Guidelines for students for handling COVID-19 at RMC

This page has been updated with the current guidelines 12 November 2020.

Background

The infection is increasing in the Greater Copenhagen area, and a number of restrictions have therefore been adopted in Copenhagen and a number of surrounding municipalities. For all educational institutions under the Ministry of Culture located in Copenhagen, the teaching is not closed down. The teaching can take place by physical attendance according to the applicable guidelines, which have already been announced. Most technical-administrative staff work from home. However, the employees in Udlån and an employee from the study administration are at work at RMC to support the teaching. The management is also present - in shifts.

When must I wear a face mask at RMC? 

Everyone must wear a mask indoors at RMC when moving around and staying in the corridors and common areas, including when walking and standing in the canteen. You do not need to wear a mask when sitting down in the canteen and when you participate in teaching and other education-related activities such as meetings and rehearsals. The requirement for a face mask also does not apply to RMC's outdoor areas. You can read more about the use of masks and protective equipment on the Danish Health Authority's website.

What do I do if I am in a risk group?

If you are in a risk group, you must contact the conservatory to make arrangements to take classes from home.

When can I NOT come to RMC?

  1. If you have symptoms that could relate to COVID-19 (fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing and muscle pain)
  2. If you have tested positive for COVID-19
  3. If you have been in close contact with a person with confirmed infection and have not yet been tested
  4. If you live closely with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 and who is awaiting test results

What should I do if I have symptoms that suggest COVID-19?

If you have symptoms that suggest COVID-19, you should:

  1. Notify RMC as soon as possible so that the conservatory can take the necessary measures to prevent the spread of infection (write to Niki Corfixsen, head of the secretariat)
  2. Go into self-isolation - stay at home
  3. Pay special attention to hygiene
  4. Pay special attention to cleaning
  5. Call your doctor for assessment and possibly referral for testing, even for mild symptoms

What do I do if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?

Whether you have been referred for testing because you have symptoms or because you are in close contact, do the following:

  1. Go into self-isolation
  2. Pay special attention to hygiene
  3. Pay special attention to cleaning

When can I return to RMC after recovering from COVID-19 infection?

If you have had symptoms, you can cancel the self-isolation 48 hours after you are free of symptoms. However, loss of taste and smell can last for a long time without being considered contagious. Therefore, you may well cancel the self-isolation if these are your only remaining symptoms.

If you have not had any symptoms, self-isolate until 7 days after taking the test. You do not have to be tested again to be declared healthy. It is the absence of symptoms for 48 hours that determines whether you can consider yourself infection-free.

What happens if the conservatory becomes aware that a student or employee has been confirmed infected with COVID-19?

If the conservatory becomes aware that a student or staff member has been confirmed infected with COVID-19, all students and staff who have participated in the same RMC activity as the confirmed infected person will be send home and asked to undergo a test. The assessment of which activities are covered by this is based on the period from 2 days before the infected person became ill until the time the infected person last stayed at RMC. The covered activities are only the activities - teaching, meetings, courses, modules, projects - that RMC has organized and which appear in Asimut. For the sake of the rules on personally sensitive information, the conservatory cannot, in principle, share the name of the person or persons who have been confirmed infected.

In parallel with the sending home of affected students and staff, the infected person will, in dialogue with the Danish Agency for Patient Safety, carry out infection detection and contact the persons with whom the infected person otherwise considers to have been in close contact - including own rehearsals or similar, in common areas, in the canteen, in the court yard, etc. during the person's stay at RMC. If you have been in close contact with a person with confirmed infection, you will be contacted and encouraged to take a test. While waiting for the test result, do the following:

  1. Go in self-isolation
  2. Pay special attention to hygiene
  3. Pay special attention to cleaning
  4. Pay special attention to whether you develop symptoms of COVID-19

It also applies in general that you - if you have not been tested - may participate in the teaching at RMC again one week after being send home.

HOW MANY TESTS SHOULD I TAKE?

If you are contacted by email or by telephone by the Conservatory's management with the message that you have participated in an activity at RMC with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you only need to take one test. We assign one test because we expect you to have complied with the health authorities' and conservatory's guidelines on physical distance, cough etiquette and hygiene, as well as the regulations on the number of people in the Conservatory's premises that appear in Asimut and on posters on the doors. The health authorities states that in that case it will be very rare that you will be categorized as a close contact. You should only take two tests if you have had close contact with a COVID-19 infected person.

WHEN AM I A CLOSE CONTACT?

The Danish Health Authority has defined close contact as when you live with or have had direct physical contact with a person, or their secretions, which have tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact is also close face-to-face contact within 1 meter for more than 15 minutes, e.g. conversation.

You are a close contact in the period from 48 hours before the person's symptoms started and until 48 hours after the person's symptoms have stopped. If the infected person has not had symptoms, it is the period from 48 hours before to 7 days after the person had the positive test taken.

It is only when a person you have been close to has tested positive for COVID-19 that you are considered a close contact, and NOT if the person is tested negative or BEFORE the person has received a test response. You are therefore not a close contact yourself if you have been close to another identified close contact who has not tested positive for COVID-19.

If you have been in contact with an infected person, you must book two tests: Book an appointment for the first test no earlier than 4 days after you were last in close contact with the infected person. Book time for the second test 2 days after the first test. (See also: Close contact with the National Board of Health).

Do I get registered absence if I am at home as a result of COVID-19?

If you are ill with symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, or of confirmed COVID disease, so that you are unable to take classes, you must report sick according to the normal procedures. Your absence will be legitimate.

If you have been sent home and are awaiting test results or if you are in self-isolation with mild or no symptoms, the teachers will do what they can so that you can take the classes from home - either online or in other relevant ways. You will not be registered absent. RMC cannot guarantee that the course will always be available online, but will strive to keep you 'in the loop' as far as possible.