This is the new norm
The health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our primary goal, and we will strive to protect all members of the PU family, especially those who are vulnerable due to their compromised immune system or those who are at higher risk because of their work environment. Resumption of learning will be arranged in a phased manner and will take cognizance of the guiding principles provided by the Ministry of Health(MoH) and Ministry of Education(MoE).
Academic and non-academic staff will be sensitized on MoH and MoE guiding principles and protocols before resumption of teaching, learning and research. Some of these measures will include:-
a) Putting in place measures to cater for learners and staff with special needs and disabilities and staff above 58 years of age.
b) Acquiring the necessary software and hardware to provide access to the blended learning mode to staff and students.
c) Admission and orientation of new students will be undertaken virtually before they join the university.
Online learning will continue coupled with face to face interactions when students report back to campus. Blended learning will be critical to teaching and learning, however the on-campus experience will continue to play an important role in the university’s mission even with the restrictions that the pandemic has placed on campus life. Students will report on campus in phases and the reporting dates will be communicated to the various student cohorts directly via email and SMS. Pwani University will continue to carry out its mission and achieve its goals despite the emergence of COVID 19 and associated challenges. Also, the University will continually monitor its progress and adjust plans as needed in response to changes in the public health environment.
We’re in this together
Observing Social/Physical distancing (at least 1.5m) is the most critical factor in ensuring safety and health of learners when the University re-opens. Handwashing with soap and/or use of sanitizers, wearing of masks and monitoring body temperature will be the minimum requirements which will be in place to ensure the health and safety of staff and students. Wearing cloth masks at all times when inside university buildings will be mandatory except when alone in a private office, eating in a campus dining facility, or in your own room in the residence hall. Until a vaccine or cure is found for COVID-19, the reality is that we all have to take measures to mitigate its spread. Daily symptom screenings with thermo guns for students, faculty and staff will assist the campus community to remain safe.
Running PU Safely
PU is committed to keeping the campus community safe and healthy while learning, living, teaching and working. The University has in place a Business Continuity Plan and the Technical Committee overseeing its implementation has been meeting regularly from the onset of the pandemic to put in place the necessary minimum requirements to safe guard the health of students, staff and other stakeholders who visit, study, work or reside within the University. The University has in addition set up an ad hoc subcommittee of management for monitoring and implementation of the University’s re-opening strategies after COVID-19 Pandemic. All University operations are expected to run normally within stipulated guidelines as from July/August. When the university re-opens, teaching and learning will resume using both face-to-face and blended learning modes.
Teaching and learning will look different
The Cabinet Secretary in collaboration with stakeholders in the Education Sector and other Government Agencies has directed the resumption of the Academic Calendar for 2020 in all Universities and University Colleges. Universities will be expected to fully comply with the Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols as they reopen for face-to-face and blended learning sessions. Pwani University will resume teaching and learning in a phased manner beginning July/August subject to approval by the Ministry of Education. As the University re opens, priority will be given to finalists, post graduate students and virtual orientation of newly admitted students. To mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and any other disruptions, the University will enhance its resilience by promoting blended and remote learning. The University has re organized the teaching time table and learning spaces as part of the measures to mitigate against COVID–19 and associated challenges.
Frequently asked questions
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to increase locally, in our region and in Kenya at large
Transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) primarily occurs through close person-to-person contact (within about 1.5 m) through:
• Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks
• Those respiratory droplets landing in the mouths, noses or eyes or being inhaled into the lungs
• COVID-19 can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes.
• It is important to remember that COVID-19 may be spread by an infected person who is not showing any symptoms and therefor does not know they have the virus. Asymptomatic transmission is now known not to be prevalent.
• Scientists and health-care providers are still learning about COVID-19, including how the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads. For more information, about COVID 19 in Kenya, please visit the Ministry of Health Website.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 infection are fever, cough and shortness of breath. These can be symptoms of other respiratory illnesses, as well as COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 infection include:
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Muscle aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
If you have any of these symptoms, stay home. Contact your health-care provider for medical guidance and to discuss getting tested.
Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other health-care facility without contacting them first.
It is understandable that some community members including staff and students may be concerned. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students and staff through the University counselling services:
You can help prevent the spread of colds and other viral ailments by doing the following:
• Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
• Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
• Additionally, physical distancing is vital to slowing the COVID-19 outbreak – don’t gather in groups and maintain 1.5 m of distance from other people when you have to be in public.
There is concern that some people in our communities may be experiencing stigmatization or discrimination based on racial bias or appearances. Please help others understand that the risk of coronavirus is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality.
Stigma doesn’t fight the illness and will hurt innocent people, but sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumor and misinformation from spreading. Public Health — County Health Department has compiled resources for combating stigmatization, bias and xenophobia that can be used to prevent and respond to incidents of discrimination. If you know of incidents of bias related to the novel coronavirus, please use the appropriate bias reporting tool to notify the PU COVID 19 response Team