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Information regarding coronavirus

Updated September 21, 2020

The corona virus is still around and there is a risk that students and staff can be infected.

Therefore, 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.

Schedule changes - keep an eye on your schedule often at Itslearning!

Due to the special circumstances caused by corona, changes to your schedule may appear. You must therefore be aware that your current schedule is subject to changes that can happen a few days in advance. So keep an eye on your schedule often at Itslearning.

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 are tested positive for corona, inform your teacher as soon as possible. The teacher then contacts 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.

If you are infected with corona, you must go home immediately if you are on campus.

For more information go to the FAQ and guidelines.

FAQ and Guidelines

What are the guidelines for teaching and being at campus?

Teaching and other activities at Absalon’s campuses take place according to these principles:

  • One meters distance in all rooms and common areas at Absalon’s campuses.  
  • Straight rows of chairs are the standard set up in all classrooms.

    • In order for us to hold classes in the best possible way, it has been necessary to remove the tables in the classrooms. 
    • One is not allowed to move the chairs around.
    • Students who have problems with, for example, their backs or are pregnant, can rapply for a special table. 
    • New small tables will be delivered in mid-October and will be distributed gradually on all Absalon campuses. The last ones are expected to be set up in mid-November.
    • Read more about tables here.

  • Use of protective equipment (including face masks) are required in special subject rooms, i.e. in workshops, sports halls, physiotherapy practice rooms, music rooms, laboratories, physic rooms, clinical practice rooms, etc. The teachers in the special subject rooms will hand out masks. We recommend that you as a student use the masks that Absalon provides free of charge. You can also use your own mask. Students who have reduced lung capacity (e.g. due to cancer) can be excempt from using face masks. They should instead use a face shield in special subject rooms and keep one meters distance to others.  
  • 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 one 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, 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.

  • Based on a principle of precaution, Absalon has decided that facemasks 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, etc.  In music rooms the facemask requirement can be replaced by keeping a distance of 2 meters when singing. This is to reduce infection, as face-to-face contact is often unavoidable in these rooms. Students who have reduced lung capacity (e.g. due to cancer) can be excempt from using face masks. They should instead use a face shield in special subject rooms and keep one meters distance to others.
  • In addition, the use of gloves when there is a lot of contact is recommended.
  • A distance of one 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. Facemasks 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

There are still tables in meeting- and group rooms. Chairs will be set up so that one 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

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

To prevent queues at the buffet, the meal break has been extended to two hours from kl. 11.15 - 13.15. For at forhindre kødannelse ved buffeten, er spisepausen udvidet til to timer fra kl. 11.15 - 13.15. A division of meal times for students, staff and students has been agreed upon for each education.

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 stay home until you are healthy, that is to say until 48 hours after you last had symptoms.

The typical symptoms of COVID-19 are a sore throat, general discomfort, muscle pain, and possibly a dry cough and fever. You should consider yourself as being sick if you experience symptoms of illness, even with mild symptoms such as a cold.

It can be a good idea to book an appointment for a test.

If you have tested positive for corona virus or experience signs of the disease
If you have tested positive for corona virus or have symptoms of it (dry cough, sore throat, fever, problems breathing, headache, muscle aches) you may not show up on campus until you have been symptom free for 48 hours.  

If you are tested positive for corona, inform your teacher as soon as possible. The teacher then contacts 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.

If you are infected with corona, you must go home immediately if you are on campus.

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

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)
  • Healthcare professionals who have been involved in caring for a patient with COVID-19 and who have not used personal protective equipment in the prescribed ways.

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 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 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.

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.

What are the guidelines for social arrangements?

Social events planned in the period from September 19 to October 4, 2020 must be canceled.

In addition: In order to reduce the risk of the spread of infection, it has been decided that all events at Absalon (for both students and staff) must be held before 22.00 and without alcohol.                                                           

There is no limit to the number of participants as long as the one meter requirement is met.                          

It is the local management's responsibility to decide whether an event can be held responsibly.

What are the guidelines regarding international travel?

Absalon urges students to follow closely the authorities’ recommendations regarding travel abroad and to exercise caution. 

Self-isolation

If you are returning from countries, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against, you must go in self-isolation for 14 days upon returning home.

You can also book an appointment for a corona test at www.coronaprover.dk. The test should be taken immediately after returning to Denmark. If you have been on a short travel, the test cannot be taken earlier than 4 days after leaving Denmark. If the test is negative you can stop the 14 days self-isolation, which otherwise apply when returning from abroad.

Practice placement / Internship

Can I replace the internship I missed in connection with the Corona crises?

No - your internship is not replaced by another internship. The goal is for all students to return to any interrupted internships as soon as possible.

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

You should stay home if you have symptoms of illness, and stay home until you are healthy, that is to say until 48 hours after you last had symptoms - then you can return to your internship.

It can be a good idea to book an appointment for a test.

If you have tested positive for corona virus you must follow the authorities and your internship's guidelines about how to trace the infection. If you have been on campus two days before you had symptoms or tested positive you should inform your teacher as soon as possible. The teacher then contacts 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.

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.

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

Online exams

How do I participate online in oral exams?

Based on an exemption issued by The Ministry of Higher Education and Science on March 19, 2020 exams can be held via video conferencing systems.

To and with the end of June 2020 The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has waived the requirement that supervisors be present at online oral exams.

During the period of dispensation, Absalon uses the Zoom system. The system is user friendly, stable and secure, and since teaching has been held virtually, it has been the preferred solution.  

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 on-line exams in Zoom here

Exchange

It can be possible to go on an exchange in the fall 2020, but there are many restrictions due to corona. 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.

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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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.