December 21, 2020

EmmanuelForward Update: December 21, 2020

As we move closer to the arrival of resident students on campus (January 18th-24th) and the start of spring-semester classes (January 27th), we are pleased to share the following Return to Campus guides:

We send these guides at a time during which both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston have put into place strict measures to curb the current surge of COVID-19 cases. While the most recent data on cases within both the state and the city indicate very low rates of infection on college campuses given rigorous testing and protocols, we all must understand that these ever-changing guidelines impact not if, but how we will welcome students back in January.

While the Commonwealth of Massachusetts moved back to phase three, step one of re-opening, the Mayor of Boston announced that the city would return to a modified phase two, step two, which includes additional restrictions on dining, gyms and gathering sizes. To that end, it is important to acknowledge that information within these guides may be adjusted further as we work with our partners in the city and the state to ensure we create the safest environment for students, faculty, staff and the community.

If you are returning to campus as a resident or commuter student, we urge you to carefully review the appropriate Return to Campus guide. As you do, please bear in mind that individual actions can have a significant impact on our entire community. Prior to the beginning of the semester, we will be asking all to sign Halo’s Pledge, a commitment to observing best practices for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. These include adherence to physical distancing, the wearing of face-coverings both indoors and outdoors, and good hygiene practices – especially frequent hand-washing and sanitizing.

We look forward to the January launch of “Be in Boston, Stay in Boston,” a student-generated awareness campaign designed to share and sustain our common commitment to safety and wellness. We believe that if we all work together, we will have a successful Spring 2021 semester at 400 The Fenway. Please continue to send your questions to emmanuelforward@emmanuel.edu, and have a wonderful holiday season.

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