Measures taken with regard to COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak

Dear partners, students, parents,

Because of the threat of COVID-19  the classes and practical placements in all Polish Universities, including our Karkonosze State University of Applied Sciences (KPSW)  have been suspended from Thursday 12.03 until 26.04.2020 and Poland closed its borders for 30 days from 15.03.2020 until 03.05.2020.

From 16.04.2020 everybody will need to cover their mouth and nose if they are in a public place.

From 31.03.2020 until 26.04.2020 the following restrictions introduced by the Polish government are in place:

keep at least 2 meters apart, even when walking - and at most 2 people can go out together. This also applies to families, only minors (under 13 years of age), disabled persons requiring care and the elderly are excluded from the order
  -   no access to parks, boulevards and squares, as well as other recreational places, including forests
  -  no one under the age of 18 may leave the home without adult supervision (LUCKILY YOU ARE ALL OVER 18!:):)
  -  ban on renting city bikes
  -  all cosmetic saloons, hairdressers and tattoo parlors will be closed
  -  there can be a maximum of three people in stores per one cash register. So if there are 10 cash registers in the store, 30 people will be able to shop at the same time
  -  in post offices this limit is down to two people per one window
  -  in bazaars and marketplaces there is a limit to three people per one stand
  -  you will have to wear gloves before entering the store
  -  all stores where you can buy construction things will be closed at weekends
  -  pharmacies, grocery stores and drugstores will remain open, except that between 10am and 12pm they will be open only to people over 65 years of age
  -  hotels and accommodation places will be closed, with the exception of buildings intended for quarantine. This ban will enter into force from April 2, by which time everyone must check out
  -  hairdressing, cosmetic and tattoo studios are closed. Home visits related to the performance of these services are not possible
  - at the workplace there should be a distance of at least 1.5 meters between work places.
  -  the quarantine formula will be extended. Those who will be subjected to it from today will be completely isolated, also from their family. If the quarantine is at home, all household members will be subjected to it.
  -  private carriers, e.g. buses, will follow the same rules as public transport - as many people as half of the number of seats will be allowed in the vehicle
  -  at service outlets and gas stations employees will be required to disinfect the counter and e.g. the terminal after each client
  -  rehabilitation treatments are canceled
  -  moving by private cars is possible, but it is to take place for a specific purpose
  -  leaving the house alone is possible for a short walk, to ventilate or to go out with the dog. You shouldn't do sport.

 We need to remember that already from 24 March people also are not allowed to organize gatherings, penalty for unjustified gathering may result in a fine of up to 5,000. PLN, and the army will help  police in verification activities.

Our University is making all efforts to be able to provide distance-learning for all students, both coming from Poland as well as coming from abroad.

International students are treated in the same way as Polish students in all matters.

After one student has left to Spain, we have 14 international students in Jelenia Góra, who are are accomodated in the Halls of Residence and they are warned not to travel at the moment to other cities and go outside only if necessary.

The students in non-urgent matters can contact the administration of our University only by email and telephone, we are nevertheless in constant Messenger and What's App connection.

If students want to go home they can do so with the help of their respective Embassies, provided that the transport is organized for them.

However, if they cannot return home we are obliged to accomodate all students as long as it is necessary.

We have provided students with information about the places where they can order food online and will be supporting them with all they need.

If you need more information please contact:, +48 75 64 53 342.

With friendly greetings, KPSW crew