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A Modified Return to Campus for Fall Semester

August 28, 2020
DPT students, adhering to social distancing standards, watch Associate Professor Doug Gross as he works with the other half of the class in an adjacent room.
DPT students, adhering to social distancing standards, watch Associate Professor Doug Gross as he works with the other half of the class in an adjacent room.

Students began returning to the MGH Institute campus this week as the fall semester begins, using an academic plan to provide flexibility in their course schedule to participate in clinical education placements as they become available while also limiting the number of people on campus at any one time.

This week, physical therapy and occupational therapy students participated in clinical education skills labs and simulation exercises. It was the first time students were on campus since March 6, when Spring Break began. The IHP campus has been closed since March 13.

Called Commit @ IHP, the Institute’s back-to-campus plan defines the individual student, faculty, and staff personal and collective responsibility to keep the community safe and to flatten the curve. The basic approach is grounded in science and guidance from Mass General Brigham and MGH infectious control and COVID response professionals and includes wearing a mask, washing hands, and always practicing social distancing and social isolation by limiting travel to home, campus, and clinical sites.

Prior to coming to campus, students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete the Mass General Brigham COVIDPASS app, attesting that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. If they pass the attestation, they can be on campus that day wearing a mask. Upon arrival, students, faculty, and staff will be given an Institute mask and any other PPE as needed. The IHP is also following all the regulations put forth in the Commonwealth’s Travel Order for students coming from out of state.

Students in other programs also will return to campus following the modified plan, while all classroom instruction will continue to be delivered online. In addition, the majority of staff will continue working from home through the end of 2020.