will also be open from 12 noon on Monday, 15th March. Link to reservation system: (https://testovani.cuni.cz).
Every employee shall receive confirmation of their test result, which shall be valid for 7 days for the purpose of entry to workplaces. We kindly request that employees comply with the principles of 3R while waiting to be tested and to receive their result.
Contact for urgent queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Measure of the Task Force (“TF”) of the Faculty of Science, Charles University, of 9 March 2021
Further to the Rector’s Measure No. 8/2021, Special Measure for Work Organisation, effective from 10 March 2021, and Rector’s Measure No. 9/2021, Special Measure for Entry to Workplaces in Charles University Facilities effective from 17 March 2021, and the currently applicable government regulations, in particular Special Measure of the Ministry of Health Ref. MZDR 9364/2021-1/MIN/KAN dated 5 March 2021 on the testing of public administration employees, the Task Force (“TF”) of the Faculty of Science, Charles University, has decided to implement the following rules for the restricted functioning of the Faculty.
In accordance with the Rector’s Measures, all employees are ordered to work from home with effect from 10 March 2021 until further notice. Access to FSc CU buildings will be allowed only in exceptional cases in relation to fulfilling important tasks that are urgent or that cannot be fulfilled in a distance form.
With effect from 17 March 2021, entry to buildings will only be allowed to employees who are indispensable for the operation of workplaces. A list of such employees shall be prepared by the Section Vice-Deans and the Secretary of the Faculty approved by the Dean. The approved list shall be provided to the reception desks of the buildings. Upon entering FSc CU buildings, the nominated employees will have to produce either
- a solemn declaration (those who have already been through the covid-19 disease shall demonstrate that they were recognised as capable of work following covid less than 90 days ago, or that more than 14 days have elapsed since their second dose of vaccine – see the attachments), or
- a negative result of an antigen test not older than seven days (alternatively, a PCR test that is not older than seven days).
Antigen tests may be taken upon producing an employee ID card at the site in Studničkova Street (Prague 2) close to the Chemistry building, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning on Wednesday 10 March 2021. The booking system will not be operational this week; it should be available during the following week from 15 March 2021 on. (A positive result of the antigen test means the obligation to contact your GP and book a PCR test.) A valid antigen test may be provided by any other testing point. Employees shall submit a copy of the proof of a negative antigen/PCR test result to the respective reception desk. (The Dean is obligated to ensure that such documents are archived.) The electronic proof of a valid test, if any, shall be registered at the reception desk along with the date of its validity. The heads of workplaces shall ensure that the employees who report to them and who were present in the buildings during the term of Rector’s Measure No. 9/2021 keep the original documents required for entering FSc CU facilities.
Entry to Faculty buildings – During the period when employees are ordered to work from home, all secondary entrances to the buildings will be locked, as will the main entrances. Entry to buildings using the main entrances will be possible using cards or chips. In the event of work inside buildings that cannot be cancelled, the obligation to produce negative test results applies to all employees of external companies.
Instruction – All instruction, examination and consultations shall take place exclusively in the distance mode. Presence examination is cancelled. Teachers are required to change the form of examination in the SIS. Entering the dates for presence examination will only be allowed after the abolition of the anti-epidemic measures and during the summer examination period (until 24 September 2021).
Dissertation examination and defending dissertation theses may only take place in a distance form. If the examination or defence cannot be made in a distance form, the chair of the panel shall propose a later date for the examination/defence.
Students employed by the Faculty under an agreement, who are not listed in the list of employees whose presence in buildings is necessary, are not allowed to enter the buildings.
These measures apply until further notice. For the time being, the Rector has extended the emergency situation at Charles University with the approval of the Academic Senate of Charles University until 30 April 2021.
The Task Force (“TF”) of the Faculty of Science of Charles University (FSc CU) agreed on the following binding instructions for the operation of FSc CU during the period of tightened government measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus at its meeting on 1 March 2021:
(posted on the website on 1 March 2021, 10:10)
- Instruction will continue exclusively in the distance mode. At this point, distance examination and consultations are strongly preferred; the presence form is only possible in genuinely exceptional cases.
- Heads of Departments and Directors of Institutes shall ensure the absolutely inevitable operation of their workplaces; everybody else will work from their homes. The point is to reduce the risk of virus spread while commuting to and from work on public transport and during contact in workplaces, and to minimise the movements of people. Contemporary presence of multiple persons in one room is not desirable. Business trips are not permitted. Work in the field will be permitted by the respective Vice-Dean in utterly exceptional cases.
- The Faculty’s cash office will be in operation every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am to 2 pm.
- The Faculty’s mail room will be in operation every business day from 8 am to 2 pm; the reception guards will receive mail afterwards.
- Faculty mail will be distributed once every day from Monday to Friday.
- The individual sections of the Dean’s Office will be staffed with the minimum numbers of officials to ensure the required minimum level of operation. The minimum level of operation of the individual sections will be provided by the absolutely necessary number of workers (1 to 4 maximum).
- Employees and students present in workplaces for inevitable reasons must be equipped with face masks. Heads of the workplaces shall procure face masks in accordance with Vice-Deans’ instructions. In the event of issues with sourcing material, it is currently possible to approach OSBI.
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution on 15 February 2021:
(posted on the website on 16 February 2021, 9:45)
Further to the development of the epidemic situation and with regard to the expected spread of more virulent mutations of the coronavirus and to the current Government measures (in effect from 15 February 2021 to 28 February 2021), the Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolutions and measures in a correspondence meeting on 15 February 2021:
- Personal presence of students during instruction is prohibited;
- Individual consultations are possible in the presence mode provided that only one student and only one academic worker are present;
- Presence examination may take place in the presence of not more than 10 persons (including the teacher); the teacher shall specify the information to the effect that an exam is to be taken in the presence mode in the SIS when entering the exam date (an essential requirement for the confirmation that the Department for Student Affairs issues to students when necessary);
- The exemptions for hands-on teaching and teaching practices in elementary and secondary schools for teacher programmes remain in force as previously;
- Presence admission testing is possible in the presence of not more than 10 persons including the teacher (applicable to DSP II admission tests),
- Gathering of large numbers of students on the Faculty premises is forbidden; at least the four rules (“4R”) are to be observed – face masks, distances, hand sanitising, reason;
- When organising instruction, it is recommended to proceed in accordance with the document Hybridní jaro / Hybrid spring.
- The examination period during the 2020/2021 winter semester was extended until 28 February 2021; it is recommended to teachers to schedule credit/exam dates for winter semester subjects in the summer semester and the summer examination period (with the latest date for credit/exam being 24 September 2021) – in particular to cater to the students who were unable to take exams due to obstacles during the winter examination period (quarantine, sickness, problems with crossing the borders, etc.); students were asked to report such obstacles to teachers;
- information is to be published on the Faculty’s coronavirus web page) and based on the instructions published by the teachers for the individual subjects in the SIS,
- Physical education is detailed on the KTV website (PE instruction in 2020/2021 Summer Semester),
- The instruction provided by different Faculties is governed by the rules of such Faculties (teachers should specify the start of teaching for the subjects in the SIS).
Schedule during the 2020/2021 summer semester
From 4 Feb 2021 – rooms may also be booked by Department SIS coordinators/secretaries
- For each subject, in particular extensive subjects or for large groups, the schedule cards must specify the initial week of instruction – 1st or 3rd;
- Secretaries may schedule credit/exams for the remaining vacant dates;
From 15 Feb 2021 – rooms may also be booked by teachers;
From 5 Feb 2021 (18:00) students register in schedule cards of subjects
8 Feb 2021 – 24 Feb 2021 – students register and/or deregister for subjects (the numbers of students in various subjects will not be final until after the latter date)
15 Feb 2021 – start of instruction in subjects taught by the Biology, Geography and Geology Sections and the Institute for Environmental Studies
15 Feb 2021 – 21 Feb 2021 – for all subjects taught during the summer semester (regardless of the date of starting instruction), teachers shall specify current information on the instruction in the subject during the summer semester/summer examination period in the SIS (the form and schedule/start of instruction of the subject; mandatory attributes: annotation, syllabus, requirements for completing the studies, study material, etc.)
15 Feb 2021 – 28 Feb 2021 – winter examination period
- presence examination in the classrooms where instruction is scheduled during the period from 15 Feb 2021 to 26 Feb 2021 is only possible if the examiner agrees with the respective teacher who will not use the classroom; Chemistry Section classrooms are to be reserved by the Section’s staff member in charge of schedules until 15 Feb 2021, and teachers may also do so from 15 Feb 2021 on (schedule cards will list instruction from 15 Feb 2021)
1 Mar 2021 – start of instruction of the subjects covered by the Chemistry Section
31 Mar 2021 – date of verification of the observance of students’ obligations in bachelor programmes who registered for studies in the academic year 2020/2021 (min. 12 credits; the teachers should register students’ exam results on this day at the latest);
10 May 2021 – 16 May 2021 – credit week for subjects provided by the Biology, Geography and Geology Sections and the Institute for Environmental Studies
24 May 2021 – 30 May 2021 – credit week for subjects provided by the Chemistry Section
17 May 2021 – 23 May 2021 – the week can be used for block instruction, field exercises, trips, etc. (if the situation permits instruction)
24 May 2021 – 24 Sep 2021 – summer examination period
- exams can be scheduled for any dates, including preliminary dates subject to an arrangement with students;
- exams may be also scheduled for subjects taught in the 2020/2021 winter semester;
23 May 2021 – publication of exam dates in accordance with the Rules for the Organisation of Studies at FSC CU (the dates must cover the subject capacity and should cover the examination period evenly)
24 Sep 2021 – last day for the registration of exam results in the SIS
- Graduation ceremonies will not take place at least until 31 March 2021; information on the graduation ceremonies is updated on an ongoing basis here and the dates will be sent to the graduates immediately after the ceremony date is confirmed by the Rectorate of CU;
- The Faculty’s graduates can collect their diplomas from the Department of Student Affairs and they will be informed about the actual date of the ceremony at a later stage.
(posted on website on 29 January 2021, 12:50)
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution on 11 January 2021:
(posted on the website on 12 January 2021, 09:45)
Further to the development of the epidemic situation, notice of His Magnificence the Rector of 11 January 2021 and the current Government measures (in effect until 22 January 2021), the Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolutions and measures in a correspondence meeting on 11 January 2021:
Verification of observance of study obligations
- The examination period in the 2020/2021 winter semester was extended until 28 February 2021 by decision of the Rector;
- Presence examination may take place in the presence of not more than 10 persons including the teacher;
- Gathering of large numbers of students on the Faculty premises is forbidden (e.g., prior to examination to be taken separately due to epidemic measures); at least the ‘masks, distance, sanitisation’ rules are to be observed;
- Teachers’ programmes are subject to an exception for hands-on teaching and practice as previously;
- Presence admission testing is possible in the presence of not more than 10 persons including the teacher (applicable to DSP II admission tests);
- Individual consultations are possible in the presence mode provided that only one student and only one academic worker are present;
- The date for verification of the observance of requirements for the progression to the subsequent stage of studies for Bachelor programme students registered in year 1 of the studies in the academic year 2020/2021 shall be discussed by the Academic Senate of the Faculty on 14 January 2021 and postponed until March 2021; this will not change for the other students (24 September 2021);
- The dates of state final exams and of the verification of requirements for SFE are not changing; the updated measure of the Dean (Change in the Schedule for the Academic Year 2020/2021) will define further dates during the summer month depending on the development of the epidemic situation.
Instruction during the summer semester
- The summer semester schedule will be prepared by 15 February 2021;
- The start of instruction in the summer semester is recommended for 1 March 2021; the period from 15 February to 28 February 2021 can be used for (a) the completion of block, hands-on and laboratory instruction for the winter semester; (b) completion of the winter semester examination; (c) completion of block, hands-on and lab instruction for the summer semester;
- The completion of scheduled instruction in the summer semester is planned for the original date or, subject to an arrangement with the programme guarantor, it may be postponed (this has to be discussed with the programme guarantor with regard to setting the state final exam dates and the dates for verification of observance of study duties prior to the SFE;
- Lectures and instruction involving high numbers of students should be preferably prepared in a distance form with regard to the epidemic situation;
- Smaller groups of students (seminars, etc.) will likely have to be taught in a hybrid manner during the semester – this requires following the options resulting from the epidemic situation and being prepared for the presence option of teaching, with a distance form as a ‘back-up’ solution.
- Graduation ceremonies are cancelled until 31 January 2021 and there is no guarantee if they can take place in February 2021 (the FSc’s booked dates are 1, 2 and 5 Feb 2021 for Bachelor graduations and 11 and 12 Feb 2021 for Master graduations);
- The information on the graduation ceremonies shall be published and distributed to the graduates immediately once the date is confirmed by the Charles University Rectorate;
- The Faculty’s graduates can collect their diplomas from the Department of Student Affairs and they will be informed about the actual date of the ceremony at a later stage.
Notice from the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Charles University, of 8 January 2021
(posted on the website on 8 January 2021, 16:35)
Further to the current resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic dated 7 January 2021, which lays down the operation of schools with effect from 11 January 2021 to 22 January 2021, I would like to inform you that our measures in effect are not changing.
In the event that any ‘relief’ is adopted in the period from 11 to 22 January 2021, it will be published here without undue delay.
Prof. Jiří Zima, Dean
Notice from the Dean of the Faculty of Science of Charles University of 30 December 2020
(Posted on the website on 3 January 2021, 12:15)
Further to the current resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic of 27 December 2020 and a change of the PES tier 4 to tier 5;
We are currently (from 4 January 2021 at least until 10 January 2021) returning to the mode of university operation in connection with PES tier 5:
- Personal presence of students during instruction (including hands-on instruction in all years of study and all stages of study), and personal presence of students in examination (credits) where more than 10 persons are taking the exam (credit) during one time slot, is forbidden.
- The only permitted reason for personal presence of students at the Faculty is taking an exam (credit) while observing all anti-epidemic measures. Urgent experiments as part of student projects (bachelor, diploma, or doctoral theses) may take only where the students are the employees of the Faculty. The presence of students at the workplace (the conclusion of the relevant contract with the Faculty) is subject to the prior approval by the head of the workplace (Department, Institute).
- Students shall upload their bachelor, diploma and other qualification papers, whose submission is required by programme guarantors between 4 and 10 January 2021, electronically via SIS. Students shall submit the printed versions of their papers at a later stage (further to the lifting of the government measures).
Any “relief” that may be promulgated before 4 January 2021 will be published here without any delay.
Prof. Jiří Zima, Dean
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution on 16 December 2020:
(posted on the website on 16 December 2020, 20:15)
In response to the notification of His Magnificence the Rector dated 15 December 2020 and a change in the PES rating from stage 3 to stage 4 from 21 to 23 December 2020, the Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolutions and measures in a correspondence meeting on 16 December 2020:
Personal presence of students in instruction and in examination is prohibited if more than 10 persons are participating in the examination at one time.
The prohibition of personal presence of students does not apply to:
a) Participation in clinical and practical instruction and in professional practice for students of general medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy and other healthcare programmes, and students who pursue their practical education and practice in teaching in preschools and/or educational facilities for institutional and protective education (teaching practices cannot be pursued in primary and secondary school during the period because such schools will have holidays),
b) Participation in clinical and practical instruction and practice with external entities,
c) Laboratory, experimental and art instruction in the final year of bachelor or master programmes in the presence of not more than 20 students (students of all years until 21 December),
d) Studies in doctoral programmes,
e) Individual consultations and individual visits to libraries for receiving or returning study literature.
The prohibition of personal presence of students at FSc CU furthermore does not apply to the students who started or participated in practical or laboratory instruction prior to 20 December 2020 with originally expected completion/satisfaction of study obligations on 21–22 December 2020.
The planned experimental or laboratory work at FSc CU must be completed under the observance of the relevant principal anti-epidemic measures (face masks, social distancing, hand sanitisation) and with the approval of the head of the workplace with a view to preventing loss of property due to the experiments ending prematurely or the preparatory work for hands-on exercises not being used, etc.
Credits and exams can now be organised in the distance form.
Credits and exams in online form can be organised under the methodological instruction for state final exams and state doctoral exams.
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution on 1 December 2020:
(posted on the website on 2nd December 2020, 10:36)
In response to the current measure of the Czech Government regarding the release of anti-epidemic measures, the Task Force of the Faculty of Sciences of Charles University adopted the following resolutions and measures in a correspondence meeting on 1 December 2020:
All instruction at FSc that is not subject to the exceptions applicable to laboratory and hands-on instruction shall continue in the distance (online) form in accordance with the Winter Semester 2020/2021 schedule.
With effect from Monday, 7 December 2020 (until 12 December 2020), the following is allowed:
- Personal presence of students in all years of study in laboratory and experimental instruction in bachelor and master programmes with a maximum of 20 students being present;
- Personal presence of first year students in instruction with a maximum number of 20 students per group (e.g., exercises or seminars that cannot be made online).
The following remains prohibited:
- Personal presence of students in other forms of instruction and in examination where more than 10 persons are involved at one time;
- Collective sports activities – the conditions for PE are detailed on the Department of Physical Education website.
The prohibition of personal presence of students does not apply to:
- Hands-on instruction and practices of students who pursue their practical education and practice in teaching in primary and secondary schools and with external entities (e.g., CAS Institutes);
- Laboratory and experimental instruction in bachelor and master programmes in the presence of a maximum of 20 students (see above);
- One-day field trips;
- Studying as part of doctoral programmes;
- Individual consultations and individual visits to libraries for the purpose of picking up or returning literature;
- First year students, provided that a maximum of 20 of them are present (see above).
Hands-on instruction can be provided subject to the satisfaction of the aforementioned requirements and provided that the teachers:
- Ensure the observance of all anti-epidemic measures (masks, distances, frequent ventilating in rooms, etc.);
- Notify the students about classes taking place at least three days in advance (regarding instruction on Monday, 7 December 2020, students must be informed through the SIS no later than Friday 4 December 2020);
- Schedule the instruction into parallel groups so that it is also accessible to students who are currently not staying in Prague or face restrictions due to demonstrable circumstances (illness, imposed quarantine, etc.);
- Schedule hands-on laboratory instruction and exercises with regard to the students’ obligations arising from their respective year schedules (it is imperative to prevent situations where students accumulate at the Faculty prior to or after a hands-on class because they do not have enough time to return to their dwelling in order to attend online lectures, etc.);
- Consider reducing the content of hands-on instruction to a substantial minimum (shortening the classes) and, as applicable, replacing hands-on classes by alternative assignments (however, it is necessary to keep in mind maintaining the profiles of the graduates in the respective programmes);
Schedule classes for the winter examination period and, in justified cases (having consulted the programme guarantor and the head of the workplace) for the summer semester; subject to the students’ consent, classes may take place on weekends as well.
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution on 23 November 2020:
(posted on the website on 24 November 2020, 11:22)
In response to the current measure of the Czech Government regarding the release of anti-epidemic measures, the Task Force of the Faculty of Sciences of Charles University adopted the following resolutions and measures in a correspondence meeting on 23 November 2020:
- With effect from Wednesday 25 November 2020, the students in all doctoral programmes may pursue their study obligations to the full extent depending on their ISP; their access to the faculty’s workplaces (namely as part of working on doctoral projects in team laboratories) is not restricted.
- Hands-on and laboratory instruction and exercises that require students’ presence at the Faculty (e.g., due to using unique and non-transferable software, etc.) will be possible at FSc CU from Monday 30 November 2020. However, this still applies only to the students in the final years of study, i.e., the third and higher years of bachelor programmes and the second and higher years of post-bachelor programmes. Unfortunately, the government ordinances do not permit any exceptions (the students in lower years of study will be taught later, as part of another tour/parallel class). It is therefore up to the decision of the subject’s guarantor (with a notification to the head of the workplace – see below) whether such teaching will be divided by year of study or held together (for all students) at a later date.
- Instruction will take place while observing all anti-epidemic measures (masks, social distancing, frequent ventilation in the rooms, etc.).
- During hands-on instruction, the maximum permissible number of persons in a room of an adequate size shall not exceed 20 (including the teachers); for smaller rooms, the number of persons must be reduced adequately.
- With effect from Monday, 30 November 2020, hands-on teaching can take place in the field; field trips are permitted; etc. This, however, applies to one-day hands-on teaching sessions that do not require student accommodation.
- Hands-on classes can be scheduled for weekends. Weekend instruction may only be provided for groups of students who agree to study during weekends by applying for weekend classes.
- Students must be informed about the scheduling of hands-on instruction after 30 November 2020 in advance – at least one week ahead. The teachers shall inform the students through the SIS. We recommend that teachers schedule at least two parallel groups, so that the students who do not live in Prague have an actual opportunity to satisfy the requirements of hands-on classes. When scheduling new parallel groups for hands-on classes, it is also necessary to consider the other study obligations of the students (primarily mandatory distance seminars and/or lectures for large numbers of students). If a student cannot take part in one parallel group, they should still have an opportunity to deliver on the hands-on obligation at a later date, e.g., during the examination period or in the spring.
- Hands-on classes may also be scheduled for the winter examination period and/or during the summer semester. Subject guarantors shall inform the students who are registered for the relevant subjects about any postponement of classes using the SIS.
- Teachers are obligated to inform both students and the heads of Departments/Institutes, who are in charge of the instruction provided by the principal workplaces, about their plans for rescheduling hands-on and laboratory classes for new dates (as early as beginning on 30 November 2020 or on postponed dates).
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution on 27 October 2020:
(posted on the website on 27 October 2020, 13:55)
Further to the discussion of the Dean’s Collegium of 26 October 2020 and the deteriorating epidemic situation, the Task Force of the Faculty of Sciences of Charles University adopted the following resolutions and measures in a correspondence meeting on 26 October 2020:
1) Prohibition of students’ presence on the premises of the Faculty
Since the personal presence of students in instructions is prohibited and individual consultations may only take place in a distance mode, the presence of students on the premises of the Faculty is prohibited (this also applies to students’ presence as part of individual work in the laboratories) until further notice.
The prohibition of students’ presence at the Faculty applies to all students except for those who have a contract with the Faculty under labour law (employment contract, agreement to complete a job, agreement to perform work, etc.). As regards their presence at the Faculty, students-employees shall observe the instructions of the head of their respective workplaces (Head of Department, Director of Institute).
We recommend working from home to the maximum extent possible and reducing students’ work activities on the premises of the Faculty to the absolutely necessary actions.
FSC CU students are prohibited from taking part in clinical and practical instruction, which continues e.g. at Schools of Medicine under a government exemption. Any problems that students may face in observing their study obligations as required for progressing to the subsequent stage of their studies will be addressed on an individual basis.
2) Students who have been ordered a work duty by the Government of the Czech Republic
The students who have been ordered a work duty shall observe the instructions of the Rectorate as well as of government and self-government authorities.
With regards to any official decisions about studies, the delivery of the ordered work duty will be assessed as an obstacle worth special consideration resulting from force majeure circumstances. Any problems that students may face in observing their study obligations as required for progressing to the subsequent stage of their studies will be addressed on an individual basis and to the students’ benefit.
3) Volunteering in the education sector
The Task Force recommends the students of programmes focused on the education sector to consider offering voluntary help to primary schools that provide presence teaching to the children of parents who are in charge of critical state infrastructure.
The guarantors of the post-bachelor programmes were invited to take any help that students may give in instruction described above into consideration when assessing the observance of their duties related to the “Teaching Practice” subject. A list of the schools that this invitation applies to was sent to teachers in charge of organising teaching practices for the individual teacher programmes.
4) Meetings of Faculty assemblies
The Faculty’s assemblies (scientific boards, subject-area boards, etc.) should work primarily in a correspondence or distance mode during the term of the extraordinary anti-epidemic measures. Where the situation requires, it is recommended to organise the meetings of Faculty assemblies in a hybrid form. The participants in procedures (e.g., associate professorship, nominations) may be offered an opportunity to speak in person at meetings once the anti-epidemic measures are lifted.
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution at its meeting on 9 October 2020:
(posted on the website on 9 October 2020, 16:10)
In response to the notification from His Magnificence the Rector of 9 October 2020 (12:30 pm) and to the increase in the number of both students and employees of the Faculty who have tested positive, the Task Force of the Faculty of Science of Charles University adopted the following resolutions and measures in a correspondence meeting on 9 October 2020:
The individual workplaces of the Faculty shall not interrupt their activity; the employees shall transform the majority of their activities into the distance learning mode and/or shift operation etc. depending on the instructions from the head of each workplace.
In order to cover instruction, studies and work assignments, both the employees and students of the Faculty shall preferably use means of remote communication.
Employees and students are recommended to reduce business trips, scholarships and research stays that they have not embarked on yet.
Individual forms of instruction, personal consultations, exercises and turnus practices are cancelled with effect until the end of October 2020. The schedule for practical instruction will be modified after the lifting of the government ordinances, and the instruction in all subjects and courses including physical education can take place during the winter examination period or the summer semester.
State doctoral exams and defences of dissertations shall take place as scheduled, only in hybrid form.
The office hours of the Student Registry are cancelled with effect until the end of October 2020. Students shall use e-mail or telephone for communication with the Student Registry instead of personal visits. Urgent visits to the Student Registry are possible subject to a prior arrangement with a Student Registry officer.
Documents delivered via electronic mail, sent from addresses including the Faculty/University domain name, shall replace originals temporarily. Students shall furnish the original copies of the documents for their respective files at a later date subject to the instructions of the Student Registry officers.
The office hours of the Erasmus office are cancelled with effect until the end of October 2020. Students shall use e-mail or telephone for communication with the Erasmus office instead of personal visits. Urgent visits to the Erasmus office are possible only subject to prior e-mail/telephone arrangement.
With regard to the dynamic development of the situation, we recommend that FSc CU students follow the current recommendations issued by the Rectorate of Charles University at https://cuni.cz/UK-6311.html?news=9843&locale=cz.
Notice from the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Jiří Zima regarding student access to laboratories and consultations
(Posted on the website on 8 October 2020, 11:40)
I would like to clarify the rules for our Faculty’s operation subject to observing the currently applicable restrictions due to the epidemic.
Students’ access to buildings is not restricted. Only instruction is restricted.
It is possible even under current circumstances to work in laboratories, including measurements for qualification papers, in the presence of not more than 15 persons including the teacher in the room. Individual consultations are not forbidden either.
In the event of occurrence of COVID-19 infection, follow the instructions provided earlier by the Task Force of the Faculty of Science (see more information below on this page).
Every single case of restricting functionality forced by COVID-19 must be immediately reported to the Vice-Dean of the respective Section and ensure that the students involved are informed by means of an update of the information about the instruction of the subject in the SIS.
I insist on thorough observance of all sanitary and epidemiological measures.
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution at its meeting on 1 October 2020:
(Posted on the website on 1 October 2020, 10:24)
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution and measures at its correspondence meeting on 1 October 2020:
1) Meetings of the Faculty’s Scientific Boards
The Task Force agrees with the issue of the Dean’s decree regarding the online meetings and voting of the Faculty’s Scientific Boards until 31 December 2020.
2) Organisation of instruction
Instruction commenced on 29 September 2020; lectures are being read online as scheduled.
The final deadline for the registration of students for subjects in the SIS, which was set at Sunday, 11 October 2020 by Dean’s Decree No. 14/2020, Schedule of the Academic Year 2020/2021, is not changing.
Teachers shall test the teaching environments for their subjects and inform the students that they will be used for their subjects in the SIS by Sunday, 11 October 2020 at the latest.
Subject guarantors and teachers shall publish the material to study along with the teachers’ instructions in the SIS by Sunday, 11 October 2020 at the latest.
Programme/specialisation guarantors shall inspect the mandatory attributes of the subjects in the SIS (in particular for mandatory and elective subjects in the curriculum) by Sunday, 18 October 2020 at the latest (annotation, syllabus, mandatory and recommended reading, etc.).
The Student Registry shall distribute the information to the programme guarantors, SIS coordinators and the SIS secretaries of the Departments/Institutes.
3) Updated information regarding the Google Meet video calls
Google has cancelled the limit of 60 minutes for the duration of Google Meet video calls for the users of GSuite for Education; the duration of video calls will not be limited with effect from 1 October 2020 and calls may take as long as 24 hours.
The restriction of the maximum number of subscribers connected at once to 100 remains in force. In effect, Google Meet can still be used for standard lectures and seminars with up to 100 participants.
The Vice-Dean for IT has distributed the information to the heads of sections.
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution at its meeting on 21 September 2020:
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution and measures at its meeting on 21 September 2020:
(addeed 22 September 12:45)
1) Completion of the academic year 2019/20
- The academic year shall be completed in accordance with the approved schedule.
- The dates approved for the verification of examinations and the registration of results in the SIS (by 24 Sep 2020) and the annual evaluation of ISP doctoral students (30 Sep 2020 for tutors, 19 Oct 2020 for subject boards) remain in force.
- State final examination and defence of theses will take place on the scheduled dates while observing the imposed epidemiologic measures.
2) Beginning of the academic year 2020/21
- Student registration will take place as scheduled and in accordance with the epidemiological measures. In addition to the dates already announced, registration will furthermore take place in the distance form based on the instructions from the Student Registry.
- Instruction at FS CU in the academic year 2020/2021 will commence on 29 September 2020, unless the subject guarantor specifies in the SIS that the instruction will start in the second week of the semester.
- All instruction takes place in accordance with the epidemiological measures.
- Lectures at FS CU shall take place as scheduled, based on SIS online.
- Instruction will take place online and in an interactive manner (= presence instruction) using video conferencing tools (Google Meet, MS Teams etc.).
- Distance instruction (= sending or posting of study material) is only possible subject to the approval of the programme guarantor.
- The study material must be published in the SIS along with teachers’ instructions regarding each lesson (lecture, seminar, exercise).
- Individual visits to libraries and study rooms, individual consultations, examinations in the presence of not more than 10 persons, laboratory and experimental work in the presence of not more than 15 persons, clinical and practical instruction, and hands-on practice is permitted.
- Physical education classes will take place as scheduled based on instructions from the Department of Physical Education in accordance with the epidemiological measures.
- Subject guarantors shall verify the mandatory attributes of subjects in the SIS by the end of the first week of the winter semester (annotation, syllabus, mandatory and recommended reading, etc.).
- Both teachers and students shall maintain their contact information in the SIS (in the Personal Data module) current (in particular their e-mail addresses); if necessary, they shall change their passwords in CAS, SIS, or Moodle in a timely manner.
- Detailed instructions regarding the organisation of the state final examinations, thesis defence and hybrid mode of examination is available on the Student Registry website HERE (link).
3) Driver training
- The scheduled driver training shall take place as scheduled on 22 September 2020 in the VG lecture room for a maximum of 50 attendees and while observing the applicable epidemiological measures.
Task Force resolution of 16 September 2020
(added 17 September, 13:54)
The Task Force of the Faculty of Science adopted the following resolution at its meeting on 16 September 2020:
1) Organisation of instruction
- The instruction from the beginning of the winter semester 2020 is planned in the presence form.
- In justified cases, instruction can take a hybrid form, i.e., on-line webcasts from classrooms, or a distance form.
- The hybrid or distance form of instruction may be used only subject to an agreement between the guarantor of the subject and the guarantor of the study programme.
- Subject guarantors shall record any changes in the form of instruction in the SIS.
2) Protective measures during instruction
- Everybody is required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask in all areas of the Faculty of Science, including in classrooms during instruction.
- The recommended distances between students must be maintained in classrooms.
3) AV equipment in classrooms
- Classrooms at the Faculty of Science are being fitted with the equipment for on-line instruction on an ongoing basis.
- Information on the equipment for on-line instruction available in classrooms, updated on an ongoing basis, is provided in the SIS.
4) Assistance with on-line instruction
- The Task Force would like to ask students, who are willing to assist teachers with setting up communication tools for on-line instruction, to contact Vice-Deans of Sections.
5) Communication between students and the Student Registry
- With regard to the epidemiologic situation, the Student Registry asks students to prefer using electronic forms of communication.
6) Operation of the Faculty
- The Dean’s Office departments are currently working in a standard mode while observing the stipulated protective measures.
7) Availability of disinfectants at the Faculty
- The Faculty has a sufficient supply of disinfectants. The contact person for disinfectant distribution is Mr Pavel Šimůnek, email@example.com
8) Organisation of meetings and collective events outside instruction
- The Task Force recommends thoroughly considering the necessity or organising any events outside of instruction (society gatherings, workshops, etc.).
- The organisation of such activities is subject to the same rules in terms of protective measures (wearing face masks, social distancing) as those that apply to instruction.
Important telephone numbers:
Central sanitary authority (hygienická stanice) telephone number: 1221
Info lines of the National Institute of Public Health : 724 810 106, 725 191 367, 725 191 370
Information of currently applicable nationwide measures
Sampling points for Covid-19 testing (only in czech)
Special Measure of the Ministry of Health regarding the wearing of mask effective from 10 SeptMinistry of Health website
Charles University website
Users from the Faculty can provide electronic teaching using the following e-learning tools:
Moodle, Google Meet, Google Classroom
1) I am healthy.
- Follow the defined epidemiological rules.
- Follow the three principles – sanitise your hands, wear a mask, keep your distance.
- Be respectful of those around you.
- If possible, use means of remote communication.
2) I was in close contact with an infected person
- Have you been in contact with a person living in the same household as a Covid-19 patient?
- Did you have any physical contact (shaking hands) with a Covid-19 patient or other unprotected direct contact with the infectious secretions of a Covid-19 patient?
- Have you been in personal contact or did you stay in an enclosed environment (room, vehicle, waiting room) with a Covid-19 positive person at a distance of less than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes, or with a healthcare or social care worker caring for a Covid-19 patient, etc.?
If the answer is “yes”, contact your general practitioner by telephone and stay quarantined.
3) I have health problems
- Contact your general practitioner by telephone and stay quarantined.
4) I am COVID positive
If you are quarantined at home and your condition does not require hospitalisation, stay quarantined.