The spread of the Coronavirus: information for the SUPSI community
03 September 2020
Manno
Following the spread of Coronavirus infections, SUPSI - for the protection of its students and staff – is carefully monitoring the development of the situation and the recommendations issued by the competent cantonal and federal offices.

Protection Plan

With the aim of ensuring the protection of the health of the entire SUPSI academic community and external visitors who will be called to attend our offices in the coming months, the SUPSI Management has formalised a Protection Plan, that will be constantly updated in relation to the evolution of the impacts of the pandemic and the decisions of the federal and cantonal authorities.

Specific Activity Sheets, which will be drawn up by the managers, appointed by the SUPSI Management, for their respective Departments and Management Services, will regulate the application of the Plan for the diversified activities that we are called to carry out within our institutional mandates.

You can also find a self-declaration form (in italian), if required or necessary for external activities.

In all internal common areas within in the offices, a mask is obligatory for students, staff and external visitors.

The mask must be worn in all internal common areas (corridors, lobbies, bathrooms) until you reach your destination (classroom or office) and can usually be taken off when people are sitting and the social distance of 1.5 m is respected. In the external common areas of the offices, the mask must be worn only when it is not possible to respect the social distance of 1,5 m. Please refer to the general indications concerning the use of the masks.

Hygiene regulations and social distancing

As a precautionary measure, we invite everyone to observe the main hygiene regulations (wash your hands frequently, do not touch your mouth, nose and eyes with your hands, etc.) and to respect social distancing, which are explained in detail in the Flyer of the Cantonal Medical Office (italian) and in the information campaign "Protect yourself and others" (english) by the Swiss Confederation.

Hand sanitiser is to be made available at counters and in meeting rooms.

It is important to remember that anyone who develops flu-like symptoms must stay at home, limit contact with other people and, if in doubt, contact by phone:

  • your family doctor;
  • the Ticino infoline on 0800 144 144 active every day from 07.00 to 17.00;
  • the national infoline on +41 (0)58 463 00 00 active every day from 07.00 to 23.00.

Anyone who has had close contact with a person affected by COVID-19 in the last 14 days (less than 1.5m away for more than 15 minutes) must stay at home for 10 days.

If isolation or quarantine measures need to be taken, please follow the recommendations issued by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH): https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/selbst-isolierung-und-selbst-quarantaene.html.

Didactic activity - Information for students

With the resumption of the autumn semester, SUPSI is adopting a hybrid teaching model (partly remote, partly face-to-face) in compliance with the Plan and with the aim of reducing the number of people present at the same time.

In the case of on-site activities, appropriate measures are taken to ensure that sufficient distance between the participants or that the risk of transmission is otherwise minimised through the use of the mask. Presence control measures shall be adopted to facilitate the traceability of any infections.

As a rule, the Departments have a staggered entry and exit of students. The same goes for breaks. As a rule, students are not granted access to the premises when they are not involved in face-to-face activities. As a rule, the premises are closed from 18.30 to 07.30. Exceptions related to face-to-face study activities can be granted with the authorisation of the relevant Department Directors.

Information for employees

With the resumption of the autumn semester 2020/2021 we return to a regular working regime. The activities can be organised as teleworking, compatibly with the needs of the service and in agreement with one's direct superior.
The procedure for implementing teleworking must be defined by the direct superior. Activities requiring presence on site must be organised in compliance with the provisions of this Plan.

In the event that the staff member tests positive for COVID-19, or must follow quarantine or self-quarantine periods, they are invited to promptly inform their direct supervisor and the Human Resources Service.
As a general rule, self-quarantine and quarantine are considered as a period of teleworking.

The staff member has the obligation to inform the direct superior and the relevant Human Resources contact person immediately upon returning from a risk country and must not physically go to the workplace. For 10 days after your arrival in Switzerland you must stay in your home or other suitable accommodation without going out (instructions on quarantine) and report your arrival to the cantonal authority responsible within two days (electronic form).

People who are ill, regardless of sickness, must report their illness to their line manager and the administration. The medical certificate is required for periods of illness longer than 5 working days.

Travel information

SUPSI recommends to limit travel and aligns itself with the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

According to the provisions of the "COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures” of the Federal Council, persons returning to Switzerland from states or regions with a high risk of infection must be compulsorily placed in quarantine for ten days. Please note that those who are required to place themselves in quarantine must register within two days of their entry to the cantonal authority responsible (electronic form). The cantonal COVID-19 hotline remains valid for specific requests (tel.: 0800 144 144; e-mail: hotline@fctsa.ch).

For employees, business trips abroad may be made in accordance with Swiss federal regulations and those in force in the country of destination or origin. The same also applies to outgoing and incoming mobility via the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP).

Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP):

  • For students: both SEMP and international mobility can be carried out, according to the federal provisions and those in force in the country of destination or origin, but must be agreed with the mobility coordinator of their Department in case of outgoing mobility or the International Office in case of incoming mobility.
  • Staff mobility: it is necessary to inform the mobility coordinator of your Department, while for other trips (business trips, conferences, projects, ...) the Human Resource Service will be informed through the insertion of the trip in the REXX system, using the item "Business trip". Teachers will inform the relevant Human Resources contact person of their movements by e-mail.

Conferences and events

Public events of academic or institutional interest can be organised, with the authorisation of the relevant member of the SUPSI Management, for up to a maximum of 300 people, in strict compliance with this Plan, including the guarantee of traceability through the registration of attendance.
For each event involving the participation of more than 50 people, the relevant member of the SUPSI Management should approve a specific protection plan.

The provision of SUPSI spaces to third-parties for events, meetings, courses or other activities must be limited.

Counters and reception

As far as possible, the services shall be provided remotely, alternatively an appointment shall be made.

More information

For more information, please refer to the communications issued by the Cantonal Medical Office and the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
The SUPSI Executive Secretariat is available to answer any questions from students and staff on +41 (0)58 666 60 14 or at segreteria@supsi.ch.

Document concerning the distance learning of degree courses

The SUPSI Management has approved an important document concerning the distance learning of degree courses throughout the School. The Executive Decision is available at the following link: https://www.supsi.ch/home_en/supsi/documenti-ufficiali.html

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