Further to the applicable measures of the Ministry of Health in effect from 17 January 2022, AMU has the obligation to provide regular testing of employees for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen; employees shall be tested at their workplaces and are obligated to test upon request of their supervisor, unless the current special measure of the Ministry of Health provides otherwise.
The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague will operate as follows with effect from the 31 January 2022:
I. Employee testing
AMU will provide rapid antigen testing (RAT) to its employees through an external healthcare provider or tests intended for self-testing.
2) Timing of testing
Employees are obligated to take a preventive test on the day of first arriving to work in each week. (For the purposes of this measure, ‘workplace’ includes other places intended for the delivery on working or service tasks, but not a place for remote working (home office).
3) Place and date of testing
Employees shall select the date and place of the testing in the booking system subject to the site’s current capacity. Please be punctual to avoid queues.
If an employee cannot test on an offered date, an employee authorised by the Faculty Secretary or by the Bursar (Rectorate and workplaces outside the Faculty) shall ensure that the arriving employee tests using a rapid antigen test (RAT) intended for self-testing at the moment of arrival at the workplace.
4) Frequency of testing
Workplace testing will take place twice a week on the dates determined by AMU so that the second test will take place no sooner than the third day after the first test. The typical frequency of testing will be Monday/Thursday (or Friday) and Tuesday/Friday.
The employees who work at the workplace for only one or two days following the date of the first test at AMU or production of a test result from elsewhere and are not present at the workplace on the other business days of the week are obligated to test only once a week (or prove having tested elsewhere) on the first day of their presence at the workplace. The employees who are never present at the workplace on weekdays need not test.
5) Exemptions from the duty of testing
The duty to take a preventive test on one specific test date in a week does not apply to persons who:
An employee is obligated to prove compliance with the requirements of the preceding clause to the employer by:
6) Test records
An employee authorised by the Faculty Secretary/Bursar (Rectorate and workplaces outside the Faculty) shall give the information on the number of days that directly or indirectly subordinated employees spent working outside the workplace in the past week or when they did not work in the manner specified in the invitation to preventive testing by the third business day in the week following the week for which the observance of the requirements for preventive testing is evaluated. To that end, the employee may adopt the requisite organisational measures at their discretion, which shall be binding on managers subordinated to them directly or indirectly.
Records on the tests taken for verification purposes shall be made and stored in accordance with the applicable special measures of the Ministry of Health.
7) Certificate of preventive testing at AMU
If an AMU employee needs a certificate of preventive testing at AMU, the certificate shall be issued by the employee authorised by the Faculty Secretary/Bursar.
8) Refusal to test
If an employee refuses to test under clauses 1 to 4 while not being covered by any of the exemptions under clause 5, AMU (i.e., Faculty Secretary/Bursar) is obligated to report this without undue delay to the local competent public health protection authority within whose region AMU operates.
In such case, the employee is furthermore obligated to:
Managers authorised by the Faculty Secretary/Bursar are required to adopt organisational measures to limit the encounters between such an employee and persons at the workplace to the minimum extent necessary.
9) Positive test result
If a test result is positive, the employee who self-tested or tested under clause 1 is required, under Section 69(1)(i) of Act No. 258/2000, to immediately notify the employer about their planned absence from the workplace due to the suspicion of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result, leave the workplace immediately, and cooperate with the local competent public health authority, which will order them a quarantine of five days from the test.
Until the imposition of quarantine, the employee shall wear a FFP2 respirator and prevent contact with other persons, if possible, for a maximum of five days from the test. The employee is obligated to test under clause 1) on the first day when they are present at the workplace.
An employee authorised by the Faculty Secretary/Bursar (Rectorate and workplaces outside the Faculty) shall send the local competent public health authority a list of persons who tested positive no later than the day following the day of the test in the form of an electronic report.
10) Third-party employees
The AMU employees who is in charge of contact with the employees of other companies or self-employed operators providing outsourced services on the premises of AMU is obligated to verify that they are free of infection under clause 5). If the third-party employees or self-employed operators cannot demonstrate this at once, the AMU employee shall provide a rapid antigen test (RAT) intended for self-testing.
11) Students, applicants for study, lifelong education course attendees
Applicants for study, students, lifelong education attendees, and the attendees of any other AMU courses run on AMU premises are invited to test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus prior to entering AMU premises. An employee authorised by the Faculty Secretary, in particular the employee in charge of teaching, course, or admission exam should request them to test voluntarily or to submit the certificate of such test results. In the absence of such a certificate, they should proceed as instructed by the Dean of the relevant Faculty.
II. 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), provided that they maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from others. In addition, this measure does not apply to the examiners and examinees during examination if all the persons maintain distances of at least 1.5 metres.
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 FFP2 respirators.
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.
III. 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:
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.
Ingeborg Radok Žádná, m.p.