Returning to Campus in January

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-December 21, 2021-

As the Institute prepares to close for the winter break, we write to inform you of what faculty, staff, and students can expect the first three weeks of January.

A fair amount of uncertainty exists when forecasting the coming weeks considering the continued rise in cases of COVID-19, brought on by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant across our region and throughout the country. Health experts expect the peak in cases to occur in the first half of January. We continue to leverage guidance from state and local public health officials, experts within Mass General Brigham, and our lived experience from the past 21+ months to inform our safe return. To date, our collective adherence to the Commit @ IHP policy has proven to be effective.

Our plan for faculty and staff for the week of January 3 includes:

  • Staff and faculty will work remotely.
  • The Provost candidate interviews scheduled for that week will include on-campus and Zoom participation.
  • We will communicate to students a new requirement that they receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination once they meet the CDC’s eligibility requirements.
  • We will coordinate messaging to students with the academic program leaders to inform the students of this requirement.

We are presently planning for the Spring 2022 semester to begin as planned, with students returning to classes on campus the week of January 18 and ABSN Orientation occurring on campus January 12 – 14.

We will monitor the trajectory of the current surge over the next two weeks. If necessary, we will coordinate with academic program leaders to develop a modified start to the Spring 2022 semester.

When returning to campus in January, the Institute community can expect to adhere to the same effective and time-tested Commit@IHP practices that have seen us through to this point:

  • Completing daily asymptomatic attestation through the COVID Pass.
  • Masking at all times, unless eating in a socially distanced setting.
  • Remaining off campus and contacting Occupational Health Services if experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

There are additional steps we encourage people to take over the Winter break to aid in a safe and healthy return to campus in January:

  • If eligible, receive your booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 before and after traveling, as well as before returning to campus.
  • Today there are numerous appointments available at MGB testing sites which can be scheduled in advance through the COVID Pass app and Patient Gateway.
  • Mask and adhere to social distancing measures.

We wish you a very happy and healthy winter break and hope it is filled with opportunities to rest and enjoy the company of friends and family. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Institute in the New Year!

Denis Stratford
Chief Operating Officer

Taylor Wallace
Clinical Contracts and Compliance Director

IHP Communications

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