The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) published, on Friday, 3 September, a Guidelines Manual to present procedures for the safe conduct of in-person activities during the stages of preparation (Pre-Phase 2) and gradual return of in-person activities (Phase 2). The document presents tables indicating the measures and actions that should be taken in relation to the activities, environments and people, classified based on definitions such as “remote”, ” in-person “, “suspended” or “restricted”.
These definitions will guide the managers in the preparation of the Activity Plans of the respective units from the beginning of Pre-phase 2, scheduled to start on 20 September. The beginning of the new phase assumes epidemiological conditions compatible with what was decided by the University Council in 2020: the decrease of cases and deaths during 15 days; the occupation of ICUs less than 60%; and a Transmission Rate (TtR) lower than 0.95 in the macroregion of the campus.
The activities during Pre-Phase 2 will be in-person for the smallest possible number of people, preserving the risk groups defined by the Prorectorate for Personnel Management and Development (Prodegesp). Organizational and preparation activities for the semi-presential activities of Phase 2 will be allowed.
Get to know more about the main guidelines below:
ENVIRONMENTS – Regarding environments, the Manual establishes that closed places of wide circulation, such as auditoriums and meeting rooms, should remain with remote activities, while restaurants and gyms will continue with suspended activities. Open air spaces may have in-person activities, following specific biosecurity guidelines and regulations in force.
Access will be restricted in places such as the Student Residence and lodgings, athletics track field and outdoor courts, classrooms, laboratories and administrative rooms.
Extension activities, teaching and field practices will also have restrictions: they must follow specific biosafety guidelines and current regulations or will be subject to particle emission measurement parameters. Cafeterias, bathrooms and other collective use spaces must be used individually.
|Environments||Pre-Phase 2||Phase 2||Observations|
|Closed environments with wide circulation (auditoriums, meeting rooms)||Remote||Remote|
|Open Air||In-person||In-person||Follow specific biosafety guidelines and existing regulations|
|Restaurants and Gymnasiums||Suspended||Suspended|
|Student housing and accommodation||Restricted||Restricted||Follow specific biosafety guidelines and existing regulations|
|Athletics track and outdoor courts||Restricted||Restricted||Follow specific biosafety guidelines and existing regulations|
|Classrooms, laboratories, and institutional vehicles||Restricted||Restricted||Subject to particulate emission measurement parameters|
|Administrative rooms||Restricted||Restricted||Subject to particulate emission measurement parameters|
|Canteens, bathrooms and other enclosed spaces for collective use||Individual use||Individual use||Follow specific biosafety guidelines and existing regulations|
|Extension activities, teaching and field practices||Restricted||Restricted||Follow specific biosafety guidelines and existing regulations|
ACTIVITIES – Teaching activities in Pre-Phase 2 and Phase 2 will take place remotely or in a restricted mode. Regular classes will be held remotely. The activities of practical and theoretical-practical courses may be developed in a restricted format, after authorization by the Undergraduate Council and subject to particle emission measurement parameters.
The same occurs with activities in administrative offices and laboratories, external assistance, training, education and health prevention actions, selection processes in general and institutional selection processes that have an in-person stage.
|Activities||Pre-Phase 2||Phase 2||Observations|
|Regular In-person Classes (*)||Remote||Remote|
|Activities of Practical and Theoretical-Practical Courses||Restricted||Restricted||According to Resolution No. 90/CGRAD/2021 and subject to the measurement parameters of particle emission|
|Administrative Offices and Laboratories||Restricted||Restricted||Subject to particulate emission measurement parameters|
|External attendance||Restricted||Restricted||Follow specific biosafety guidelines and existing regulations|
|Training, Qualification, Training and Health Prevention Actions||Remote||Remote||Follow specific biosafety guidelines and existing regulations|
|Selective processes in general||Restricted||Restricted||Follow specific biosafety guidelines and existing regulations|
|Institutional selection processes||Restricted||Restricted||Follow specific biosafety guidelines and existing regulations|
PEOPLE – UFSC civil servants will have different situations in the phases of resumption of in-person activities. Many may still remain in remote work, as long as they are registered with the Prorectorate for Personnel Management and Development (Prodegesp).
Among them are pregnant, puerperal and breastfeeding women, fathers and mothers with school-age children, belonging to the risk group due to immunodepressive disease or also, Disabled Persons and civil servants who live with elderly or chronically ill people. The interns shall also remain in remote work, except those with complete vaccination cycle.
|Profile||Pre-Phase 2||Phase 2||Observations|
|Pregnant, puerperal and breastfeeding women||Remote||Remote||In accordance with Article 1 of Federal Law 14.151, of 12 May 2021, and provided that it is registered in the Risk Panel/ the Prorectorate for Personnel Management and Development (PRODEGESP)|
|Fathers/Mothers with school-age children (until the provision of in-person schooling is fully restored)||Remote||Remote||Since registered in the Risk Panel/PRODEGESP|
|Belonging to a risk group due to immunodepressive disease||Remote||Remote||Since registered in the Risk Panel/PRODEGESP|
|Belonging to the Disabled Persons Group||Hybrid||Hybrid||Access https://emapcd.paginas.ufsc.br or contact by e-mail email@example.com|
|Living with an elderly or chronically ill person||Remote||Remote||Since registered in the Risk Panel/PRODEGESP|
|Interns (except those with complete vaccination cycle)||Remote||Remote|
TESTING – “Regarding the Testing Policy and Monitoring of air circulation in the environments, UFSC will use the expertise of Laboratories and Researchers of the Institution, in order to present methodologies and parameters that create conditions of health security”, brings the text of the document.
The testing should start on 20 September and will cover about 660 people from environments with teaching activities Child Development Center (NDI), Laboratory School (Colégio de Aplicação) clinics, practical classes); environments with high number of people in classroom activities (Prorecorates and offices, administrative units and University Library) and activities with high number of people with various contacts, such as the sectors of construction and maintenance and security. As of the starting date, the testing shall be extended to the other activities in administrative spaces, according to the activity plans presented.
|Environments with teaching activity||Child Development Center (NDI), Laboratory School (Colégio de Aplicação), Clinics, Practical Classes||209 people (teachers and Technical-Administrative staff)||Initial period: 20 September|
|Environments with a high number of people with in-person activities||Prorectorates and offices, administrative units||252 people (17 from PROAD, 21 from the Prorectorate for Undergraduate Studies – Department of School Administration, 94 from PRODEGESP and 120 from the University Library)||Initial period: 20 September|
|Activities with a high number of people with various contacts||Construction, maintenance, security||205 people (172 from SEOMA and 33 from the Office of Institutional Security)||Initial period: 20 September|
|Other activities||Administrative spaces||To be defined by activity plans||Period: from 20 September|
MONITORING – The monitoring actions will be carried out along with the testing. The process of purchasing portable equipment for distribution to the Schools, in charge of the Prorectorate for Administration (Proad) and the Office of Planning and Budget (Seplan), has already started.
Until 20 September, preliminary tests will be carried out mapping the air circulation in rooms in the Chid Development Center (NDI),Laboratory School (Colégio de Aplicação), in the clinics and in the practical classes environments. The tests will involve a joint work of Mechanical Engineering and Sanitary Engineering laboratories, the Department of Health Care (DAS/Prodegesp), the management of the Units and the Permanent Commission for Epidemiological Monitoring.
From 20 September, the tests will also be carried out in the Prorectorates and offices, in the administrative units, in the construction, maintenance and security environments and other administrative spaces. At the same time, DAS/Prodegesp and the directors of the units will begin training the data collection teams. The laboratories and sectors involved in preliminary tests and mapping of the rooms will identify procedures to take the action to other UFSC schools.
|Application of preliminary tests of mapping of the rooms||Until 20 September||Child Development Center (NDI), Laboratory School (Colégio de Aplicação), clinics, practical classes|
|EMC and ENS Laboratories, DAS/PRODEGESP, Permanent Commission for Epidemiological Monitoring|
|From 20 September||Prorectorate, and offices, administrative UNITS|
|From 20 September||Construction, maintenance, security|
|From 20 September||Administrative spaces|
|Purchasing process of portable equipment for the school´s distribution||Immediate||All||PROAD, SEPLAN|
|Training the data survey teams||From 20 September||All||DAS/PRODEGESP and Management of Units|
|Elaboration of identifications and procedures for expansion to other UFSC schools||From 20 September||All||EMC and ENS Laboratories, DAS/PRODEGESP, Permanent Commission for Epidemiological Monitoring|
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