'As Normal As Possible' For University Students, Says Minister

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

'As Normal As Possible' For University Students, Says Minister

In an interview with Le Parisian on Tuesday, minister of higher education Frédérique Vidal said she expected a return “as normal as possible” to university lecture halls across France from September.

A health protocol will be in place “to allow this to happen in the best possible way.” The minister explained, “There will be no gauge in the lecture halls, in order to exploit the maximum capacity of the rooms and allow 100% face-to-face,” adding, “this means that there will be no physical distancing. But we maintain compliance with barrier gestures, such as wearing a mask or the ventilation and cleaning instructions for premises.”

In the context of positive or contact cases, students who are vaccinated will not have to isolate while others will have to isolate for seven days and follow courses online.

According to the minister, 80% of students have received one dose of the vaccine and 63% are fully vaccinated. She projected 80% will be completely vaccinated by the start of the academic year, pointing out some campuses will have vaccination centers on site.

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.