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SARS-COV-2 coronavirus announcements

What to do if an employee, doctoral student or graduate student…

  • An infected person notifies
    • in the case of an employee – the immediate superior and the dean, prof. Krzysztof Spalik (dziekan@biol.uw.edu.pl);
    • in the case of a doctoral student – supervisor and the head of the doctoral study, dr hab. Ewa Borsuk (borsuk@biol.uw.edu.pl) or the director of a doctoral school;
    • in the case of a student – tutor and vice-dean for student affairs, dr hab. Magdalena Markowska (studencki@biol.uw.edu.pl).
  • The supervisor, promoter or guardian of the infected person notifies the head of the internal organisational unit and immediately arranges with the infected person a list of people with whom they have had contact. The head of the internal organisational unit reports the infection and provides the above list to Mr Romuald Stęborowski (phone: 22 55 42 318 or via the reception desk of the Faculty of Biology, email: r.steborowski@uw.edu.pl).
  • The head of the internal organisational unit immediately informs the people from the list about the risk of infection and passes the list to the Dean, who may refer these people to work remotely until the infection is clarified.
  • A person who has been quarantined by the Sanepid (sanitary-epidemiological station) informs their supervisor and the dean of the Faculty of Biology about it and immediately goes to remote work until the end of the isolation.
  • According to the regulations in force, the obligation to quarantine after contact with an infected person does not apply to vaccinated persons. However, due to the emergence of infections in people who have completed the full course of vaccination, self-isolation or a diagnostic test is recommended, especially in the case of people who live with people isolated due to infection.

How do we work?

  • Direct contacts should be limited to the necessary minimum. You should not enter rooms where other people work without necessity – all matters should be settled by phone or email. Suppose you need to provide documents, e.g. to the secretary’s office or the dean’s office. In that case, they should be left in the designated place.
  • If night work is necessary, the head of the organisational unit sends the weekly work schedule to Ms Magdalena Sobolewska-Bereza, Administrative Director: dyrektor.admin@biol.uw.edu.pl
  • The cafeteria has a separate space for department employees, with a separate entrance from the toilets.

How do we teach?

  • Lectures are conducted remotely until further notice, and classes – stationarily. If the epidemic situation worsens, it is possible to move entirely to distance learning.
  • Experimental research of graduate and doctoral students may be conducted to comply with all the rigours that apply to employees, including attendance records.

What are the sanitary guidelines?

  • The current sanitary guidelines for work in the facilities of the University of Warsaw are available on the website https://www.uw.edu.pl/wytyczne-sanitarne-dotyczace-funkcjonowania-obiektow-uw/
  • It is forbidden to stay in the department of people who have even one of the symptoms of infection – in other words – we do not come to the department with an elevated temperature, cough, etc. (even if we blame it on a common cold). Self-isolation is recommended in any doubtful situation.
  • Covering the mouth and nose is obligatory in common spaces, laboratories and offices, excluding single-person rooms or where partitions separate workstations, and UV lamps are turned on.
  • The minimum distance between people is 2 m while maintaining other sanitary and hygienic requirements.
  • The time spent together in confined spaces, especially those that are difficult to ventilate or disinfect, should be limited.

Who can you contact?

  • The Dean’s representative responsible for supervising, verifying and enforcing hygienic and sanitary requirements and contacts with sanitary and epidemiological services is Mr Romuald Stęborowski, MA. He checks the compliance with hygiene and sanitary requirements at the faculty; on behalf of the Dean, he may give orders to persons on the faculty premises to ensure hygiene and sanitary requirements. In addition, he cooperates with the administrative director of the faculty and heads of internal organisational units; in particular, he immediately notifies them of the identified needs in terms of the implementation of hygienic and sanitary requirements. You can contact Mr Romuald Stęborowski by phone (22 55 42 318 or through the reception desk of the Faculty of Biology) or by email: r.steborowski@uw.edu.pl
  • In other urgent organisational or security matters, you can contact the Faculty’s administrative director, Dr Magdalena Sobolewska-Bereza, phone: 608 401 993, or the dean, prof. Krzysztof Spalik, phone: 604 922 750.

Savoir-vivre – how to live?

  • In these challenging times, our common security depends not only on do’s and don’ts but also on our goodwill and mutual kindness. Let us respect the concerns of others, if only by simply being polite. We should remember that there are people among us who, due to their health, past diseases or care for people at risk or elderly, may have a lower sensitivity threshold for the risk of infection. The distance that we think is safe may be too close for them. Behaviour that we think is safe (though not necessarily safe) may be unacceptable to them. Let us respect that.

Dean of the Faculty of Biology: Krzysztof Spalik