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Coronavirus

Tomas Bata University in Zlín is closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of the COVID-19 disease. TBU regularly discusses the current situation with relevant authorities and follows the recommendations.

Answers to questions which are logically of great importance to you and which trouble you the most in the present exceptional circumstances can be found at page FAQ Regarding the Extraordinary Situation.

Measures Students EmployeesContacts Mobility PeriodsHalls of Residence and RefectoryLibraryUniversity of the Third AgeEvents organized by TBU Documents Recommendations

Extraordinary Measures

In compliance with the regulations issued by the Regional Public Health Authority of the Zlín Region, a ban has been imposed on physical presence of students of TBU in Zlín, and that until further notice, with the exemption of:

  • Individual visits to libraries and study rooms
  • Individual tutorials
  • Examinations where the number of persons present is not higher than 10
  • Laboratory, experimental or artistic work where the number of persons present is not higher than 15
  • Clinical and practical classes and practical training

Physical presence of persons in TBU premises is allowed only upon fulfilment of the following conditions:

  • The person is free of acute health problems indicating a viral infectious disease (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath, sudden loss of taste and sense of smell, etc.) and in the event that he/she has undergone a test for COVID-19, the test has proved negative
  • The person has respiratory protective equipment (face mask, scarf, headscarf, respirator, mouthpiece), which he/she wears in all TBU premises
  • At the entrance to a TBU building, the person sanitizes his/her hands
  • The person is not in quarantine at the given time

All classes shall be, except for the specified exemptions, held in the form of distance learning – online classes using Microsoft Teams, in compliance with Rector’s Decree No. RR/26/2020.

The Dean of the Faculty/Head of the component part is entitled to reduce the maximum number of persons allowed to attend the timetable event, and he/she can also divide the timetable event with more enrolled persons into separate timetable events scheduled to be attended in person.

It is recommended to hold meetings of TBU employees and sessions of self-governing bodies of TBU online using Microsoft Teams.

In order to ensure a safe and healthy working and learning environment for staff and for students, an obligation to register persons attending timetable events which are scheduled to be attended in person has been imposed, and that in the form of an attendance list. Attendance lists shall be filed in the Offices of Assistants to relevant constituent parts (departments/cabinets/studios) that provide the classes.

TBU Students

A TBU student who develops acute health problems indicating a viral infectious disease, is obliged to contact his/her general practitioner, consult his/her health condition with the GP and follow his/her recommendation. If a student has been quarantined, he/she is obliged to report this fact to the Student Affairs Office of the relevant Faculty, whose staff shall inform the contact person at the given TBU component part. The contact person shall report this information to the Head of TBU Crisis Management Team, Vice-Rector for Internal and External Relations (prorektor-vztahy@utb.cz), without delay.

A TBU student who provides evidence (in the form of a medical certificate issued by a physician) of the fact that he/she falls into a vulnerable group or that he/she has been quarantined or put into isolation will be allowed not to attend classes scheduled to be attended in person.

A TBU student who falls within the category of persons specified in the two preceding paragraphs will be provided with study-related materials and other forms of support upon request in order to ensure a smooth process of studies, including, for example, on-line tutorials, on-line streaming of lectures or practical classes, recorded lectures, alternative dates for laboratory practical classes, etc., according to options and requirements of the given course unit.

TBU Employees and TBU External Employees

The obligation to wear respiratory protective equipment does not apply to employees sharing a common office (space) provided that they keep a distance of at least 2 metres between each other and that regular ventilation is ensured.

A TBU employee or a TBU external employee who develops acute health problems indicating a viral infectious disease, is obliged to contact his/her general practitioner, consult his/her health condition with the GP, follow the recommendation thereof and inform his/her superior.

If a TBU employee or a TBU external employee has been quarantined, he/she is obliged to report this fact to his/her superior, who shall inform the contact person at the given TBU component part. The contact person shall report this information to the Head of TBU Crisis Management Team, Vice-Rector for Internal and External Relations (prorektor-vztahy@utb.cz), without delay.

Persons aged 60 and over as well as persons suffering from chronic illnesses or an immune deficiency (confirmed by a medical certificate issued by a physician) may ask their superior (Rector/Bursar/Dean/Director/Head of the relevant component part) for an adjustment of work in order to minimize the risk of transmission of the disease.


Mobility Periods and Business Travels

TBU students are permitted to participate in mobility periods abroad on condition that the outgoing TBU students comply with all measures currently in force which have been imposed by the competent public sector administration authorities in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Arrivals of international students to TBU are permitted on condition that the incoming students comply with all measures currently in force which have been imposed by the competent public sector administration authorities in the Czech Republic.

Business travels of TBU employees and TBU external employees in the Czech Republic are permitted by the relevant superior (Rector/Bursar/Dean of the Faculty/Director of the component part) taking into consideration the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 disease in the given district depending on the current alert level set by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic and available on the website: onemocneni-aktualne.mzcr.cz/covid-19/stupne-pohotovosti.

International business travels of TBU employees and TBU external employees are permitted to countries which are classified as countries with a low risk (coloured in green) of transmission of the COVID-19 infection as of the scheduled departure date in accordance with the current list issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

Arrivals of guests are permitted from countries that are classified as countries with a low risk (coloured in green) of transmission of the COVID-19 infection as of the scheduled arrival date in accordance with the current list issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

List of countries according to the infection risk (external link – Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic)

List of countries according to the level of risk Updated 18 September 2020

Halls of Residence and Refectory

A TBU student/employee accommodated in the Halls of Residence of TBU in Zlín or in the MSI Accommodation Facility who has a positive COVID-19 test result is obliged to inform the Halls of Residence and Refectory in Zlín about this fact – Head of Accommodation Services (tel.: 576 036 118, 602 777 275, email: koleje-u7@utb.cz) and the accommodation officer in U12 (tel.: 576 038 002, 602 777 273, email: koleje-u12@utb.cz). For detailed information please see the Card of Instructions to Be Followed When Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms and Organization of Catering Services in Isolation in Building U3 – https://kmz.utb.cz/en/documents/.

Entry to TBU catering facilities is not allowed to diners from among the general public.

Employees of TBU are recommended to order a delivery of packed meals according to the instructions given by the Director of the Halls of Residence and Refectory (https://kmz.utb.cz/aktuality-akce/objednavkovy-system/).

Library

TBU Library is open solely to individual users loaning and returning study-related documents, and that to the extent stipulated by the Director of the Library. When returning books, it is advisable to preferably use the self-service book return machine situated on the ground floor of the U13 building.

University of the Third Age (U3A)

Rector of TBU cancels all courses held within the U3A and scheduled to be attended in person.

Events Organized by TBU

TBU Rector cancels all events planned to be held and organized by TBU in interior areas (e.g. conferences, cultural, sporting, popular science and educational, social events, etc.).

Academic ceremonies are allowed to be organized provided that a hygiene plan has been prepared and approved by the the Regional Public Health Authority of the Zlín Region. In case that the event is held outdoors, it has to adhere to the normative acts currently in force.

Important Documents

  • Rector’s Decree No. 32/2020 – Temporary Restrictions and Measures Adopted at Tomas Bata University in Zlín in Connection with the Outbreak of COVID-19 Disease
  • Extraordinary measure imposed by the Regional Public Health Authority of the Zlín Region
    • In accordance with the extraordinary measure imposed by the Regional Public Health Authority of the Zlín Region with effect from 21 September 2020 from 0:00 am until further notice, a ban has been put on free movement at and attendance to mass gathering events held in exterior areas and attended by more than 100 persons at the same time without respiratory protective equipment preventing the spread of droplets.
  • Extraordinary and protective measures of the Ministry of Health (external link – Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic)

General Recommendations

The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has issued the following basic guidelines, which are almost identical with those set by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are obviously sick.
  • Use a disinfectant if you come into contact with people who suffer from acute respiratory infections.
  • Avoid crowded areas.
  • Individuals suffering from respiratory illnesses should observe the rules of respiratory hygiene – i.e. when coughing and sneezing, properly use (ideally single-purpose) tissues, when coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth with your arm or with your sleeve, not just with your hand (the droplet infection may spread to another person).
  • Health professionals should protect themselves particularly well as they come into contact with patients most frequently.

What you should know about coronavirus? (english subtitles included)

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