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【URGENT】NTOU COVID-19 Preventive Measures - October 13, 2022 Updates

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has adjusted preventive measures for COVID-19 since May 1. On October 13, the 56th pandemic prevention meeting was held under the supervision of President Tai-Wen Hsu in response to the pandemic situation in Keelung and the regulation launched by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The latest adjustments will be updated on the NTOU’s website. All faculty members, staff, and students should follow the preventive measures to ensure everyone’s safety!

Teaching

1. All classes, including PE classes, are switched back to face-to-face classes.

(1) Pandemic prevention measures have to be abided by:

A. It is recommended that teachers wear masks at all times while teaching. If teachers have special needs, teachers can use a transparent mask.

B. Students must wear masks and sanitize their hands all the time and are not allowed to eat or drink during classes.

C. All the classrooms should have good ventilation, and the equipment should get sanitized regularly.

(2) Each teaching unit should make sure the equipment and lesson plan for online classes are well-prepared.

2. Each teaching unit should provide online teaching and exam for new-coming students who are currently not in Taiwan or are under self-health management and record students' attendance (e.g., video files or other evidence for attendance).

3. During the period of health management, students who cannot attend school must complete online assessments or reports given by teachers.

Student Official Leave for Covid-19

1. In order to reduce the risk of infection by contact with paper, the school has changed the way of reviewing students' leave requests to be conducted online through the "Academic Information System," and there is no need to print out paper leave requests.

2. Due to the following circumstances, students who are unable to attend the class should submit relevant supporting documents to the " Academic Information System " to ask for leave and contact the teacher and the department. After the leave is approved, please report the result to the teacher.

(1) Confirmed case.

(2) Mild cases which are under quarantine or tested positive.

(3) Close COVID contacts who are under quarantine or border quarantine.

(4) COVID contacts in the same working and studying environment who are under the 3-day preventive measures.

(5) Adverse reactions to vaccination: vaccinated students must submit a copy of the “COVID-19 Vaccination Card” for processing. The number of days for the leave is up to 3 consecutive days (including holidays) from the day of vaccination.

(6) Family care leave (to assist in epidemic prevention): can avail of the leave if the student will accompany a family or relative (at most second-degree blood relatives), or spouse, for a maximum of 3 days. Students must attach the photocopy of the "COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card" and any proof of affinity.

(7) For special reasons, it should be approved by the relevant organizers.

3. The above reasons for leave requests cooperate with the epidemic prevention work. It will not be counted as an absence.

Health Inform

If students or teachers on campus are diagnosed or tested positive, please fill in the "Confirmed/Close Contact Notification" in the school's epidemic prevention area as soon as possible. Teachers and students should contact the teaching assistants of their respective departments. Staff should contact the Occupational Safety and Health Center. The departments and the Occupation Safety and Health Center will report to the Health Protection Team of the Academic Affairs Office as soon as possible so the person concerned can assist in caring or carrying out the related work.

1. Health Care group (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM): 02-24622192 ext. 1070-1073.

2. Non-working hours:

(1) School Safety Center: 02-24629976

(2) Health Protection Team Line ID: @084ddfua

Health Management

1. Students and staff must continue to manage their health. Everyone should wear a mask, do frequent hand washing, pay attention to the area's ventilation, and avoid crowded places. Individuals with fever and respiratory symptoms must wear a mask and are encouraged to seek medical treatment and stay home to rest.

2. Persons who meet the qualification for the vaccination category should receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Register at the Keelung City Health Bureau COVID-10 Vaccination Clinic Information (https://www.klchb.klcg.gov.tw/tw/klchb/1361-249789.html). Go to the epidemic prevention section to view the vaccination promotional videos. 

3. Regulation of entering the campus:

(1) Those who are under 0+7 self-initiated epidemic prevention, they can go out, enter schools and laboratories if they are asymptomatic and have a negative result of the quick test every 2 days.

(2) Confirmed cases: During the 7-day quarantine, individuals are prohibited to go to the campus and laboratory. Additional 7 days of self-health management are required after the quarantine is over. Students are allowed to attend classes during self-health management. Please always wear masks on campus.

(3) Close contacts (those who live with confirmed cases):

A. Those who are under 3+4 quarantine: Do not go to the campus during the 3-day quarantine (For students who live on campus, please don’t leave the quarantine dormitory). During the 4-day self-initiated epidemic prevention, if they are asymptomatic and have a negative result of the quick test every 2 days, they can go to the campus to work.

B. Those who are under 0+7 self-initiated epidemic prevention: if they are asymptomatic and have a negative result of the quick test every 2 days, they can go to the campus to work. Students can dine alone in the restaurant or have dinner with a specific person. After eating and leaving the seat, you should wear a mask immediately. Gatherings and going to crowded places are prohibited.

(4) Those who are under self-health monitoring (interacting with confirmed cases or people tested positive without wearing masks for more than 15 minutes): please wear masks. You can attend classes if tested negative for rapid test.

4. Everyone should wear a mask on campus. Individuals can remove their masks for conversational work or activities such as sports, photography, live broadcast, video recording, hosting, reporting, speeches, and lectures. But a person with COVID symptoms needs to wear a mask to do such activities. In addition, activities involving singing require wearing a mask as well. Students who are under self-health management and live in the dormitory must wear masks.

5. The following are the designations for the care and division of responsibilities: faculty and staff (Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), overseas students (OSHS), international students (Office of the International Affairs), confirmed cases (Health Center); all departments are encouraged to continue to care for students.

Accommodation

1. Wearing masks is strictly required in the dormitory. Dormitory residents must take their temperature when entering the dormitory.

2. Basically, confirmed cases who live in the dorm or those who are under self-initiated epidemic prevention should go back home. Those who are unable to go home should undergo quarantine at the place arranged by the school.

3. Students under quarantine who are not infected with COVID-19 and under self-health management should stay in their assigned room for self-health management. In addition, the shared bathroom facilities on the side will be provided with special labels for each bedroom to reduce the risk of cross-infection.

4. The dormitory public area will be regularly cleaned and disinfected; supplies for disinfection will be provided to the residents in need.

Travel Abroad

1. Faculty, staff, and students do not need to sign for approval from the president when going abroad. They shall follow the normal leave procedures on campus.

Building

1. All building gates will conduct temperature checks. They will be required to wear masks upon entry and should strengthen their environmental cleanliness. Those who do not wear masks are not allowed to enter the building. After temperature check, they should report or notify the School Health Center immediately if a person has a high temperature or fever.

2. Please refer to the website https://peadmin.ntou.edu.tw/?Lang=zh-tw for the opening hour of gymnasium.

3. The Occupational Safety and Health Center will strengthen its laboratory inspections, and the police force will strengthen its campus patrols.

4. Library: Students and school staff, please swipe student ID cards or staff cards to enter. Those who take library card issued by Office of Library and Information Technology, please give your card to the front desk for entry. University System of Taipei/MHOU teachers and students, and other readers, please go to the front desk for a visitor pass. Please refer to the library’s website for the opening hour.

5. When entering the restaurant, you should wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and avoid talking, except for meals.

6. Teachers, students, and staff should continue to follow the relevant regulations when participating in the banquet.

Faculty and Staff Work Arrangement

1. Faculty and staff who have a history of contact with confirmed cases or experiencing fever or other flu-like symptoms, abnormal sense of smell, or unexplained diarrhea, please seek medical treatment or COVID-19 screening the soonest as possible. The concerned individual can take time off to recuperate at home and should not go to work on campus.

2. Faculty members infected with Covid-19 can take official leave during 7-day quarantine. The faculty member who are under quarantine, self-initiated epidemic prevention with symptoms, or has to take care of children under 12/disabled children who have to take online classes, are allowed to work from home. Those who are under self-initiated epidemic prevention can go to the campus for work if tested negative for rapid test and asymptomatic, and please wear masks all the time and maintain social distancing.

3. Upon reporting, those under work from home set-up should fill in the daily work log and send it to the team's supervisor for review when they are back to school.

4. Those who WFH should still work online every day and fill the work log for the accomplishments and send it to the unit supervisor for audit upon reporting to school.

Other important things

1. Enrollment Examination

The method of admission exam will be adjusted anytime following the announcements released by the Central Epidemic Command Center and the guidelines of the Ministry of Education. For the adjustments, please refer to the University's admission information website.

2. Conferences and events can be held face-to-face or can also be online if needed. Pandemic preventive measures have to be implemented during face-to-face conferences and events.

3. Procurement cases related to the General Affairs Office may be extended when necessary and should follow a letter from the Engineering Council. On-campus construction projects can continue, and relevant personnel should observe epidemic prevention management following prescribed regulations.

4. New Ocean Researcher 2

(1) For researchers: Those infected with COVID-19 within 14 days before sailing and are fully recovered or used to be in close contact with a person positive for COVID-19 and have finished quarantine will be advised not to sail even if they are tested negative using the rapid test.

(2) For crew members: Flexible adjustments would be made according to the instructions of CECC and Maritime Port Bureau. For example, when the required number of crew members is met for the sailing to proceed, those with confirmed COVID-19 infection or close contact with a person positive for COVID-19 and have finished quarantine will not be asked to join the sailing or voyage.

Wish everyone good health and happiness. Let us all beat the COVID-19 together.

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