Since May 11, the French government has begun a progressive lift on the lockdown in France. Travel is once again possible without a certificate, and if vigilance is still required, "Freedom will be the rule and restriction the exception" in the words of Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of the French Republic, during his speech on 28 May.
Since the beginning of the health crisis, the safety of the members of the ESSEC community has been our first priority. This is what has guided us into the lockdown and what will continue to guide us in the weeks to come. During this period, and despite the unprecedented nature of the situation, we ensured the continuity of our activities and of online instruction.
For students, instruction will continue to take place 100% online until the end of the academic year, as indicated by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
For executive education participants, the campus will reopen its doors on June 17 for customized programs, and on June 24 for open or certificate programs.
For our professors and employees, the preparation for the opening of our Campuses was carried out according to health and security standards in order to allow for a return to work in the best conditions.
Please note that from June 29 to August 16, our Campuses and sites in Cergy and la Défense will be accessible to employees and professors, under the following conditions and without requesting prior authorization:
- On a voluntary basis for employees whose activity is compatible with remote working *;
- For a maximum of 3 days of presence on-site per week. Remote working must be maintained for the other working days of the week *;
- According to the rotation of presence schedule organised by your manager specifying the days of work on site and adhering to the maximum occupancy capacities of offices;
- In compliance with health guidelines and rules for maintaining physical distance;
- Primarily for individual work (video meetings should be favored);
- Wearing a mask will be mandatory upon arrival on site
* except for employees whose activities require a presence on site
On our ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus in Singapore, the measures are similar. Distance learning remains the norm for our students and participants and ur employees continue to work from home. The campus is only accessible exceptionally, and after having received prior authorisation.
On our ESSEC Africa campus in Morocco, teaching is still provided to students at a distance. Professors and employees can visit the campus, where specific health measures are in place in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of National Education and Higher Education of Morocco.
We are committed to responsibly and safely allowing for a gradual resumption of activities on our campuses in the best conditions possible when the time is right. This will involve taking a new blended distance/classroom approach with the input of our business and academic activities in order to take into account regulatory distancing measures which will reduce the number of people we can accomodate in our offices, classrooms and common spaces.
We’re aware of the many efforts made by everyone during this period. This is why, despite physical distancing, it’s important to nurture and develop social ties and remain attentive to each other.