New Government Protocols challenge universities for the new period

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The Colombian Ministry of Education has been exemplary in disseminating biosecurity protocols that guarantee the return to infrastructure work in educational institutions with a view to returning to face-to-face classes. And even more, by generating the basic lines with which universities will have to return to face to face classes in the future, given the need for courses taught in laboratories and special infrastructure for the learning of certain subjects.

In its guide to the return to classes Mineduca Colombia explains that Decree 749 regulating the preventive isolation, this May 28, 2020 allowed the activation of practical and research laboratories of the institutions of Higher Education as an advance in the reestablishment of the activities of the sector.

The document establishes guidelines and recommendations that apply the biosecurity and social distancing measures available to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of that country to initiate a safe return to laboratories and academic establishments of assisted practice and, later, the gradual return to the face-to-face modality. For this, the document specifies a series of stages that the institutions must comply with, which we show you below:

I. PHASE 1. Progressive return to practical and research laboratories:

It indicates the exclusive use of those academic and training spaces where attendance cannot be replaced by simulators or other pedagogical tools of support assisted by technology.

II PHASE 2. Recommendations for the gradual and progressive return to academic activities that require attendance:

The institutions are asked to carry out an analysis of their conditions with respect to their installed capacity, the number and characteristics of the student population.

teachers and administrative staff that would be mobilized and the adjustments that should be made in order to meet the biosecurity protocols established by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection for the control of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and its spread.

Good practices to avoid contagion in the environments of Higher Education Institutions and education for work and human development:

1.To identify and characterize the educational community

2.To collect information from people entering institutions

3.To control the maximum number of people that can enter the institutions during the return to the laboratories, as well as in the return to the face-to-face classes with alternation

4.To promote and disseminate care and prevention measures within the institutions

5.To establish protocols that allow for the rapid and timely identification of contagion

6.To socialize and embrace the protocols of use of public and private transport

7.To welcome a culture of co-responsibility and self-care in the educational community

In u-planner we are with the Institutions of Higher Education, to support them in each of the challenges posed by the new protocols and legislation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Colombia, the Biosecurity Protocols require universities to take extreme measures to return to classes. u-planner’s solutions are an ally for the efficient academic management of these changes, with tools that achieve considerable savings in resources, agile adaptation of the study plans to the new modalities and fluid communication with the student.


Government guidelines will certainly safeguard the well-being of the entire education community, but to carry them out efficiently it is essential to use EdTech solutions that facilitate implementation and save costs in execution. To learn more about u-planner’s COVID-19 offer, lighter solutions with free licenses during this year we invite you to contact us in the banner published at the end of this article.