During the press briefing held on 15 March, no changes were announced for higher education. However, there are several changes to THUAS policy that we would like to inform you of.
Expired advice on working from home
The cabinet announced that the national advice to work from home is being dropped. For THUAS, therefore, the basic principle is that from Wednesday the 16th of March everyone is required to work on location at the university of applied sciences again. Being back at THUAS, will help in strengthening the connection to our university of applied sciences, the quality of the work, the mutual relations, the collaboration within the teams and the wellbeing of our students and staff members. You can work from home if circumstances require. Please always discuss this with your team members or your manager.
It remains important, even in this new phase, to raise questions, concerns and issues with your team members or your manager. As a university of applied sciences, we shall continue to monitor closely whether additional agreements or measures are needed.
Number of infections no longer centrally registered
From now on, the number of infections within our university of applied sciences will no longer be centrally registered. We used to keep track of the number of infections at the request of the GGD to keep an eye on possible clusters, this is no longer necessary. However, we shall still ask all our students and colleagues to report to their degree programme or to their manager if they are infected and have been at our campuses during the contagious period (two days prior to the symptoms appearing or a positive self-test result). Classmates or colleagues can thus be informed that they have been in contact with someone who has been infected, so that they can keep a watchful eye on their own health and notice any symptoms early.
General advice remains valid
In addition to the changes announced above, the general advice remains valid. This is as follows:
- If you have symptoms, get tested and don't come to the university of applied sciences.
- Take a self-test twice regularly.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Ventilate rooms as much as possible. Get a vaccine or booster shot if required.
Life at THUAS is becoming increasingly normal. Nevertheless, we urge you to continue to respect the measures in place at our university of applied sciences. Please find at the bottom of this update, a list of a useful websites for you.
Overview useful websites
Below are some useful websites that can help you in your search for information:
- Do you want to know if you should take a corona test? For example, you are experiencing corona symptoms or you have just returned from abroad? The government has a new website for that purpose. Answer a few short questions and you will immediately receive personal advice. Testing for corona: which test rules apply to me? | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Rijksoverheid.nl
- Unsure if you should quarantine? You will find the most up-to-date guidelines at https://quarantainecheck.rijksoverheid.nl/en.
- Do you want to get vaccinated? You can make an appointment via http://coronavaccinatie-afspraak.nl/.
- Of course, you can also always consult our own Q&A page. This page will soon be updated with the latest status as described in this update.