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Returning Together | Information for Students

Stay safe. Together, for all

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This area gathers all the information for IPS students during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Teaching Activity 

Services and Support

Protection Measures

FAQ | Covid-19

Communications



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After a period of confinement caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the teaching activity is, progressively, resumed from June 2020.

Information on the procedures to be adopted by students when returning to face-to- face activities is available in Order No. 95/President /2020. Some of this information is also available in the "Protection Measures" area.

Schedules: the established for presential classes.

Resources: Moodle for classes and TEAMS and ZOOM for videoconferencing interactions.

Moodle has an area (Distance Learning IPS), with information and support tutorials, for students less familiar with these resources. Access here.

Teachers: will be available and they will decide on the most appropriate methodology: videoconference classes, clarification of doubts or resolution of practical cases, among others. These activities can be replaced by others that do not require synchronous online presence of students and teachers.

Support material: you can check the Distance Learning Guidelines for operating principles and useful tips.

Image and sound capture in Distance Learning (EaD): technologies must be used responsibly. You should not record video and/or sound or photograph any synchronous activity without the proper authorization of the participants (teachers and students). In the case of authorization, the contents should not be used in other situations, than the one in which the authorization was granted. Any violation of good conduct in this process will be analyzed within the scope of article 3, paragraph e) and article 4 of the IPS Students Disciplinary Regulation.

 

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ACCESS TO COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

IPS and its Academic Association (AAIPS) sought to gather computer material for students who did not have their own resources. The needs assessment was carried out by each of the IPS Schools, which contacted its student community.

In order to guarantee equitable access to the equipment, the selection of the students was made under the following eligibility criteria:

  • SAS/IPS scholarship holders;
  • Students covered by PAAS - 20% of capitation (award of scholarships);
  • Other IPS students.

If you have any unused equipment, please give it to a student who needs it. You can do this within your personal network or by contacting the director of any IPS School to expedite the process.

Technical support:
The Informatics Division guarantees remote technical support, through one of the following contacts:

 

IPS LIBRARIES

IPS Libraries are closed in August.

IPS libraries reopened in June their services without presential reading. Returns and loans are made by appointment, via Teams chat or by email (general IPS Libraries or each Library). 

Attendance schedule (except August):
ESCE/ESS | biblioteca@esce.ips.pt
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 am/12 pm | 2 pm/3:30 pm

ESE | sdi@ese.ips.pt
Mondays to Fridays: 9 am | 3:30 pm

ESTSetúbal | biblioteca@estsetubal.ips.pt
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (10 am/1 pm | 1:30 pm/ 2:30 pm). Students who require home loan services outside opening hours should contact by e-mail.

ESTBarreiro | Chat Teams
The library remains closed but service can be done by appointment.

The contact with the Libraries can also be made by email, or through the support chat (9 am/8 pm)

 

SOCIAL SERVICES:

Presential attendance
The Treasury and the Scholarships/ Accommodation sector will return to presential service, by appointment:

  • Treasury (Isabel Fustigas): Thursdays (9:30 am/2:00 pm).

Bookings: tesouraria@sas.ips.pt

  • Accommodation (Cristina Almeida): Wednesdays (9:30 am/2:00 pm).

Bookings: alojamento@sas.ips.pt

 

Food
The bars and cafeteria in the IPS Schools are closed in August. During this period, the use of microwaves is allowed in the dining spaces, as long as the cleaning and hygiene of the equipment is complied with, as defined in the IPS return plan.

 

Accommodation | Santiago Student Residence
The Students Residence of Santiago remains in operation. New applications will be accepted for the academic year 2020/2021 (date to be announced).

 

Health (SASaúde)
Face to face appointments are resumed in the following terms:

  • Psychology: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (9.30 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm)
  • Nutrition: Fridays (9.30 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm)
  • Chinese Medicine: Mondays (9.30 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am)

The appointments (although remaining free) must be booked: cristina.almeida@sas.ips.pt


IPS Sports Club
The IPS Sports Club will remain closed for presential activity until the end of the academic year. However, and to ensure the fitness of all regular practitioners, IPS provides some tutorials: here and here.

All registrants in 2019/2020 (annuity and 2nd semester) will keep their registration valid for the 1st semester of 2020/2021 (1st October 2020 - 15th February 2021).

 

Unidos@IPS (United@IPS)
Joint initiative (SAS/IPS, IPS Schools and AAIPS) to support students whose income was affected due to the COVID-19. It is an emergency aid program for the payment of tuition fees, residence fees and other specific expenses related to the academic path. The program regulation, including the rules and application requirements, is available here.

 

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Consult all official and updated information on the Pandemic: Directorate-General for Health website.

IPS information about Covid-19 (recommendations, measures and communications) is available here.

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Measures to be followed when returning to IPS campi:

  • Assess your health condition to be in face-to-face activities in contact with colleagues / students. If you have symptoms associated with COVID19, or have been in contact with infected patients, contact the SNS24 and do not go to the IPS;
  • Put a mask over your mouth and nose as soon as you enter the campus and use the mask in all common areas and in spaces with more than one person. The use of a visor does not dispense the use of a mask,
  • Keep a 2m distance from other people, respecting the guiding signs placed on the IPS buildings;
  • Greet without physical contact (don't kiss, hug, shake hands);
  • Renew the air of indoor areas with street air with air from outside (opening the windows);
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the work/study place properly sanitized and safe, as well as the equipment used;´
  • Do not practice activities that promote contagion: use of indoor air recirculating devices in the rooms (air conditioning without external air circulation); sharing of materials and / or equipment without proper cleaning between continuous uses; sharing mobile phones, tablets, computers, headphones, keyboards and personal items; fraternization activities, indoors, with groups of more than 5 people who do not maintain adequate physical distance; groups of more than ten people in the outdoor spaces; non-compliance with the safety distance in outdoor and indoor spaces.

 

Always follow the preventive procedures widely disseminated by the Directorate- General for Health (DGS):

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, rubbing them well for at least 20 seconds, especially before and after preparing food, before meals, after using the bathroom and whenever your hands are dirty;
  • Alternatively, use an alcohol-based solution for hand hygiene;
  • Use single-use tissues to blow;
  • Throw used tissues in a waste bin, washing your hands immediately;
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm with your elbow flexed, not into your hands;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands or contaminated with respiratory secretions;
  • In case you: have an acute respiratory infection (fever or cough or difficulty breathing) requiring or not hospitalization; have traveled to areas with active community transmission within 14 days before the onset of symptoms; have contacted a confirmed or probable case of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 infection, within 14 days before the onset of symptoms, or a health professional or person who has been in a health institution where patients with COVID-19 are treated.

IPS guarantees the distribution of individual kits with a mask and alcohol gel to the academic community.

All the information about these procedures is available here.

 

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What is the new Coronavirus?

The new coronavirus, designated SARS-CoV-2, was identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China. It was the first time that this virus was detected in humans. COVID- 19 is the name of the disease caused by the new virus and means Coronavirus Disease 2019, referring to the year it was discovered.

 

What are the signs and symptoms?

Most infected people show symptoms of acute respiratory infection such as fever (temperature above 37,5ºC), cough and difficulty breathing (shortness of breath). In more severe cases it can cause severe pneumonia with acute respiratory failure, kidney and other organ failure and eventual death.

 

How is it transmitted?

COVID-19 is transmitted by close contact with people infected by the virus, or contaminated surfaces and objects. Droplets released from coughing or sneezing from infected people can directly reach the mouth, nose and eyes of those close to them. These droplets can likewise settle on objects or surfaces that surround that person. In turn, other people can become infected by touching these objects or surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth with their hands.

 

What can I do to protect myself?

In the affected areas, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends measures of hygiene and respiratory etiquette to reduce the exposure and transmission of the disease, namely:

  • Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, with a tissue or your forearm, never with your hands, and always throw the tissue in the trash;
  • Wash your hands frequently, for 20 seconds, with soap and water or a 70% alcohol- based solution, and wash them whenever you blow, sneeze, cough or after direct contact with sick people;
  • Avoid close contact with people with respiratory infection;
  • Avoid touching the face with your hands;
  • Avoid sharing personal objects or food that you have touched.
  • Use a mask and/or visor in closed places or whenever recommended.



What should I do if I have symptoms?

If you have the symptoms described (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) you should immediately call SNS 24 (808 24 24 24) and follow the instructions. Going to a Health Center or Hospital should only happen when absolutely necessary or as indicated by the doctor or nurse, after telephone contact.

 

I was in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. What should I do?

You should immediately be in prophylactic isolation for a period of 14 days (virus incubation time). During isolation, you should be aware of the associated symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing). If you have any of the symptoms, you should call SNS 24 (808 24 24 24) and follow the instructions.

 

I returned from a country or place with confirmed cases of COVID-19. What should I do?

You must immediately stay in voluntary social isolation for a period of 14 days (virus incubation time). During isolation, you should be aware of the associated symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing). If you have any of the symptoms, you should call SNS 24 (808 24 24 24) and follow the instructions.

 

I am at the IPS facilities and I have symptoms associated with COVID- 19. What should I do?

You must immediately go to the isolation area of the building where you are and inform (personally or by phone) the responsible for the organic unit or service. In the isolation room, you must put on the protection mask, contact the SNS24 line (808 24 24 24) and follow the instructions. For more detailed information, see the IPS Contingency Plan.



I still have some questions, how can I contact IPS?

The IPS is fully available to support and clarify any doubts, including additional information on the procedures to be adopted in case of similar symptoms to the ones caused by COVID-19, through the following contacts: covid19@ips.pt or 265 709 308 (8:30 am | 8:00 pm).

 

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To clarify any doubts and/or procedures in case of symptoms, or other aspects arising from the measures taken by IPS to contain the spread of COVID-19, contact us by mail (covid19@ips.pt) or phone (265 709 308), between 8:30 am and 8:00 pm.

 12/08/2020

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