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Urgent Message Regarding Jan Term Start Date

December 28, 2021
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​Dear full-time undergraduate students,

As the university monitors the spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant and the speed at which it is moving, we have been considering ways we can maintain a healthy community for students during Jan Term. We recognize many of you have made plans or will be making plans to return to campus to start Jan Term, which begins Monday, Jan. 3.

With guidance provided by the Spokane Regional Health District and to promote a successful start to the term, during the first week – Jan. 3-9 – most on-campus classes will be held online. Instructors will provide details for joining the remote classes. For a list of classes that will be held in person Jan. 3-9, see list below. Those students will be expected to be in class as the class subject matter requires. With most classes being held remotely, you may elect to remain home until in-person classes resume on Monday, Jan. 10 or you can return to campus even while you attend classes remotely. If you are able to remain home and limit social contact prior to returning to campus by attending classes remotely, please consider that option for the sake of our campus community health. All regular campus services will be open as usual including residence halls, dining services and computer labs.  

All returning students who are vaccination-exempt will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon their return to campus on the testing date closest to their arrival. Testing will be held Jan. 3-5 and Jan. 10-12. Additional details will be provided to vaccination-exempt students separately. We encourage all students who are vaccinated but have not received a booster shot to get one as this will help increase protection against the omicron variant. Having the booster will also reduce or eliminate the need to quarantine.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. With the holidays and larger gatherings being held, this change will provide extra time between events and the return to campus. This will also give our Covid Response Team time to put into place internal systems for testing and other elements that will help keep our community safe as we respond to this new omicron variant.

Additional Information
  • Technology Needs: If you need assistance with remote instruction for Jan. 3-9, please send a detailed email to kpecka@whitworth.edu and use the subject line: TECH NEEDS.
  • Booster Shots: if you are vaccinated with two shots but have not had a booster shot, please consider receiving one prior to returning to campus. To add booster information to your health record, please click here 
  • Masking: Masking will continue to be required including in the dining hall except when eating.
  • List of In-Person Classes: Some classes such as labs and activity classes may still meet in person Jan 3-9. Those participating in internships and field experiences should check with the site director. See list attached.