Update on coronavirus – BUas’ perspective

This update serves to keep you informed on the coronavirus and how BUas operates in this matter. Furthermore, it will give you answers to several frequently asked questions.

FAQs

Last updated: 15 January 2022

General BUas Corona related policies and perspective (as of 15 January 2022)

BUas update
Despite a huge number of infections and the highly contagious Omicron variant, the Dutch government decided on 14 January that higher education may be offered on campus again under certain conditions. The conditions to open up higher education are: a maximum of 75 students per lecture hall, the strong advice to wear a face mask in practically all situations, and the strong advice to do 2 self-tests per week.
 
As BUas, we are very aware that the social pressure on society and on education to further open up is high, but that we are facing health risks for staff and students at the same time. After careful assessment, we have come to the decision to follow the government decision to reopen for on-campus education, whilst taking into account situations of BUas students or BUas educational staff who might be incapable to take part in on-campus education because of quarantine or when feeling too vulnerable.

The government will monitor the situation closely and communicate its reassessment outcome on 25 January 2022.  

Impact for BUas education and students
BUas is very keen on resuming on-campus education. With these new measures, this has the following impact for BUas education and students:

  • From Monday 17 January onwards, all classes and lectures will be scheduled on campus. BUas buildings will be open for students. Lectures for more than 75 students will still be scheduled online.
  • Lecturers will arrange recording of their on-campus lecture, to facilitate students who cannot attend the on-campus lecture because of quarantine or corona vulnerability. To be clear, this recording is a back-up facility, and not the same as live streaming.
  • Because of lecturer quarantine situations or personal reasons, it might be possible that some classes are scheduled online. Please pay attention to possibly changing timetables.
  • All planned examinations and resits will continue according to the scheduled timetable and campus locations (and online if planned so).
  • Practical education (Sibelicious and Media Production House) will continue. Sibelicious will perform this with students as staff, and students as customers. Because of not being able to attend to the preferred 1.5 metres distance, a face mask must be worn in practical education.


Support staff working from home. Vulnerable lecturers have a choice

  • Lecturers and examination (invigilation) staff work on campus, only on the days that they are scheduled for education but work from home on the other days.
  • If lecturers feel vulnerable to deliver on-campus education, they may opt for giving their lecture online, after consent of the academy director. BUas planning will in these cases arrange for rescheduling.
  • Non-teaching staff work at home and are only on campus if strictly necessary.

These measures will result in a minimum of staff on campus, thus maximising ‘space’ for education.

Health and safety
Because of the highly contagious Omicron variant, it is even more important to take all possible health and safety measures. Please assume your own responsibility to contribute to that, and follow and support these measures:

  • Face masks are obligatory in campus buildings in practically all cases, apart from some exceptions. The exceptions are: lecturers in educational settings; students in educational situations of presenting or interacting in the classroom, or in a project-discussion; students and staff while eating or drinking in the restaurant. Please wear ‘medical type 2’ face masks. We know that in many cases it cannot be realised, but if possible, try to maintain 1.5m distance.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly and sneeze in your elbow. If you have corona related symptoms, stay at home and perform a self-test or have yourself tested at the GGD. If the self-test is positive, have yourself tested at the GGD for confirmation of the self-test result.
  • Self-quarantine while waiting for the test and the test results; please note that this also applies if you are fully vaccinated.
  • If you as a student have been diagnosed positive, please inform BUas by email (corona@buas.nl) mentioning your name, study programme and phone number. BUas will inform colleagues and  students if needed. Please check the students protocol.
  • If you as a staff member have been diagnosed positive, please report to your manager by email, stating the phone number where you can be reached to discuss whether colleagues and/or students need to be informed. BUas will inform colleagues and/or students if needed. As a manager, please also mail this information to corona@buas.nl and mention your name and academy or service/department. Please check the  staff protocol.
  • BUas will keep campus building ventilation at a maximum level. Ventilation systems have all been checked again and it is confirmed that they function perfectly.
  • BUas will continue to facilitate all hygienic measures: offering disinfectants, taking care of extra cleaning.
  • Free self-tests are currently still available via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. Please perform a self-test twice a week.

Practical information: BUas buildings, restaurant, library

  • All BUas campus buildings will be open for education and examinations, Monday through Friday, within opening hours: 07.45 - 22.00hrs.    
  • The Service Desk will be open daily from 08.30 - 17.00hrs.  
  • Catering will be available in the Frontier Building for the next two weeks, within the normal opening hours.   

Events

  • Given the situation, for the period until 6 March 2022, we will not allow non-education related events to be organised, including graduation ceremonies.
  • The on-campus Open Day on 5 February will continue, if still possible within the measures.

Respect and understanding
We hope everybody has a clear understanding of the difficult dilemmas we are all facing, that you support the line of decision-making we have carefully followed, and that you feel supported despite this complex situation.

If you have questions, please contact your supervisor or student counsellor. We ask our community to accommodate differences and sensitivities. Stay safe and healthy!

 

 

What to do in the event of COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 diagnosis, or notification from the ‘CoronaMelder app’?

Please follow this protocol if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you have a housemate, direct family member or close contact diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you have been notified by the ‘CoronaMelder’ app:

Where can I find more information about the corona measures in the Netherlands?  

Please visit the website of the Dutch government for the latest information on the Dutch measures against the coronavirus: Dutch measures against coronavirus | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl

Do you have any specific questions about the coronavirus? Please visit the website of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports): Questions and detailed information | RIVM.

If you want to make an appointment to get tested for the coronavirus when having symptoms: Testing for coronavirus | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl

For more information on international travelling to the Netherlands from abroad, check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl 

If you have any additional questions, you can reach BUas (Corona ServiceDesk) by mail at corona@buas.nl or by phone at +31 76 533 2233 (available from 08.00 to 18.00 hrs).

What preventative measures has BUas taken?

Apart from following the RIVM and GGD guidelines, BUas is providing extra prevention support on the campus:

  • Extra cleaning, of door handles and stair railings for example, as a part of the daily cleaning schedule. 
  • Paper towels, available in places where the Dyson hand dryers and towel dispensers are.
  • Extra supplies of hand sanitizer. 
  • Disinfectant wipes for desks, available and distributed in regular office spaces, and on  request via Service Desk).
  • Cleaning is intensified and cleaning materials are available at all workplaces and in classrooms. 
  • The ventilation system does not recirculate air; only fresh air is used. The installations have been set to provide the maximum level of fresh air. You can open windows as much as you want, and we would advise you to do so.

If you have any questions or complaints about preventive products, please contact the Service Desk.

Vaccination for international students in the Netherlands

All persons aged 12 and older, living in the Netherlands are eligble for a COVID-19 vaccination. This also applies to international and exchange students. The vaccination is voluntary and free of charge. For more information on how to get vaccinated: 

Selftests

Together with other higher education institutes, BUas encourages using self-tests, as an extra means to beat the pandemic. Students and staff have the possibility to order self-tests via a webshop. This is organised and financed by the Ministry of Education. What is important to know?

  • By providing every student and employee with free self-tests, infections can be detected quickly. Students may not be aware of being infected themselves and may pass it on to others unnoticed. The use of these preventive self-tests can lead to an infection being detected (earlier), thus preventing the virus from spreading unnoticed.
  • Taking the self-test is on a voluntary basis and is not a precondition to campus entrance. BUas will not check if students or staff have tested themselves. 
  • The self-test does not replace the official testing scheme run by GGDs (the Dutch local healthcare organisations). If you have been self-tested positively or have complaints possibly indicating the coronavirus, please make an immediate appointment to have yourself tested at the GGD. If you have corona, please communicate this, based on the BUas protocols.
  • How to order? You can place your free of charge order via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl by using your BUas login credentials. 
In quarantine after arrival / return in the Netherlands

If you travel or have travelled into the Netherlands from countries with a red or orange status, BUas expects you to follow the strong formal advice of the Dutch government. Please check the website of the Dutch government Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl.

ESN supports international students who have to go into home quarantine with a Buddy programme. During your period of home quarantine, a local buddy can help you with practical issues, such as (ordering) groceries and will check up on you on a regular basis. If you need any help or have any questions related to this, please contact student organisation ESN via incoming@esn-breda.nl

Placements, exchange and minors abroad (November 2021)

With regard to placements, exchanges, minors, graduation placements, and graduation projects abroad BUas follows the travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A non-EU stay abroad is not permitted if the country colour is ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’, unless you return to your home country. If you return to your home country with ‘Orange’ colour code, please contact travelabroad@buas.nl for additional procedures. If the non-EU country colour is ‘Yellow’, the Travel Risk Procedure will be applicable.

Please be aware that planning a stay abroad even in the EU/EEA brings with it risks and uncertainty, as the situation is constantly changing, and your stay may have to be cancelled at the last minute. Our urgent advice is not to make any costs for travel and accommodation as long as your stay abroad is not sure yet; make sure you can cancel your travel arrangements free of charge if you need to cancel your stay abroad.

EU/EEA countries with the country colour of ‘Green’ or ‘Yellow’ are permitted in terms of travel abroad. As from 1 July 2021 it is also possible to travel to a code ‘Orange’ EU/EEA destination. Check the document below for exceptions. Any stay in an ‘Orange’ country should always be registered in Osiris by your coordinator.  

If the code of your destination changes to orange (non-EU) or red (EU), BUas will not give you permission to go. This also implies that, if the colour code changes during your stay abroad, you will need to leave the country.

Extra regulations: (a) You inform yourself of local government restrictions. (b) You inform yourself of quarantine requirements and how to meet these. (c) You are aware that this may have financial and social implications. (d) You check whether your insurance covers this. (e) You check with scholarships@buas.nl what the consequences are for your Erasmus+ scholarship. (f) You involve the placement office, or exchange/minor coordinator.

Check this document for all relevant information.

Travelling for study trips

In the light of the latest trends and worldwide developments concerning the COVID-19 virus, and the policies of the Dutch government, BUas has determined the following policy on travelling for business and study trips as from September 2020:

  • Do not travel unless strictly necessary, and if you do, only with explicit permission of your academy director;
  • If you travel, please arrange booking of travel and accommodation in such a way that cancellation is possible, in the event that any changes (travel advice, local situation, etc.) require so; 
  • Travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the destination concerned should be coloured green or yellow. What’s more, there must be no existing travel ban for incoming mobility set by the receiving government.

 

I am an international applicant and have been conditionally admitted. What if I cannot register for a required English test due to Covid-19?

English language tests

English tests are still postponed / cancelled in some countries due to public health concerns. In order to increase the possibilities for our applicants, we still accept the following two online alternatives for the intake of September 2022: 

  • TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition. This online TOEFL test is available at the locations where TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Iran and mainland China. Check out if this applies to you. Please note that we require at least an overall band score of 80 and a subscore for speaking of 20. 
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for applicants from China only. More information can be found via this link. Please note that we require at least an overall band score of 550 and that the speaking component (video speaking interview through Vericant) will be assessed and scored by BUas English language lecturers.

    Please contact us if you have questions or concerns (studentoffice@buas.nl). We will hopefully see each other at the start of the academic year!

Is it possible to study safely at BUas in Breda?

Your safety is our priority!

BUas acts in accordance with the directives of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the GGD (Local Healthcare Organisation). We are closely following the developments concerning the corona virus and will provide any relevant updates. We have taken many precautions and prevention measures, such as extra cleaning, paper towels and hand sanitizer, to take care of the health and safety of students, staff and guests. In addition, face masks are mandatory and we have introduced walking routes to observe the required distance of 1.5 metres. Our corona coaches are there to help us all comply with the measures.

For mental support, BUas offers students Mirro online self-help modules.