Update November 9, 2021: The DAI’s COVID-19 protocol
The Dutch governement has announced that higher education will be closed from Monday 20 December 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022.
In regard to DAI Week 3 & 4: we continue planning and booking classrooms and accommodation. There will be some adjustements in the program,most importantly: we are postponing the How To Undo Things With Theory ~ public event (initially scheduled for January 23) till our DAI Week in Bergamo, March 2022. We will thus begin DAI Week 3 on the 18th and not on the 17th of January. See our Calendar.
DAI’s GENERAL COVID PROTOCOL
0.Care for each other. DAI brings people of multiple generations (including 60 +), health conditions, abilities, orientations, identities, nationalities, socio-economic and geo-political backgrounds together at a variety of locations. Diverse concerns and levels of anxiety in regard to Covid-19 within our community must be respected at all times. However: panicking is never helpful.
1. Vaccination. We are a traveling community - this makes us vulnerable. We ask ALL of you to make sure that you are (getting) vaccinated asap and that you can show proof of that per October 2nd, 2021. Contact us when there are reasons why you are not yet vaccinated or why you cannot get vaccinated at all. Not being vaccinated poses a serious risk to yourself as well as to all of us. We are committed to seek solutions together with you.
2. Testing. testing. testing. Upon the beginning of each DAI Week we will ask everybody to show us a negative test result, not older than 24 hours. With EVERYBODY we mean everybody, regardless of having had your vaccinations, or having had Covid earlier on. We will inform you ( on top of this page) about the possibilities for testing per DAI week and per location.
3.Wearing a face mask = conditional when moving through buildings that we are sharing. Once you are seated at safe distance from others you can take off your mask unless otherwise stated. Presenters can take of their mask.
4. Wash your hands regularly.
5. Always, ALWAYS, respect one and a half meter distance from other people, if you come closer you should wear your mask - also outdoors !
6. Symptoms. If you have any, even mild symptoms associated with Covid-19 we unfortunately cannot allow you to join the DAI Week. Mild symptoms of coronavirus include: runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever. Sudden loss of smell or taste can also be a symptom of COVID-19. Please get tested as soon as possible and wait for the results before joining us. When tested negative you are welcome to join us in flesh.
7. Contact with someone positive for Covid: if you live in a household with someone, who has severe symptoms of Covid-19, or who has been tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days, we unfortunately cannot allow you to join the DAI Week. If possible, please get tested, and wait for the results before joining us. When tested negative you are welcome to join us in the flesh.
7. Clean, cleaner, cleanest. When sharing toilets, bathrooms or showers, all members of our community are requested to sanitize these facilities after use.
8. Cleaning of all utensils related to the food we share during our communal meals: extra attention must be/will be given to this by all in our community.
GUIDELINES ~ PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
*This updated protocol will be guiding us from August 2021 onward, all through the academic year 2021-2022 or untill further notice.
*The Dutch government advises students and employees of higher education to test themselves for Covid twice a week. You can use free self-tests. It is possible to order two self-tests a week via this website by the Dutch government. Log in with your ArtEZ account.
*National protocols will be informing our policy, but are overruled by DAI's own guidelines (in combination with guidelines issued by our location hosts) unless the regulations of a country are more strict. In that case the national guidelines of the country where we are residing are binding.
*The DAI is committed to accommodate individual students and tutors who are unable to join a DAI Week in-the-flesh due to a PROVEN Covid-19 contamination, or due to specific Covid-19 quarantaine regulations and related travel restrictions, by providing and supporting online connectivity throughout the DAI Week - AS GOOD AS POSSIBLE UNDER THE SPECIFIC CONDITIONS OF A LOCATION.
*DAI is committed to provide safe spaces for our DAI Week gatherings and to facilitate communal study, meals, accommodation and conviviality at locations where the protocol can be practiced.
*During, as well as in between DAI Weeks Jacq van der Spek will be available to share any practical concerns relating to your personal health. She will also be the one (in close conversation with our hosts) to provide you with practical information in regard to medical support and facilities at all of our destinations .
Rik Fernhout keeps track of any possible formal or official hurdles on DAI's pathways, in relation to travel-, health- and exam-regulations (exam regulations are mentioned here since not joining a DAI Week has an effect on your credit points).
Within the team we have formed a CARE TEAM; its task is to look into urgent problems and difficulties, caused by or amplified by the Covid-19 crisis.
*If you start feeling ill while already present during a DAI Week on location you are required to self-isolate and to immediately inform Jacq (or the person who replaces her). The DAI team, together with you, will decide about the neccessary next steps and will assist you with any formal proceedings. Every location will have different conditions, rules and regulations.
*If a DAI Week is organised outside of the Netherlands we will duly inform you about the quarantaine-regulations that are in place in our host country.
*If an entire DAI Week program has to be canceled due to (Covid related) circumstances we will seek to re-schedule and re-organize in the best possible way. If, it is not possible to re-schedule the total number of days that was initially announced at the beginning of the year, we will refund student's contributions to the BB&SS Fund in fairness for the number of days that could not be offered "in flesh" after careful re-scheduling.
*In preparation of, as well as during DAI Weeks it is mandatory (not optional) to fully respect the protocol. Any deviation from the protocol could seriously jeopardise our community’s safety and the future of our program - as well as that of our hosts. We trust that all of us will act responsibly and will respond responsibly to requests for (more) distance and safety from any one in our community. Should you feel that your concerns are not given the consideration they deserve we ask you to contact a member of the DAI crew (all members are fully committed to speak up and help implement this protocol: which will be binding) or to bring this concern to the General Assembly and/or the COUNCIL.
*Suggestions for improvement of this protocol and the measures that it intends to implement can be shared during the regular sessions of the DAI’s COUNCIL.
You are advised to regularly come back to this page - it will be updated whenever relevant