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Coronavirus: links to official information sources and binding instructions

We bring you the current status of measures with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page will be updated on an ongoing basis. It contains the basic generally valid information and will be updated with measures adopted by The Task Force of The Faculty of Science.

Recommendations for hybrid autumn 2021/2022


Informational brochure- Information for CU staff on COVID-19 antigen testing


Extraordinary and protective measures of the Ministry of Health


The Task Force of the Faculty of Science, Charles University adopted the following resolution in a correspondence meeting on 23 November 2021:

(Posted on the website on 24 November 2021, 12:00)

 

The Task Force of the FSc CU (the “Task Force”) is asking all Faculty students and employees to exercise mutual respect, patience, and understanding, and wishes everyone good health. At the same time, it strongly recommends that everyone get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Considering the unfavourable epidemic situation, the Task Force is adopting the following measures:

Conditions for staying inside FSc CU buildings

The use of respiratory protection is mandatory for all persons in all interior areas of the Faculty. The only persons exempt from this measure are the teachers at performing their teaching duties who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have recovered from the disease within the period defined by the government and maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres from persons receiving instruction during classes.

The Task Force recommends that, with regard to the deteriorating epidemic situation, everybody reduce their personal presence at the Faculty to an absolutely necessary amount of time and also reduce their mutual contact even in situations where the anti-epidemic measures do not require so.

The introduction of shift operation and working from home is within the competence of the heads of workplaces and/or the heads of the sections of the Dean’s Office.

Instruction

Instruction shall continue in the presence form as scheduled. In accordance with the positions of the Ministry of Education, National Accreditation Bureau and Charles University, the Task Force prefers direct instruction involving the presence of teachers and students for as long as this is tenable. (Link: position of the NAB on using on-line instruction methods)

The Task Force recommends the teachers to deliver lectures in a hybrid form wherever technically feasible and desirable with regard to the auditorium capacity (a synchronous online transmission from the auditorium).

Teachers who cannot attend instruction in person due to being quarantined or experiencing health issues shall teach directly in an online environment subject to the approval of the head of the workplace.

The teacher shall record the notice on providing instruction online in the annotation of the subject in the SIS and notify the students registered for the subject via e-mail at least one day in advance (through the SIS).

The Task Force recommends that teachers update or complement supporting study resources (study material, lecture recordings, etc.) for subjects in the SIS (Moodle, etc.).

Graduation ceremonies

The graduation ceremonies scheduled to take place by the end of 2021 are cancelled beginning with 23 November 2021 and shall be held at a substitute date. The substitute dates will be set with regard to the development of the epidemic situation. Information for graduates is provided on the graduation and diplomas web page, which is being updated on a continuous basis.

Following an arrangement with a student registry official, graduates can pick their diplomas up from the student registry after the scheduled date of their graduation ceremony that was cancelled. The graduates who need their diplomas for their employers or for further studies can pick them up from the student registry without having to visit the CU Rectorate in person first (the student registry sheets to be signed will, on an exceptional basis, be available at the Student Registry). Even the students who take this opportunity can take part in the substitute graduation ceremony at a later date if they wish.

Employees’ obligations – ONT Form and the obligation to complete it

Charles University was tasked with determining whether its employees have been vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19, or are obligated to take regular tests.

All employees of the Faculty are obligated to complete the ONT Form by Friday, 26 November 2021 at https://testovani.cuni.cz/. The employees shall state in the form, which is created on the basis of a solemn declaration, whether they have been vaccinated, have recovered from the disease, or do not comply with any of these requirements and will have to be tested. Faculty employees who have recovered from Covid-19 shall specify the date of the first positive test result and/or the period of their sickness in the solemn declaration.

The Faculty Secretary is the contact person in charge of handling information from the Rectorate ONT records and liaising with the heads of the Faculty’s workplaces. Information is exchanged via e-mail.

Testing for unvaccinated employees

With effect from Monday, 29 November 2021, all Charles University employees must undergo regular testing. This obligation does not apply to persons who: a) completed their vaccination scheme more than 14 days ago; b) have recovered from Covid-19, provided that not more than 180 days have elapsed since their first positive test result; c) took a PCR test to a negative result within the last 7 days; d) took an antigen test conducted by a healthcare professional to a negative result within the last 7 days; e) are absent from the Faculty premises during the respective week (e.g., due to being on holiday or a business trip, or working in a home office mode, etc.).

Charles University is setting up an antigen test point at Celetná 13, Prague 1 for testing employees who have not been vaccinated and/or have not recovered from the disease. The test point will operate from Friday, 26 November 2021. Employees are not required to pay for the testing.

Booking for the tests is available at https://testovani.cuni.cz/ under the Rezervace (Booking) tab (not available in English yet, it will be added ASAP). The test booking system will be made operational during 24 November 2021. The test booking will be accessible only to those employees who are not vaccinated and/or have not recovered from Covid-19.

With effect from 29 November 2021, Faculty employees are obligated to produce the requisite certificates to the head of their workplace.

Each head of a workplace should be aware of who of their employees have to test regularly and who do not have to. The head of the workplace shall notify the Faculty Secretary of any requirements for procuring self-tests for the workplace that pays for its own self-tests.

Meetings of Faculty assemblies

The meetings of Faculty assemblies (such as the Scientific Council and/or the Academic Senate) shall be held in a hybrid form. Upon entering a meeting with more than 20 persons attending, the attendees shall produce a certificate of no infection (of having completed vaccination or recovered from Covid-19 within the period defined by the government).

Organising collective events

The Task Force is asking the organisers of any events that are not directly related to instruction (such as seminars, workshops, parties, etc.), to consider cancelling such events, postponing them for the spring months, or running the events in a hybrid form.


The Task Force of the Faculty of Science, Charles University adopted the following resolution in a correspondence meeting on 2nd November 2021:

(Posted on the website on 2nd November 2021, 19:14)

In response to the development of the epidemic situation, with regard to the current Ministry of Health measures, and following a meeting of the Task Force of Charles University (on 1 November 2021) the Task Force of the Faculty of Science, Charles University (the “Faculty”) adopted the following resolution in a correspondence meeting on 2nd November 2021:

The measures adopted by the Task Force of FSc CU on 26 October 2021 and 14 September 2021 remain in force.

The use of respiratory protection is mandatory for all persons in all internal areas of the Faculty. The only persons exempt from this obligation are those specified in the resolution of the Task Force of 26 October 2021.

The new rules are laid down as follows:

All persons (students, employees, visitors, etc.) on the premises of the Faculty must be able, at the request of a supervisor or teacher, to produce a certificate of vaccination, of having recovered from the disease, or having tested negative.

Unvaccinated persons (students, employees, visitors, etc.) must also wear respiratory protection during instruction (regardless of the seating arrangement or distances between persons) and examination (regardless of whether they are an examiner or an examinee).

Persons whose health prevents them from wearing respiratory protection must be able, at the request of a supervisor or teacher, to produce a medical certificate confirming such condition.

Students who cannot wear respiratory protection for health reasons shall send a medical certificate of their condition electronically (from the “@natur.cuni.cz” domain) to their respective officials at the Department for Student Affairs.

The Department for Student Affairs shall note this condition in the student’s record in the SIS so that teachers need not request the certificate from students during instruction and have an overview of “excuses” available in the SIS.

Teachers will forbid any students who do not respect the epidemic rules from attending instruction.

Employees who cannot wear respiratory protection for health reasons must be able to produce a medical certificate of such condition to their supervisor.

Any employee’s conduct conflicting with these rules may be qualified as breaching occupational discipline.


The Task Force of the Faculty of Science, Charles University adopted the following resolution in a correspondence meeting on 26 October 2021:

(Posted on the website on 27 October 2021, 11:42)

In response to the development of the epidemic situation, with regard to the current Ministry of Health measures, and following a meeting of the Task Force of Charles University (on 25 October 2021), the Task Force of the Faculty of Science, Charles University (the “Faculty”) adopted the following resolution in a correspondence meeting on 26 October 2021:

The use of respiratory protection is mandatory in all internal areas of the Faculty. The other measures adopted by the Task Force on 14 September 2021 remain in force.

Newly, with effect from 25 October 2021, the use of respiratory protection is mandatory during the work at worksites (except for people who work in a single location without any other persons present).

This obligation does not apply to:

- students and academic workers involved in educational activities whose nature does not allow for wearing respiratory protection (in particular physical education);

- students during instruction who are seated at desks or otherwise while maintaining distances of 1.5 metres);

- academic workers delivering instruction who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and at least 14 days have expired since the completion of the vaccination scheme in accordance with the summary of product characteristics;

- examinees and examiners during examination, provided that all the persons maintain distances of at least 1.5 metres;

- persons who prove that their health does not allow them to wear respiratory protection.

 

With effect from 1 November 2021, the duration of test result validity with regard to Covid-19 is changing as follows:

a) A negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result is newly valid for 24 hours;

b) A negative PCR test result is newly valid for 72 hours.

 

Producing a negative test result, a proof of having recovered from the disease, or a proof of completed vaccination is not required for presence during instruction, but is required for staying in dormitories and field stations, presence at matriculation and graduation ceremonies in the Karolinum, educational events organised by the Faculty, and group visits to the Botanical Garden and Faculty museums.

The Academic Senate of FSc CU adopted an appeal with the following wording in the form of a resolution at its meeting on 21 October 2021: “The Academic Senate strongly requests all members of the academic community to respect the rules restricting the pandemic spread.”


The Task Force of the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, adopted the following resolution on 14th September 2021

(posted to the website on 15th September 2021, 10:20)

 

In response to the development of the epidemic situation, with regard to the current Ministry of Health measures, and in order to clarify the current obligations to be observed by the Faculty students, employees and visitors, the Task Force of the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University (the “Faculty”) adopted the following resolution in a correspondence meeting on 14 September 2021:

I.

Respiratory protection

The presence of employees, students and other persons in the Faculty’s interiors is subject to having one’s airways covered by a respirator with at least 94% efficiency (i.e., e.g., class FFP2 or KN95).

This obligation does not apply to:

  1. teachers during instruction,
  2. students during instruction, provided that they are seated at desks and maintain distances of at least 1.5 metres between them (if the distances cannot be maintained, the persons must not remove their respiratory protection), 
  3. students during physical education classes/teaching practice,
  4. examinees and examiners during examination, provided that all the persons maintain distances of at least 1.5 metres,
  5. students and employees while eating and drinking,
  6. persons who prove that their health does not allow them to wear respiratory protection.

 

II.

Organisation of instruction; presence on the Faculty premises

Presence instruction, examination and credit sessions, and student registration procedures (hereinafter “instruction”) are permitted for all students, regardless of their year or stage of study. Neither students nor employees are obligated to take preventive tests when entering the Faculty buildings (with the exceptions specified below).

All persons present on the premises of the Faculty and during Faculty activities involving personal presence must be free from the clinical symptoms of Covid-19.

If ordered to self-isolate, students will be allowed to deliver on their academic obligations in a remote manner only when the requirements for the specific subject permit this and subject to the approval of the teacher of the subject; in the event of state final examination, state doctoral examination, and dissertation thesis defence, subject to the approval of the Chair of the examination panel. 

If the disease is confirmed and when the academic obligations cannot be delivered remotely, the student is excused from the set date by the teacher or the Chair of the examination panel. In cases such as this, it is necessary to prove that one is sick or has been ordered to self-isolate with a medical certificate (a scan of the medical certificate sent by the Faculty mail is acceptable).

 

Access to Faculty buildings after returning from abroad

The presence of employees at workplaces and students’ participation in instruction (including field exercises, field trips, etc.) after returning from abroad where they stayed for more than 12 hours (of for more than 24 hours in neighbouring countries) is only possible subject to the satisfaction of the requirements defined by the Protective Measure regarding the crossing of the national border and the current version of the Notification of the Ministry of Health issuing a List of Countries, or their Parts, with a Low, Medium and High Risk of COVID-19 Transmission. 

The observance of the requirements defined by the Protective Measure regarding the crossing of the national border is to be demonstrated using a duly completed solemn declaration, which employees shall submit to their senior employees and students to the Student Registry. The solemn declaration must include evidence of testing, recovery from the disease, or completed vaccination where personal presence is subject to such requirements.

If an employee fails to produce the solemn declaration, they cannot be allowed to their workplace. If a student fails to produce the solemn declaration, they cannot be allowed to receive instruction.

Each individual employee and/or student is responsible for observing the requirements for presence at the Faculty, the duty of notification vis-à-vis the Faculty, and the requirements applicable for returning from specific countries. Please check the currently applicable measures of the Ministry of Health and any amendments thereto when returning from trips abroad.

If ordered to self-isolate after returning from abroad, employees will be allowed to work remotely. If the work cannot be done from home or if the employee disagrees, this constitutes obstacles on the employee’s part without a right to salary compensation. When returning from a business trip abroad, the obstacles are on the employer’s part and the right to salary compensation applies.

 

 III.

Presence at graduation and matriculation ceremonies in the Karolinum; operation of field stations; organisation of training events

The presence at the matriculation and graduation ceremonies in the Karolinum, the accommodation in field stations and the participation in a congress or a training event organised by the Faculty or held in presence form in the Faculty’s interiors is subject to all of those in attendance producing:

a) a negative antigen test result valid for 72 hours or a PCR test result valid for 7 days,

b) a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 during the past 180 days; or

c) a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 (using only vaccines approved in the EU) where:

  1. At least 14 days have passed since the application of the second dose for a double dose scheme based on the summary of product characteristics (“SPC”), or
  2. At least 14 days have passed since the first vaccine dose was administered for a single dose vaccination scheme based on the SPC. 

 

IV.

Botanical Garden, museums, libraries

Individual visits to the interiors of the botanical gardens and museums shall keep distances of at least 1.5 metres (except for persons from a single household).

Group visits (both indoors and outdoors) involving more than 20 persons in aggregate are subject to all of those in attendance producing:

  1. a negative antigen test result valid for 72 hours or a PCR test result valid for 7 days;
  2. a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 during the past 180 days; or
  3. a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 (using only vaccines approved in the EU) where:
  1. At least 14 days have passed since the application of the second dose for a double dose scheme based on the SPC, or
  2. At least 14 days have passed since the first vaccine dose was administered for a single dose vaccination scheme based on the SPC. 

 

V.

Closing provision

The Resolution of the Task Force of the Faculty of Science, Charles University dated 6 September 2021 is revoked upon the issue of the present Resolution.


The Task Force of the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, adopted the following resolution on 6th September 2021

 

In response to the development of the epidemic situation, in particular with regard to the Ministry of Health measures, and in order to clarify the current obligations to be observed by the Faculty students, employees and visitors, the Task Force of the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University (the “Faculty”) adopted the following resolution in a correspondence meeting on 7th September 2021:

(posted to the website on 7th September 2021, 10:21)

 

I.

Introductory provision

With effect from the moment of issue of this Resolution, all other currently applicable measures and resolutions of the Task Force of the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, are revoked.

 

II.

Respiratory protection

The presence of employees, students and other persons in the Faculty’s interiors is subject to wearing respiratory protection in the form of a respirator with at least 94% efficiency (i.e., e.g., class FFP2 or KN95).

This obligation does not apply to:

a)             teachers during instruction;

b)             students during instruction, provided that they are seated at desks or otherwise, or during physical education classes/teaching practice;

c)              examinees and examiners during examination, provided that all the persons maintain distances of at least 1.5 metres;

d)             students and employees while eating and drinking;

e)             persons who prove that their health does not allow them to wear respiratory protection.

 

III.

Organisation of instruction; presence on the Faculty premises

Presence instruction, examination and credit sessions, and student registration procedures (hereinafter “instruction”) is permitted for all students, regardless of their year or stage of study. Neither students nor employees are obligated to take preventive tests when entering the Faculty buildings (with the exceptions specified below).

All persons present on the premises of the Faculty and during Faculty activities involving personal presence must be free from the clinical symptoms of Covid-19.

 

Presence during examination

The participation in presence examination, which is attended by fewer than 21 persons in aggregate, is not subject to any further rules.

The participation in presence examination, which is attended by more than 20 persons in aggregate, is subject to everyone in attendance producing:

a)             a negative antigen test result valid for 72 hours or a PCR test result valid for 7 days;

b)             a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 during the past 180 days; or

c)              a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, where:

1.              At least 14 days have passed since the application of the second dose for a double dose scheme based on the summary of product characteristics (“SPC”), or

2.            At least 14 days have passed since the first vaccine dose was administered for a single dose vaccination scheme based on the SPC.

If a student is ordered to self-isolate, they will be allowed to deliver on their academic obligations in a remote manner only when the requirements for the subject permit this and subject to the approval of the teacher of the subject; in the event of state final examination, state doctoral examination, and dissertation thesis defence, subject to the approval of the Chair of the examination panel.

If the disease is confirmed and when the academic obligation cannot be delivered remotely, the student is excused from the set date by the teacher or the Chair of the examination panel. In cases such as this, it is necessary to prove that one is sick or has been ordered to self-isolate with a medical certificate (a scan of the medical certificate sent by the Faculty mail is acceptable).

 

Access to Faculty buildings after returning from abroad

The presence of employees at workplaces and students’ participation in instruction (including field exercises) after returning from abroad where they stayed for more than 12 hours during the past 14 days (of for more than 24 hours in neighbouring countries) is only possible subject to the satisfaction of the requirements defined by the Protective Measure regarding the crossing of the national border and the current version of the Notification of the Ministry of Health issuing a List of Countries, or their Parts, with a Low, Medium and High Risk of COVID-19 Transmission.

The observance of the requirements defined by the Protective Measure regarding the crossing of the national border is to be demonstrated using a duly completed solemn declaration, which employees shall submit to their senior employees and students to the Student Registry. The solemn declaration must include evidence of testing, recovery from the disease, or completed vaccination where personal presence is subject to such requirements.

If an employee fails to produce the solemn declaration, they cannot be allowed to their workplace. If a student fails to produce the solemn declaration, they cannot be allowed to receive instruction.

Each individual employee and/or student is responsible for observing the requirements for presence at the Faculty, the duty of notification vis-à-vis the Faculty, and the requirements applicable for returning from specific countries. Please check the currently applicable measures of the Ministry of Health and any amendments thereto when returning from trips abroad.

If ordered to self-isolate after returning from abroad, employees will be allowed to work remotely. If the work cannot be done from home or if the employee disagrees, this constitutes obstacles on the employee’s part without a right to salary compensation. When returning from a business trip abroad, the obstacles are on the employer’s part and the right to salary compensation applies.

 

IV.

Organisation of training events

The participation in a congress or a training event organised by the Faculty or held in presence form in the Faculty’s interiors, where more than 20 people in aggregate are present, is subject to all of those in attendance producing:

a)             a negative antigen test result valid for 72 hours or a PCR test result valid for 7 days;

b)             a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 during the past 180 days; or

c)              a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, where:

1.              At least 14 days have passed since the application of the second dose for a double dose scheme based on the summary of product characteristics (“SPC”), or

2.            At least 14 days have passed since the first vaccine dose was administered for a single dose vaccination scheme based on the SPC.

 

V.

Botanical Garden, museums, libraries

Individual visits to the interiors of the botanical gardens and museums shall keep distances of at least 1.5 metres (except for persons from a single household).

Group visits (both indoors and outdoors) involving more than 20 persons in aggregate are subject to all of those in attendance producing:

a)             a negative antigen test result valid for 72 hours or a PCR test result valid for 7 days;

b)             a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 during the past 180 days; or

c)              a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, where:

1.              At least 14 days have passed since the application of the second dose for a double dose scheme based on the summary of product characteristics (“SPC”), or

2.            At least 14 days have passed since the first vaccine dose was administered for a single dose vaccination scheme based on the SPC.

 

VI.

Presence at graduation and matriculation ceremonies in the Karolinum; operation of field stations

In addition to the above, the presence at the graduation ceremonies in the Karolinum and the accommodation at field stations is also subject to producing:

a)             a negative antigen test result valid for 72 hours or a PCR test result valid for 7 days;

b)             a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 during the past 180 days; or

c)              a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, where:

1.              At least 14 days have passed since the application of the second dose for a double dose scheme based on the summary of product characteristics (“SPC”), or

2.            At least 14 days have passed since the first vaccine dose was administered for a single dose vaccination scheme based on the SPC.

Published: Sep 17, 2020 10:10 AM

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