- March 10, 2022: IHP COVID Policy Changes
- January 5, 2022: Return to Campus Update
- December 21, 2021: Returning to Campus in January
- August 19, 2021: Returning to Campus Update
- June 15, 2021: Commit @ IHP Changes
- May 17, 2021: Student Study Space
- May 17, 2021: Reminder of Commit Guidelines
- March 19, 2021: Expanded Access to Student Study Space
- February 2, 2021: Student Study Space
- January 12, 2021: Return to Campus, Testing, and Vaccine Information
- January 5, 2020: COVID Vaccine
- November 16, 2020: COVID-19 in our Community
- October 28, 2020: Commencement 2021
- October 27, 2020: Information on free student testing
- October 21, 2020: Student message on Thanksgiving travel
- October 5, 2020: Student Study Space
- October 5, 2020: IHP Spring Semester Plan
- September 18, 2020: The IHP Frontline
- September 14, 2020: Commit @ IHP Compliance Policy
- September 4, 2020: Commit @ IHP Reminder
- August 21, 2020: Commit @ IHP Educational Module
- August 20, 2020: Return to Campus Guide
- August 14, 2020: Preparing for Return to Campus and Accessing the COVID-19 Pass App
- August 6, 2020: Student Return to Campus Update
- July 24, 2020: Update on Commit @ IHP
- July 16, 2020: Commit@ IHP
- July 7, 2020: International Students
- July 6, 2020: Return to Campus Plan
- June 16, 2020: IHP Fall Planning Update
- May 21, 2020: Partnering with Mass General Brigham during the COVID-19 Crisis
- May 19, 2020: Commencement Date Changed to August 30
- May 11, 2020: A special message from President Paula Milone-Nuzzo to the Class of 2020
- May 7, 2020: Virtual Commencement Ceremony
- May 4, 2020: NECHE Virtual Evaluation
- April 23, 2020: Student Leader Awards
- April 21, 2020: Message from Dean Gormley
- April 9, 2020: Summer Semester Plans
- April 5, 2020: Summer Schedule 2020
- April 3, 2020: Together we are stronger
- April 1, 2020: More than a Health Crisis
- March 30, 2020: Clinical Placements During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- March 30, 2020: Commencement Postponed Until August 28
- March 23, 2020: Updated Campus Access Policy
- March 19, 2020: IMPACT Practice Center Closed Through April 30
- March 18, 2020: Status of Campus, Social Media Reminder, Student and Employee Resources
- March 17, 2020: Thank you from the President
- March 12, 2020: Social Distancing Policy
- March 11, 2020: Changes to Classes and Workplace
- March 6, 2020: The IHP Prohibits Conference Attendance
- March 6, 2020: Academic Task Force Potential Class Disruption Info
- March 5, 2020: Students and Employees Traveling During Spring Break
- February 28, 2020: Spring Break Travel Policy
- February 27, 2020: IHP Emergency Preparedness
- February 20, 2020: Travel Policy
- February 7, 2020: IHP Policy for all students, faculty and staff
- January 31, 2020: Initial announcement and planning
Student message on Thanksgiving travel
-October 21, 2020-
Dear IHP Students:
As a community, we have demonstrated our personal and professional responsibility through our attestation to the Institute’s Commit @ IHP policy. The ongoing COVID pandemic requires us all to be vigilant and make healthy and safe decisions in our daily lives. Together, this is how we can contribute toward achieving a lower COVID positivity rate, which unfortunately has continued to increase over the last two months in Massachusetts and across the country. As you begin to consider your plans to see family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday, we ask that you do so in light of your Commit @ IHP pledge, as well as the requirements detailed in the Massachusetts Travel Order.
The Institute and MGH Occupational Health Services are coordinating resources that are available to students to support your return to campus or clinical sites after the holiday. Please complete the survey at the link below by October 25 if you are traveling to a “higher-risk” state during the holiday and will be returning to campus or a clinical site. In addition to helping the Institute determine the volume of students traveling during the holiday, survey participants will also receive guidance on how to be cleared by MGH Occupational Health Services when returning from a “higher-risk” state.
If your Thanksgiving plans require that you travel outside of Massachusetts, you must consider the requirements to return from your trip. The Massachusetts Travel Order identifies states as “lower-risk” or “higher-risk.” The list of lower-risk states changes with very short notice. Today, there are only nine states (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Washington) and the District of Columbia designated as lower-risk. You can travel freely to and from these lower-risk states without any requirements to return. You should also review the travel requirements of the state you will be entering as these differ by state.
If you travel to a “higher-risk” state, you must complete the Mass. Travel Form and do one of the following when returning to Massachusetts:
- Quarantine for 14 days, or
- Be tested no longer than 72 hours prior to reentering the state.
- If you receive a negative test result before entering, you can return and not quarantine.
- If you do not receive the test result, you can enter the state and quarantine until you receive a negative result, or
- Enter the state, quarantine, and schedule a test.
- Once you receive a negative test result, you can end quarantine.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires a negative result from an FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test on a sample obtained 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Massachusetts.
Practically speaking, what does this mean for you? You must consider the above requirements when making your Thanksgiving travel plans. For example, if you travel to a higher-risk state and are required to be on campus or at a clinical site by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, you must be tested no earlier than 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27 to meet the 72-hour time requirement. You must also consider the amount of time it takes to get your test results back. Your test result must be negative before arriving on campus or at a clinical site.
As members of the IHP community and future health care professionals, we must understand that the decisions that we make have consequences. The decisions of one member of our community can dramatically affect the greater IHP Community. To that end, we are grateful for your commitment to doing everything possible in order to maintain a safe environment for the entire IHP Community.
President and John Hilton Knowles Professor
Chief Operating Officer