IHP Spring Semester Plan

-October 5, 2020-

IHP Spring Semester Plan

Dear IHP Community:

As we end the first month of the fall semester, we are excited to see so many of you back on campus. Now, we want to inform you of the Institute’s plan for the Spring 2021 semester. We hope this information will help you plan more effectively during these uncertain times.

We continue to follow the science of the pandemic and guidance from infectious control experts within MGB/MGH as we have developed these plans focused on the health and safety of our community. The primary goal of our COVID-19 response is to provide students with academic schedules that enable their participation in clinical education placements as they become available. This is essential to support student progression within their academic programs and toward graduation. 

The Spring 2021 plan will be the same as we are currently following for Fall 2020. All didactic instruction will continue virtually, and clinical education, skills development, simulation, and practical exams will be scheduled on campus. We have eliminated Spring Break, previously scheduled for the week of March 22, 2021. This provides academic programs the opportunity to maximize participation in clinical education placements, IMPACT Practice Center client and telehealth sessions, and campus-based skills development. Reading Days now move up one week to April 14 and 15, and final exams will take place April 16-28. The expanded time for final exams provides additional time to schedule practical exams on campus. An updated Academic Calendar 2020 – 2021 is now available on the Institute’s website. The Office of the Registrar and the academic program leaders are developing detailed course schedules that will be available to facilitate Spring 2021 course registration.

We understand that the decision to not fully return to campus for all instruction may be disappointing to students eager to return to life as we knew pre-pandemic. Please know your academic advisors, faculty chairs, and the Student Assistance Program are supports for you. This has been a challenging time that has stretched on now for more than six months. You are not alone if you are feeling isolated and at times out of sorts.

As we move forward, we will continue strict adherence to our Commit @ IHP policy to ensure the health and safety of our community, the neighboring community, and those we serve. Thank you for taking the personal responsibility to remain healthy and safe as together we demonstrate our collective resilience during these challenging times.

Paula Milone-Nuzzo
President and John Hilton Knowles Professor

Alex Johnson
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Denis Stratford
Chief Operating Officer

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