PCU: A Covid Safe Learning Environment
Prague City University has a long term commitment to creating a safe learning environment. Our goal is to teach on-site as much as possible, while maintaining healthy work and study conditions for students and staff. We are continuously reviewing government health regulations and have implemented a number of steps and added resources to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on the learning experience and our lives.
What you need to know:
- Face-to-face teaching is running, and we anticipate this to continue into the 2022/23 academic year. Students enrolled on full-time study programmes will be expected to attend classes in Prague.
- The Czech Republic continues to welcome students from other EU countries as well as international students who require a visa to study here. Entry into the Czech Republic is no longer subject to any special epidemiological conditions. Should this change again closer to the start of the semester, we will provide you with up-to-date information as you are planning your travel to Prague.
- Some teaching is currently being delivered in a hybrid format, where technology enhanced classrooms enable students to participate in the same class, either in person or remotely, or entirely through the Digital Campus, if required. For September 2022, we are expecting students to be in Prague to start their studies, unless enrolled into a blended learning programme. The Digital Campus may be used as required, for example in case of illness and any related quarantine measures.
- All students should expect some extra-curricular activities to be face-to-face, and some in the Digital Campus, where a fully immersive and interactive delivery will augment the overall experience.
Dedicated Health and Wellbeing Coordinator
PCU has a dedicated Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Filip Rosenkranc from Student Services. Filip is happy to answer any questions that you may have about PCU’s health policies and measures and is able to assist you if you require help. Simply contact him via email: email@example.com
Ventilation and Sanitation
Air purifiers with HEPA and carbon filters, as well as UV disinfection, are installed in every classroom. The purifiers help remove viruses, dust, pollens, and moulds from the air. They have multiple sound/performance settings and can be adjusted as needed.
Almost all rooms in our buildings have lots of windows which contribute to healthy air circulation. These windows are opened between classes and — weather, wind and noise permitting — during classes. Disinfectants and hand sanitizers are available to be used in each classroom, and staff and students should clean their table before usage.
The classrooms and spaces are also cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis during the day and at night.
Respirators (FFP2 or N95 masks) in common areas
Respirators are not required in the common spaces or classrooms during teaching although individuals may choose to wear them. Some lecturers may require the use of masks in the classroom. In this case, it will be mandatory to wear them.
Czech residents have easy access to free vaccination, EU citizens entitled to full care in the Czech Republic are also entitled to free vaccination, as well as those entitled to essential care in the Czech Republic based on a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Non-residents (eg. students with visas) have access to vaccination for a maximum price per dose of 810 Kc as per current government regulations.
If you are not vaccinated and do not have health conditions that prevent you from being vaccinated we strongly urge you to complete your vaccination now. This will reduce your need for testing and greatly help the University community to mitigate Covid-19 infections and maintain in-person teaching.
There are members of staff and students who have health conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated and we can help ensure the greatest safety for them and everyone in our community if all those who can get vaccinated do so.
Support and Wellness
PCU is committed to the health and wellbeing of our students. We offer a programme of activities as well as individual support and advice from our Student Services team, available to all students.
Free weekly Yoga and Meditation classes are run each semester and we can also organise free psychological counselling to students with City Practice, an independent multi-lingual counselling centre. Online consultations are also available. You can learn more about our Support and Wellness services here.
PCU Policies for Teaching and Learning in the 2021/22 Academic Year →
Further Information and Resources
#SAFESIDE SOKOL - POLSKÁ 1, PRAHA 2 - Antigen and PCR tests (website only in CZ)
AGEL hospital - Italská 37 - Antigen and PCR tests (website only in CZ)
GHC, Václavské náměstí 7 - Antigen and PCR tests
Full list of testing places can be found here: https://covid.praha.eu/
Vaccination Information for people not enrolled in the Czech national health system
https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/questions-and-answers-about-vaccination/ (EU citizens)
https://registrace.mzcr.cz/samoplatci/ocm/ (6 vaccination centres available in Prague)
Any further questions, or need help?
Email our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Filip Rosenkranc: firstname.lastname@example.org