During the corona press conference on Friday 12 November the government announced a number of new corona measures. These measures will come into effect on Saturday 13 November 2021. In this update you can find out what this means for studying and working at Saxion.
Maximum group size of 75 people
For higher education, a maximum group size of 75 people in lecture halls applies. This excludes staff. In the timetable for term 2, we have already used this as a starting point, where education permitted it, to spread the movements within the building and the teaching areas. Therefore, only a few educational activities are planned for more than 75 people. These will be cancelled for Monday 15 November. You can see this in your timetable, so make sure you check your timetable for Monday again on Sunday evening. The timetable from Tuesday 16 November will be adjusted to the maximum group size. The maximum group size does not apply to exams.
Sharpened advice regarding working from home
The government has tightened the advice regarding working from home to: ‘Work from home, unless there is really no other option’. At Saxion this only applies to support staff who are not directly involved in education- or research-related support. For faculty members, the timetable will dictate whether or not lecturers need to be physically present on site. For researchers, the nature of the work being done will dictate the location where it takes place.
Face masks and social distancing
As of 6 November, it is once again compulsory to wear a face mask when moving through communal areas in the Saxion buildings. You do not have to wear a face mask in the classroom or office. Furthermore, the social distancing rule of 1,5 metres does not apply in higher education. But it is wise to try and maintain this distance where possible.
Self-test before coming to Saxion
We ask you to continue self-testing for Covid-19 before coming to Saxion. The Cabinet advice is to do this twice a week. You can order your Covid-19 self-tests free of charge via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. If you have any symptoms resembling those of COVID-19, stay at home and make an appointment with the GGD (Municipal Health Services) for a test. Self-testing does no substitute for a GGD test.
Vaccination is also helping to make universities safe spaces. That’s why we encourage you to get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so. You can make an appointment for this via www.planjeprik.nl or by calling the GGD (Municipal Health Services). You can also get vaccinated without an appointment.