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Staff info: Vaasa University of Applied Sciences to return to the campus and moving to hybrid work

Posted on 2020-08-06 16:53:38 EEST.

Teaching will continue in the fall as contact teaching. The 1st year students of the programs taught in English International Business and Information Technology will start the year as remote teaching. IB and IT students of 2nd till 4th year will start in hybrid teaching according to teachers instructions. All lectures for more than 40 people are considered remote teaching. The preparedness group meets weekly and, if necessary, takes measures to ensure a safe working and study environment. Changes will be communicated if necessary.

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences will return to campuses from August, made possible by the favorable coronavirus situation in Finland. Contact teaching and exam sessions that require supervision are held on campuses. A prerequisite for a safe return to campuses is responsible cooperation. This means that you can move on the campus only if you are completely healthy and you must always practice good hand and cough hygiene. In all VAMK's operations, the aim is to practice social distancing. If necessary, the university provides protective equipment for students, for example in workshops.

VAMK's students, staff and stakeholders are effectively protected and a safe study and work environment is made possible. To achieve this, every member of our college community is encouraged to commit to our common rules of the game.
The development of the corona situation is monitored daily at VAMK. The preparedness group meets weekly and, if necessary, takes measures to ensure a safe working and study environment. The parties will be notified of the changes.

If you suspect coronavirus infection

You must not enter VAMK's premises when you are ill or symptomatic. Should any symptoms occur, it is the responsibility of each member of the higher education community to apply for corona testing without delay in accordance with the instructions he or she has received from student health care or health care in his or her place of residence. Anyone who knows the symptoms or suspects exposure can fill out an assessment of their well-being through The staff can also use Terveystalo's services, which offer us occupational health care services and also corona testing. Please contact your healthcare provider first by phone or digital means.

Hand and cough hygiene

Every member of the UAS community contributes to good hand hygiene. Careful and repeated hand washing and the use of hand disinfectant are an important part of VAMK's daily routines. Immediately upon arrival at the campus facilities, moving from one facility or class to another, and otherwise as necessary, care will be taken to wash hands and use hand disinfectant.
A disposable handkerchief is used for coughing and sneezing, after which it is immediately placed in the trash. If there is no handkerchief, cough or sneeze on the sleeve but not on the hands.
Read more on THL's website.

Practice sosial distancing

Adequate safety distances will be maintained on campus. The recommended safety distance is one to two meters. Adequate safety clearances must be provided, especially when staying in or queuing in corridors and lobby areas.
Safety intervals are taken into account in breaks and lounges and it is hoped that stays in these locations are limited to a minimum. These locations are entered and exited via disinfecting you hands.
Adequate safety distances between examiners are taken into account in the examination rooms. You must not come to the exam sick or symptomatic.

Services on campuses

Libraries, study offices and the HelpDesk, as well as international and applicant services, normally serve on campuses and online. Contact the study office primarily electronically. Adequate safety clearances and good hand hygiene are ensured when dealing with the library and the study office. Be sure to follow the safety instructions provided. Student health services are available.

Use of protective equipment

We offer our staff the opportunity to protect themselves by using face masks provided by the employer for situations where safety intervals cannot be maintained, or the person otherwise wishes to use a face mask to protect themselves and others. Protective visors are also offered to those working in service positions.

The risk groups

If you belong to the risk groups identified by THL, contact your supervisor and occupational health about work arrangements. The aim is to organize the work in such a way that there is no risk of exposure.

Cleaning and wiping surfaces

Cleaning has already been further intensified at VAMK and is carried out in accordance with THL's instructions. Disinfectant wipes are also available in the classes.

Travelling at home and abroad

Travel abroad is not done in the current situation. Occasions requiring travelling should be primarily held remotely. Travelling must be agreed with the supervisor.

Events on campus

For the programmes taught in English the studies commence as distance learning on 31 August 2020. Other events are also organized primarily remotely. If this is not possible, ensure up-to-date instructions already at the event planning stage by contacting Organizing the event this autumn requires a permit issued by VAMK's preparedness team. It is essential that the organizer ensures in advance that adequate security arrangements can be made for the event, starting with social distancing and other protection.

Meeting practices

Meetings are mainly held remotely.