The spread of the Coronavirus: information for the SUPSI community
12 November 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.

An integral part of the Protection Plan is the attached Protocol to be followed in the event of COVID-19 contagion or close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, which contains the provisions and procedures to be scrupulously applied by all staff and students.

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

Mask mandatory

In all spaces inside and outside the premises (classrooms, shared offices, corridors, atria, bathrooms, courtyards, etc.) masks are mandatory for students, staff and external users. The mask should therefore be worn even when maintaining social distance is possible. 

Please refer to the general indications concerning the use and the type of 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.

If it is necessary to adopt compulsory isolation and quarantine measures adopted and communicated by the Cantonal Medical Office (CMO) or in case of return from countries at risk, we invite you to follow the recommendations issued by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and by the cantonal authorities.

Undergraduate and Graduate Studies - Information for students

On the basis of the provisions in the COVID-19 Special Situation Ordinance, from 2 November SUPSI will adopt a model of predominantly distance teaching.

Exceptions are made for individual lessons and selected teaching activities in small groups of students, which are considered indispensable components of a training course. The maximum number of students per group is 20.

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 mandatory use of the mask. Presence control measures shall be adopted to facilitate the traceability of any infections. To facilitate the traceability of possible contagion, attendance control measures are adopted, guaranteeing the accuracy of the data (name, surname and mobile phone number).

Procedure to be followed in the event of a report of contagion or a direct contact with a COVID-19 positive-tested person for students

Students who test positive or who are made aware that they have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive must immediately notify their Head of the degree course or Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning course and simultaneously send an email to:

  • Department of Environment Constructions and Design: covid.dacd@supsi.ch
  • Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care: covid.deass@supsi.ch
  • Department of Education and Learning: covid.dfa@supsi.ch
  • Department of Innovative Technologies: covid.dti@supsi.ch
  • SUPSI Direction: covid.dir@supsi.ch

providing the following information:

  • Name and surname
  • Mobile phone number
  • Name of degree course or Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning course
  • Name and surname of the Course Manager
  • Department of reference
  • Last date of presence in SUPSI
  • Last close contacts in SUPSI (names and surnames)
  • Have there been situations in which you have been unable to comply with the protective measures? If so, please specify the names
  • In case of a COVID-19: positive result: do you have symptoms (yes / no) and if so, since when

The result of a positive test carried out abroad must immediately be reported by the student concerned to the Cantonal Medical Office so that the latter can assess, by means of investigation, whether quarantine measures are necessary for those people the student has been in contact with in SUPSI. The student must send a copy of the positive result of the COVID-19 test and provide a valid and current telephone number to dss-umc@ti.ch.

In the event of notification of Covid-19 contagion or of mandatory quarantine ordered by the UMC, access to the SUPSI buildings for the recovery of any personal materials is absolutely prohibited.

Information for employees

SUPSI, following the indications of the Federal Council, recommends teleworking where applicable and compatible with the planned management, training and research activities that require presence on the premises.
At least until the end of 2020 it is permitted to organise activities with teleworking or other forms of flexible working in a regime of more than 40%, referring to Article 3.1.3.4 of the new Directive on the Flexibility of the workplace and working hours.
In addition to teleworking, all forms of flexibility aimed at limiting the presence of people on the premises (rotas, differentiated work shifts, etc.) are preferred. Maximum flexibility is guaranteed in the management of working hours, between 06:00 and 22:00.

In accordance with the agreements made between States pursuant to the extraordinary measures adopted in the context of the fight against the spread of COVID-19, the period of teleworking (remote working from home-office), carried out by staff residing abroad (EU, EFTA States), is regularly subject with regard to social security contributions and income taxation.

Activities requiring presence on site must be organised in compliance with the provisions of this Plan. In the event of notification of COVID-19 contagion or of mandatory quarantine ordered by the UMC, access to the SUPSI buildings for the recovery of any personal materials is absolutely prohibited.

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, but self-quarantine and register with the competent cantonal authority within 48 hours by filling in the following 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.

Procedure to be followed in the event of a report of contagion or a direct contact with a COVID-19 positive-tested person for staff

In the event that a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 or has come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, they must follow the indications of the Protocol and ensure the prompt flow of information.
It is part of the employee's contractual obligations to immediately and actively report the result of a positive test carried out abroad to the CMO so that the CMO can assess, by means of an investigation, the possible need for quarantine measures for persons who have had close contact. The employee must send a copy of the positive result of the COVID-19 test, with a valid and current telephone number, to dss-umc@ti.ch.

During office hours, Human Resources are to be contacted via the following numbers:

Contact number for urgent reports to Human Resources outside office hours: 058 666 69 50.

In the event of notification of Covid-19 contagion or of mandatory quarantine ordered by the UMC, access to the SUPSI buildings for the recovery of any personal materials is absolutely prohibited.

Travel information

SUPSI recommends to limit mobility 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

At least until the end of 2020, SUPSI refrains from organizing meetings or convivial moments, both on and off the premises.

It is forbidden to hold events with more than 5 people.

Work and study areas

In workplaces, as in all spaces on and off the premises, the wearing of mask is mandatory. The 1.5 meter distance rule applies between work or study stations. The distance between workstations in shared offices is achived thanks to the implementation of telework by employees and rotating presence in the permises.

In the meeting rooms, as in all spaces on and off the premises, the obligation of the mask applies. Face-to-face meetings should, as a rule, be held in naturally ventilated rooms, with a maximum of 10 people in a room of adequate size. The recommendation of respecting a distance of 1.5 meters even in these cases.
It is recommended that all meetings involving more than 10 people be held online.

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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