Rector’s measure regarding the operation and functioning of the Academy of performing arts in Prague effective from 22 november 2021

Further to the applicable measures of the Ministry of Health, the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague will operate as follows with effect from 22 November 2021:

I. Respiratory protection

Employees, students, third-party employees, and all visitors to AMU are required to wear a respiratory mask or similar equipment on the premises of AMU except when they are alone in the room. This requirement does not apply to students during all contact instruction, provided that fewer than 50 of them are present at one time, and to teachers during instruction whose nature does not allow for wearing a respirator (subjects aimed at developing psychosomatic condition, acting, singing, playing brass and woodwind instruments, and physical education). In other subjects, teachers may teach without respirators only if they have completed vaccination and at least 14 days have expired since the latest dose as per the vaccination scheme; unvaccinated teachers are obligated to wear respiratory protection in such classes.

The respirator or similar equipment must always be without an exhaust valve and must at least comply with all the technical product specifications and requirements, including the filtering rate of efficiency of at least 94% under the relevant standards (e.g., FFP2, KN 95) to prevent droplet spread.

Students exercising their practice, hands-on classes, and/or practical preparation at the workplaces of other legal entities or natural persons, shall observe the rules applicable to the employees of such workplaces.

II. Accommodation in dormitories
Students accommodated at the Hradební Dormitory and Teaching Facility (the “Dormitory”) and at the Beroun and Poněšice centres must demonstrate compliance with the “OTN” rule (O for “očkován” – vaccinated; T for “testován” – tested; N for “nemoc prodělána” – recovered from the disease), which means they shall:

  1. Demonstrate having been vaccinated against Covid-19 using a national vaccination certificate or a certificate issued under the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation;
  2. Demonstrate having taken a PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within the last 72 hours with a negative result or a quick antigen test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within the last 24 hours with a negative result, using a record in the Infectious Disease Information System or a certificate issued by a healthcare service provider;
  3. Demonstrate that they have recovered from the Covid-19 disease and that a maximum of 180 days has expired since the first positive test result, using a record in the Infectious Disease Information System or a certificate issued by a healthcare service provider.

If students accommodated at the Dormitory cannot demonstrate having complied with item 1 or 3 of the OTN rule prior to the start of accommodation or at any time during the accommodation, they shall demonstrate having complied with item 2 once every 7 days. If they fail to do so, this will be considered a gross breach of the Accommodation Agreement, with the possibility of termination on the part of AMU.

The head of the AMU Dormitory may issue their own measure laying down more specific measures governing the mode of operation for those accommodated, their visitors and the Dormitory.

Students accommodated in the dormitory who test positive shall promptly inform the head of the dormitory and shall cooperate in identifying risk contacts with a view to adopting preventive measures at the dormitory. Students must also notify any positive test results to their Faculty in accordance with the rules in force at that Faculty. Considering the serious threat of the disease spreading among students of the individual Faculties, the head of the dormitory shall, as part of adopting measures at the dormitory, notify the Secretary of the Faculty about the current quarantine measures applying to students, and the Faculty shall in turn provide the information about any students who test positive to the head of the dormitory as well.

III. Academic ceremonies, art performances, conferences, workshops and commercial courses
Visitors, viewers, students and examinees (hereinafter the “audience”) are allowed to attend AMU’s academic ceremonies, art performances, conferences and workshops (training events) held outside classes as part of AMU’s study programmes and AMU’s commercial courses only if they do not show clinical symptoms of the Covid-19 disease, and if more than 20 of them are attending an event, the audience satisfies the following conditions:

Persons below 18 years of age, persons who cannot undergo vaccination against Covid-19 due to contraindications and persons who have not completed their vaccination schemes or persons whose vaccination schemes were completed less than 14 days ago may also produce upon entrance a negative PCR test result for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus undertaken within the last 72 hours, using a record in the Infectious Disease Information System or a certificate issued by a healthcare service provider.

All participants must observe the rules for respiratory protection under clause I.

IV. Employee testing
AMU has the obligation to provide employee testing using rapid antigen tests for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the employees are obligated to undergo the test at their senior employee’s request. An employee does not have to take a rapid antigen test if they demonstrate:

Employees shall demonstrate satisfying the above requirements either electronically using a form defined in the request for testing or personally to an authorised employee.

If an employee tests positive, they shall immediately inform their supervisor, leave the workplace and notify the healthcare provider they are registered with. The employee has the obligation to take a subsequent confirmation PCR test without undue delay.

V. Appeal
The Rector AMU asks that the rules defined by the measure of the Ministry of Health and by this Measure be observed consistently. She also invites unvaccinated colleagues and students to regularly take SARS-CoV-2 tests. If the epidemic situation deteriorates further, the Rectorate of AMU will consider a rule to the effect that testing will be a prerequisite for unvaccinated persons to be allowed to enter AMU premises.

Ingeborg Radok Žádná, Rector


22. November 2021