In-person classes resumed at Parsons Paris on October 5, 2020 (note that classes start on October 26 for first year students). Learn More 
Students are encouraged to consult the Parsons Paris 20-21 Academic Plan.

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  • COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for the Parsons Paris community, for France, and the world. The pandemic has altered our way of living in unimaginable ways, requiring our community to adapt to new protocols and procedures. Over the past several months, with input from public health experts and in compliance with national standards, we have made plans for the next phase of reopening our campus. Because government and public health officials may need to adjust their policies based on the status of COVID-19 spread in our region, the guidelines may be updated regularly.

    We recognize that the pandemic is a dynamic situation, and circumstances may change at any point, thereby requiring the school to recalibrate and adapt accordingly. The next phase of this Return to Campus Plan incorporates guidance available to date with the goal of ensuring the safety of our community members to the greatest extent possible under the circumstances - including our community's reliance upon public transportation to commute to the campus, Paris' dense population, as well as additional factors.

    Parsons Paris successfully phased in in-person activities for the beginning of the Fall semester 2020. Given the ongoing risks associated with gatherings of large groups of people, safeguards are still necessary while the pandemic remains a significant threat globally.

    The following guidelines outline the parameters and precautions the school will continue to implement in order to ensure safety to the greatest extent possible when an on-campus presence is required.

    For more information about the school’s COVID-19 planning, or if you have questions, please contact the coordinator from your unit:

    Designated COVID-19 contact person: Loren Ringer,
    Academic Affairs: Edward Mills,
    Student Success: Ruthie Kroah,
    Technology & Campus Resources: Ivan Twohig,

    I. Who Will Be on Campus Beginning October 5, 2020?

    NOTE: Parsons Paris campus locations include the spaces located at:
    31 Avenue de l’Opera, 75001
    45 rue St Roch, 75001 
    43 rue de la Commune de Paris, Romainville, 93230

    From October 5 (October 26 for First Year; On-Campus Orientation begins October 19) until December 18, 2020, most classes will take place on campus, while selected classes will remain online, to comply with the mandate issued by the French Ministry of Higher Education that universities operate at reduced in-person capacity. 

    From October 16, at midnight, a curfew for residents of Paris and its suburbs between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. will be enforced for four to six weeks. As a result, Parsons Paris will close all buildings at 8:00 p.m. during the week and at 7:00 p.m. for the Paris-Romainville campus on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Before coming to campus, all students, employees, and visitors should review and become familiar with the following:

    a. Students

    In order to protect the health of the community, we ask that students come to campus only to attend scheduled classes or perform work that can be completed only on campus.

    Also, to comply with social distancing measures, the student lounge has been temporarily converted to a classroom.

    Facilities such as the tech lab and the project space have new usage guidelines:

    • Tech Lab - Students should use the Tech Lab only to collect and return reserved equipment and to collect printed material.
    • Project Space - Students must book the Project Space in advance with a Tech Lab employee. Space is limited.

    b. Employees (Faculty and Staff)

    As much as possible, Parsons Paris employees will continue to work remotely during fall 2020.

    Faculty are expected to come to campus to teach their classes; however, any other use of the building should be limited to performing work that can only be completed on campus. To respect physical distancing measures, faculty or staff without permanent workstations are asked to limit their presence on the sixth floor.

    As with students working in the building, employee schedules will be staggered as much as practicable, with limits on the number of employees present in a given workspace at a time. Workstations have been reconfigured to allow for physical distancing (of at least one meter), and physical barriers have been installed where necessary.

    II. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    All community members will be required to wear a cloth-based face covering or surgical mask as soon as they enter the building. That means face coverings are required whenever students, employees, and visitors are present at Parsons Paris and must remain on at all times except when they are consuming food or beverages, provided that they maintain a one-meter distance or are alone in a closed space.

    All types of masks (surgical, fabric, etc.) are meant to be worn for only four hours. If you intend to be in the building more than four hours, you should have two masks.

    The security guard will enforce the wearing of a mask as soon as you enter the building. Disinfectant gel is provided at the entrance to Parsons Paris and on every floor. Use of gel is required upon entering the building, but you may use your own supply if you choose.

    III. Gatherings in Enclosed Spaces

    There will be a number of restrictions imposed on in-person gatherings, including the following:

    a) Outside of class time, in-person meetings should be limited — video or teleconferencing will be the preferred mode of interaction.

    b) When in-person meetings occur, they will occur in well-ventilated rooms where one meter or more of social distancing is feasible.

    c) Gatherings in small spaces (i.e. elevators, supply rooms, etc.) is permitted only for individuals wearing face coverings.

    d) Non-essential amenities/communal areas (break areas, vending machines, lounge areas) will be closed until further notice. 

    IV. Building Circulation Flow

    The security guard station will be installed in the 45, rue St Roch building foyer. Upon entering, you are required to present your student, staff, or faculty ID to the security guard. The guard will make sure that everyone who enters is wearing a mask and will refuse entry to those that are not.

    A free-standing hand sanitizer dispenser is at everyone’s disposal, and everyone is expected to disinfect their hands or use their own disinfectant gel.

    The following measures have been put into place to ensure everyone’s safety:

    a) Disinfecting building: The Parsons Paris building at 45, rue St Roch and at Paris-Romainville as well as the offices at 31, Avenue de l’Opéra are disinfected regularly. In addition, disinfectant products will be put at the disposal of all building users. The cleaning crew have been instructed to open windows every morning when cleaning.

    b) Elevator: A maximum of four people are allowed in the elevator at one time. Use of the elevator is prioritized for those not capable of taking the stairs.

    c) Hand sanitizer dispensers: Two dispensers have been placed on each floor, on either side of the stairs. It is recommended that you disinfect your hands before and after going into the classroom. Disinfectant supplies will be placed in every classroom.

    d) Tech Lab: Disinfectant wipes are available; you should disinfect the keyboard before you use it. The stations have been separated to comply with one-meter-distance protocols.

    e) Toilets: A disinfectant product will be placed in each toilet; you are expected to wipe the toilet seat and sink before and after use.

    f) Eating lunch: During the 12:40-1:30 p.m. break, you should go to the classroom where your 1:30 p.m. class will begin and eat lunch. Please plan to finish eating by 1:20 p.m., to dispose of empty containers in the trash receptacles, and to clean the space in front of you with the disinfectant supplies provided. One-meter distancing must be maintained during lunch.

    V. Symptom Monitoring

    Parsons Paris holds the health and safety of our community as the utmost priority. Taking steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at Parsons Paris is a shared responsibility.

    Any individual displaying symptoms that are related to COVID-19 or look like possible manifestations of COVID-19 should remain at home. If you are on campus and start having symptoms, you should alert the security guard and return home immediately. 

    Per French law, Parsons Paris cannot require testing of employees. However, if you have symptoms, we strongly encourage you to get tested. If you do get tested, we ask that you please inform us of the results, although French law does not require you to disclose. If we learn that we have positive COVID-19 cases, we are required to report them to the French Ministry of Education. If Parsons Paris becomes a cluster, we will be obligated to take stricter measures to contain it and will inform the community of these changes.

    VI. COVID-19 Student Policy 

    In order to protect our community, Parsons Paris asks students to disclose when they have tested positive for COVID-19 and to adhere to the following policy:

    • Notify Student Success immediately and disclose the last date(s) you were on campus. 

    • Provide the list of students, faculty and staff with whom you have been in contact and specify whether the exposure was “high contact” (in the presence of an infected person without wearing a mask) or “low contact” (in the presence of an infected person with a mask on). 

    • You must stay in self-isolation for seven days, after which you are presumed to be non-infectious and may return to campus if you have no symptoms. If you have symptoms after seven days of self-isolation, you must follow up with a doctor and receive documentation clearly noting when you are cleared to return to campus.

    • If you have had “high contact” exposure, you must self-isolate for seven days and are encouraged to take a PCR test. If positive, follow the above process for reporting. If you have had “low contact” exposure, you are not required to self-isolate but must carefully monitor the occurrence of symptoms. 

    • If you are a student in API housing, you must inform Allison Brown ( if you suspect that you have contracted COVID-19 or if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. All residents of the apartment will need to quarantine immediately. API will work with you and the non-infected residents to decide whether students will be moved into temporary housing and to determine when all students can return to campus.

    • If you are in independent housing, you are required to disclose your current address and the names of any other Parsons students who live in the same apartment. If you suspect or confirm via testing that you have COVID-19, all Parsons Paris students in the same residence must quarantine and remain off campus for at least 7 days. 

    • Students who do not abide by this policy will be subject to violation of the Code of Conduct, and failure to comply may lead to necessary sanctions in order to help protect our community.

    VII. Other On-Campus Facilities

    Student Success offices at 31, Avenue de l’Opéra will be open but by appointment only. 

    VIII. Extracurriculars

    All extracurricular student activities are to remain virtual until further notice.

    IX. API Housing

    API is responsible for informing students arranging housing through API of the special protocols put in place to handle COVID-19. API will be sending an "Informed Consent" document to all students in housing that provides students with information regarding COVID-19 protocols and policies and requires acknowledgment of the risk involved with any decision to travel and live in program housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    X. Entering France

    At this time, international students are allowed to travel to France. Be aware that random testing is carried out at the French airport when you land. Please read carefully the following information about traveling to France in light of COVID-19, visa obtention, precautions, etc.; the information is updated regularly. In addition, students should also inform themselves by contacting the nearest French consulate.

    Students flying to France from most countries will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the flight. Since students will have proved that they have tested negative for COVID-19, there will hopefully be no need for a quarantine upon arrival. This could change, however, and we will of course keep everyone informed if we are notified of any changes to this policy.

    Campus France has outlined guidelines for travel, including documents that students must travel with. Please review the Campus France "Back to School 2020" site and the Campus France COVID-19 FAQs for detailed information about the requirements for students, depending upon where you are traveling from.

    One of the materials you will need is a travel certificate. The travel certificate can be downloaded here. Scroll down to find the English language version.

    At this time, we do not have additional information regarding the "contact sheet" that students will be required to travel with as well. Updates will be made when we receive more information about what exactly must be included in this document.

    As of September 30, some students studying under 90 days (October 5 to December 18) can travel to France without a visa. However, students without a visa may not be able to apply for the national health insurance (Ameli) or to accept paid work. If you are unable to obtain a visa for some reason, you will still be able to enter and study in France for the fall semester with the appropriate documentation.

    Last but not least, it is important to note that students may not be permitted to enter France before the start date on the visa or before the start of the program (if you enter without a visa). This could change at any time and could vary depending upon where you are traveling from. Students who would like to try to enter France before the start date of their visa are advised to contact the consulate or embassy nearest to them to inquire whether this will be possible.

    For further information on travel to France, please contact Amy Newman at

    Please note that the above suggestions comply with those mandated by French law. If the government decides to increase or decrease prevention measures, depending on the spread of COVID-19 in our area, Parsons Paris will inform everyone of these changes as they affect building use.

    We recognize that these measures represent a major change from the way the building spaces have been used in the past. The pandemic requires unprecedented measures to help keep our community safe, and we expect each community member to adhere to these rules. Taking steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or the spread of any other disease) at Parsons Paris is a shared responsibility, and every member of our community must do their part.

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