Spring Policies

Policies and guidance for students and employees in Spring 2022

In consultation with our medical experts at Keeling & Associates, we have developed the following spring semester measures to mitigate health risks within our community.

Spring COVID-19 Policies

All members of the campus community are expected to adhere to the College’s COVID-19 policies and procedures. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.

Student policy Employee policy

The Omicron variant is highly transmissible. We should expect an increase in positive cases among our students and employees this spring. Still, our community is in an advantageous position. The vast majority of our campus is fully vaccinated and boosted—or will receive their booster once eligible. Our public health experts stress that the risk of serious illness among our College community is low—and the positive cases that do emerge will typically experience mild to moderate symptoms.

Our focus this spring will be advancing our students’ educational progress while taking reasonable steps to reduce the number of positive cases—to the extent possible, recognizing the realities of the variant. We will also continue to work with the most vulnerable members of our community. To help start the semester as well as possible, we have purposefully taken a more cautious approach to our opening. We want to deliver as normal of a Gettysburg experience for our students as possible, while continuing to be informed by public health guidance about how to respond to this newest chapter of COVID.

We will continue our practice of testing all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff on a weekly basis throughout the entire semester. To restate, unvaccinated status includes those who have not received a booster within two weeks of eligibility.

In addition to sending email updates as needed, we will be updating the COVID dashboard every Monday. The dashboard will track the number of positive cases resulting from tests conducted on campus.

Additional information for students

Mental health

Mental health support and guidance is available to all students through our Counseling Services, Monday to Friday, including some evenings. Additional peer and professional mental health resources are also available.

On-Campus Booster Clinic

We encourage eligible students to receive their boosters prior to returning to campus. For those who are unable to do so, Health Services will be offering on-campus booster for students at the following times:

  • Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 9 a.m.—1 p.m.
  • Friday, January 28, 2022 from Noon—4 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for one of these clinics, please log into Medicat.

Boosters are also widely available at local pharmacies including Rite AidGiantWalmart, and CVS.

Questions

If you have any questions about fall policies, please get in touch.

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