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Covid -19 : Latest Update on April 3rd

Ecole polytechnique is closed since Monday March 16th and until further notice. The school's priority reamins to protect the health and safety of its students and its staff and to ensure the continuity of its missions in the best possible way.

Following the operational changeover that took place over the last weeks, new, digital working methods are implemented and the first steps are taken to prepare for the School’s future over both the medium and long-term.

The School’s priority, first and foremost, remains the health and safety of students and staff. The second priority is to ensure business continuity as part of an extended quarantine and school closure period in Spring 2020.

Despite the severe limitations due to confinement, École Polytechnique continues to operate and staff remain heavily involved amidst difficult working conditions. The different departments and faculty have adapted to new working methods and the Executive Committee meets regularly to decide on measures needed to adapt school activities to the limitations of confinement in France. Many initiatives continue to emerge in our Polytechnique community and the values of commitment and solidarity continue to shine during this unprecedented health crisis period.

The different academic programs, some of which have already completed their courses during this period dedicated to internships, continue to adapt to the current circumstances and recruit and welcome new students. They are also actively preparing for the new academic school year to come in Fall 2020. 

Bachelor of Science: Courses are offered online since last week for the BX2021 and BX2022 classes. Concerning the BX2020 class, adaptations have been made regarding the evaluation of their Bachelor Thesis and teams are preparing for the resumption of online courses. The recruitment of the 4th Bachelor of Science class continues with a personalized follow-up for candidates and a specific preparation for the management of Parcoursup activities. The Bachelor team also gives support to students who are preparing for a semester abroad as well as those who are applying to Master’s programs.

Cycle ingénieur Polytechnicien Program: The entire X2019 class will be welcomed during a virtual amphitheater session on Monday, April 6th. Current circumstances are being adapted as best as possible in order to prepare for the true academic and scientific return to campus at a later date: the implementation of digital common courses, virtual conferences and presentations of research projects by our labs. Emphasis will also be placed on the subjects of sustainable development and energy transition as group workshops will aim to encourage sharing between students in order to continually maintain ties and cohesion within their X2019 class.

The MSc&T teams are also currently working on the organization of the new academic year in Fall 2020.

The Executive Education teams are organizing new short program sessions online, following the success of the first initiatives already adapted to the limitations of confinement. 

The Executive Master program continues its activities prioritizing the recruitment of the 4th Executive Master class and the preparation for the next academic year. A reorganization of the program is underway and new resources are being deployed: the digitalization of recruitment as well as webinars are highly appreciated by candidates and students. 

The Research Center organizes the continuation of its activities. The Grants Office is currently operating. It ensures the continuity of actions in connection with researchers and the European Commission for:

  • Providing information on the measures implemented by the European Commission related to the COVID-19 restrictions (postponement of project requests, "force majeure" clause, etc.).
  • Providing support to research teams for setting up European projects.
  • Negotiating and managing projects already launched.

The Drahi X - Novation Center is closed. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department (DEI) keeps supporting start-ups hosted at the Drahi X – Novation Center to adapt and foster their development, in particular through videoconferences, interventions and personalized remotely coaching. Launched this week, in partnership with Valeo, a French global automotive supplier currently carrying out certain activities at the Drahi X – Novation Center, and in coordination with the Hydrodynamics Laboratory (LadHyX), the production of protection and control equipment against COVID-19 is being carried out thanks to the DEI team and the equipment made available in the prototyping space at the Drahi-X. The first week will be dedicated to the production of 500 medical visors for the Gustave Roussy Hospital. Following this phase of testing, production could expand to meet requests from Hospital University Centers in Lyon, the University of Liège (ULG Liège), and the hospital located in Trappes, France.  

Supervision and support is available for students and staff remaining on-site. Ecole polytechnique is working closely with all other schools involved (especially our partners schools of IP Paris) and with the French ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) to reschedule entrance exams.

Close ties are maintained with International students who are still on campus or who are currently abroad to keep them informed and support them as needed. These follow-ups are carried out in collaboration with the prefectures and embassies concerned where applicable. This week, a second session of the "SolidaritéX" (X Solidarity) committee took place, in order to analyze certain cases of students in urgent need of support following the postponement of internships due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Administrative services maintain on-site coaching and support.

Ecole polytechnique community and responsibility spirit will help us overcome these difficult times.

The School’s management and staff are fully committed to face those tough times and to provide the needed help and support.

Basic protective and hygiene measures to follow:

As of March 17th at noon, outings will only be authorized, with a certificate, to:

  • Go to work, if remote working is not possible;
  • Go to your local grocery store;
  • Go to a medical appointment;
  • Take your children to daycare or to take care of an elderly person;
  • To work out close to your home.

The virus does not spread on its own. People who have the virus are the ones who spread it. Therefore, the following measures can help you protect yourself (and others) from the virus:

  • Wash your hands very often;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or with a tissue when you cough or sneeze;
  • Use single-use tissues, and then throw them away;
  • Do not shake hands or greet people with kisses on the cheek;
  • Avoid gatherings, reduce travel and contacts.

What should you do if you are feeling ill?
If, while you are in France, you have signs of a respiratory infection (a fever or feverish feeling, a cough), stay at home and call a doctor. If the symptoms get worse, dial 15 or call or send a text to 114 if you have a speech or hearing impairment.

Should you wear a mask?
The French government has requisitioned all stocks and productions of masks in France. They are now exclusively reserved for medical use.

Surgical masks are not recommended unless you are sick. Masks are not the right solution for the general public because they cannot be worn at all times and are not necessary unless you are in direct and prolonged contact with a sick person.

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