As announced in the press conference of the Dutch government on Tuesday, 14 September 2021, the last Corona measures will be withdrawn from higher education as of Saturday, 25 September. This will make a return to the 'old normal' at PPLE and UvA for the most part possible. We are pleased about this news, but we also understand that it can be a source of concern for some of our students and staff. The following is a detailed account of what the new relaxations of the measures mean and how we can collectively ensure that everyone can feel safe while studying or teaching at PPLE.
For examinations, the maximum group size will already cease to apply from 20 September. As it will be difficult to arrange rooms for exams of large courses at this point, these exams will nevertheless be held online, as previously scheduled.
As a community, we all have a part to play in keeping each other safe. What we do and how we behave will affect our friends, our fellow students, and university staff members. Therefore, we would like to bring to your attention the PPLE College community norms summarised in our Code of Conduct.
The most important takeaway up front: Stay at home and get tested at the Municipal Health Service (GGD) if you have symptoms! You can read who to contact in this case and how to behave in general in the Code of Conduct.
In line with the UvA’s policy, we recommend that everyone gets vaccinated. Dutch students and staff can make an appointment with the GGD. Until 19 September all students can still visit the vaccination unit on the Roeterseiland campus without making an advance appointment. You will not be required to prove that you have been staying in the Netherlands for at least one month or to have a BSN number. The Amsterdam Municipal Health Service (GGD) has set up a special appointment hotline for international students: (+31) 020 5555 202. View all vaccination locations in Amsterdam here.
Just like vaccinations, self-testing remains an important measure to safely perform educational activities on campus. The guideline we encourage students and staff to comply with is to self-test at least twice a week. Starting 16 September, self-tests will be available at building entrances at the campus. Moreover, you can order tests free of charge at zelftestonderwijs.nl.
All buildings have natural or mechanical ventilation that meets the requirements set out by the RIVM guidelines. The UvA has concluded a maintenance contract for all the ventilation systems to ensure that they can be used safely and reliably. The ventilation is checked regularly and adjusted where necessary.
Lastly, we will continue to take other additional hygiene measures, such as extra cleaning and disinfection.
Despite the measures taken, there will inevitably be situations where (suspected) cases of Covid-19 occur in our community. For those situations where a student realises that they have (possibly) been infected with the coronavirus, we have created a flowchart that clearly indicates what to do and who to contact.