The PThU closely monitors all developments concerning corona virus. For location Amsterdam we are in close contact with VU, for location Groningen with RUG. Please find the most current information on corona virus on the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
Update 12 June
In this corona period, PThU makes decisions that affect the ins and outs of the organisation and have consequences for students and employees. The choices that lead to the decisions are based on a policy framework. This policy framework is not a decision in itself, but indicates the framework within which decisions are made. We would like to share this framework and the resulting measures with you.
Update 20 May
As of May 11, 2020, the government has made a number of changes to the measures taken in connection with the corona crisis. Further relaxations were announced at the press conference on May 19. The cabinet has also mapped out a route along which further relaxation of measures can take shape. This relaxation of measures has a direct effect on higher education and therefore also on us as PThU. This requires an adapted and specific policy within the guidelines and options that we have as an institution. We will follow the step-by-step easing of government regulations as proposed for:
- the period until June 15,
- the period June 15 - September 1,
- the period after September 1.
The decisions we have taken as PThU relate to the three locations of the PThU in Amsterdam, Groningen and Hydepark and deal with the following subjects:
- teaching and research
- work (from home) and employee workplaces
- study places
The following preconditions are the starting point for the decisions that have been taken:
- The safety of staff and students is central and must be guaranteed.
- RIVM guidelines are leading and will be followed.
- There is room for customisation to take protective measures for students and staff.
- There is sufficient capacity in public transport available to start up and scale up activities.
- There are written and communicated guidelines for staff and students when they can come to PThU locations.
- Measures have been taken to ensure that the 1.5 meter rule is maintained.
- Supervision and enforcement of the 1.5 meter rule is provided.
- Additional hygiene measures have been taken.
- There are rules for arrival times and departure times of students and staff if capacity requires working in groups and shifts.
- The timetable for education provides for the provision of education in such a way that this can be carried out within the applicable measures.
Locations PThU Amsterdam en Groningen
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RIVM remains most important source of information
RIVM is monitoring the situation in the Netherlands and has created a Frequently Asked Questions page about the corona virus. Here, you will find answers to questions like:
- When are you at risk of catching the new corona virus?
- When should you stay at home due to the corona virus?
- My roommate has returned from an area where COVID-19 is widespread, and has health issues. Should I stay home as well?
The PThU will follow RIVM's advice and is closely monitoring them, for location Amsterdam in cooperation with VU, and in cooperation with other universities (RUG in Groningen).
How does the corona virus impact working and studying at PThU at this moment? Below you will find answers to frequenly asked questions. If you are a student or employee of the PThU and your question is not among them, please contact one of the following:
- Students: Bastiaan Kobes and Annemarie Goosens
- Availability by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Availability by phone: +31 20 59 847 36
- Students abroad and for international travel advice: Albert Nijboer
- Availability by email: email@example.com
- Availability by phone: +31 20 59 846 69
- Employees: Margot Hinderink, HR-advisor
- Availability by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Availability by phone: +31 6 22 45 39 04
Frequently asked questions and answers
Answers to requently asked questions will be updated with new information where available.
The government has created a number to call with questions about the corona virus: 0800 - 1351. International information can be found on the website of the World Health Organisation.
Students and employees who are set to travel abroad in the near future are advised to consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Dutch) for current travel advice. Does study or work require you to travel to a land or region with a negative travel advice because of corona virus? Employees are asked to contact their direct manager for advice.
How can people help prevent the spread of corona virus?
The most important measures people can take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are straightforward. These basic hygiene measures apply to all viruses that can cause the flu and colds:
- Wash your hands with soap regularly
- Cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow
- Use paper handkerchiefs
New measure: stop shaking hands.