Spring Semester Plans for Annapolis
2022 Spring Semester Plans for the Annapolis Campus
Understand the metrics and guidelines that guide our decision-making at our Annapolis dashboard. Go deeper into the details of our full plan by visiting the links below.
December 30, 2021 - Please note that low-residency Graduate Institute students are still starting their semester as scheduled on January 10, 2022.
We hope this message finds you and your loved ones well, and that you’ve had a restful and pleasant winter break. Because of rapidly worsening national and regional health conditions due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, St. John’s College, Annapolis, will be delaying the start of the spring semester in order allow regional health conditions to improve and ensure that the campus is well prepared to support students through the semester. Therefore, for all in-person graduate students and for all undergraduate students, with the exception of seniors, the starting date of the semester will be postponed from January 10 to January 17, 2022.
For seniors, the semester will begin on January 10 as previously scheduled, with the Senior Essay writing period initially conducted remotely. For seniors and graduate students completing their degrees, the semester will end with commencement on May 15. The semester will end on May 20 for all other students, one week later than scheduled.
In order to reduce in-person contact in our campus community and to ensure a safe and smooth opening to the spring semester, in addition to the delayed start, all undergraduate and graduate classes will be conducted remotely in the first week of the semester, from January 17 through January 21. Dormitories will open for returning students on January 16. Students who have special circumstances requiring them to return to campus prior to the 16th should contact the Assistant Dean's Office. We would encourage students to delay their return to campus until January 22, shortly before in-person classes resume.
We apologize for the suddenness of this decision and communication, but it is brought on by the unexpected increase in COVID cases and our intention to give you as much advance notice as possible. We understand and regret that this decision will disrupt your travel plans. We are gratified to have just completed a very successful semester of in-person classes, and considering the extremely high positivity rates and elevated number of hospitalizations in Maryland at present, we are seeking to start the semester under conditions in which we may carry on the successes of the fall.
We appreciate your patience and partnership in the continuing efforts to reduce the risks to our community, ultimately to the benefit of your education. Below are some additional details regarding this delay:
ACADEMIC CALENDAR CHANGES
This schedule change means the semester will be extended by one week for all undergraduate students except seniors, and all continuing graduate students. Both seniors and graduate students completing their degrees will have commencement on May 15, as previously scheduled. This change preserves the two full weeks of spring break (at the originally scheduled time), as well as other campus and academic events. Don rags will be held during the week after commencement, from May 16 through May 20.
DELAYED CAMPUS ARRIVAL FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS
We are encouraging residential students, whenever possible, to delay their return to campus until closer to the start of in-person classes on January 24. If you have questions about your housing or plans to return to campus, please contact the Assistant Dean’s Office at.
TESTING AND BOOSTER REQUIREMENTS
We strongly encourage you to get tested for COVID-19 prior to your arrival on campus. If you have a positive test result, please isolate, and seek a PCR test after any positive rapid antigen test. In many parts of the country the supply of at-home tests is diminished and the results of PCR tests can be delayed, so please plan accordingly. Additional information will be sent during the week of January 10 outlining our public health risk mitigation strategies.
As detailed in our message of December 21, 2021, the college will be requiring vaccine boosters. All students are required to provide updated COVID vaccination documentation prior to January 5, 2022 (with the exception of fully online Graduate Institute students). Questions about how to upload your documentation should be directed to the Harrison Health Center via email at.
Be safe and well,
Joseph Macfarland, Interim President
Nora Demleitner, Incoming President
Spring 2022 Campus Operations
Given the rapidly changing public health conditions, we are making adjustments to some of our campus operations and also wanted to make you aware of some of the changes implemented in the county and state.
- The Dining Hall operations will return to how they were at the start of the Fall 2021 semester with the seating area being closed. This temporary measure will be in place through the first few weeks of the semester while the positivity rates remain high in the state and county.
- The Gym will be accessible to students, staff, and faculty by appointment only through at least Monday, January 24. Students can schedule gym appointments online.
- Food and drinks will not be permitted at any indoor student event or activity through at least the month of January.
- The college indoor masking requirement remains in effect and the college will have surgical and KN95 masks available for students. Anne Arundel County has also issued a masking mandate through January 31. Students should be prepared to wear a mask anytime they enter a business or other establishment in the county.
- Governor Hogan has issued a 30-day state of emergency for Maryland. While this focuses primarily on health care settings, it is important that students understand some services typically available through Anne Arundel Medical Center may be difficult to access, including access to the Emergency Room. Students with specific medical questions should reach out to the Harrison Health Center.
- Students may be asked to participate in surveillance testing through the Harrison Health Center. This testing will be based upon the public health conditions in the state, county, and on campus. Students who are selected for surveillance testing will be notified by email.
Face Covering and Social Distancing Policy for Spring 2022
In order to help protect the health and safety of the St. John’s College campus community and the public, face coverings are required to be worn on site:
Indoors when other people are present and in all public and common areas, such as classrooms, labs, lobbies, hallways, stairways, restrooms, elevators, and in shared vehicles
While keeping a physical distance of at least six feet from other people, practicing good hygiene measures (e.g., frequent hand washing, avoiding touching the face, covering coughs and sneezes), and staying home when ill are the best known protections against COVID-19, wearing a face covering that covers the nose and mouth can help protect others, especially persons who are unvaccinated.
For the purposes of this policy, a face covering must:
Fit snugly against the sides of the face
Completely cover the nose and mouth
Be secured with ties, ear loops, elastic bands, or other equally effective method
Be free of holes, tears or valves that have the potential to release respiratory droplets
Include at least three layers of cloth
Allow for breathing without restriction
Be capable of being laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
This policy applies to all college personnel, students, contractors, and visitors.
Face coverings are not required when:
- Working or spending time alone in a personal office or workspace with the door closed
- Working or spending time outdoors
- Operating a single occupancy vehicle
- Inside a private on-campus residential unit
- Eating or drinking
Face coverings do not replace required job-specific PPE, such as medical/procedure masks, face shields or respirators.
Infants and toddlers under age two (2) should never wear cloth face coverings due to the risk of suffocation. Children ages two to four (2–4), with the assistance and close supervision of an adult, are strongly recommended to wear face coverings. All children aged five (5) years and older should wear a face covering unless medically directed to do otherwise.
For students requesting a medical or health risk accommodation, determination of the accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Students may be required to provide documentation to substantiate their need for an accommodation. An accommodation may not include allowing someone to not wear a face covering where it is required. Requests should be made to the Executive Director, Campus Wellness.
For college personnel requesting a medical or health risk accommodation, determination of the accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Personnel may be required to provide documentation to substantiate their need for an accommodation. An accommodation may not include allowing someone to not wear a face covering where it is required. Requests should be made to the Personnel Office.
Students are required to follow the face covering requirements at all times when on campus. If a student is without a face covering, in accordance with this policy, begin with a polite verbal request for compliance to educate and persuade the student to wear a face covering. If a student refuses to comply with the policy, please contact the Assistant Dean’s Office or Public Safety for additional support. Students do not need to wear a face covering when inside a private on-campus residential unit; however, face coverings are required in common areas of residence halls.
Personnel are expected to comply with the face covering requirement as a condition of employment, as well as for the health and safety of themselves, their colleagues, and the campus community. Supervisors are required to ensure all of their personnel have a thorough understanding of the requirements outlined in this policy. Personnel who do not comply should be reminded of the policy by their supervisor and provided additional education and training as needed. If, after additional education and training, personnel refuse to comply, contact the Personnel Office.
St. John’s College is committed to maintaining a respectful, productive, inclusive, and equitable environment and discrimination and other conduct that is inconsistent with our values will not be tolerated.