COVID-19 – MEASURES AT JAMU

JAMU’s approach is based on information from Czech, European and world authorities, especially on information and recommendations of the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health. JAMU calls for calm and prevention, provides the following information and takes the following measures in order to reduce the risk of spreading the infection, in particular the risk for JAMU students and staff. The Rector’s measures implement, into the environment of JAMU, those of the measures of public authorities which are relevant to JAMU and its activities.

The basic common task of all of us is to take all steps available to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, an undisturbed course of educational, artistic and other creative activities in the academic year 2020/2021.

On the basis of Section 10(1) of the Higher Education Act and Article 67 of the Statutes of JAMU, the Rector decided, with effect as of 9 October 2020, on the following preventive measures:

Procedure in the event of symptoms or confirmation of a viral disease

Employees and students who show even mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19, especially body temperature of 37°C or higher, cough, dyspnoea, indigestion, loss of taste or smell or general weakness, shall report this to their general practitioner by means of remote communication and to JAMU by e-mail, in the case of the Theatre Faculty to the address dekan.difa@jamu.cz, in the case of the Faculty of Music to the address dekan.hf@jamu.cz and in other cases to the address rektor@jamu.cz. Please note that this is an obligation arising from Section 106(3) and (4) of the Labour Code for employees and, in conjunction with Section 391(4) of the Labour Code, also for students. In the case of suspicion of illness, an extraordinary (occupational) medical examination may be ordered pursuant to Section 12 of Decree No. 79/2013 Coll.

Persons with symptoms of an infectious viral disease shall seek medical help and must not enter the JAMU premises until a decision is made on their incapacity for work, isolation or quarantine. If possible, they shall fulfil their work or study duties from home (home office, teaching by electronic means, self-study), otherwise leave will be ordered to them.

The Dean or Rector will notify the Director of the Astorka Dormitory of employees and students with ordered quarantine or isolation and persons who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

MEDICAL AID

General Practitioner for JAMU international students is:

MUDR. VĚRA SCHÖBLOVÁ

Lidická 42
Tel: +420 545 245 235 (doctor), +420 545 572 813 (nurse)
Website: https://mudr-vera-schoblova.modernilekar.cz/

Surgery hours:
Mon: 7:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tue: 7:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wed: 7:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thu: 12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
(Mon – Wed, Fri: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. blood-taking)

Operating restrictions and entry to buildings

The entry and presence of persons with acute health problems corresponding to an infectious disease (e.g. elevated body temperature, cough, dyspnoea, indigestion, loss of taste or smell, general weakness) in the premises of JAMU is prohibited. Elevated body temperature means a body temperature of 37°C or higher.

Based on the crisis measures, the Rector decided on the following measures:

  1. personal contact of JAMU employees and beneficiaries of the public administration activities performed by JAMU (e.g. students, participants in admission, habilitation and other procedures) and other external persons (e.g. applicants for information) is limited to the extent strictly necessary, especially by preferring other than personal contact in all cases where possible,
  2. reduction of the office hours of the Rector’s Office and both faculties to Mondays and Wednesdays always from 9AM to 12PM and from 1PM to 3PM.

When entering the JAMU premises, everyone is obliged to disinfect their hands and tolerate a body temperature measurement with a non-contact thermometer.

Records of incoming members of the public are kept at the receptions and gatehouses of all JAMU buildings.

Face masks

The measure of the Ministry of Health prohibits movement and presence without face masks, i.e. respiratory (nose, mouth) protective equipment such as a respirator, face mask, scarf, shawl or other means that prevent the spread of droplets, namely:

  1. in all interiors of buildings, outside the place of residence or accommodation (e.g. hotel room, dormitory room),
  2. in public transport.

This prohibition does not apply, inter alia, to:

  1. students and academic staff under the Higher Education Act (not other JAMU employees) within educational activities the nature of which does not allow the wearing of protective equipment (please note that this concerns the rule of compulsory wearing of face masks, not a regulation of the possibility of education at a university),
  2. employees while working in one place if such a person works at a distance of at least 2 metres from another person,
  3. persons performing an author’s work (e.g. a theatrical, dance or musical performance), persons giving a lecture or persons performing in the creation and production of an audio-visual work or programme,
  4. moderators, editors and other persons appearing in radio, television and other programmes,
  5. persons for the time strictly necessary to take their portrait photograph,
  6. athletes or sportsmen during training, exercise, sports match, competition etc.

The measure of the Regional Hygiene Station of the South Moravian Region prohibits movement and presence without face masks at mass events and gatherings held in outdoor areas with the participation of more than 100 people at one time (please note that this concerns the rule of compulsory wearing of face masks, not a regulation of the possibility of holding mass events). This prohibition does not apply, inter alia, to:

  1. persons performing an author’s work (e.g. a theatrical, dance or musical performance), persons giving a lecture or persons performing in the creation and production of an audio-visual work or programme,
  2. moderators, editors and other persons appearing in radio, television and other programmes,
  3. athletes or sportsmen during training, exercise, sports match, competition etc.

Receipt of documents and consignments

All documents and consignments are accepted exclusively at mail rooms, electronic submission is preferred.

Studies in the academic year 2020/2021

I instruct the Deans of the faculties and heads of other units of JAMU to take measures that will, as far as possible, maintain educational and artistic activities in separate groups so as to limit the contact between students of different years and study programmes/fields (such a limitation will enable the competent hygiene station to find as many contacts as possible as part of any ordered quarantine, which may prevent the need to order quarantine of the entire faculty, another unit or JAMU as a whole).

By a crisis measure, for the period from 12 October 12AM to 25 October 2020 11:59PM, the Government:

  1. prohibits the personal presence of students at classes in the course of university studies pursuant to the Higher Education Act,
  2. restricts the operation of universities so that singing and sports activities are not part of education; in view of the prohibition under clause 1, JAMU does not consider this restriction to be relevant for universities.

The Deans of the faculties will determine subjects for which the transition to online teaching is possible, as well as subjects for which, on the contrary, such teaching is inappropriate or impossible.

The Dean of the Faculty of Music will make a decision concerning cases where it is necessary for students to use the musical instruments or technological equipment of the Faculty of Music in its building, and shall adopt adequate organisational and hygienic measures for such self-study. Only the student is personally present in the room where the self-study takes place.

Pursuant to Section 2 of Act No. 188/2020 Coll., the period of studies from 1 March 2020 to 31 August 2020 does not count towards the period of studies for the purposes of determining the fee for extended studies and the maximum period of studies, with effect as of 24 April 2020. The period for which the “entitlement” social scholarship is awarded is extended by the same period. The period of study interruption during the period specified above is not included in the total period of study interruption upon request.

Restriction of mass events

By a crisis measure, for the period from 12 October 12AM to 25 October 2020 11:59PM, the Government:

  1. prohibits mass events
    1. with the attendance of over 10 persons inside buildings, and
    2. with the attendance of over 20 persons in outdoor areas,
  2. prohibits a distance of less than 2 metres from other persons (at events not prohibited under clause 1),
  3. prohibits concerts, theatre performances and other artistic performances and festivities during which singing is predominant, including rehearsals.

The prohibition under clause 1 does not apply to “mass events” (e.g. meetings) in which only JAMU employees participate; this is without prejudice to the obligation to keep personal contacts to a minimum. 

By a crisis measure, for the period from 12 October 12AM to 25 October 2020 11:59PM, the Government prohibited, among other things:

  1. concerts and other musical, theatrical, film and other artistic performances,
  2. congresses and other educational events,
  3. the operation and use of sports facilities in the interiors of buildings (e.g. gyms).

The Rector, in agreement with the Deans, states that, from 5 October 12AM to 25 October 2020 11:59PM, according to the Government’s crisis measures, mass events (including concerts and theatre performances) cannot be held at JAMU.

Library

The operation of the Library is not limited. A measure of the Ministry of Health mandates the observance of the following rules for the operation of libraries:

  1. ensure that library staff perform hand hygiene at an increased frequency in contact with books and “other similar items”,
  2. at the entrance to the library, the “customer” performs hand disinfection, the disinfectant being provided by the library operator.

Astorka

Students accommodated in the JAMU dormitory are strongly advised to observe basic hygiene measures and minimise social contacts with other residents – only in this way can we prevent the possible ordering of isolation or quarantine for the entire dormitory or JAMU. A student who has been ordered to stay in isolation or quarantine, or has tested positive for SARS-COV-2, shall immediately report this not only to his/her relevant faculty but also to the dormitory director.

The dormitory director is instructed to establish and maintain an adequate capacity reserve for residents who are reasonably suspected of having become ill with SARS-CoV-2 and who cannot leave the dormitory for serious reasons.

A measure of the Ministry of Health mandates the observance of the following rules at Astorka as an accommodation facility:

  1. customers are encouraged by information materials to keep a distance of 2 metres and to pay with a payment card if possible,
  2. at the entrance to the accommodation facility and in the toilets, the possibility of hand disinfection for customers is provided,
  3. surfaces that people touch with their hands are disinfected regularly,
  4. customer information materials explaining the anti-epidemic measures in place are available,
  5. before accommodating a new customer, all contact surfaces, objects used by guests (e.g. telephone, TV remote control) and the bathroom and toilet in the room are disinfected.

Foreigners for the purpose of economic or educational activity

  • Regarding engagement of foreigners for the purpose of economic or educational activity, Rector points out the responsibilities set in the article I.I.5 of the Protective measure of the Ministry of Health, i. e. the obligation of the receiving organization (JAMU) to ensure the following for these foreigners:
  1. accommodation for the entire period of their stay in the Czech Republic, including the place where the quarantine measure will be carried out in the event of its order by the public health protection authority,
  2. healthcare or a registered healthcare service provider for the entire duration of their stay in the Czech Republic,
  3. return to their country of origin in the event of the loss of the purpose of residence in the Czech Republic; this does not apply to foreigners with a long-term residency permit.