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Dear colleagues,

the most critical phase if the pandemic is behind us.

The methods of access and mitigation of contagion risks within the Politecnico are well established and based on a solid protocol that has become a reference for many, even outside our University.

It is time to return to work at the Politecnico in presence, more than today (300 accesses allowed for research activities in addition to the 50 operators of essential services that have always been at work).

For this reason, from tomorrow onwards, 100 experimental theses students and 100 other members of our teaching, technical, administrative and librarian staff will be admitted, with the right to access, albeit with single occupancy, in their offices.

I am determined to increase these numbers progressively.

I feel the strong need to do it so as to increase, in this state of rarefaction of interpersonal relationships, the sense of belonging and community that characterizes each university,  but at the same time the effectiveness of our work, in every sphere of action of our personnel.

Even where smart working has shown to give excellent results, which may inspire future organizations of our work, still a few days a week are often useful to be spent in the university. In this overflow of videoconferencing and virtual classrooms, I perceive more and more people share the same desire to return "to be there", to meet also occasionally to exchange opinions, to leave home walls that are perceived as increasingly narrow.

I make you a heartfelt appeal to return to work in your offices, within the limits that will gradually be agreed and expanded. We will tend to prescribe that occupations of offices are individual, that you take care of the appropriate sanitization if you receive guests, that you change the air frequently. But in individual offices you can, for example, remove your mask (in this case 1 per day will be enough) and live a full working dimension again.

Admissions to offices and laboratories for research staff and for doctoral or experimental theses students will be organized on a weekly basis by the directors of the department, while it will always be possible, with personal means of protection, to occasionally access the Politecnico.

For this last purpose, I herewith inform you that a digital form is active for the occasional access request here:

https://www.swas.polito.it/intra/dotnet/Request_authorization_access/Requests/Default.aspx where you can also find a short manual of use. Nothing changes with respect to the authorization flow foreseen by the shared Protocol "Measures to combat and contain the spread of COVID 19 in the post lockdown" signed on April 30 with a visa given, this time via computer, by the director / manager of reference and by the Rector.

Hoping to meet you in person at the “Poli” in increasing numbers, I thank you all for your attention and I send you my

Best wishes,

 

Guido Saracco

Dear students,

I invite those of you who have not yet done so to complete the survey on your intentions to attend in person or only online for the next academic year here:

https://didattica.polito.it/pls/portal30/sviluppo.didattica21.form_stu

Let me remind you that your answers are very important for planning the start of the new year, but they will not be binding on you.

We will close the survey on Monday 8, publishing the results.

The more than 10500 responses received so far indicate that a large majority of you plans to return to the Politecnico di Torino already at the beginning of the next academic year to take advantage of that part of the teaching (see my previous communications) that we can provide in presence in compliance with the safety rules associated with the COVID-19 emergency.

For this reason, I obtained full support from the members of our Senate and Board of Governors yesterday in maximizing the use of the 86 classrooms that we will equip to provide teaching simultaneously in the presence and remotely, as well as in planning the teaching in attendance also on Saturdays.

These members also fully supported my intention to ask the local authorities with determination for the granting for the first semester of the next academic year of further, large spaces available for teaching in presence with interpersonal distance in order to provide a service that is as extensive as possible.

That said, I want to assure all those who will choose to take advantage of our online teaching only, that our precise commitment and objective will be to give you a completely equivalent experience in terms of training compared to that of those who will follow in attendance.

Finally, I remind you that from Monday 8th on a first daily contingent of 100 students performing experimental theses will be admitted to our laboratories. The scheduling of their entrances will take place at the departmental level through their respective thesis supervisors, who will inform the heads of their departments with the aim of setting up an overall entrances scheduling accordingly.

We have been working to make available, an online course on safety management associated with the COVID-19 emergency for the students who will return to our laboratories for their experimental theses starting form Saturday 6th, on the basis of each Department’s scheduling. It is mandatory to attend this course before entering the Politecnico. As soon as the course is activated, prompt communication will be given to you all.

 

Best wishes,

Guido Saracco

Rector