Public health Agency of Sweden as well as the Umeå University

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Changes due to COVID-19, information to new and returning students

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We are thrilled to start a new study year and delighted to invite you all to Umeå Institute of Design, UID. At UID we will follow the guidelines and recommendations from the  Public health Agency of Sweden as well as the Umeå University

The world is currently in a strange place with the ongoing global pandemic and we understand that you all have many questions and thoughts about how we will handle this in the autumn semester. Even though we have been privileged to have a low number of infected people in Umeå, we will soon be in another situation with many new students arriving to Umeå from all over the world. We have already seen examples of sudden outbreaks and we must all take our collective and individual responsibility to reduce the spread of infection. At the same time, many of you have very different experiences with social distancing, lockdowns, wearing masks or not, and family and friends getting infected, which influences how you relate to the situation.

We are happy that UID will be able to open up for education for as long as we follow the University policies and Public Health Agency's recommendations regarding social distancing and measures to reduce the spread of infection. In order to be able to follow those recommendations regarding social distancing, we will start off asking students to only be within the building and studios when scheduled. Activities that must be performed at school will be prioritized when scheduling students. The Public health agency have expressed a desire for staff to work remotely when possible and that also applies to students. 

UID will adapt all teaching that is conducted inside the school premises by physically facilitating social distance and hygiene routines with information, signs and access to hand sanitizer. 

If you have any problems participating in the education activities, please contact your course responsible.

Access to school and Studios

We understand the need and desires to meet up with your classmates and teachers in person, but we will start out carefully and ask students to only be within the building and studios when scheduled. Only one group of students will be scheduled at a given time in a studio or classroom with a limited number of groups within the building. The number of groups is connected to the use and cleaning of common areas such as toilets and hallways. We hope this will ease the effort in maintaining social distancing. After some time, we will evaluate the situation.

Lunch

In order not to gather in larger groups, we will aim at scheduling half days and advise you all to eat at home before or after your activities at school. When working full days, microwave ovens will be available, but the student kitchen will be closed for preparation of food. The reason is to limit the use and time spent at common areas between different student groups.

Your responsibility

It is important that you take responsibility for reducing the spread of infection and stay up to date with information provided by Umeå university regarding covid-19.

https://www.umu.se/en/student/changes-due-to-covid-19/

https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/the-public-health-agency-of-sweden/communicable-disease-control/covid-19/ 

Stay home if you feel unwell

If you feel unwell with cold symptoms, cough or fever, you should try to avoid contact with other people. Do not go to school. This applies even if you only feel slightly unwell. It is important that you do not risk infecting others.

We must be patient in this new unfamiliar situation and it is extra important that we all show extra understanding for each other's perspectives and comfort levels, and take care of each other and ourselves! We must work together so that we can all get the absolute best out of the Umeå Institute of Design, our fantastic students and teachers. Together we trust we can create the absolute best "UID spirit" ever this year!

We understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 can raise a fair few questions, especially for first-time international students. The page - What Happens to New Students? - hopes to answer some of those questions.

If you still have questions or concerns of any nature dring the summer, please contact - Infocenter at Umeå University.