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

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

EXAMINATIONS AND LESSONS
8. I can’t take my exam because of coronavirus. What do I do now?

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

WORKING AND STUDYING, ON CAMPUS / AT HOME
10. As a member of staff of Avans, am I allowed to work on an Avans campus?
11. Do gatherings take place on location?
12. Will face-to-face classes at Avans go ahead?

COVID INFECTION
13. I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid. Can i still come to Avans?
14. Does the whole class have to self-isolate if a student or lecturer is infected?
15. 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.

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

As of 25 February it is no longer necessary to wear a mouth mask in the Avans buildings and the 1.5 metre measure has been dropped. 

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

Stay at home and get tested or do a self-test if you have a a runny nose, cough, sore throat or fever. You should also self-isolate if a housemate has a fever and is suffering from a cough or shortness of breath. If your self-test is positive, get tested at the GGD. More information about self-testing can be found here.

Check the Central Government website for the latest complete information on the quarantine regulations. 

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

As of 25 February, it is no longer necessary to keep a distance of 1.5 metres. Not even in the Avans buildings.

SELF-TESTING

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

The advice is to do a self-test twice a week and to self-isolate if you test positive. Self-tests can still be ordered free of charge via zelftestonderwijs.nl

7. 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.

EXAMINATIONS

8. I can't take my exam because of coronavirus. What do I do now?

We understand that you really want to take your exams, particularly if you have studied hard for them. Nevertheless, we repeat in the strongest terms: please stay at home if you:

  • have flu-like symptoms (even mild ones)
  • are waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test
  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • are self-isolating (e.g. because one of your housemates has COVID-19).

In this news item you can read about opportunities for retaking an exam, and other relevant info. 

TRAVEL

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

The coronavirus situation in a country is no longer the sole basis for the travel advisory colour code issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The government is now taking the full range of health and security risks into consideration when reaching an assessment. In practical terms, this means that travelling to countries outside Europe will soon be possible again.

Read more: Travel advisories for many countries to change colour | News item | government.nl. This is good news for students who want to go abroad for their work placement or graduate project. 

If you are planning to go abroad for your minor, work placement or graduation project, here are some points to consider:

  • Check the travel advisory

Check the latest travel advisory for your destination on the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. This advice is leading and is a key element in policy on international travel at Avans. Travel is permitted to countries or areas that are classified as low risk (i.e. yellow or green). When planning your trip, keep in mind that an entry ban for foreign travellers may still be in place in some countries. Travel to countries or areas with an orange or red travel advisory (i.e. high risk) is not permitted. 

  • Travel to high-risk countries

Avans will not provide support to students who decide to travel to countries with an orange or red travel advisory. This means that students will not be nominated to go on an exchange at partner institutions in these countries. Work placement and graduation requests in Osiris will not be approved, and your school or Student Information Desk will not sign any forms granting permission for stays in countries outside Europe with a red or orange travel advisory. If you do decide to make arrangements to travel to a ‘code orange’ or ‘code red’ country, this will be entirely at your own risk. To find out more, please visit goingabroad.avans.nl.

  

WORKING AND STUDYING, ON CAMPUS / AT HOME

10. As a member of staff of Avans, am I allowed to work on an Avans campus? 

The government advises working from home unless there is really no other option - and in agreement with your supervisor. Avans is following that advice. Only lecturers who are scheduled for face-to-face interaction with students - at lectures and tutorials for example - and colleagues with location-specific functions will work on campus. It is therefore not permitted to come to the campus for work meetings, brainstorming sessions and suchlike. 

11. Do gatherings take place on location?

Certain necessary meetings on location may only take place within the applicable guidelines, such as maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres. The maximum group size and other guidelines must still be followed. 

12. Will face-to-face classes at Avans go ahead?

Yes, the government announced that we can return to on-campus teaching as of Monday 17 January. This is what we were hoping for, because it is very important for the well-being of our students. The last exam week at Avans is scheduled for next week. The current roster remains unchanged for on-campus teaching. 

COVID INFECTION

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

Read on the website of the central government (in Dutch) what you have to do.

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

No. Read on the website of the central government (in Dutch) what you have to do.

15. 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 4 March 2022.