Our handling of the coronavirus
INFORMATION TO THE STUDENTS AND STAFF AT MALMÖ ACADEMY OF MUSIC
Guidance on the implementation of the decision on education during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak (STYR 2020/251)
This information is build upon updated Guidance from the Study Administration evaluation group belonging to the principal's decision in the light of the outbreak of the coronavirus, STYR 2020/251 (in Swedish and English). This replaces the previous version from 15 February 2021.
Changes in the guidance in relation to the previous one are above all (in short) that:
• Under the heading "Implementation of teaching and examination"
o Distance between seats specified to at least 2 meters (according to Smittskydd Skåne's recommendation)
• Under the heading "Premises"
o Students are still encouraged to study from home as a starting point, but the university's previous decision to severely limit access to study places and other spaces for students has been adjusted so that
study places and computer rooms must be kept available to an extent that, with the avoidance of the spread of covid-19, provides the opportunity to (previously “… available only to a limited extent…).
o Libraries should be kept open to the university's students and staff to the extent necessary to meet the possibility of using study places, deposits or lending at libraries and access to reference literature (formerly “… shall be kept openly limited…”.
o Other spaces for students such as group rooms, lunch rooms, coffee rooms must be kept available to the extent possible to avoid the spread of infection (previously "must be kept closed… ")
o Reference to Guidance for the management of study places during ongoing outbreaks of the Coronavirus Dnr STYR 221/771 in support of the management of study places and premises in connection with study places.
o Addition that it is important that each faculty publishes information about opening hours and which rooms are open on their own corona pages.
Vice-chancellor’s decision from March 18 applies until further notice. Since last December, Lund University has taken a more restrictive position than other Swedish higher education institutions regarding access to study places; this is now being adjusted through the present decision.
Meanwhile, the spread of infection must continue to be avoided as far as possible. Students are therefore encouraged to continue studying primarily from home, and only to be on campus when it is necessary for information searches, use of reference materials and access to learning support or equipment for digital teaching and assessment. Since teaching and assessment at the Malmö Academy of Music only with great difficulty can be carried out remotely, our students always have access to our premises in connection with teaching and assessment that require a physical presence.
In order to create a safer environment, the distance between study places is increased to 2 m on the recommendation of the Skåne infection control authority, Smittskydd Skåne. We will implement the new distance and will replace the sign material as soon as possible.
Another new element in the decision is that University organisations such as museums, art galleries, shops and parks which have so far been closed to the public may open to a limited extent and within the applicable guidelines, pursuant to a new provision.
Updated information for students can be found at www.lu.se/corona and www.ht.lu.se/utbildning/covid-19
In the autumn of 2020, the rate of infection again increased in society and the University has therefore tightened up the decision on adaptation of its activities. There is still great uncertainty surrounding the future development of the pandemic. In order to plan for teaching and assessment, the decision on further restrictions announced by the vice-chancellor on 21 December applies until further notice.
Teaching elements with artistic, practical and laboratory elements are still prioritized for implementation on the university's premises.
The main changes in the guidance compared to the previous one are:
- Learn more on website of the Public Health Agency of Sweden with examples of measures to avoid the spread of Covid-19 during teaching and assessment that need to be conducted on site.
- If it is not possible to organise certain programme components during the semester, there is the option to apply to move the component in question to a point after the end of the semester (in accordance with decision Extension of spring semester 2021 U2021/66). It is the head of Student Affairs who makes the decision, following an application from the faculty board.
- Information that a Dean's decision is required for work placements (VFU), field studies and practical activities that cannot be carried out in an alternative way.
Based on the current situation regarding the spread of the virus, the Vice-Chancellor has made a new decision with the following main message:
"In order to provide an opportunity to plan the activities, the university chooses to continue to work in accordance with the decision announced December 21, 2020."
Thus, the head of the Malmö Academy of Music has also decided to extend the guidelines and recommendations in the Coronamail no 10 sent out by the Malmö Academy of Music on January 8 to continue to apply until further notice.
Regarding places to study and the computer rooms, these shall be kept available only to a limited extent until March 31, 2021 and for students who need a place, eg for information retrieval, use of reference materials, for access to equipment for distance learning and examination.
Due to the escalating spread of infection that is still high in Skåne and the new guidance from the Student and Education Section at Lund University, we want to inform you regarding how this affects the Malmö Academy of Music. All to help minimize the spread of infection. The following applies up to and including January 24, 2021 and might be prolonged.
The basic is that all teaching and assessment of students’ performance (examination) is to be conducted digitally without physical attendance on the University’s premises and taking into account the University’s decisions and the Swedish Public Health Agency’s regulations, general advice and recommendations. Only such teaching and examination that are impossible, or possible only with great difficulty, to conduct remotely may be carried out with physical attendance on the University’s premises.
Although examination that are impossible, or possible only with great difficulty, to conduct remotely and teaching with artistic, practical and laboratory elements are prioritized for physical attendance on the University’s premises, we still need to have strict rules of conduct at the Malmö Academy of Music.
The following applies to the Malmö Academy of Music until further notice;
- Continue to follow the same rules and recommendations regarding distance, hygiene and staying at home in case of illness.
- Switch to as much remote education as possible. We have purchased digital tools to improve the sound quality of distance education. As a teacher you can always contact your immediate supervisor.
- All practice and all work that does not need to be done at the Malmö Academy of Music should be done at home.
Recommendations regarding the number of people in different halls/rooms:
At the request of employees, we have in a previous mail (please see coronamail 9, November 20) stipulated recommendations regarding the number of people in halls/rooms. In most of the premises and as long as distance can be kept we assume the maximum of 8 people in a room/hall with the exception of larger halls/rooms, among others; Rosenbergsalen: maximum 20 people on stage and maximum 20 people in the audience. Lilla salen: maximum 20 people in total in the entire room.
Employees who do not need to be at the workplace to maintain necessary activities are to work from home, initially until January 24, 2021. If you as a teacher or TA staff are unsure or feel anxious, contact your nearest manager.
The faculty has decided that Danish students must comply with the entry ban that applies until January 21 or until further notice.
Exchange students: Each exchange student needs to check what applies before entry.
If you as a student feel anxious or have any questions about your teaching or examination, talk first with your teacher, secondly with your education coordinator. The same applies if you think any of these recommendations make examination impossible.
The café will be closed until January 25, i.e. longer than previously announced.
We now have the opportunity to provide hot air in the tent so that it later can be used during lunch break to avoid gathering in the café. For the X-corridor, it is at lunchtime also possible to eat in X217 and for the dining room in the B300-corridor, the teacher's room next door can also be used. For students, the corner outside the computer room can also be used.
Areas to study and practice
During this time, study spaces and computer rooms are to be left accessible only to a limited extent, which also applies to other spaces for students such as group rooms, lunch rooms, coffee rooms etc. because it is important that the Malmö Academy of music is not used as a place to ‘hang out’. Instead please plan for as short visits as possible.
It is only for absolutely necessary practice and teaching/examination that you should stay on the premises.
Libraries are to be kept open with limited hours for the University’s employees and students to the extent necessary to allow deposits or lending of books and access to reference literature. The library at the Malmö Academy of Music will be open ('Meröppet') as usual (from 08am to 8pm, LU card is required) and staff will be available at the lending desk from 10am to 2pm. The media room is kept closed.
- Use the Helpdesk as much as possible and limit physical meetings with our service staff.
- A few toilets have been reserved for staff as there are several among them who are at risk. Please respect the signs that are put up on these toilets.
- The Symphony Orchestra Project has a new set-up to be able to take place as safely as possible and the new set-up has been approved by the dean.
We have a list in LU Box (Covid-19) where we keep track of the number of reported covid-19 infected. It is important that what is reported is filled in the list by the administration so that we can keep track of the spread of the virus.
The strained situation in healthcare requires that we, in turn, must do what we can to not aggrevate the current situation and at the same time maintain the quality of our education. We take this opportunity to thank you all for your patience and your efforts! There will be better times!
As the spread of infection remains serious, the government announced additional restrictions for the whole of Sweden on 18 December 2020. Among other things, all activities conducted by the state and which are not necessary should be shut down immediately until 24 January 2021. Furthermore, all government agencies have a particular responsibility to ensure that all staff who do not need to be at the workplace are to work from home up to and including 24 January 2021.
Regarding teaching and assessment, the decision clarifies that they are to be conducted digitally as far as possible, with no physical attendance on University premises.
As of 14 December, stricter national regulations and general advice come into force about everyone's responsibility to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Everyone in society, both individuals and business operators, has an obligation to take measures to prevent the spread of infection. This also applies to celebrating festive occasions.
The Opening Hours for Students and Staff
The Malmö Academy of Musik:
The Academy´s premises are open for training and practicing every day 07.00–23.00.
The Library is open weekdays (monday-friday) at 10.00–14.00.
"Meröppet" weekdays (monday-friday) 08.00–20.00.
Thank you for only being on campus when you really need to! We appreciate your consideration in keeping 2 metres apart on our premises.
If you have questions or feel unwell, please get in contact with your manager or head teacher.