Announcement No. 8/2021 of the Rector of TUL of 27 October 2021 issued on the basis of Ordinance No. 21/2020 of the Rector of TUL of 9 March 2020 on on specific measures related to with the prevention, counteraction and control of the SARS-CoV-2 virus at Lodz University of Technology in connection with Announcement No. 4/2021 of the Rector of TUL of 22 July 2021 and the Announcement No. 5/2021 of the Rector of TUL of 10 September 2021
I hereby define the following obligations of employees, students and doctoral students of Lodz University of Technology in case of confirmed infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus in a student/doctoral student or an employee of the University conducting/participating in on-site classes at the University:
1. In the case of receiving information that a student/doctoral student participating in on-site classes or a University employee conducting on-site classes (or a technician/laboratory technician/instructor participating in on-site classes) has been infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus (confirmed by a positive PCR test result), all students/doctoral students belonging to a given Dean’s/student group and University employees participating in classes together with a person diagnosed as infected should be treated as “close contacts” within the meaning set forth in the Announcement No. 5/2021 of the Rector of TUL of 10 September 2021.
2. The Vice-Dean for Student Affairs (for students attending the course in which the infected person participated) should immediately do the following:
1) notify the immediate superior of staff and participants in educational activities of their status as persons in close contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2;
2) give all students/doctoral students of the group referred to in section 1 instructions to undergo a medical consultation/visit as soon as possible;
3) decide that the Dean’s/student group classes referred to in section 1 will, as a rule, be conducted remotely (irrespective of whether they were originally planned as on-site classes or remote classes) during the period indicated in section 4, on the dates provided for in the current weekly timetable. In cases where it is not possible to conduct classes using distance learning techniques, appropriate modifications to the timetable should be made, postponing the conduct of these classes until after the deadline specified in point 4 below;
4) give an instruction to the staff conducting on-site classes for the group of students/doctoral students referred to in section 1 to change immediately and temporarily the on-site mode of teaching of the said group into a remote mode using distance learning methods and techniques. The change of the course mode is valid for 10 calendar days from the date of the order;
5) give all students/doctoral students of the group referred to in section 1, regardless of whether they have been referred to quarantine by the public health and sanitary services or not, the instruction to attend only classes conducted using distance learning methods and techniques (regardless of whether they were originally planned as on-site classes or remote classes). Any absence from other classes conducted on an on-site basis (e.g. physical education classes, foreign languages) during the period referred to in point 4 will be excused for all students.
3. The immediate superior of the staff referred to in section 1 shall:
1) give instructions to the University employees referred to in section 1 to have a medical consultation/visit as soon as possible;
2) decide that the workers referred to in section 1 who are close contacts and who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorised in the European Union, and who are therefore not referred to quarantine by the health services, shall carry out their work on an on-site basis at the University;
3) decide that workers referred to in section 1 who have been placed in quarantine by the public health and sanitary services and who are unable, during the period referred to in section 2, point 4, to work remotely in a way which is referred to in Article of the Act of 2 March 2020 on special solutions related to preventing, counteracting and combating COVID-19, other infectious diseases and the resulting crisis (i.e. Journal of Laws of 2020 item 1842, as amended). During this period, employees are entitled to remuneration according to the rules for the payment of sickness benefits.
4. The Announcement comes into force on 27 October 2021.