Following a cantonal press release yesterday, we have learned that schools and universities may open as scheduled at the end of August for in-person classes. This is wonderful news, and we are taking great care to make sure that Franklin is ready for the arrival of our fall students.

The new measures outlined below are necessary to help keep our community safe. A successful reopening this fall depends on your understanding of these guidelines and on your willingness to follow them. Please read all email communications from us so you don’t miss any important info in the coming days.

You can visit our web page for all the latest Coronavirus Information, updated regularly.

The SwissCovid app is mandatory for all Franklin students, professors, and staff. Get it from iTunes or Google Play. More information about the app is available at the Federal Office of Public Health.

Arriving in Switzerland

You must use masks on all public transportation - failure to comply could result in a fine or being removed from the bus, boat, train, or funicular. It’s recommended to use masks in all indoor spaces or, if you are outside, use masks in crowded areas where 1.5 meter distance cannot be maintained.

If you are arriving from a high-risk country, you will be required to self-quarantine for ten days. The Swiss federal government has confirmed that airlines are submitting passenger lists to local authorities. The authorities will be doing random checks of travelers from high-risk countries who should be in quarantine. We know that you will observe the rules faithfully but be aware that the fines for quarantine violation can be as high as 10,000 CHF.

Don't forget about your arrival form. If you have not yet completed it or, if you live in a country where the airports are not yet open, you may need to update your information. We are happy to work with you to find a solution so that you can begin your course work remotely.

Self-quarantine

If you are starting the semester in quarantine, you will need to remain in your room for ten days. You can, however, spend time outside on your balconies.

Make sure you will eat well! Fill out the dining services form to choose your quarantine plan. You can also check out the Franklin app - it has all the links for great places to order food and will be updated regularly. If you haven’t done so already, download from iTunes or Google Play.

Social Distancing and Masks

Per cantonal guidelines, we will require a minimum of 1.5 meters social distancing between students in each classroom. Some of your larger classes have been divided in half to make two classrooms. For classes where 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, and during regular group work, masks will be required. Students, professors, and staff will be required to wear masks in all common spaces, including the dining hall, residence hall common rooms (all common kitchens, laundry rooms, hallways, and lounges), and academic buildings.

This is the time to adopt appropriate behaviors to avoid future lockdowns. Everyone’s contribution is appreciated and helps to keep Franklin a safe and secure community. For more information on the measures FUS is implementing, please visit the FUS Covid-19 Resources for Students

You may also be interested in A Student's Travel Advice for Fall, by Jonathan Bystrowski '22.