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Information regarding coronavirus

Updated February 25, 2021

In connection with the new guidelines regarding Corona, all teaching will as a starting point be online until April 6 at all campuses. For the sake of the best possible planning and conducting of exams, it has been decided that these will take place online until May 1. Both in relation to teaching and exams there may be special critical activities that require special equipment and physical attendance.

The authorities have launched an ambitious testing strategy, as a precondition for the gradual opening of various activities in society. Absalon supports this strategy and it is therefore recommended that all students and staff be tested before coming to campus.

It is important that everyone continues to pay attention to and follows the applicable precautions and guidelines, so that we at Absalon can take our share of the responsibility for minimizing the spreading of corona. 

Absalon continuously follows the authorities’ recommendations, latest developments in infection rates, etc. Therefore, the following may also be subject to change at short notice, if guidelines, etc. change.

Library To-Go and Online Study Guidance

Library To-Go

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Get guidance via Zoom 

Online Study Guidance

It is still possible to book an appointment with a student advisor, see how you do it here on Studynet 

Tested positive

If you have been tested positive for corona virus or have symptoms of it (dry cough, sore throat, fever, breathing problems, headache, muscle aches), do not come to campus until you have been symptom-free for 48 hours.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person, call Absalon's Corona Hotline on tel. 72 48 30 40 as soon as possible (weekdays from 8 am - 3 pm).

Here you will get in contact with Absalon's Infection Detection Team, who have contact with the authorities. Together with the authorities, Absalon will agree upon how the spreading of the infection should be traced and what you should do.

For more information go to the FAQ and guidelines.

FAQ and Guidelines

Teaching

All teaching are in principal switched to online at all of Absalon's campuses until April 6. However, there are few critical activities that can as an exception be carried out on campus because attendance is necessary. You will be notified of this by your education. 

  • Schedules for teaching will not be changed, so that the teaching will take place at the already planned times.

Exams

All exams and re-exams will be conducted digitally until May 1 – except for few critical activities that require special equipment and physical attendance. This will be the case even if campus is re-opened before May. 

Security measures at physically held exams on campus

Exams that are held physically on campus will be conducted according to the authorites' guidelines. 

With respect to exams this specifically means:

  • Hand sanitizer will be used by everyone and it will be available in all rooms. 
  • All students and staff will use a face mask /shield. If someone has forgotten to bring one, it will be handed out for free by Absalon.
  • There will be plenty of room between all participants.
  • The rooms will be aired out often.   
  • If students show up at the exams with symptoms of Covid-19 they will be rejected. 
  • All students and staff are recommended to be tested before coming to campus. 

Is there due to special conditions the possibility of taking physically held exams online?

No, the exams that require special facilities and physical attendance cannot be held as online - nor if these special circumstances exist: 

The student has tested positive for Covid-19

If you are unable to attend an exam with physical attendance it will count as one exam attempt unless you are able to show a medical certificate or a positive Covid-19 test as documentation. It is not possible to take the exam from home, and you will automatically be registered for the next exam. 

The student shows symptoms of corona or is a close contact to an infected person

If you are unable to attend a physically held exam due to symptoms of COVID-19 (isolation/identified as close contact) it counts as one exam attempt unless you are able to show documentation. It is not possible to take the exam from home, and you will automatically be registered for the next exam.

The student is in a risk group

Absalon closely follows the requirements of the authorities and precautions have been taken regarding distance, hygiene, etc. in connection with physical exam attendance on campus. It is therefore estimated that most people in a risk group will be able to participate as planned in exams on campus. If you can present a medical certificate documenting that you are unable to attend due to risk group it will not count as an exam attempt. It is not possible to take the exam from home and if you dont show up at the exam or don't send documentation you will automatically be registered for the next exam.   

The student is abroad

If you are abroad and have difficulty entering Denmark you will use one exam attempt since it is not possible to take the exam online. You will automatically be registered for the next exam. If you at a later point in time need to apply for extra exam attempts, Covid-19 related causes will be considered as exceptional circumstances.   

In cases where one or more of these special circumstances exist, the student must contact the study administration (to the relevant education's mailbox).

How do I participate online in oral exams?

Absalon uses the Zoom system to online oral exams. 

In principle, the rules are the same whether your oral exam is held via Zoom, or as a normal oral exam at Absalon. However, there are a few differences and special points of attention when your oral exam is held via Zoom.

So that the exam can be completed satisfactorily, the examiner and censor must be able to see and hear you. Therefore, you must have : 1) Computer with built-in webcam/external webcam and 2) A good stabile internet connection.

It is not allowed to record the exam or the feedback in connection with the assessment. If the exam is interrupted due to technical reasons, and the connection is not able to be quickly restored, you must follow the emergency procedures without any unnecessary delay.

Read more about online exams in Zoom here.

What are the guidelines when being at campus?

All teaching and exams except for those that require special facilities and physical presence, are at the moment rescheduled to online.

Critical activities at Absalon’s campuses take place according to these principles:

  • It is recommended that all students and staff be tested before coming to campus 
  • Two meters distance in all rooms and common areas at Absalon’s campuses.  
  • Face masks must be worn by all students, staff and guests. 

    • Face masks must be worn upon arrival at campus
    • Face masks must be worn when moving around the campus, e.g. in the canteen, corridors, on the way to the toilet, in the library and other common areas.
    • Face masks can be removed when sitting down in e.g. normal classrooms, canteen or group work. 
    • There is still a requirement to use face masks in all special subject rooms. 
    • There may be special cases where a person is excempted from using a face masks, etc. due to special circumstances.

  • Straight rows of chairs and single-person tables are the standard set up in all classrooms.

    • All chairs and tables have been placed in straight rows so that a distance of two meters can be kept. New and clear icons will be affixed to the floor in all classrooms, clearly marking where tables and chairs should stand. One is not allowed to move tables or chairs around.
    • A small number of students will in some rooms still have to use a chair without an associated table.

  • Entrance and exit of rooms: It is important that the entering and exiting of rooms takes place in a way where there is kept at least two meters distance from others. In some rooms there are several doors where one door is used for entering and another for exiting.
  • Staying at campus: In order to reduce the spread of infection, it is encouraged that you primarily stay on campus in connection with the teaching. Study group meetings can be held online to reduce spreading the corona infection. If they take place on campus, the current precautions regarding among other things, one meters distance and face masks must be observed and we encourage you not to do group work in common areas such as the canteen or the library.

Security measures in special subject rooms, i.e. in workshops, music rooms, sports halls, physiotherapy practice rooms, laboratories, physic rooms, clinical practice rooms, etc.

  • Face masks must be worn in all special subject rooms, i.e. in music rooms, workshops, sports halls, physiotherapy practice rooms, laboratories and physics rooms, clinical practice rooms, kitchens, etc. This is to reduce infection, as face-to-face contact is often unavoidable in these rooms. In music rooms the face mask requirement can be replaced by keeping a distance of two meters when singing. In sports halls face masks should not be used during sport activities. 
  • There can be special cases where students are excempted from using face masks due to special circumstances  e.g. reduces lung capacity. 
  • In addition, the use of gloves when there is a lot of contact is recommended.
  • A distance of two meter should still be kept, if possible. In situations where there may be an increased risk of droplet infection, two meters distance should be kept.
  • Hand sanitizer and disposable gloves are available in all special subject rooms. Face masks are handed out by the instructor.
  • The teachers and the students are responsible for cleaning / disinfecting after the practice sessions of physiotherapy benches, equipment, tools, machines, musical instruments, etc. which have been used.
  • All surfaces such as handles and tabletops, etc. are cleaned daily. If additional cleaning is required, this must be separately agreed upon.
  • It is possible to wash hands in most special subject rooms. Refer to the instructions for laboratories and special subject rooms, which hang in these rooms.

Guidelines for use of meeting- and group rooms

Chairs will be set up so that two meters distance can be kept, and no tables or chairs may be moved around in the rooms. If you use one of these rooms, it is your responsibility that distance requirements, etc. are adhered to. Disinfectant and serviettes are in the rooms for wiping tables before and after use.

Canteen

Absalon's canteens will be closed from January 7 and for now until April 6.

There will be the possibility of catering in connection with the on campus planned exams.

Access to Absalon's canteens is only for students and staff - there is NO public access.

What should I do if I have been tested positive for corona virus or experience signs of illness?

Students and well as staff have a responsibility with respect to preventing spreading of the virus and tracking of the virus if someone has tested positive with COVID-19. 

If you experience signs of illness
You should stay home if you have symptoms of illness, and act as if you are infected - even if you have mild symptoms. This means that you should go in self-isolation and book an appointment for a test.  

The typical symptoms of COVID-19 are a sore throat, general discomfort, muscle pain, and possibly a dry cough and fever. 

While waiting for your test result, you must continue to self-isolate and continue with the other precautions.

If your test is negative you can come to campus when you are well. You don't have to wait until 48 hours after you last had symptoms. 

If you have tested positive for corona virus
If you have tested positive for corona virus you must stay home and go in self-isolation. 

You should call Absalon's Corona Hotline as soon as possible on tel. 72 48 30 40 (weekdays from 8 am - 3 pm).

Absalon's Infection Detection Team, will together with the authorities agree upon how the spreading of the infection should be traced and what you should do.

Non-infectious

If you have had symptoms you will be non-infectious and can stop your self-isolation 48 hours after your symptons are gone. If you have not had any symptoms you will be non-infectious and can stop your self-isolation 7 days after you had the test. 

What should I do if I have been in close contact with a person who has symptoms of or is infected with corona virus?

The authorities have made new stringent guidelines for when you are considered a close contact to a person infected with Covid-19:

  • You are considered a close contact if you have been within 2 meters for more than 15 minutes (e.g. in a conversation) with a person infected with Covid-19. 
  • When you are identified as a close contact, you must go into self-isolation as soon as possible and stay in self-isolation until you have received two negative test results. You still need to take a test on day 4 and 6 from when you have last been in contact with the infected person. 
  • On January 19 the authorities made new guidelines for persons who are considered a close contact. In this connection, they made a precautionary principle for persons who have been in close contact to a person infected with a virus variant like B.1.1.7 to stay in self-isolation for 14 days. This precautionary principle no longer apply (as of February 3), but the other stringent guidelines still apply for all close contcats. 

The above guidelines are valid for all persons who are a close contcat to an infected person.

 

If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for corona virus, e.g. a person in your household, you are in general not allowed to meet on campus. Instead you should go in self-isolation until you have been tested. You should make appointments for two tests at coronaprover.dk. If the first test is negative you can end your self-isolation and meet on campus. It is, however, important that you also get the second test.

The following persons are considered close contacts:

  • Persons sharing a home with an infected person
  • Persons who have had direct physical contact with an infected person (e.g. through hugging)
  • People who have had unprotected and direct contact with secretions from an infected person (e.g. through being coughed on or through touching a used handkerchief, tissue etc.)
  • People who have had close face-to-face contact (at a distance of less than one metre for more than 15 minutes) with an infected person (e.g. through having had a conversation with the infected person)
  • People who have been together with an infected person at a distance of less than two metres for more than 15 minutes in one of the following situations: 

    • Activities with heavy exhalation, e.g. singing, loud conversation or shouting
    • Physical activities such as fitness training and yoga
    • Been together in an enclosed space with poor ventilation

You are considered a close contact if you have had close contact with an infected person from 48 hours before the person started displaying symptoms and until 48 hours after the symptoms have ceased.

If the person who has tested positive has no symptoms, you are considered a close contact if you have had close contact with the infected person from 48 hours before they were tested positive and until seven days after the test.

If more than 14 days have passed since you had close contact with an infected person, and provided you have no symptoms, you are considered infection-free and therefore do not have to take any special precautions.

Previously tested positive: If you have been tested positive within the past eight weeks you do not need to be tested again if you develop symptsoms or is a close contact, because the test may be positive due to inactive virus.  

NOTE

People who have followed the Danish Health Authority’s guidance on social distancing, respiratory hygiene and hygiene in general are not very likely to be categorised as close contacts.

If you are in doubt you should contact your own doctor.

For more information see this pamphlet.

If someone in you household shows signs of coronavirus

If someone in you household has symptoms of coronavirus and is waiting for a test result you are as a student are allowed to meet on campus - as long as you don't have any symptoms. 

What should I do if I, or someone in my household is in a special risk group?

If you think that you are in the special risk group for corona infection, you should contact your doctor who will assess if you are in the risk group.

If you doctor confirms that this is the case, you must together with your teacher agree how you can be study active from home.  

The same applies if someone in your household is in the special risk group.

Absence from teaching during COVID-19

You should not be active in studies if you feel ill with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19. It is equated with ordinary absence due to illness. If there is mandatory attendance or participation, you must therefore report your absence as you usually do if you are ill. In the case of a prolonged absence, you must contact the study administration with medical documentation.

Am I regarded as absent for the days when I am in self-isolation due to COVID-19?
If you do not feel ill but still need to be in self-isolation because you have either tested positive for or have symptoms of COVID-19, are in close contact with an infected person, or are in a risk group, you should if possible as a starting point be active in studies from home. This is not regarded as absence. Therefore, remember to notify your teacher if you are active in studies from home due to self-isolation.

What are the guidelines for social arrangements?

Social events which are planned in the period up to April 6 must be cancelled, this applies to both students and staff.  

Practice placement / Internship

You may, according to the authorities' guidelines, go to your internship. As a rule, you must follow the internship's instructions, and it is the internship site that ultimately decides whether you are allowed to go to the internship.

What should I do if my children are sent home from school and I have to meet at the internship site?

If your child has been sent home from school and you still have to meet at your internship site, you have the possibility to ask for emergency childcare at your child's school. 

Contact your internship advisor if you have questions or changes to your internship/practical placement  occur.   

What should I do if I am sent home from a practical placement/internship?

If you are sent home, or other changes occur in your practical placement/internship, you should inform the placement advisor at your education.

The internship you perhaps missed in connection with corona will not be replaced by another internship. 

What should I do if I am in a special risk group and am in a practical placement /internship?

  • As a starting point, you must follow the internship’s instructions.

  • As a starting point, you should hold your internship as planned, but should not be exposed to obvious risks of infection. The same applies if you live in a household with someone in a risk group.
  • In special circumstances persons at increased risk, based on an individual medical assessment, maybe given permission not to meet at the internship. This is decided based on a concrete medical assessment where other possibilities for transfer to other work situations are considered. 
  • If in collaboration with your internship it has been concluded that you should not meet physically at your internship due to special circumstances, you have to fill out a Statement of Truth Document, which must be sent to your internship and your education. In these cases the assessment must be supported by a concrete and documented medical assessment You can read more about this here at Study-net

Exams at the internship

You must follow the internship's instructions. If the exam cannot take place physically it will be held via Zoom. 

Exchange and travel abroad

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs have made stricter travel restrictions. This means that the Ministry at the moment advises against all travel worldwide.   

Exchange

The stricter travel restrictions also mean that exchanges as a starting point are advised against. You should contact the international coordinator at your department for advice. If you plan an exchange, it is of course essential to stay updated on the Danish Foreign Ministry’s website regarding the current travel advice.

Returning to Denmark

International students who have residence in Denmark or have a residence permit for studies can enter Denmark even though the institution is closed. 

If you have been abroad and return to Denmark, your are advised to immediately take a rapid test upon arrival in Denmark at one of the free rapid test facilities available upon entry. Furthermore, you are advised to go into self-isolation for 10 days. You can end the self-isolation upon receipt of a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

Home transport: Travellers must follow the authorities’ recommendations on behaviour to prevent the spread of infection. This includes using face masks in public transport and the recommendations on physical distancing, hygiene, etc.

When returning to Denmark the health authorities recommend that you go into self-isolation for 10 days. Your self-isolation may be terminated by a negative response to a COVID-19 test performed no earlier than the fourth day after your entry.

You should always stay updated on the Danish Foreign Ministry’s website regarding the current travel advice.  

Cleaning and hygiene

Absalon follows the authorities’ recommendations and guidelines regarding cleaning and security measures on campus.

  • Hand sanitizer is available in all rooms and common areas on campus. Furthermore, there is surface disinfectant and napkins for disinfecting tables, chairs and other surfaces after use.
  • Extra cleaning of all surfaces, handles, toilets, etc. has been implemented.  
  • There are signs and distance markers in selected places on campus. Staff and students are responsible for keeping their distance from other people.
  • The canteen is arranged appropriately so that distance can be maintained and queuing is avoided.

If you have any questions about the above please contact your education.

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Absalon's Corona hotline:

Tel. 72 48 30 40

Mail: corona@pha.dk

Information from the authorities about the coronavirus situation in Denmark: 

https://coronadenmark.dk/

Call the authorities hotline between 5 – 7 PM: Tel. +45 41 45 30 56

How to use a face mask

  1. Before: Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser
  2. Find out which side of the mask is the front. It is usually the coloured side
  3. Cover your nose and mouth with the face mask and secure it behind your ears
  4. Make sure the face mask sits tightly against your face
  5. Do not touch the face mask during use. Change it often and always put on a new one if it gets wet or dirty
  6. To remove the face mask, take hold of the elastic bands, and do not touch the face mask itself. Dispose of immediately
  7. After: Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser 

Remember that the best way of preventing infection is by following the general guidance issued by the Danish Health Authority. In certain situations, face masks can be used to provide extra protection against infection – if used correctly.