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In-Person Learning Will Resume on Monday

January 05, 2022
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​Jan. 5, 2022

Dear Whitworth students,

We trust that time with friends and family over Christmas Break brought you joy, peace and relaxation. No doubt the two weeks sped by.

As we continue Jan Term after a week of largely remote learning, we look forward to welcoming back those of you who have not yet returned to campus. As we announced a week ago, classes that utilized remote learning this week will be held in person starting Monday, Jan. 10. Residence halls, dining services and all regular campus services remain open.

Our goal of maintaining a healthy learning environment, while you experience campus life filled with activities and friendships, remains paramount for us. With the continued and widespread emergence of the omicron variant, and with guidance from the Spokane Regional Health District, we continue to take actions that promote community health and well-being.

If you or those you are in close contact with are experiencing symptoms of illness, please remain at home until you or they are cleared of COVID-19.

Here's what you can expect when you return to campus.
  • ​Required COVID-19 Testing for All On-Campus Students: All students, regardless of vaccination status or earlier testing, living on campus will need to go through re-entry testing, a quick and easy saliva-based test, as a condition of checking into or remaining in your residence hall. Testing details:
    • Sunday, Jan. 9, 1-9 p.m., in Hixson Union Building Multipurpose Room (HUB MPR)
    • Monday, Jan. 10, 12:30-3:30 p.m., in HUB MPR
  • ​Required COVID-19 Testing for Vaccination-Exempt, Off-Campus Students: All returning, off-campus, vaccination-exempt students need to go through re-entry testing, unless tested on campus between Jan. 3-5. See details above for times and locations. This applies to full-time undergraduates only, not graduate or continuing studies students.
  • Boosters: We encourage all vaccinated students who have not received a COVID-19 booster shot to get one as soon as possible. A booster will help increase protection against the omicron variant, and having the booster may also reduce or eliminate the need to quarantine.
  • Masking: Masking will continue to be required for indoor spaces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends face masks that have multiple layers of material. For extra protection, a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask is recommended (double masking). Wash your cloth masks between uses, and be sure to only wear disposable masks once. The CDC recommends against single-layer masks and masks that do not form a proper leak-free fit over your mouth and nose. For optimal protection, you'll want to look for an N95 mask, designed to filter at least 95 percent of all airborne particles. (KN95 masks offer a similar level of protection.)
  • Sign and Symptoms: We encourage full-time undergraduate students who are experiencing symptoms to contact the student health center at 507.777.3259 for medical guidance. After hours or on weekends, contact the CHAS Nurse Advice Hotline at 509.444.8200.
We look forward to seeing you back on campus. If you have questions about testing, symptoms or other COVID-related issues, please contact the Covid Care Team at covidcareteam@whitworth.edu​.