COVID-19 General Information

At ESCI-UPF the safety of our students, teaching staff and administrative and service staff comes first and foremost. Following the latest public health recommendations, we have drawn up a new set of health and safety guidelines to ensure the school remains a safe environment for the whole university community.

We have also equipped our classrooms with new digital software to deliver the same excellence in education as ever, be it through in-person classes, blended learning or fully online.

Health and Safety Guidelines

Cleaning and disinfection

The ESCI-UPF building (classrooms, offices and communal areas) has been cleaned and disinfected every day since the start of the lockdown period. With classes now restarting, classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected during every break between classes.

General recommendations to prevent transmission
  • If you feel unwell or have a fever, cough, headache, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhoea, vomiting or loss of taste or smell:
    • Do not come to school.
    • Tell your tutor.
    • Call the 061 helpline.
  • The key personal hygiene measure is to wash your hands regularly with hand sanitiser or soap and water.
  • Wear a face covering at all times.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Keep a safe distance (1.5 to 2 metres) from other people at all times.
  • Always cough or sneeze into your elbow or use disposable tissues and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
  • Do not gather in groups in entranceways, classrooms, the cafeteria, the library, etc. Please enter and leave rooms in an orderly fashion.
  • Avoid sharing materials (computers, pens, mobile phones, etc.) with other people wherever possible. Any materials you have to share should be disinfected before and after with a disposable tissue soaked in sanitiser.
  • Keep your work area tidy to make it easier to clean.
Extra steps taken by ESCI-UPF
  • Hand sanitiser points in classrooms and offices
  • PCR checks on ESCI-UPF staff
  • Health and safety signs
  • Disinfected drinking fountains
  • Protective screens at information desks
  • Well-ventilated classrooms, offices and communal areas
What should I do if I develop symptoms or have been in contact with someone with Covid-19?

If you feel unwell or have a fever, cough, headache, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhoea, vomiting or loss of taste or smell:

  • Do not come to school.
  • Tell your tutor.
  • Call the 061 helpline and tell them where you have been recently (e.g., if you have travelled or been in contact with someone with Covid-19).
  • If you have been to an area of high risk and developed respiratory symptoms, the Catalan Public Health Agency recommends calling 061-CatSalut Respon for advice.
  • Healthcare professionals will assess your case and decide whether to recommend you self-isolate.
  • The 061-CatSalut Respon helpline can cope with a large number of calls. You should not go to your healthcare centre in person.
Support for students affected by Covid-19

The ESCI-UPF Inclusion Office provides support to students with special educational needs who as a result of illness or disability request additional resources or support to follow their course.

Further information is available on the Inclusion Office webpage.

Self-responsible statement

In accordance with the decisions adopted by the Government bodies through the PROCICAT's Action Plan, there are public health measures to be adopted, restricting night mobility, for the containment of the epidemic outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the territory of Catalunya, it is necessary to travel with the self-responsible statement.

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