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Covid-19, EM Normandie implements new measures

Situation report as of July 20th, 2021

For Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses

Extension of the health pass to several public places:

  • from 21 July: the health pass is compulsory for all leisure and cultural venues with more than 50 people;
  • from the beginning of August: the health pass is compulsory in cafés, restaurants, shopping centres, hospitals, old people's homes, medico-social establishments, for travel by plane, train and bus for long-distance journeys.

Situation report as of June 9th, 2021

For Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses

Creation of the "health pass", which consists of the presentation of a digital (via the TousAntiCovid application) or paper health proof. Since 1 July, this pass has become European.

The flow of travellers between France and foreign countries has been reopened according to procedures that vary according to the health situation in third countries and the vaccination of travellers.

Classification of countries has been defined on the basis of health indicators. The lists of countries may be adapted according to the evolution of the epidemic situation.

Situation report as of May 11th, 2021

For Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses

The deconfinement in France is structured in 4 progressive stages, from 3 May to 30 June, depending on the health situation in each department:

  • 3 May 2021: end of day certificates and travel restrictions.
  • 19 May 2021: curfew postponed to 9pm and reopening of shops, terraces, museums, cinemas and theatres with limited seating capacity.
    Expansion of face-to-face courses up to 50% of their overall capacity (instead of 20% until now) and of 50% of the capacity of each room (as up to now).
    Media libraries can welcome students, in half size and by appointment until time of curfew in force at the latest, 23:00 from 9 June to 30 June.
    Exams can be taken face-to-face again from 3 May, in strict compliance with the updated health protocol and with the wearing of masks at all times.
  • 9 June 2021: curfew at 11pm and reopening of indoor cafés and restaurants and sports halls, relaxation of teleworking, in consultation with the social partners at company level.
  • 30 June 2021: end of curfew.

 

Situation report as of April 12th, 2021

For Dublin campus

Since April 9th, France has been listed as a "high risk" territory in Ireland. From Thursday 15 April at 4am, passengers arriving in Ireland from France will be subject to compulsory quarantine in hotels designated by the government. Reservations must be made prior to departure and are the responsibility of the traveller. This measure will continue as long as the number of cases in France remains high.

The rules currently in place until 14 April state that people arriving in Ireland must undergo a 14 day movement restriction or a 5 day movement restriction on presentation of a negative PCR test at D+5 after arrival.

It is therefore recommended that students wishing to come to Ireland for the semester's face-to-face courses arrive no later than Wednesday 14 April. For those students who will not be able to come to Ireland before this date, or those who have decided to stay in France, the courses will be given in distance learning.

Ireland has lifted many of the measures and will be out of level 5 containment by 26 April, when the Dublin campus will reopen.

Ireland has one of the lowest incidence rates in Europe. There is therefore no quarantine measure in the Ireland-France travel direction at this time.

 

Situation report as of April 2nd, 2021

For Caen,  Le Havre and Paris campuses

The restrictions currently in force in 19 departments are extended to the whole of Metropolitan France, from Saturday 3 April, 7pm, and for a period of 4 weeks, i.e. :

  • No daytime travel beyond 10 km except for compelling or professional reasons after the end of the Easter weekend.
  • The curfew remains in force at 7pm throughout the metropolitan area.

Students who live more than 10km from the campuses must have a travel certificate to travel to the campuses to attend classes.

 

Situation report as of March 30th, 2021

For Oxford campus

Read the restrictions in England applicable from March 29th.

 

Situation report as of March 22nd, 2021

For Le Havre and Paris campuses

As of Friday 19 March 2021 at midnight and for 4 weeks, the French Government has decided to implement a reconfinement for 16 departments: Aisne, Alpes-Maritimes, Essonne, Eure, Hauts-de-Seine, Nord, Oise, Paris, Pas-de-Calais, Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Seine-Maritime, Somme, Val-de-Marne, Val-d'Oise, Yvelines.

There are no changes on the campuses. Classes will continue to be delivered in "twinning delivery", as has been the case since Monday 8 February 2021 (mix of face-to-face and distance learning classes).

To travel on campus to attend classes, students must have a travel certificate.

 

For Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses

The curfew has been maintained but extended to 7pm (instead of 6pm) until 6am for the whole of France since Friday 19 March 2021 at midnight.

Exemption certificates can be issued online, on a smartphone and on plain paper.

 

Situation report as of March 17th, 2021 

For Oxford campus

On March 12th, the French Council of State abolished the compelling reasons for the return of French citizens abroad. 

"Every French person has the right to join the national territory": this removes any ambiguity regarding the safe return of students to France.

Of course, it will be necessary to respect the instructions such as carrying out a PCR test before entering French territory and having a travel certificate. The UK authorities provide a list of centres for Covid-19 PCR testing.
 
Travel conditions between France and the UK
International travel is not recommended unless there is a compelling reason to enter the UK.

France requires a negative test prior to entry into France.

For arrivals in the UK, there is still a list of 33 countries for which hotel quarantine at the traveller's expense remains mandatory. It costs £1,700 per stay. To date, France is not on this list.

See all the rules related to travel with permanent update.

 

Situation report as of March 15th, 2021 

For Dublin campus

Ireland is in lockdown until the 5th April and the schools are reopening on a progressive phases until Easter.

It is very likely that Dublin campus will be able to reopen from mid-April.

Please note that there’s still a travel restriction for travellers coming from France: Mandatory PCR test done 3 days upon your arrival + 14 days movement restriction period (or 5 days + PCR test).
 

Situation report as of March 10th, 2021 

For Caen, Le Havre, Paris and Oxford campuses

Travel rules for France and England published in March 2021

For Oxford campus

Mandatory form for international travel launched to prevent illegal trips

 

Situation report as of February 23rd, 2021 

For Oxford campus

The Prime Minister Boris JOHNSON has announced yesterday a "roadmap" for easing COVID-19 restrictions in England. After the first stage on 8 March, further lifting of the rules will happen if certain conditions are met. 

The steps from March to June:
BBC Vidéo
or
Government Web Site
or
Boris JOHNSON in full in Downing Street press conference yesterday 

Please note that the current and further guidance sent by the school applies nationally to England and is under review. Moreover, please note that:

  • 8 March : All schools and colleges will reopen and University students can return for practical courses. There will be a review for all of our students registered at EM Oxford and especially those currently settled in Oxford.
  • Please do not travel to the UK as we have still very strict international travel restrictions.
  • The roadmap builds on the previous guidance for a safe reopening higher education (HE) campuses, and will be updated further.
  • Students are asked to answer the survey (to come) as the school needs to know who and how many students are in Oxford and willing to return on site. This is crucial.

EM Normandie staff is working hard to minimise risk during the pandemic and to provide services to ensure students have an enjoyable learning experience while staying as safe as possible. 

 

Situation report as of February 12th, 2021 

For Oxford campus

Find the new rules for testing and hotel quarantine in the UK on the BBC website.

Travelling outside the UK: please remember lockdown rules mean people must only travel abroad for essential reasons. These are the same as the "reasonable excuses" for domestic travel, including:

  • Work that cannot be done from home
  • Medical appointments
  • Educational reasons

Please note: people leaving England will soon have to make a declaration on why they need to travel, which will be checked by carriers prior to departure.

 

Situation report as of February 4th, 2021 

For Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses

Work-study students (according to the rhythm of their classes calendars) as well as students who have chosen to return to the classroom will be welcomed back on campus from Monday, February 8th in "Twinning Delivery" (mixing face-to-face and distance learning).

At the end of the week, students will be able to find the updated Back to School Plan on their Intranet.

The main information to be taken into account concerning this resumption:

  • Wearing a mask:
    It is compulsory to wear a mask in and around the campus. The mask must cover the nose and mouth. Following the latest guidelines, home-made masks are forbidden. It is necessary to have a "surgical, FFP2 or general public mask with filtration greater than 90%" (corresponding to category 1).
  • Social distances:
    As far as possible, it is requested to maintain a distance of one metre between each masked person. If the mask must be removed for eating, drinking or smoking, a minimum distance of 2 metres is required.
  • Symptoms or contact cases:
    In case of symptoms, students are asked to stay at home and consult a doctor. A student confirmed as a contact case or declared positive for the COVID-19 virus will be required to fill in the form for this purpose.
  • No meals on campuses:
    For sanitary reasons, the cafeterias will be closed and it will not be possible to bring meals on campus. Students will have to eat their meals off campus.

 

Situation report as of February 2nd, 2021 

Since Saturday 16 January 2021, the curfew has been brought forward from 8:00 pm to 6:00 pm throughout metropolitan France. It is therefore forbidden to leave the premises without a special certificate from 6pm to 6am in metropolitan France, under penalty of a fine.

Since Sunday 31 January, all entry into France and all exit to or from a country outside the European Union has been prohibited, unless there is a compelling reason to do so.

Entry into France, including for the European Union, is subject to the presentation of a negative PCR test. French overseas territories travel is only authorised for compelling reasons.

 

Situation report as of January 27th, 2021 

For Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses

Following the latest French government announcements, and as announced by the President of the Republic in October, the School will be ready to welcome its students on campuses in groups in "twinning delivery" (mixing face-to-face and distance learning) from Monday, February 8th.

In the meantime, the Personal Balance and Inclusion Department has set up psychological support. The first-year Directors of Studies have contacted their students in order to receive those who wish to do so.

In addition, students who are not on a work-study programme have the possibility of continuing their classes 100% remotely until the end of the academic year, in order to alleviate accommodation problems in particular. They are asked to complete an online form to indicate their choice.

 

Situation report as of January 21st, 2021 

Consult the new rules of travel between France and the United Kingdom on the website of the French Embassy: https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-new-rules-for-travel-to-France-and-the-UK 

 

Situation report as of January 7th, 2021

For Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses

Before the end-of-year holidays, the possibility of welcoming students on French campuses in Twinning Delivery (face-to-face and remote simultaneously) from January 11th, 2021 was discussed.

Unfortunately, the French Government confirms that higher education students will only be able to return physically and partially to the campuses from February 8th, 2021 (if all sanitary conditions are met on January 20th).

Classes will therefore be maintained 100% remotely until further notice for the French campuses. The school is ready to welcome its students as soon as it is allowed to.

 

Situation report as of January 5th, 2021

For Oxford Campus 

National lockdown in England: Stay at Home

Yesterday evening at 8pm, the Prime Minister Boris JOHNSON has announced a national lockdown in England and instructed people to stay at home. The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country.

The restrictions come into effect today, Tuesday 5 January 2021 and are expected to last until the middle of February if the situation in hospitals improve. Higher education provision will be online until end-February. Thus, our campus is now closed and our students should remain where they are wherever possible, and attend your semester online, as facilitated by the school.

All non-essential retail, hospitality and personal care services must close, or remain closed. Restaurants can continue delivery, takeaway or click-and-collect of food and non-alcoholic drinks, but venues will no longer be able to serve takeaway or click-and-collect alcohol.

Essential shops can remain open. The outdoor areas of venues such as heritage homes and botanical gardens can remain open, to be used for exercise. Playgrounds may also remain open. Places of worship can also remain open, but you may only visit with your household. Indoor and outdoor sports facilities including sports courts, gyms, golf courses, swimming pools, and riding arenas must also close.

From today, you will only be allowed to leave your homes for the following reasons:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse). […]

Avoid unnecessary travel and only travel outside of your local area for a legitimate reason, e.g. travel back home to your family. Find out what you can and cannot do here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

 

Situation report as of December 21st, 2020

For Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses

On French campuses, classes are kept 100% by distance learning for all programmes from January 4th, 2021.

Classes will resume in Twinning delivery (simultaneous face-to-face and distance learning) from January 11th, 2021, subject to confirmation by the Government after the end of the holiday season.

We will inform our students by e-mail as soon as we have more information from the Government, as we have been doing since the beginning of the health crisis. 

 

For Dublin campus

Find the instructions for travellers as well as information about restrictions:
https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/

As a reminder :

  • Classes will resume by distance learning on January 11th, 2021.
  • Face-to-face classes will resume, as far as possible, from January 18th, 2021.

Further information will be shared at the beginning of January. We invite our students to check their e-mails regularly in order to receive the latest information.

 

For Oxford campus

See information on the new variant of the virus:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-sars-cov-2-information-about-the-new-virus-variant


Find the instructions for travellers as well as information about restrictions: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#history

We invite our students to check their e-mails regularly in order to receive the latest information.

 

Situation report as of November 6th 2020

Read the safer travel guidance for passengers in England.

Situation report as of November 2nd 2020

Read the new national restrictions from November 5th for Oxford Campus.

Message d'Elian Pilvin, Directeur Général de l'EM Normandie

Situation report as of October 29th 2020

Faced with the resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic in Europe and following announcements by the French government, higher education institutions are obliged to close their doors.

This is why our three national campuses are closing tonight (Caen, Le Havre and Paris).

From tomorrow, Friday 30 October, and until the Christmas holidays, classes and part-workshops will be given 100% distance learning. Everything is being done to guarantee our students a learning experience that is as rich and formative as ever through quality teaching and a range of services that meet their requirements:

  • Classes schedules remain unchanged.
  • The Flex Rooms, which have been equipped over the last few months and adapted to be 100% distance learning, will enable them to keep the essential links with the teachers and other students and to benefit at all times from our active and experiential practices conducive to the acquisition of knowledge.
  • All the teams at EM Normandie - Management, Faculty, The Hub, International Relations, Companies and Careers, Associations and Activities, Balance and Inclusion, Information Systems, Alumni EM Normandie... - remain to be mobilised to support students on a daily basis.

Reopening of campuses at the start of the 2020 academic year (September 2020) and implementation of a Business Resumption Plan

After several weeks of closure of these sites, the COMEX, in agreement with the President of the school, decided on a partial and gradual resumption of activity on the sites and a reopening of the campuses to students from 31 August.

In order to provide a framework for the resumption of activity by employees at the Caen, Le Havre and Paris sites, a Business Resumption Plan (BRP) was drawn up and amended when necessary.

When the campuses reopened to students, a specific BRP was drawn up for students called "BRPS" on September, 7th 2020.

This document summarises all the "documented procedures for restoring and resuming activities based on temporary measures adopted to meet normal business requirements after an incident". 1 ISO Standard 22301, Societal Security - Business Continuity Management Systems, article 8.4.5 Recovery.

The objective of this BRPS is to define the contours of the resumption of all or part of the teaching activity at the start of the academic year on national campuses in the context of the Covid-19 health crisis.

It sets out the conditions for coming to the campuses, as well as the teaching methods deployed to protect both employees in the course of their work and the students on site. The provisions are detailed in the document, but the main instructions are as follows:

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory on all campuses.
  • The respect of barrier gestures must remain rigorous and permanent.
  • Vigilance on social distances to be within 1 metre of each other.

 

Simple gestures to protect us from transmission of the coronavirus

Read the full BRPS

 

Specific guidelines for Oxford and Dublin campuses

Specific guidelines have been drawn up for the Oxford and Dublin campuses.

Oxford Campus

The Oxford campus health regulations include the following points:

- obligation to wear the mask at all times,

- respect social distancing,

- prohibition of stays on campus outside of classes (no kitchen, no chill room, no co-working space, no offices such as BDE, BDA, BDS)

- one-way traffic,

- regular hand washing.

Read the protocol for Oxford Campus

Dublin Campus

Read the protocol for Dublin Campus

 

The TousAntiCovid application for breaking drive chains.

Faced with the acceleration of the epidemic, we encourage you to use the TousAntiCovid application, which is complementary to the existing set of barrier measures against Covid-19.

This application, launched by the Government on October, 22th 2020, aims to facilitate information for people who have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 and to speed up their care, in addition to the action of doctors and the Health Insurance.

More information about the application

Download the app

Google Play

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Back-to-school in 2020: the School sets up the teaching system in phygital mode with the "Twinning Delivery" model.

In accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, EM Normandie has implemented its back-to-school protocol: sequenced student reception, multimodal pedagogy, specific measures for international students, faculty training : the Business School has made every effort to ensure the safety of its community, to guarantee optimal learning conditions and offer a rich and formative learning experience.

In order to respect the measures of physical distancing imposed in learning spaces, EM Normandie has implemented a multimodal pedagogy allowing students to follow the same class at the same time, whether face-to-face or distance learning, with a teacher physically present in the classroom.

The School has invested nearly €800,000 and transformed more than 100 training rooms into Flex Rooms on its 5 campuses to implement this model of Twinning Delivery, which consists of welcoming only 50% of its students face-to-face and giving lessons to the other students at a distance.

Since the start of the 2020 academic year, this teaching system has made it possible to respect the physical distance measures by welcoming only half of the students on campus.

In this academic year, marked by a resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic, the School has also further strengthened health measures on its various sites, thus emphasising prevention, safety and innovation serving the learning experience.

EM Normandy has reinforced its Business Resumption Plan (BRP) with the following actions: compulsory wearing of masks in closed and open spaces, appointment of a COVID-19 referent for the group assisted on each site by the campus director and a logistics and HR coordination unit, information on the nearest free testing points and on what to do in the event of contact with a person who has tested positive. Self-service hydro-alcoholic gel, circulation circuits, multilingual safety instructions, daily disinfection of classrooms and communal living areas.



Reminder of the actions carried out by EM Normandy since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis

Since the beginning of this health crisis, EM Normandy has done everything possible to protect its employees and students by getting involved in the fight against Covid-19.

From the outset, the School has taken measures to protect its staff and students in France and abroad while maintaining academic excellence. Thus, from March to August all the sites were closed, almost all employees carried out their work remotely and teaching activities were provided remotely for all students.

In its situation report of Feb. 5th 2020, EM Normandy set up an internal monitoring unit to follow the progress of events. The unit was already in direct contact with the CGE (conference of Grandes Ecoles), mandated since January 29th 2020 by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, to relay any information and recommendations relating to developments in the situation. The School has also cancelled outgoing mobilities to China and solutions for the reorganisation of courses have been proposed to the students who had to go there.

In this situation, the WHO (World Health Organisation) guidelines were transmitted in order to minimise any risk of infection applying to Covid-19.

In its situation report of Feb. 25th 2020, the School sent information to students and staff who had returned from an exhibition area, reminding them of the detailed recommendations of the Minister for Solidarity and Health.

In its situation report of March 2nd 2020, the School indicated an adjustment to its international mobility policy for students and permanent staff of the school, namely that any departure of an employee for a foreign country had to be validated by the HR department and that students had to contact the International Affairs department to manage their mobility.

In its situation report of March 9th 2020, the School banned going to the French clusters referenced at that time by the Government. It strongly encouraged its staff to postpone or cancel non-essential travel in France and abroad, including inter-campus travel, and to give priority to the use of online resources.

In its situation report of March 10th 2020, the School suspended all new starts for academic stays for its students and forbade the departure of students for internships in high-risk areas. It reminded students on international mobility programmes of the importance of complying with the regulations in force in the country in which they were studying. She also strongly advised against travelling on French territory and banned travelling to the clusters identified at the time. Following the ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people, all events that were then planned were postponed by decision of the school and/or the authorities.

In its situation report of March 13th 2020, and following the declaration of the President of the French Republic the previous evening, the School announced the closure for students and the public of the Caen, Le Havre and Paris Campuses as from Saturday March 14th for an indefinite period, and the closure of the Dublin and Oxford Campuses on the same day. In order to ensure pedagogical continuity, the School has introduced distance learning courses from March 30th.

EM Normandie has made every effort to find satisfactory solutions for the smooth running of its students' schooling, in strict compliance with health regulations. Students were also reminded to respect all barrier measures to protect their health and other people’s health. Specific instructions were also sent to students on academic expatriation, international students staying at the School and to the School's partner universities.

In its situation report of March 16th 2020 and while waiting for the President of the French Republic to speak, the School set up a crisis unit in the morning in order to anticipate the announcement of a possible confinement in all or part of the national territory. The School had already asked employees to stay at home and follow government instructions to help curb the spread of the virus as much as possible, and had begun to organise teleworking arrangements for all staff.

In its situation report of March 17th 2020 and following the speech by the President of the French Republic, the School closed to staff membres Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses, which were already closed for students. Teleworking was generalised with the use of telephones and other digital tools. Additional instructions were sent to students on academic expatriation, in particular for their return to France.

The EM Normandie e.learning system enabled students to complete their semester via this system.

In its situation report of March 25th 2020, the School gave some explanations about the continuity of teaching in distance mode and provided details on the planned arrangements for classes. Teachers have been trained to master the virtual classroom tool and to manage their own training space with the deposit of courses on the SmartEcole campus. Partial exams have also been adapted for distance learning.

In its situation report of April 30th 2020, an information webinar was organised in order to allow participants to discuss with the School's General Management. Various subjects on the organisation of the end of the year, the international departures 2020-2021, the changes linked to internships and work-study programmes and the start of the 2020 academic year were discussed.

Health Instructions

We are all concerned by the sanitary instructions to reduce the risks of contagion.

To achieve this, please follow theses guidance:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Use disposable tissues
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Avoid hugs and handshakes

Current recommendations specify that the wearing of sanitary masks is not appropriate except for health and emergency personnel. This measure applies to all parties involved: students, employees and visitors.