Guidelines for long term courses
The first and foremost rule when the school opens is that students or staff that show symptoms of COVID-19 have to stay home, until they are feeling better and have not shown any symptoms for 48 hours. On this page you can find the guidelines for prevention of coronavirus on Nordfyns Højskole
When you arrive to the school there are some general guidelines that you have to follow and be aware off. We will clarify them further on this page that will be updated regularly as the Danish Government releases new guidelines.
- We all share the responsibility to keep in line with the guidelines and take care of each other, especially students and staff who are in the group of people at higher risk from coronavirus.
- Everyone must wash their hands and use hand sanitizer as often as possible and as a minimum when they enter from one room to another.
- The general demand of a social distance of one meter has been removed but we encourage you to keep distance where it is possible and limit kisses, hugs and handshakes
- If you need help from anyone in the offices (Jane, Thomas, Babak, Jeppe, Louise and Momoyo) you have to contact them through the school's communication platform Viggo, email, or use the ‘office hour’ (max 2 people) after lunch time. This means NO access for students in the staff area, including the offices, kitchens, staff room etc.
- We ask you to stay within school grounds as much as possible, if you need to leave the school, this has to be done in agreement with the principal, Thomas.
Prevention of contamination
Information on contamination and hygiene
The best way to prevent spreading the virus around the school is to wash your hands thoroughly and often with warm water and soap.
The next thing to be aware of is how we interact with each other in classes, at meals, at assembly etc. COVID-19 transmits through contact with the virus on surfaces. This can be on another person or on a handle, table, chair or ping pong bat.
Added to this is the social life outside of the school. Because there are so many people gathered in one place, who also have a social life outside of the school, there is a risk to bring corona to the school and transmit it to a lot of people before it is detected. Therefore, it is extremely important to be aware of our social behavior in and outside of school and about what trips away from school grounds are necessary.
Some people, especially young people can be infected with COVID-19 without showing any symptoms. For now, the assumption is that you start transmitting the virus 48 hours before showing symptoms. That is why it is very important that everyone, also people without symptoms, follow the following guidelines to prevent the virus from spreading at Nordfyns Højskole.
Arrival and transportation
Before arrival at the school we ask all students to get tested for COVID-19. For international students we ask you to get tested in the airport in addition to the test you get prior to boarding. A free test center is set up in the airport, for the test result please give the school phone number: +45 23 95 12 99
In order to minimize the burden on the local area and public transport, we ask everyone to stay at the school as much as possible. For necessary trips away from the school, we encourage the use of private transport. If it is not possible for you to be driven or drive yourself, the use of public transport is necessary, we ask you to try to avoid rush hour.
Documentation of obtained negative test
The Danish Gorvernment has issued a demand to all Højskoler in Denmark to be able to control that all staff and students can document a negative test result no older than 72 hours. To be able to do this we will be perfoming quicktesting at the school and in some instances the local test facility.
There are some exemptions to the demand of testing of staff and students, you are exempt if:
- you for medical reasons should not be tested.
- you can prove documentation for a started or completed vaccination against covid-19
If you have a room with bathroom en suite you must use the bathroom facilities in your own room. If you do not have bathroom en suite you have to use the facilities in your ‘house’. This means that there are no shared bathrooms near classrooms, dining hall, the café etc. All the bathrooms in the lower floor of the main building have been assigned to different staff groups and can not be used by students.
You have to clean your room as described in the section named 'cleaning', it is especially important that you change your towel, swipe the surfaces and open the windows to air out your room everyday. If you share bathroom with another student it is important that you use separate towels.
Despite corona-virus we have to keep the Højskole tradition. This means that we still will be learning, discovering and exploring together, the frames and settings adjusted, but the mood and teachers the same. You have to be prepared for classes and assemblies outside, so please remember to bring clothes for all weather.
Before and after all classes and all use of classrooms all points of contact (handles, tables, lighting contacts, instruments, tools, gym equipment etc.) have to be cleaned. This means disinfecting and then wipe with soap and warm water.
Mealtime is the time of day where most people assemble. It is a time for good conversations and feeling of community, but because we are many people gathered, it is extra important that we are all aware of helping each other to reduce potential contamination
As always it is important to wash hands and use hand sanitizer before the meals, furthermore we recommend to keep a good distance at the buffet and on your way in and out of the dining hall.
We ask you to please bring a coffee/tea mug and a water bottle for personal use
Cleaning and personal hygiene
The most essential thing for us to be able to gather at the school is good hygiene. This means that you will have to follow the guidelines for duties and cleaning.
At all entry points and in all rooms, you will have hand sanitizer available. Added to this the same guidelines we have been following since the outbreak of Coronavirus, are still in place; wash your hands often and thoroughly, cough into your sleeve, keep a social distance of one meter to other people.
A laundry schedule will be developed to ensure that everyone can do laundry in a safe way. When you have used the laundry room and facilities, you have to clean and disinfect the whole area.
Twice a day, after assembly and dinner you will be a part of cleaning your own primary group area, moreover you of course must clean your own room. Before and after use of all classrooms and other shared facilities they must be cleaned.
Twice a day you must:
- Open the windows in your room for at least 10 minutes
- Clean all surfaces and points of contact (tables, chairs, lighting contacts, sink, toilet, shower, doorknob, etc.)
Once a day you must:
- Empty the trash cans (all the way to the containers)
- Change the towel in your bathroom
All students will be a part of duties around mealtimes
In your free time at the school, you can of course use all the facilities at the school as ‘normal’. Some facilities are open, and others can be used after agreement with the teacher of the day. When you use the facilities the same guidelines for cleaning before and after use applies, both for indoors and outdoors facilities (Shelters, Sauna, the café, the multicourse etc.)
It is important for the school to stay good friends with our neighbours in the community both near the school and the ones in Bogense. This means it is very important that you as a student are aware and responsible when you move around outside the school. Always keep up with social distance of one meter and do not move in bigger groups. We would like for you to limit your trips outside of the school as much as possible.
Action in case of symptoms
If you feel sick and have some or all symptoms of Corona, you must as always in case of illness stay in your room and report to Babak using Viggo. It is extremely important that you stay in your room.
After reporting it to Babak and depending on your symptoms, you and Babak will arrange for you to be tested and isolated until the result of your test.