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Start academic year 2020-2021 in the Conservatoire

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has the world in its grip. As a college university we are committed to our social responsibility, and have thus taken necessary actions and precautions to help prevent and slow down the spread of the coronavirus. By being proactive as a community we can safeguard the health of our own students and staff, as well as the well-being of those with whom we interact - especially vulnerable groups.

We have collected the most recent measures and answers to frequently asked questions on this page. 

  • This information is updated continuously, so keep a close eye on this page. 
  • Please visit the official government website for general information and government guidelines on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 
  • Do you have other AP-related questions to which you can't find the answer below? 
  • Please note! We try to answer individual questions (via mail, telephone, social media ...) in a timely manner. However, we have over 14.000 students and 1.500 staff members ... So we count on your patience and understanding. 

LATEST UPDATE: TUESDAY 15.09.2020
 

WHEN WILL THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR START? 

From Monday 21 September we will be back in business. Because we start in code yellow we are obliged to take measures during the lessons, rehearsals, in the building, the student restos,.... All students and teachers are requested to read and apply the guidelines thoroughly.

>>>  Guidelines of the academic year 20-21

The academic year starts on Monday September 14th/ 21st. Check the academic calendars for a more detailed overview.  
Calendars Conservatoire
 

WHERE CAN I FIND THE LATEST UPDATES ON THE CURRENT CORONA MEASURES? 

  • Sick? Stay home.
  • Keep your distance (min. 1,5 m) on and off campus.
  • No physical contact (e.g. shaking hands, kissing, hugging, touching ...)
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with water and soap. 
  • Use the disinfecting hand sanitizer that has been provided throughout our campuses. 
  • Sneeze or cough into a paper tissue, which you dispose immediately in a closed-off trash can.
  • No paper tissue? Sneeze or cough in the crook of your arm.

Please read the full list of prevention measures here.

IMPORTANT:
To make sure we can closely monitor (possible) corona contaminations, please report to our prevention service asap: 

  • if you might have been exposed to a corona contamination
  • if you have an appointment for a coronatest 
  • if you have tested positive for corona 

Mail us: preventie.milieu@ap.be 
Call our AP hotline: 03 220 59 99 (on workdays between 9 am - 4 pm).

Please note! We try to answer individual questions (via mail, telephone, social media ...) in a timely manner. However, we have over 14.000 students and 1.500 staff members ... So we count on your patience and understanding. 
 

WHAT IF I'VE RECENTLY TRAVELLED ABROAD?

  • Always follow government guidelines. (more information about that at the bottom of this webpage)
  • Check here how and when you need to fill out the Passenger Locator Form
  • Report your absence to your head of teaching (student) or supervisor (staff). Do you have a certificate of mandatory quarantaine? Please hand it in as well. 
  • Together we will look for a solution. 

Return from a green zone

You may visit the campus, UNLESS:  

  • you have symptoms
  • you feel sick 
  • you have tested positive for corona 
  • you have been informed by a contact tracing center of a possible contamination 

Return from an orange zone 

  • Contact your doctor/GP or take a coronatest through ITM as soon as you can to be tested and to go into quarantine after arrival. 
  • If you test negative for the covid-19 virus, you will remain in quarantine at home. At the earliest five days after the first test, and nine days after your return, a second test will follow. If this test is also negative, you no longer need to remain in quarantine. If the test is positive, follow the instructions of your doctor and stay in self-isolation.
  • If you test positive for the covid-19 virus with the first test, you stay in self-isolation for at least 7 days and follow the instructions of your doctor. The contact tracers will contact you to identify all your close contacts.
    Please hang on to your test result, so you can present proof when asked.  
  • Online teaching is your only option.

Return from a red zone

You must stay in quarantine immediately upon your return home. You may not visit the campus.

  • Hand in an absence certificate.
  • Take a coronatest (appointment via your doctor/GP or ITM).  

All students and staff travelling to Belgium will need to complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form, IN THE 48 HOURS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE TO BELGIUM!!!
More information can be found here: https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/public-health-passenger-locator-form

Students and staff from neighboring countries who don’t have a residence in Belgium and are travelling back and forth between their home and our school have an exemption from quarantine only in the context of work or study related activities as these are essential movements. The exemption to quarantine does not apply to social activities outside the school. 
 

WILL CLASSES BE ORGANIZED ONLINE OR ON CAMPUS? 

Currently the region of the Conservatoire is in level Yellow. This means we will organise a 75% presence: Everyone will be able to experience contact education on campus, but not all at the same time. This is a mix of online/offline (hybrid) education so that the number of students in circulation to and from the campus is reduced by at least 25%. We follow the guidelines of the professional sectors (culture with or without an audience) as a test and subject to positive advice from the prevention advisor.

Rest assured: we will organize as many activities as possible on campus. This will certainly be the case for practical subjects and projects such as rehearsals, workshops ... Naturally, educational activities on campus will be organised slightly different from before. For example: classes will be taught in smaller groups and with the necessary prevention measures such as social distancing and perhaps even mouth masks. At this moment, we are investigating the possibilities for introducing specific safety regulations within the artistic practice, as used in the professional field. 

In addition, online education will also be continued next year. These digital classes will mainly be reserved for theory and combined with live interim evaluations on campus. Our IT staff and teachers have digitised and optimised the curriculum, to facilitate distance learning. As always, our teachers will pay ample attention to personal contact and guidance.   

To make sure new students can familiarize themselves with higher education, first-year students will probably get to spend more time on campus. More experienced students will work digitally slightly more frequently, though of course we will make sure they also get to spend enough time on campus. 
 

WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY STUDENT LIFE?  

There will certainly be room for fun and relaxation, albeit slightly different from before. It’s important that you have enough opportunities to socialize with fellow students in real life. This will benefit your education, personal growth and well-being.  

  • The UA Plus Pass (which allows you to enjoy sports and culture at a discount) currently has 3 possible scenarios in the running for the upcoming academic year. They will announce the final outcome online on September 16th. More info here
  • As always,  the student associations will also treat you to support and entertainment. They are still working on their new (adapted) programme.    

More details will follow.  

Follow student association Sphinx  
 

HELP, I'M STARTING OUT IN HIGHER EDUCATION?  

We understand that this uncertain situation creates certain doubts and concerns, but we will do everything we can to make sure your new adventure at our Schools of Arts runs smoothly. There will be enough time and attention for you as a freshman to get to know the campus, to bond with your fellow students and teachers, to enjoy the delights of student life ... In short, we will make sure that you can familiarize yourself with your new student life.  
 

WHAT IF THINGS DON’T WORK OUT? 

Whether you are a bachelor, master or (post)graduate student: we want to make sure all our students have an amazing academic year. Should you experience problems with studying and/or adjusting along the way, we will look for the right solution(s) together. As always, we have a massive team at the ready to offer you support, guidance and motivation.  

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

For the moment it is difficult to predict what the travel restrictions will look like in September.
Students are advised to check with their local and Belgian authorities about the up-to-date travel advice.

We advise students not to make non-refundable costs like housing or transportation until it is certain that they can start their study period in Antwerp.

1.       TRAVEL

a.       travel from a EU country, the Shengen zone and the UK

Travel restrictions have currently been lifted for students coming from a EU country, the Shengen zone and the United Kingdom. Belgium works with 3 color codes (red-orange-green) for travel within the EU, Shengen and UK, to indicate which travel is allowed and prohibited, and if quarantine rules apply: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en

Students coming from red regions currently need to go into self-isolation during 14 days upon arrival. Students coming from orange countries are requested to be extra vigilant and go into self-isolation in case of doubts.
Please keep in mind to come to Antwerp well in time so you don’t miss out on the welcome days and classes.

Make sure to check the latest travel advice with your local and the Belgian authorities at the time of travel.

b.       travel from third countries (= countries who are not part of the EU or the Schengen area)

If you are coming from third countries (= countries who are not part of the EU or the Schengen area): all non-essential travels are prohibited.
The travel restrictions do not apply to third-country nationals who are in possession of a residence card enabling them entry into Schengen area or D-visa issued for travellers with an essential function or need (for example for students or highly qualified workers). Not all countries might have restarted visa handlling yet. Quarantine rules may still be in place for students traveling from an area outside the EU or Shengen zone. 

On the website of the Belgian Crisis Centre you will find further information about whether or not a travel is essential and which sanitary regulations must be complied with when you can still travel including the mandatory self-isolation. This information is available in English, Dutch, French or German.

https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/

https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en

https://crisiscentrum.be/nl/news/crisisbeheer/coronavirus-de-antwoorden-op-al-je-vragen

 https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/EN/Pages/Travel-to-Belgium.aspx

2.       ARRIVAL

a.       Quarantine

·         Before and upon arrival, make sure to check the latest updates to see if quarantine rules apply to you, as advised under point 1         (travel): https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en and https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/

·         If the quarantine rules apply, don’t come to campus and don’t have any contact with other students

·         Please inform us about your arrival and quarantine by mail to conservatorium@ap.be  in case you need to go into self-isolation.