Coronavirus

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Frequently Asked Questions

You will find below frequently asked questions about the coronavirus. We regularly update these questions:

BUILDINGS & ACCESSIBILITY
1. What coronavirus measures apply in Avans buildings?
2. Do I have to wear a face mask in Avans buildings?
3. Can I come to Avans if I have flu-like symptoms?
4. Are the ventilation systems in the buildings compliant with the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) guidelines?
5. What is the maximum number of people allowed in one room?
6. At Avans, do we still have to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres?

SELF-TESTING
7. Do I have to take a mandatory self-test before coming to Avans?
8. Where can I order self-test kits?

TRAVEL
9. I would like to go to abroad to complete a minor, a work placement or my graduation project. Is that allowed?

WORKING FROM HOME OR AT AVANS
10. As an Avans member of staff, can I work at an Avans location? 

COVID INFECTION
11. I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Can I still come to Avans?
12. Does the whole class have to self-isolate if a student or lecturer is infected?
13. What is the difference between ‘close contact’ and ‘other contact’ with an infected person?

BUILDINGS & ACCESSIBILITY

1. What coronavirus measures apply in Avans buildings

Take a self-test before you come to class. When you are at an Avans location, you must observe the following guidelines:

  • Regularly wash your hands.
  • If you have a runny nose, a cough, a sore throat or a fever, self-isolate and get tested.
  • Don’t shake hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Wear a face mask when moving through the building.

2. Do I have to wear a face mask in Avans buildings?

Yes, everyone inside the Avans buildings must wear a face mask when moving through the building. Once you have reached your destination, you can take off the face mask.

3. Can I come to Avans if I have flu-like symptoms?

If you have a runny nose, a cough, a sore throat or a fever, self-isolate and get tested. You should also self-isolate if a housemate has a fever and is suffering from a cough or shortness of breath.

If your symptoms are clearly due to hay fever, then you are permitted to come to Avans. This is in line with the guidelines issued by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). If you suffer from hay fever, you display the same symptoms around the same time each year. You will probably have a good sense of whether your symptoms are due to hay fever. Stay at home if you are in doubt or if your current symptoms feel different to those caused by hay fever. Remember to contact your study development counsellor if this is the case.

4. Are the ventilation systems in the buildings compliant with the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) guidelines?

Yes, all the ventilation systems in our buildings use fresh air from outside. The amount of clean air being pumped into our buildings exceeds the requirements laid down in the 2012 Buildings Decree. The RIVM advises against recirculating air. This means some of our cooling and ventilation systems have been switched off. People can still work or study safely in these areas, provided they follow the RIVM’s guidelines.

At Avans, the safety of students and staff is our top priority. To ensure their safety, we follow the guidelines issued by the RIVM.

5. What is the maximum number of people allowed in one room?

Education will continue, and this will be done in person as much as possible. Evening courses can also continue. From Saturday 13 November, a maximum occupancy of 75 people in an educational space will apply for three weeks. This does not apply to circulation areas and for testing, preliminary examination, and examination spaces.

6. At Avans, do we still have to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres?

There is an urgent recommendation from the cabinet to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres. This is not always possible, but give each other space where you can.

SELF-TESTING

7. Do I have to take a mandatory self-test before coming to Avans?

All self-testing is done on a voluntary basis. However, we do urge everyone to take a self-test before coming to Avans. Self-testing is a preventive measure and helps stop the rapid spread of coronavirus.

8. Where can I order self-test kits?

As a student or staff member at Avans, you can order free self-test kits on the website zelftestonderwijs.nl.

TRAVEL

9. I would like to go to abroad to complete a minor, a work placement or my graduation project. Is that possible?

The restriction for travelling to study has now partially been lifted, in accordance with the travel recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of course. Travel to countries with green or yellow status is now permitted, and it is important to follow the local laws and regulations. The financial risk related to travel for studying abroad (such as a change of status colour and cancellation of travel) lies with the programme organising the travel and its participants. 

WORKING FROM HOME OR AT AVANS

10. As an Avans member of staff, can I work at an Avans location?

The Dutch national government advises to work from home from Saturday 13 November for the next three weeks unless absolutely necessary. Avans follows this advice.
Lecturers scheduled for in-person meetings with students and colleagues with location-specific work activities are permitted to work on-location. Education-related activities such as internship fairs can also take place.

Working from home as much as possible also means that gatherings such as meetings, internal study programmes for staff members, and events that are not related to education cannot take place in person in the next three weeks. This applies to activities at Avans locations as well as external locations. Instead, they could potentially take place online or be postponed to a later time.

With the measures announced on Friday, the government wants to prevent the necessity of restrictive measures for longer than three weeks. Working from home limits the amount of traveling, prevents crowded work places, and thus reduces the risk of new infections. It is of course frustrating that many colleagues have to work from home and online again. At the same time, it is important to realise that education is permitted to continue without major restrictions.

COVID INFECTION

11. I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Can I still come to Avans?

Are you fully vaccinated? Have you tested positive for Covid in the last six months? Both infection and full vaccination give you a high level of immunity to the virus. In other words, you are protected against Covid. This means that you do not need to self-isolate and can come to Avans. If you have symptoms, however, you should stay at home, wait five days and then get tested at a GGD testing location.

If you are not fully vaccinated and have not had Covid in the last six months, you do have to self-isolate after close contact with an infected person. This means you should not come to Avans but should stay at home, wait five days and then get tested at a GGD testing location.

Read more about contact tracing in the event of a positive Covid test.

12. Does the whole class have to self-isolate if a student or lecturer is infected?

No. Only ‘non-immune’ students who have spent more than 15 minutes within 1.5 m of the infected person need to self-isolate. You are ‘non-immune’ if you are not fully vaccinated and have not had Covid in the last six months.

13. What is the difference between ‘close contact’ and ‘other contact’ with an infected person?

Go to the RIVM website or the government website for more information.
 

Last updated on 15 November 2021.