Measures regarding the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 disease
March 16, 2021
The situation from March 17, 2021
1. General information
As of March 17, the Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK restricts entry into the faculty buildings as specified below. In contrast to the previous period where people with entrance permission were specified, now permitted activities are specified; for these activities, not only employees but also students and other people are allowed to enter (assuming they meet at the same time the requirement of "test or vaccination or recovered from Covid", see below for the details). The department heads are responsible both for checking the conditions for entry and for checking and archiving of the relevant certificates.
Please ensure that the duration of your stay in the building reflects the length and importance of the specific activity and that the number of personal contacts during the stay in the building is minimized. We believe that these measures will be understood not only as an effort to minimize the number of people meeting in the MFF UK buildings and commuting between their homes and workplaces (which is one of the significant risk factors) but also as a reasonable arrangement that does not significantly harm important faculty activities.
2. Entrance to the MFF UK buildings
As of March 17, 2021, until further notice, only people whose activities belong to at least one of the following categories are allowed to enter the buildings of the MFF UK:
- necessary activities related to the operation of the buildings – the Head of the Department of Building Maintenance, or the building administrator authorized by him, is responsible for arranging the shift operation;
- necessary construction and other maintenance work that cannot be postponed – the Head of the Department of Building Maintenance is responsible for the arrangements;
- necessary administrative activities of the Dean's Office that cannot be performed from home – the heads of the departments of the Dean’s Office and Faculty Bursar are responsible for the arrangements including the shift operation;
- necessary administrative activities of departments that cannot be performed from home – the heads of the departments are responsible to arrange limited operation so that the personal contacts are minimized;
- teaching that cannot be done from home, either due to the need to use special equipment or due to the risk of significant degradation of the teaching quality – the heads of the departments are responsible for assessing individual cases and organizing teaching to minimize personal contacts in the buildings;
- experiments necessary to complete theses of students who plan to graduate by the end of this academic year and cannot complete the necessary experiments in any other way – the heads of the departments / laboratories ensure that students will minimize their time and personal contacts in the labs and that they will observe all the other measures;
- ensuring the necessary operation of laboratories and equipment in cases when personal intervention of the operator is necessary, and supervision of experiments that cannot be interrupted and require personal attention – the heads of the departments are responsible for organizing the shift operation;
and at the same time
- have a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test (antigen or PCR) not older than 7 days;
- or have a Covid-19 vaccination certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic with least 14 days elapsed since the last dose;
- or show that they have had Covid-19 disease in the past 90 days; if the person no longer has the relevant positive test, an affidavit can be used.
Paper or electronic copies of the documents confirming one of the previous three cases will be collected and archived at the departments.
Recap of some testing options (for more details see also the text on this page from March 10, 2021):
- The web for reservations for testing of UK employees in Studničkova Street (Albertov) is https://testovani.cuni.cz/. Detailed information was sent out on March 14.
- In Troja, Malá Strana and Karlín, testing by a mobile unit of the Charles University will be available. The employees of the relevant buildings will be informed about the specific dates and times.
- It is still possible to get a test at any of the public test sites such as https://book.anygence.com/, https://testovani.uzis.cz/Antigen, or https://www.covidpass.cz/cs-CZ/chci-test/; we have good reviews esp. regarding the first option.
Thank you for your patience. Wishing you all the best,
Crisis Management Team of the MFF
March 10, 2021
Measures of the Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK
The Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK decided on the following rules, based on Rector's Directives No. 8/2021 and 9/2021.
The basic goal of the measures below is to require employees to either work fully from home or to have their occasional presence in the workplace supported by a current negative test, vaccination or other proof of immunity. Exemptions are specified in the text below depending on the time period.
Even in the case of a justified presence in the workplace, we ask all employees to limit meetings with other people as much as possible and to observe strict hygiene rules, including the prohibition of eating near other people. We ask the department heads to try to organize the work so that the number of people present at the same time is minimized.
Period from March 10 to March 16, 2021
Effective from March 10, 2021, the Rector's Directive No. 8/2021 orders work from home for all university employees. Access to university buildings can be granted only in exceptional cases to perform important tasks that cannot be postponed or activities that cannot be performed from home. In such cases, the Dean is entitled to allow an exemption for specific employees.
To implement this measure, the Crisis Management Team establishes the following rules:
- As of March 10, 20:00, until further notice, all buildings of the MFF UK will be locked; entry will be allowed using a valid card/token only. All teaching, including related activities (exams, consultations) will be exclusively in the distance form.
- Department heads will apply for the exemption to enter buildings for relevant people; they will consult the list with the school’s Vice-Dean, who will pass the request to the Dean. Department heads are responsible for compliance with the access restrictions.
- The Faculty Bursar is responsible for organizing the operation of the Dean's Office; in agreement with the heads of departments and the Vice-Deans responsible for the departments, an appropriate shift operation will be organized to ensure the necessary activities of the Faculty. The operation of the Building Management is organized by its Head.
- For a transitional period of March 10 to 12 and after approval of the department head, even employees who do not have the exemption may visit the building in order to pick up things necessary for work from home.
Period from March 17 until further notice
In accordance with the Rector’s Directive No. 9/2021, entry to the buildings of the MFF UK will be permitted only to people who
- provide a proof of a negative test (antigen or PCR) not older than 7 days;
- or have a vaccination certificate, with at least 14 days elapsed since the last dose;
- or have had Covid-19 disease in the past 90 days;
and at the same time they have no symptoms of the disease. Paper or electronic copies of the test results, vaccination and other certificates will be collected by the departments.
At the same time, we ask again all employees to significantly reduce their presence in the buildings after March 17 and continue to work from home, even if one of the three options mentioned above applies to them.
We recommend that all employees make maximum use of public testing. The Sars-COV-2 antigen test can be taken once every 3 days and is fully covered by public health insurance. Due to the expected demand for testing, we recommend booking the tests in advance.
Specific testing options:
- Booking is available, e.g., at https://testovani.uzis.cz/Antigen, https://book.anygence.com/ or https://www.covidpass.cz/cs-CZ/chci-test/; by booking for a specific time, you will reduce or completely eliminate potentially unsafe waiting in queues.
- Already on Wednesday March 10 and on Friday March 12, the antigen testing at Albertov (Studničkova Street) will be open for employees of Charles University. Opening hours are 8:00 to 16:00. This week, testing is done without prior reservation. A valid employment contract or an employee card is required.
- Starting Monday March 15, the above-mentioned Albertov testing site will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 to 16:00, with the option of booking. We will provide a link to this booking web as soon as it is available.
- Charles University will provide mobile testing laboratories, which will typically perform tests once a week in individual buildings of the university. We will inform about the schedule of mobile laboratories as soon as it is available.
Dear friends, we hope that you will take these measures with understanding. We have seen an increase in covid cases during the last week at the MFF UK, despite the fact that most of us behave reasonably and responsibly. Please let us be reasonable and responsible for a few more weeks and let us believe that this temporary restriction will help us to return to normal faculty life in the foreseeable future.
Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK
February 28, 2021
The situation from March 1, 2021
Reflecting the current situation and the fact that by Government Resolution No. 196 another state of emergency was declared in the Czech Republic, valid from February 27, 2021, for 30 days, i.e. until Sunday March 28, 2021, the Faculty Management and the Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK issue the following statement.
- Presence in school: We strongly recommend limiting the stay in the buildings of the MFF UK as much as possible and working from home, in agreement with appropriate head of department. If the presence in school is necessary, we recommend introducing a suitable "shift work". This should ensure that there are as few people as possible in one room at a time. When staying in a building, all persons are obliged to use a protection, ideally a class FFP2 respirator, even in an office, whenever more than one person is present.
- Confirmation for travel to the buildings
of the Faculty: Government Resolution No. 216 valid from March 1, 2021 till
March 21, 2021, requires a written confirmation from the employer for the
purposes of the journey of employees to work, if these employees have a residence outside the of the City of Prague. The following applies to these
- Employees who have a valid employee ID card can use this ID card.
- Other employees living outside Prague will fill in the confirmation (download docx or pdf), have it confirmed by a signature and a stamp either at the workplace or, upon agreement, in the faculty administration building (“dekanat”). In case the confirmation has been signed digitally, it would have to be available in the original electronic form upon request.
- Temporary measure: if it is not possible to ensure that the employees have the written confirmation already on Monday, March 1, 2021, or in the days immediately following, the University administration proposes to temporarily solve this problem by a self-issued affidavit of the employee (docx or pdf, possibly also handwritten).
- Examination, consultations: Although Government Resolution No. 200 still allows in-class examination at universities with up to 10 people present, as well as individual consultations in the presence of one student and one teacher, the Faculty Management strongly recommends using distance forms of these activities whenever possible. No other meetings with students are allowed.
- Teaching: All teaching in the summer semester, starting on March 1, 2021, will be in the distance form until further notice. Unfortunately, no exceptions for any type of practical teaching can be expected during the first three weeks (at least) of the semester.
- Libraries: Government Resolution No. 197 allows only preordered loans and their return, either in person or via collection boxes. When visiting libraries, it is recommended to use a class FFP2 respirator.
- Testing: We recommend all employees and students of MFF UK to exercise the right to undergo a free antigen test every three days. Take the tests at least once every two weeks, preferably once a week. The list of testing facilities can be found at https://testovani.uzis.cz/Antigen. Please reserve these tests well in advance.
- Vaccinations: Unfortunately, university employees are not yet allowed to register for vaccinations (unlike primary and secondary school teachers or staff). This information was confirmed on February 27, 2021, both by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and by the Charles University Management. Should anything change in this respect, we will inform you.
The Central Crisis Staff of the Charles University will meet on March 1, 2021. If needed, this statement will be supplemented during the evening of March 1.
Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK
February 16, 2021
Teaching in the Summer Semester 2020/21
Teaching in the summer semester will certainly start in the distance form (on March 1, 2021). However, it is possible, depending on the circumstances, that we will switch to the in-person or hybrid form of teaching during the semester, at least to some extent. The schedule for the summer semester is thus prepared in such a way that would make this change of form of teaching possible. If this situation arises during the semester, you will be notified well in advance about all the changes.
Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK
January 11, 2021
Examination Period of the Winter Semester
The default mode for exams in the examination period after the first semester is the in-person form, as long as circumstances allow it. Exams are allowed for up to 10 people in the room. However, we are aware that there are many students in the programmes running in English, who aren't and can't be in Prague. Thus, in these cases, we are ready to arrange remote exams. If this is your case and you haven't contacted your professors yet, please do so as soon as possible so that they have enough time to plan the exams. Please be aware that due to the unusual situation, the examination period after the first semester is extended by two weeks until Feb 26, 2021; this should provide enough time for exams and preparation for them. The tuition in the second semester will thus start at the beginning of March and will be shifted by two weeks.
We wish you all good luck during the Examination Period.
Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK
In the case of a suspicion of the disease or if you are already facing health issues, please contact the following personnel (by email or phone):
Contact for faculty employees:
Ing. Blanka Svobodová
For students in English Programme:
If you get a positive test on SARS-CoV-2 or are officially put into quarantine please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org: Your full name, the study program you are enrolled in, the date of the positive test (or the start/end dates of quarantine).
The information you send will be considered strictly confidential; it will only be used to assess the spread of the virus among MFF students.
Vice-Dean for Study Affairs
(even during weekends)
Info line 224 491
(Mon - Thu 9am – 5pm, Fri 9am – 4pm)
The National Institute of Public Health (Státní zdravotní ústav)
Keep an eye on the website of Charles University