Coronavirus: updates and guidelines
Following the coronavirus/Covid-19 we regularly update our students and staff members. All specific information for students or staff can be found on the pages below. We also provide answers to frequently asked questions on these pages.
The basic rule remains that everything happens online as much as possible, and students and staff only come to the campus if no alternative is possible. For those who do have to come to the campus, the general rules that are issued by the government are to be followed. These can be read at www.info-coronavirus.be. In addition, EhB has the following mandatory basic rules, which are mandatory reading for everyone. So be sure to read the guidelines that apply to you.
Update 7 May - Guidelines for students and staff on campus as of 18 May 2020
All specific guidelines can be read here:
EhB has the following mandatory basic rules:
- Social distancing: when moving, keep a distance of 1.5m; a circle of approx. 7 m² is provided for each seat.
- Hand hygiene: The EhB provides hygienic material for hand washing, to be used:
- when entering the campus
- after visiting the toilet
- before meals
- before leaving the EhB
- after coughing or sneezing
- before and after operating machines, instruments,...
- Personal protective equipment:
- Mouth masks or face masks are mandatory for everyone and are kept on on campus throughout your stay.
- Cleaning personnel wear mouth masks and gloves
- High-risk groups: we take these precautions concerning those who are sick or belonging to a high-risk group:
- Sick students and staff remain at home. Suspected sick students and staff members will be sent home.
- Students who belong to a high-risk group can continue to follow digital education.
- Staff members belonging to a high-risk group are advised to continue working from home. If working from home turns out to be impossible, these staff members can benefit from a force majeure scheme.
Whether or not you belong to a high-risk group is determined by your GP.
EhB's corona safety policy
It should be clear that the safety of all students and staff is an absolute basic requirement when using our campuses.
- We provide measures for physical safety and mental well-being.
- We aspire to provide the safest possible EhB environment, while trying to minimise the risk of contamination.
- Social distancing is always and everywhere the rule.
- Mouth masks and mouth coverings are a crucial part of the safety policy.
Guidelines are distributed for people who are present on campuses on the one hand, and for personnel who have to schedule the activities that require physical presence on campuses on the other. These guidelines are based on the guidelines of Education Flanders and can be read here.
The EhB already has instructions on the actions to be taken in case of contamination.
- In case of a confirmed infection or a suspicion of infection, this is immediately reported via the email address email@example.com.
- Parents of students who fall ill at the EhB will be contacted immediately to pick them up. The students with COVID-symptoms are immediately removed from the activity and placed in a separate room in quarantine until the parents have picked them up. The infected room must be disinfected.
The organisation of the activities that require presence on the campuses is based on risk analyses per location.
- The EhB is supported and advised by IDEWE's external service for prevention and protection. The risk analysis is drawn up by the EhB board in cooperation with the internal prevention service and the external prevention service, with reporting to the CPBW.
- The local prevention staff are involved in the organisation of the restart.
In the risk analysis and when taking prevention measures in addition to physical safety, we also take into account the mental wellbeing of staff and students.
- For the students, the student counsellors are the point of contact and, in the second instance, the Stuvo department.
- Through the HR department, agreements have been made with the psychosocial well-being department of IDEWE's external service.
- When restarting, we take into account the long period in which students and the EhB staff have not seen each other (also in the context of complying with social distancing just after the restart).
We foresee regular interim evaluations and, if necessary, adjustments of the risk analysis and the implementation of the prevention measures.
- EhB ensures regular consultation (at least twice a week) with the various internal services, departments and training courses in order to know what is going on within the EhB. Sufficient supervision will be organised to ensure that all measures are complied with.
- We have made clear agreements with third parties (cleaning, suppliers, ...).
- We foresee measures to exclude non-essential third parties (visitors) as much as possible.
- Sufficient time will be set aside for the reception of students and staff during the restart.
Info about lessons, exams,...
On canvas you will always find the latest info on how and when we organize the lessons, the internships and/or the evaluations per class.
Students can't go abroad on an internship
(update 14 March)
Foreign Office advises against all travel.This means that no one can go abroad on an internship as long as this advice remains in force.
- Contact the head of your study program to evaluate what alternatives are possible.
- See what the possibilities are with regard to your flight, your stay, .... (cancel, refund, postpone, ...)
- If you received a grant for your stay abroad, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The university college is in permanent contact with the crisis centre of the FPS Foreign Affairs to monitor instructions on staying in or returning from abroad.
Those who are abroad, are asked to get in touch
We urge you to contact the consulate or embassy in your country of residence as soon as possible and mail them the following information, with email@example.com in cc:
- Surname & first name
- Date of birth
- National registration number
- Cell phone number
- Scheduled period of stay
- Concise state of affairs of your internship or study: can you still do an internship or has the internship been suspended, is there still teaching (virtual or not), ...
Contact details can be found at https://diplomatie.belgium.be/nl/Diensten/ambassades_en_consulaten/belgische_ambassades_en_consulaten_in_het_buitenland.
The university college closely monitors the situation and follows up the official reporting. We also work out procedures in consultation with all departments involved. In addition, we are prepared to deal with concerns and questions.
To this end, an e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org was created. This e-mail address is managed by all those who take on the role of safety anchor on your campus. You can go there with questions or notifications:
- in case of a confirmed coronavirus infection
- in case of suspicion of contamination
- with questions of all kinds about the coronavirus
Our services, such as STUVO, tutoring and student administration also remain available to you online. Don't hesitate to contact them if you have any questions.
In addition, we call for general hygiene precautions to be observed:
- Apply good hand hygiene: wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Preferably use a disposable handkerchief and throw it in a garbage can immediately afterwards. Do the same as you muzzle your nose. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
As I'm sure you've heard, the symptoms are the same as with a regular seasonal flu: high fever and coughing. Do you feel sick and have you recently been in a region where the coronavirus reigns, or do you think you have had contact with someone who recently returned from those areas? If so, contact your family doctor by telephone (so do not sit in the waiting room or go to the emergency room).