Spring Semester Anticipated to Begin in Person; KN95 Masks to Be Worn in Classroom Settings
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University President Darryll J. Pines, Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos sent the following email to the campus community this afternoon:
We write to update you on our plans for the spring semester. As it has been from the beginning, our decision-making is guided by the careful monitoring of the COVID-19 situation and by campus and local health officials.
Our plans for the spring semester are being developed in a rapidly evolving environment. Every day, we learn more about the virus and about the omicron variant that is currently spreading through our communities. We know that omicron spreads rapidly, more rapidly than any previous strain. It is also clear that people who are vaccinated and have a booster are much more likely to avoid serious illness and hospitalization. As we learn more, our plans are subject to change based on the latest public health information and guidance.
Spring 2022 Semester
Our plan is to begin the Spring 2022 semester as planned and in-person on Jan. 24. After weighing all available data and recommendations, we plan to emphasize the following four primary strategies during the spring semester to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our highly vaccinated community:
Vaccine Booster Requirement
I AM 4Maryland Pledge
On behalf of all 50,000+ members of our community, we would like to thank each of you for remaining diligent in our collective efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. We know that we all want a return to a full spring semester experience but we are also aware that many are feeling anxious. We are committed to doing everything we can to continue operating in person while pivoting to new and additional health measures as needed, as new information, data and trends become available.
Complete information about our COVID-19 precautions, policies and protocols can be found at umd.edu/4Maryland, where they are updated regularly.
At this point, there is little doubt that we will continue to see positive cases, both in our region and on our campus. Throughout this pandemic, we have learned that we are stronger when we act together. Let us commit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect ourselves and others in the coming weeks as we learn to manage life with this virus.
We will get through this together.
Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland
Jennifer King Rice
Senior Vice President and Provost
Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, MD, MBA, FACP
Director, University Health Center
Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland
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