Dear ChangeMakers and Futuregamers,
As you know, most restrictions and recommendations regarding Covid-19 will be lifted in Sweden this week.
The work has begun to transition back to on-site education, but this will happen gradually over the coming period. Courses that have already started or are planned for being online will remain online until further notice, and your teachers and coordinators will give you specific updates regarding your schedule as soon as they are available.
Classrooms in schools will be open and are available for students who wish to work on site, but keep in mind that all staff will not be present initially, and you will not be able to receive the same support as if the education would have been on site.
Continue to be vigilant, stay at home if you are sick or have symptoms that may be Covid-19, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer, and if you are not yet vaccinated, be extra careful, avoid large crowds and try not to use public transports during rush hours. Please refer to http://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se for more information.
More information will follow from your respective coordinators or Site Managers. We ask for your patience for more detailed information about new school procedures as we are actively working on them right now.
We continue to monitor the recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, and at present, there are no changes in the basic routines that we have already communicated.
We still recommend that everybody should work from home if possible .
For staff and students who will be attending school, they should adapt working hours to enable travel at times other than during rush hour and keep a distance from other people in the workplace, for example during meetings, and particularly during coffee and lunch breaks.
We will of course update everybody as soon as there are any new recommendations.
Following the new guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten – Nya åtgärder för att begränsa spridning av covid-19), we must change our Covid policy from today, and until further notice.
Working from home
Until further notice all remaining students should work from home.
Guidelines for working at school
Of course, we will also cancel any large-scale events and we will inform all those concerned if and when such planned events must be rescheduled or presented online.
We are constantly monitoring the situation and may still need to make further revisions and changes to the existing policy so please check your school mailbox every day!
As a school we are of course concerned by the recent increase in Covid cases. We are not intending to change our current routines unless we receive new guidelines from the Swedish Health Authority. However, we do recognize that with so many people traveling around the Christmas break, we need to be especially cautious.
Therefore, we would like to recommend the following to all our students and staff:
If you are traveling over Christmas, particularly if you have been abroad, when you return, we suggest that you self-quarantine at home for three days. You will of course be able to study on-line or work remotely. If you do develop any flu like symptoms, then of course it is important to get a Covid test.
This is a simple way that we can help ourselves to create a safer work environment.
Following the new guidelines from the The Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten – Nya åtgärder för att begränsa spridning av covid-19), 2021-12-08 we must change our Covid policy from Dec 8 to Jan 31.
From 2021-12-08 we encourage all students and staff who are able to do so, to work from home. If you do decide to be at school please follow the following recommendations:
We will also be forced to cancel any large scale events and we will inform all those concerned if and when such planned events must be rescheduled or presented online.
Futuregames closely adheres to the guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) and we are concerned about the new Omicron variant. All variants of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant can cause severe disease or death, in particular for the most vulnerable people. We, therefore, advise all students and staff to be prepared for new restrictions.
At present, we will continue the same policy as before. The only difference is that we will not be able to host events for more than 100 people, unless participants can show a Covid Pass (covidbevis). For those who have had both vaccinations through the Swedish system, this is simply a matter of downloading this on their mobile phones or printing out a paper copy. Covidbevis
For international students, please refer to your respective national consulates/embassies about how to approach this. They can also check https://www.ehalsomyndigheten.se/tjanster/covid-certificate/frequently-asked-questions/
Here you should be able to get many of your questions answered and also see how it’s possible to get the E–legitimation that is one way to get Covid Certificates.
When the school organises a large-scale event, we will need to check Covid passes at such happenings and will have to restrict access to those who are unable to present a valid Covid Pass.
We will continue to monitor the situation as closely as we can and will inform all students and staff if there are any other necessary changes. Please check your email on a regular basis in case we are forced at short notice to enact any further lockdowns or other restrictive measures.
The educations at both Futuregames and Changemaker Educations are on-site educations and the current restrictions to on-site education are entirely dependent on the current Covid situation. This means that we expect ALL students to be on site now restrictions are lifted and students should endeavor to find accommodation as necessary in Boden, Karlstad, Skellefteå and Stockholm for the duration of their study.
COVID routines from November 1st
Following the guidelines from the Swedish Health Authority, From November 1, all CME and FG students in Stockholm are permitted to be on site at both Åsögatan and Medborgarplatsen.
We understand that some students may not have relocated to Stockholm and of course we do not expect students to move at such short notice. We will continue with both online and on site education.
We also continue to urge all our staff and students to be double vaccinated as this remains the best way to minimise the risk of possible contamination and or ill health. We also ask all students that if they are feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms, that you self-quarantine at least for a few days before returning to school or take a Covid test.