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PPLE and Covid-19 in the 2021-2022 academic year

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in the press conference of the Dutch government on Tuesday, 14 September 2021, the last Corona measures will be withdrawn from higher education as of Saturday, 25 September.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.

What measures will change from 25 September in higher education?

  • The maximum group size of 75 people per classroom will end.
  • The obligation to wear a face mask will no longer apply. This means you don't have to wear a face mask on campus anymore while moving around. If you feel uncomfortable without a face mask, however, it goes without saying that you can still wear one whenever you want. If someone, student or teacher, asks you if you are willing to wear a face mask because it would make them more comfortable, we hope you show leniency towards their request.
  • Please note that teaching staff have the prerogative to set additional norms in their classes, such as e.g., the wearing of a face mask.

Examinations and the maximum group size

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.

What measures will change from 25 September outside of higher education?

  • The 1.5 metre distancing rule will no longer apply. This means that from 25 September, you no longer have to keep your distance outside the campus, as is already the case on campus. As with the use of face masks, we would like to point out that you can keep your distance and ask others to keep their distance if you feel safer this way. We also hope that you will comply with this request if someone asks you to do so.
  • Wearing a face mask remains mandatory on public transport. However, from 25 September, you can remove your mask in stations and on platforms.
  • From 25 September, a Corona Pass will be required for access to restaurants, sporting events and cultural events and venues. This pass can be presented with the CoronaCheck app of the Dutch government or an equivalent app from another country. People who have recently recovered from Corona or have been fully vaccinated or have recently been tested negative receive proof for access via these apps.
  • Be aware: You do not need a Corona pass to access the campus or the PPLE building. However, we urge everyone who can get vaccinated, to do so. By getting vaccinated, you can contribute to a safer campus and also participate more easily in public life. We also expect everyone to self-test regularly, at least twice a week. More information on vaccination and self-testing can be found below.
  • See an outline of the current Corona regulations in the Netherlands published by the government here.

Other measures to enable safe studying and teaching at PPLE

Code of Conduct

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.

Vaccinations

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.

Self-testing

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.

Ventilation

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. 

Additional Hygiene Measures

Lastly, we will continue to take other additional hygiene measures, such as extra cleaning and disinfection.

What to do if you (might) have contracted the Coronavirus?

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.