Coronavirus: information for students and staff

24 February 2021

Students and staff are encouraged to stay updated via the Public Health Agency's web page about the general state of infection and the development of the corona virus.
Konstfack is monitoring the situation together with other colleges and universities and following the information and recommendations of the Public Health Agency.

Information for students

Information for staff

Information from government agencies

 

Face masks at Konstfack

From February 23, single use face masks will be used in workplaces where there is a risk of crowding.


At Konstfack, face mask must be used:

  • in close teaching when it is not possible to keep distance, by both teacher and student,
  • in teaching when several students gather in the same room, eg workshop course and group review of projects / exhibitions, and
  • in office environment where several people are staying close to each other in the same room (less than 2 meters). Avoid crowding in lunch and staff rooms.

Face masks is available at the reception, teachers provide students with face masks when needed.


Putting on th mask

  1. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  2. Check that the face mask is clean and not damaged.
  3. Check that the mask is the right way round. Place it over your nose, mouth and chin. Hook the straps over your ears or around your head. Make sure the mask fits securely against your face and that there are no gaps.
  4. Do not touch your mask while you are wearing it.

Taking off the mask

  1. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  2. Take hold of the straps and remove the mask without touching the part that covers your face.
  3. Dispose of the single use mask.
  4. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

 

Stricter restrictions

Stricter restrictions at Konstfack from December 21 2020 until May 31 2021.

Due to the stricter restrictions from the government, the majority of Konstfack's staff will work remotely.

For you as a student, as during the autumn, this implies:
Only come to Konstfack when you have scheduled studies on campus.
Booked time in a workshop and studio or similar is counted as scheduled studies.
Try to concentrate your work at Konstfack in order to avoid traveling.

Reduced service at Konstfack:
- The reception will have reduced opening hours, see the intranet.
- Limited supervision in the workshops, supervision takes place mainly with digital support.

Avoid public transport, walk or bicycle when you have to get to school!

 

Personal responsibility

From December 14, the Swedish Public Health Agency's national general advice on everyone's responsibility to prevent the spread of covid-19 applies. You are required to take precautions to protect yourself and others from the spread of covid-19. You should think for yourself how you can avoid becoming infected and how you can avoid infecting others. You must show consideration for your fellow human beings, which is especially important in relation to people in risk groups.

Basic precautions
To avoid to spread covid-19 you should:

  • stay at home in case of symptoms of covid-19,
  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer, and
  • keep informed of special recommendations from the Public Health Agency and the regional infection control doctor.

Read the Swedish Public Health Agency's regulations and general advice in full here: The Swedish Public Health Agency.

 

 

Konstfack, spring semester 2021

The following are the current plans for the departments for the spring semester of 2021.
We are currently planning to hold the spring exhibition on-site at Konstfack and at external locations during the month of May (it will be divided into two periods). At the end of January/February, a review will be conducted to ensure that the spring exhibition can be carried out in accordance with this plan.

Guiding principles
• Konstfack shall operate as normally as possible, but we will keep in place the requirements regarding infection control measures such as maintaining a safe distance of two metres between people, the maximum number of persons in each premises, etc. This is to protect students, teachers and other staff.
• The departments are planning and coordinating their teaching so that about half the normal number of students are on Konstfack's premises at the same time.
• All staff and students responsible for sticking to the decisions and recommendations regarding access to Konstfack and various premises.

 

For all employees
• Employees who can work from home are encouraged to do so if their presence on-site is not necessary. Employees should therefore reach an agreement with their immediate superiors about when they should be at Konstfack and when they can work from home.
• Internal and external meetings and conferences will be conducted exclusively in digital format. Exceptions may be granted by an immediate superior.
• Refrain from all non-essential business travel. Exceptions may be granted by an immediate superior.
• Staff exchanges under Erasmus agreements are considered to constitute business travel and are not granted to countries for which, upon departure, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has issued travel advisories.

 

For teachers
• Teaching and examination is to be conducted remotely when possible. This is decided by the teacher and/or head of department.
• Some teaching and examination is planned to be carried out at Konstfack and requires the students' presence on-site in order to maintain the quality of the teaching.
• The departments should be prepared to offer personalised solutions – where possible – to students who are unable to participate in teaching or examination because they belong to a risk group (see the definition of the National Board of Health and Welfare).
• The examination of degree projects is being conducted digitally; this also applies to public thesis defences.
• Admissions-related work (interviews and assessment of work samples) is to be conducted digitally.
• Open Houses are to be conducted digitally with the support of the university administration and the library.

 

For students
• Teaching and examination are to be conducted either at Konstfack or remotely. If your schedule specifies that you must be present the university, this is what applies, so long as the responsible teacher does not specify otherwise.
• A booked appointment to use a workshop or studio, etc is counted as scheduled teaching.
• Student exchanges and Erasmus internships will take place during the spring semester of 2021, provided that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs or the Public Health Agency of Sweden have not issued advisories against this. For outgoing students, this means that Konstfack does not permit exchange to a country for which, as of the date of departure, either authority has issued a travel advisory.
• Teaching and examination on campus has been adapted using infection control measures that should help make everyone feel safe. If a student belongs to a risk group (see the definition of the National Board of Health and Welfare) and needs to discuss participation in certain campus-based modules/examinations, the student can contact the teacher responsible for the course to discuss any personalised solutions.

 

Workshops, ateliers and studios

• The departments plan for the number of students based on a risk assessment of each premises.
• Student access to workshops for the purposes of independent work is controlled via booking schedules.
• For the time being, workshops cannot accept students from other institutions/programmes (this does not apply to general workshops).

 

Exhibition areas

• Exhibitions that are necessary to courses take precedence over other exhibition needs.
• Any public exhibitions are referred to Tellusgången, where there are two gallery spaces.
• Special guidelines limit the number of people at internal exhibitions at Vita Havet, Biblioteksgången, Seminariegången and Trapphuset.
• In special cases, the Property Manager may grant an exemption for external visitors, following a risk assessment by the department.

 

Public premises

• Konstfack's premises are accessible only to Konstfack's students and employees, with the exception of invited external teachers (when they are teaching on campus).
• No alcohol consumption, student parties, pubs or the like.
• The library is open as a study environment.
• The computer rooms are open to students when they are not booked for teaching.
• Student kitchens are open with limited number of students at a time.

 


Konstfack's crisis group and crisis plan

Information about Konstfack's crisis group and crisis plan can be found on the intranet: "Krisplan/Crisis plan".

 

Do you have questions?

For general questions regarding your work or studies at Konstfack, you should first contact your nearest manager, respective course or programme responsible teacher.

For general questions about the outbreak, you should primarily seek information through the above sources.
For questions related to suspected illness, please contact the national health care center via telephone number 1177 or online 1177.se.
You can also contact the Student Health Services (through Stockholm University ) for support (anxiety e.g.).
As a manager and employer you can benefit from The Swedish Agency for Government Employers as well as information about staff health care on feelgood.se