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University Communications

Communication from the university regarding the growing COVID-19 epidemic and plans to address concerns regarding spread within the Hopkins community. Full communication from 3.2.20

A message from President Ron Daniels addressing the COVID-19 epidemic, closing JHU early for spring break, and announcing remote instruction until April 12. Full communication from 3.10.20

A message from Dean Fred Bronstein addressing the COVID-19 epidemic and Peabody specific information related to campus closing. Full communication from 3.10.20

Information from the Office of Student Affairs for students who have the need to remain in on-campus housing. Full communication from 3.10.20

Updates from the Office of Student Affairs to students who requested to remain in on-campus housing. Full communication from 3.13.20

A message from President Ron Daniels announcing transition to remote learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Full communication from 3.18.20

A message from Dean Fred Bronstein addressing Peabody-specific details regarding the continuation of remote learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Full communication from 3.18.20

A message from President Ron Daniels addressing the postponement of the 2020 in-person commencement ceremony, and announcing a virtual recognition for graduating students. Full communication from 3.18.20

Details regarding campus access, remote instruction, student employment, and student support during this period of remote learning from the Office of Student Affairs. Full communication from 3.20.20

Detailed resources for Peabody graduate students from the Offices of Student and Academic Affairs. Full communication from 3.23.20

Detailed resources for Peabody graduate students from the Offices of Student and Academic Affairs. Full communication from 3.23.20

Email from the Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate & the Vice Provost and Chief Risk Officer addressing facilities updates. Full communication from 3.23.20

Detailed information regarding updates to grading policies for the Spring 2020 semester. Full communication from 3.26.20

Updates for Residential students from the Office of Student Affairs regarding pro-rated credits for housing & meal plan charges, as well as the status of belongings remaining in the residence halls. Full communication from 3.28.20

A message from university leadership regarding the Governor’s Stay at Home order. Full communication from 3.30.20

Updates to mail policy on campus. Full communication from 4.2.20

Message from university leadership extending remote programs through June 30 and other updates for staff, faculty, and students. Full communication from 4.6.20

A message from President Daniels praising the response of the Hopkins community to COVID-19. Full communication from 4.7.20

A message from Dean Bronstein announcing that students have an extended deadline to take a Leave of Absence with a 40% tuition refund until April 17. There is also additional information about options for graduating students. Full communication from 4.10.20

A message from Dean Mathews sharing the link students can use to request a letter grade for their courses. Full communication from 4.10.20

A message from President Ron Daniels detailing the financial impact on JHU of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full communication from 4.21.20

A message from Dean Bronstein sharing Peabody-specific financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full communication from 4.21.20

Announcing the new availability of telehealth resources for Johns Hopkins students and learners. Full communication from 4.24.20

Information from President Daniels and Provost Kumar regarding planning for the next academic year. Full communication from 5.5.20

Announcement of students nominated for advisory committee, including two Peabody students. Full communication from 5.12.20

A message from university leadership regarding the governor’s decision to lift the stay-at-home order effective 5.15. Full communication from 5.14.20

Announcement from Vice Provost for Research on plans to allow researchers to return to campus. Full communication from 5.19.20

Draft of recommended health and safety protocols to put in place when the university makes the decision to begin its gradual, multi-phase resumption of on-campus activities. Full communication from 5.28.20

Announcement from President Daniels that the Return to Campus Guidelines were available for comment. Full communication from 6.4.20

In a message to the Johns Hopkins community Friday, university leaders outlined its current plans and timeline for ensuring the safe return of students, faculty, and staff to university campuses for learning and research. Full communication from 6.5.20

Message from Dean Bronstein addressing Peabody-specific plans for returning to campus. Full communication from 6.8.20

JHU leadership outline plans for the undergraduate experience at JHU this fall. Full communication from 6.30.20

Dean Bronstein announces Peabody specific plans for the 2020-21 Academic Year. Full communication from 6.30.20

First, we want to reiterate how much the Peabody Conservatory values you as a person and for your contributions to our community. Our international students are an integral part of our campus and community life. We share your serious concerns about the new federal regulations affecting student visas, and we are committed to doing everything we can to enable you to continue in your Peabody studies. After examining the announced SEVP guidance in conjunction with University leaders, we believe our plan for hybrid instruction as announced last week will allow international students to begin or continue their studies in the U.S. this fall. Importantly, Peabody‚Äôs current plan for the fall includes continuing some in-person instruction for each of the 15 weeks including the final two weeks of the semester, after the Thanksgiving break. According to Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Guidance, this would mean that new and returning international students will qualify for the Category Three hybrid operational model. OIS will need to reissue specially-notated I-20s for those who have already had one issued, and that office will be in direct communication with you in the near future about that, so please continue to monitor your email for changes and potential next steps. We are in constant communication with OIS and will continue to monitor this developing situation. While we hope to welcome you back in Baltimore as planned, we are also committed to delivering the entire curriculum online. If you choose to remain outside of the U.S., or are unable to travel to Baltimore, you can take all of your classes and make progress toward completing your degree as scheduled. We will be reaching out to all students in the coming days to confirm your plans for studying either on-site or remotely this fall. We understand that the potential impact of these new rules on you and your international student colleagues may be causing you a great deal of anxiety. Please note that the Student Wellness office has compiled strategies and resources that can help you take care of yourself during this very uncertain time. Indeed, the entire Peabody community stands to suffer and ‚Äď given the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and our continuing need to be vigilant in responding to it ‚Äď we know that our best-laid plans could still change. Should we see an outbreak of COVID on campus, or the State of Maryland resumes stay-at-home or lockdown orders, all classes will move to remote instruction. Unfortunately, the latest SEVIS guidance specifically addresses such a scenario, and would require all international students to depart the U.S. immediately. We are seeking elimination of this provision, but at this time, it will apply to any switch to remote instruction at any time during fall. We will keep you informed of any news or updates, and will continue to work with you to navigate these particularly difficult challenges. Sincerely, Fred Bronstein, Dean Abra Bush, Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies Townsend Plant, Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Life

Dear Peabody Students, Faculty, and Staff: We join with the entire Johns Hopkins community in celebrating today’s news which restores some measure of needed flexibility for our international students as the fall semester approaches. The opportunity to work with colleagues from around the world enriches the Peabody experience for all. Our international students are such an integral part of our community, and it is a great relief that the visa rules announced last week have been reversed. While there will still be challenges ahead, we remain committed to ensuring that every Peabody student has the opportunity to advance in their studies this fall. As our preparations to deliver the curriculum in a variety of modalities continue, we will remain in touch and we look forward to welcoming you back — on-site or learning remotely — soon. Best, Fred

Dean Bronstein announces plans regarding the fall 2020 semester and the decision to move to a fully online modality for the fall. Full communication from 7.31.20

To offer some relief, and in alignment with the University’s decision announced today to reduce Homewood undergraduate tuition by 10%, Peabody with assistance from the University will reduce the cost of attendance by making a one-time reduction in its planned fall semester undergraduate tuition of 10%. Full communication from 8.6.20

Dear Johns Hopkins Community: We write today to share the deeply disappointing news that we will not be able to come back together on our campuses this fall as we had planned. We will instead offer the fall 2020 semester online for all undergraduates and online with minimal exceptions for graduate students. As you know, our community has been working tirelessly to ready ourselves for a safe return to on-campus activities, shaped by the current science and best practices outlined by our public health experts, including our Health Advisory Group, and local, state, and national guidance. Unfortunately, the pandemic is worsening with cases trending in the wrong direction in our region and in states across the country. At the end of June, the daily rate of new COVID infections in Baltimore was 9 per 100,000; now it is 27 per 100,000, with the infection becoming particularly prevalent among young adults. Of particular concern, more than 30% of our undergraduates come from states designated as COVID hot spots. We have been operating successfully at a low density in controlled environments such as research labs and clinical settings, subject to strict public health requirements, but classrooms, co-curricular activities, and residential settings, taken together, pose a substantially greater potential for spread of the disease. Therefore, with the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and staff, and our neighbors in the broader Baltimore community foremost in mind, and after extensive consultation with our University Pandemic Academic Advisory Committee and Student Advisory Committee about a wide range of alternatives, we reluctantly made the very difficult but necessary decision to change course and move to virtual modalities. We will, of course, continue to follow the trajectory of the pandemic with the hope that we can convene together in the spring. Here‚Äôs what you can expect with this change of plans: ‚ÄĘ All undergraduate instruction and activities this semester will be online. We are asking all undergraduates not to come to Baltimore at this time, as we will not be conducting academic or co-curricular activities for them on campus. As in the spring, students who have a demonstrated hardship related to their living situation or educational needs can apply for an exception to live on campus while taking courses online. ‚ÄĘ Graduate and professional programs will continue to evaluate their own operations, but graduate student instruction is expected to remain in an online/remote modality with few exceptions beyond on-campus research permitted under our Phase 1 guidelines. Graduate schools will be permitted, with approval from the Provost‚Äôs Office, to offer limited, in-person activities such as instruction for specific student cohorts or clinical, internship, laboratory, or practicum experiences that can be conducted safely with appropriate precautions. ‚ÄĘ For both undergraduate and graduate students, the university is helping its divisions provide a range of financial supports and cost reductions for students and their families during this very difficult time, including a one-time 10% reduction in the planned fall tuition for undergraduates. These measures vary among programs based on students‚Äô needs and will be communicated by each division. ‚ÄĘ On-campus research activities will continue in accordance with the Phase 1 Return to Research Guidelines. This will include maintaining the occupancy rule in Hopkins laboratories at 400 gross square feet per person, or down to 200 gross square feet per person with an approved plan and use of nonlaboratory spaces when necessary while continuing to observe physical distance and other safety measures. ‚ÄĘ All employees who can work from home will continue to do so, and we expect that will be the case at least through the end of 2020. By working remotely, our staff are making a critical contribution to de-densifying our campuses so that we can safely resume critical in-person operations. Please look for resources and support programs on our HR website, including upcoming enhancements related to child care and other caregiving demands, which we know are placing tremendous strain on our community. ‚ÄĘ Health and safety remain our top priorities. We will issue updated guidance soon for those who have an exception or demonstrated hardship that requires them to be on campus. It will include updates on how to participate in daily self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms, protocols for required testing of those students with permission to live on campus. More detailed information on plans specific to each school will be shared in the coming days by your divisions, and we will continue to update the information on the university’s coronavirus information website. We remain immensely grateful to our entire community for your persistence, creativity, and determination. We are particularly thankful to all of you who have worked so hard over the past four months to explore every possible permutation for a return to campus life and to prepare us to deliver a compelling and valuable Hopkins experience to all we serve. The thorough planning and innovative ideas mean that we are prepared to provide the Johns Hopkins experience that we all know is possible regardless of the circumstances in which it is delivered and stand ready to reconvene fully in person when public health conditions permit. As ever, we are fortunate to be part of such an exceptional community and look forward to working alongside you once more this fall. Sincerely, Ronald J. Daniels President Sunil Kumar Provost Daniel Ennis Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations

Dear Peabody students,

Last week I wrote to you regarding our decision to reduce the cost of attendance for our undergraduate students by making a one-time, 10% reduction in the fall semester tuition in response to the impact of COVID-19, in recognition of and response to the anxiety and hardship many of our students are facing, as well as the continued pressure around the cost of your education. At that time I indicated that we would be reviewing how we might provide relief to our graduate students.

I am pleased to announce today that with the assistance of the University and the approval of the University’s Board of Trustees, we will similarly reduce full-time graduate student tuition by making a one-time reduction in our planned fall semester graduate tuition of 10%. The adjustment for all students will be reflected in your bills. Those of you who have already paid your fall tuition will receive a refund of the discounted amount.

In addition, Peabody continues to stand ready to assist all students with financial hardships that have emerged as a result of changing circumstances. Since spring, Peabody has been able to provide approximately $400,000 in additional aid due to COVID-related need, including $162,000 in CARES Act funding which has been distributed to eligible students. As we did in the spring, we encourage students experiencing financial difficulties related to the switch to remote learning to appeal to the office of Financial Aid for emergency support.

I am pleased that we are able to assist all our students at this difficult time, and hope that in some way this tuition action will help alleviate some of your concerns and make it easier to focus on your studies this fall.

Sincerely,
Fred Bronstein

Dean

Dear Johns Hopkins Community: We know the recent decision to continue to hold all undergraduate classes and most graduate classes online and limit access to our campuses through the fall semester has been disappointing. We are deeply grateful for the commitment of everyone in our community to continue to protect the health of others and do as much work as possible remotely. Until public health conditions improve, we will stay in Phase 1 of our reopening plan, which means access to campus facilities will remain strictly limited. For those who will need to be in our buildings and on our grounds in the coming months, we have posted a revised version of our Return to Campus Guidance. It includes a great deal of important information about health and safety guidelines, campus operations during this phase, and support and resources for our affiliates. Please review the document and continue to look for updates and frequently asked questions on the JHU Coronavirus Information website. Health and safety guidance continues to be in effect, and safety ambassadors will be reminding people on campus to wear a face covering correctly and at all times, wash their hands, keep a 6-foot distance from others, and stay at home if they have symptoms. As discussed in the original guidance, smoking and vaping are not allowed on any JHU property during the pandemic, as they interfere with wearing masks and create health concerns. Smoking and tobacco cessation resources are available for faculty and staff and for students. According to the new guidance in this area, anyone coming to campus will be required to have an influenza vaccination this fall, and more information will be coming about how to get one free of charge. In addition, individuals will have to complete a daily health check by using the Prodensity mobile app, in which they will be asked questions about whether they are experiencing COVID symptoms. Affiliates who indicate they have no symptoms will receive a green ‚Äúbadge‚ÄĚ in the app that they can show to campus security and area supervisors as needed for the next 12 hours. If affiliates answer yes to one of the questions, they will receive a red ‚Äúbadge‚ÄĚ and need to call the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (JHCCC). The JHCCC continues to be available seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. by calling 833-546-7546. Anyone in the Johns Hopkins community experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or concerned about exposure can get help and, if they meet the requirements and are located near Baltimore, will be referred for testing. The Return to Campus Guidance also discusses alterations to the use of campus facilities, details about transportation, and expectations for using elevators and public restrooms. It outlines ways to ask for an adjustment or accommodation if you are required to be on campus but think that you cannot come to work safely. And it discusses support services for mental well-being and caregiving needs. These wide-ranging instructions and best practices are vital for creating an environment where our faculty, students, and staff can continue any work that cannot be done elsewhere while keeping each other safe from the coronavirus. We need everyone to be vigilant about adhering to these practices when they are at Johns Hopkins, and every member of our community is empowered to request compliance by others, including by notifying the JHU hotline at 844-SPEAK2US (844-773-2528) of any issues on campus. Several members of our planning team will discuss the Return to Campus Guidance and answer questions at a town hall at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25. You can submit questions in advance at covidtownhall@jhu.edu. We also welcome your feedback on all of our planning efforts through the online feedback form. Thank you for everything you are doing to make our mission possible under difficult circumstances. We will continue to assess the situation, evaluate our approaches, and keep you informed. On behalf of the JHU 2020 Planning Task Force, Stephen Gange Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Jon Links Professor, Vice Provost and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Jane Schlegel Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Dear Peabody students, faculty, and staff, Since announcing that Peabody would be fully online for the fall semester, we have been working through a number of questions around the use of space as it pertains to practice, collaborative rehearsal, and applied instruction. We know these issues are important to you and have worked to develop policies that address your requests while keeping our community safe. I am writing to outline several new Peabody policies which are in effect immediately. Use of Peabody Facilities for Practice ‚Äď Beginning on August 31, the Peabody Institute will grant students limited access to campus practice rooms and dance studios for the sole purpose of solo practice. Practice Rooms will be available to students from Monday through Saturday between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm and must be booked in advance. Under this policy, the maximum number of students on the campus at any time is 37. Under no circumstances will more than one person be permitted in a practice room at any time. There is a mandatory down time between each user to allow for proper air circulation and filtration, and all students must adhere to procedural guidelines and health and safety policies. The full details on the Practice Room policy can be found in the 2020-21 Student Resources section of the Peabody web site. Additional details about reserving rooms will be shared soon. Applied Lessons ‚Äď For the foreseeable future, face-to-face applied lessons are not permitted. This is for the protection of students, faculty members, and all who either reside with them or with whom they come into contact. We will continue to monitor the feasibility of face-to-face instruction in light of public health conditions, but do not expect that in-person applied lessons will be allowed until we are back on site in some form of hybrid modality. Group or Collaborative Rehearsal ‚Äď While we understand that students would like to work collaboratively with other students face to face in Baltimore or in your hometowns, we cannot allow on-campus collaborative artistic work at this time nor recommend or condone off-campus collaborative work. Again, we will continue to monitor the feasibility of this request; however, until further notice in-person collaborative rehearsal will not be allowed on campus, nor recommended or condoned as an off-campus activity. Access to campus for student practice is designed in accordance with health and safety protocols set forth by Johns Hopkins University. It is critical that students abide by all the guidelines outlined in the policy, for everyone’s safety. PLEASE NOTE that this policy could change at any time and without notice in response to public health concerns and/or due to changes in health and safety protocols mandated by the University or the State of Maryland. As we have noted in prior communications, we are recommending that students remain at home, and do not come to Baltimore at this time. This campus use policy is designed to assist students who are in Baltimore, and whose options for practice space are otherwise limited. We will continue to monitor and evaluate campus use as we move forward. Thank you for your patience as we have worked to design a viable system. Best, Fred Bronstein

Dear Students in Friday Noon:30 Recital Series, The Peabody Conservatory has maintained an afternoon concert series since the 1873-1874 school year. When pianist Madame Falk-Auerbach first introduced the afternoon concert series, then on Wednesdays, she imagined an opportunity for innovative programming performed by students. We are happy to announce that the concert series will continue this fall. However, unlike previous years, the concert series will not be a class. Accordingly, the course PY.360.501 will be removed from your schedule. The faculty and leadership will consider the role of the concert series in your schedule for the spring and beyond. Meanwhile, you are strongly encouraged and sincerely welcomed to keep the Peabody tradition by attending the Friday Noon:30 concerts as they are announced. Do keep your schedule clear and your browser open to support your colleague-artists each Friday this fall. Sincerely, Dr. Mathews

Dear Johns Hopkins Community: We are embarking on a fall term that will be unlike any other. For new students, you are likely starting your Hopkins experience in a way that‚Äôs a lot different than what you imagined. For the large majority of returning students, it probably feels odd to go ‚Äúback to school‚ÄĚ without being on campus. But we are in the midst of a serious pandemic. We are fortunate that positive cases at JHU to date have been limited and contained, including a recent cluster of positive COVID-19 cases among a small group of returning undergraduates living off-campus in Charles Village, and for which contact investigation protocols have been enacted by contacting any directly impacted individuals. Nevertheless, it serves as a reminder that we have a collective responsibility to help maintain our community‚Äôs health and safety. The university stands prepared to support you in that effort with enhanced programming and staff this fall, and to share some of the best practices that have shown their effectiveness in the safe operations of our labs and other research facilities during the summer. Wellness Website Wellness.jhu.edu provides students with a comprehensive guide to Hopkins wellness, including: ‚ÄĘ A digital library of university health and wellness resources, searchable by academic division. ‚ÄĘ A dedicated COVID page that serves as an easy reference for pandemic-related personal health care information. ‚ÄĘ A blog with helpful, timely advice on topics such as emotional self-care during the pandemic, coping strategies and resources for racial trauma, and wellness resources for international students. Our office also supports a regularly updated Instagram account (@jhuwellness) that highlights wellness resources, events, and news relevant to Hopkins students. University Wellness Providers The Student Health and Wellness Center (serving KSAS, WSE, and Peabody) and University Health Services Primary Care (serving Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health) are open and operational for primary care needs. If you would like to speak with a medical provider, please call your respective health center, and staff will determine an appropriate course of action based on your geographic location, presenting symptoms, and insurance needs. Telemedicine visits are available only to people currently in Maryland. Please visit the JHU Wellness website to clarify which resources are available to you, particularly if you are enrolled in AAP, EP, SAIS, Carey, or SOE. The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center (JHCCC), which can be reached at 833-546-7546 seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., supports all JHU students, faculty, and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Primarily intended for those currently within driving distance of Baltimore, the JHCCC will evaluate your symptoms, order testing if needed, and conduct contact investigation for those affiliates who test positive. More information on the JHCCC and testing is on the coronavirus information website. Mental Health Resources University mental health providers continue to consult and provide services to students, primarily via telehealth. Contact the Counseling Center, University Health Services Mental Health, or the Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP) to discuss options for care. Please visit the JHU Wellness website to clarify which center(s) serve your school. In addition to university mental health providers, the following resources are also available. ‚ÄĘ The university has extended its partnership with TimelyMD to augment our current services and make mental telehealth counseling free and available to all Johns Hopkins students. Originally launched in April and now available through Jan. 24, 2021, TimelyMD has been a popular and safe way to access talk therapy. New features include limited psychiatry services accessible through a JHU mental health provider referral. Learn more about TimelyMD, including how to access it, on the wellness blog. ‚ÄĘ Hopkins affiliates enjoy free premium access to the Calm app and its meditation instruction, sleep assistance, mindful movement and stretching tutorials, and relaxing music. ‚ÄĘ Full-time students also have access to the SilverCloud platform, an interactive online learning module for cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. Diversity and Inclusion It has always been our mission to provide students with high-quality medical and wellness services. We also recognize that this has been a time of extreme stress and uncertainty, and that the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism have disproportionately impacted Black people and other people of color. We are listening and committed to meaningful actions to support underrepresented and marginalized students. A recent wellness blog post summarized some recent efforts, including the hiring of additional counselors and ongoing training for clinical staff. COVID-19 Precautions and Influenza Vaccinations After the university learned of the small cluster of undergraduates who tested positive for COVID-19, the JHCCC conducted its contact investigation process, and we are working with those students to prevent further spread of the virus. A JHU affiliate dashboard to be posted soon will track data on the number of tests administered by Hopkins along with numbers on positive and negative test results. We want to emphasize once again the seriousness of the pandemic, the ease with which it can spread, and the need to be vigilant in following public health guidelines. The university‚Äôs decision to conduct the fall semester online for undergraduates and most graduate students does not eliminate the risk of infection, and we continue to urge those students who do not need to be in Baltimore for the fall semester not to travel back. Wherever you are located, we encourage you to follow public health guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Actions such as wearing face coverings, washing your hands frequently, staying at least six feet from others, and restricting your travel will be vitally important for everyone this fall. We also refer you to these tips, which apply universally and have been successfully implemented in the limited campus operations that have resumed. Any JHU affiliates on campus for any reason, whether indoors or outside, are required to use the Prodensity app. All members of our community should, of course, be mindful of their health and be alert for symptoms. Testing for COVID-19 will also be part of our ongoing efforts. Again, all affiliates who have COVID-19-related symptoms and are in the Baltimore area should contact the JHCCC. Undergraduate students who have been granted an exception to live in university housing will be required to participate in testing upon arrival and regularly throughout the semester. While students, staff, and faculty who are on campus are required to get a seasonal flu vaccination, we highly recommend that everyone get one this year. We are currently working out the details for a free influenza vaccination program in partnership with a retail pharmacy, making the program available to all Johns Hopkins University students, whether on campus or in off-campus housing. The small number of students who have been granted an exception to live in university housing must provide proof that they have received the vaccine or be vaccinated at move-in. More details have been provided to those students. We welcome your questions and input about our approach to health and wellness at Hopkins. Please email your ideas and concerns to wellness@jhu.edu. In this time of change and uncertainty, we will continue to innovate and implement the best ways to support all Hopkins students in maintaining and improving their physical and mental health. Be well, Kevin G. Shollenberger Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being

Dear Peabody students, faculty, and staff: As the fall semester begins, we are furthering our commitment to the health and safety of our community by implementing the use of a new health screening tool and required precautionary measures. These measures are consistent with all of Johns Hopkins University and are mandatory for any and all individuals who will physically be on campus for any reason this fall. As a reminder, access to campus remains limited to essential on-site personnel, a limited number of students as outlined in the access to campus for practice policy, and those whose irregular or occasional need to come to campus has been approved by my office. The vast majority of our work and activities this fall will continue to be performed remotely. Everyone who intends to be on campus in any capacity must schedule their visit in advance through the appropriate channels and comply with the following requirements: ‚ÄĘ Daily health check using Prodensity (see more information below) ‚ÄĘ Use of appropriate face coverings and adherence to other health/safety guidance, including physical distancing and hand washing ‚ÄĘ No smoking or vaping ‚ÄĘ Students must have complete health forms on file: Please note that if you are a first year student (undergraduate or graduate), you must be in compliance with all pre-entrance health requirements before you may access campus for the purpose of practicing. If you have any questions please reach out to peabodystudentaffairs@jhu.edu. Beginning Monday, August 31, individuals returning to the Peabody campus will be required to complete a daily health check on a mobile app/website called Prodensity. The short questionnaire will ask specific questions to assess a user‚Äôs actual symptoms and exposure risks. Answers will yield a campus access status pass, which will be used to grant or deny campus access. You may not report to campus unless you have a green campus pass and have scheduled your time on campus in advance through the Dean‚Äôs Office or the ArtsVision practice room reservation system. Download Prodensity here: https://prodensity.jh.edu/welcome. If you are unable to use Prodensity, the COVID Health Check tool is available through a webform on myJH. More details about the Prodensity app, and enforcement of its use, are available here. In addition, beginning on November 1, individuals who will be on campus will also be required to have had a flu shot. Thank you in advance for your adherence to these protocols, which are meant to ensure our collective safety and help keep Johns Hopkins campuses open. Sincerely, Fred Bronstein Dean

Dear Peabody Students, I am pleased to inform you that the practice room scheduler is now live and open for reservations starting on Monday, August 31, 2020. I’ve attached detailed instructions on how to access ArtsVision and book a practice room here, which are also available on the Concert Office webpage, linked below. PLEASE NOTE: You must have a reservation to access the building. Reservations must be made at least two hours in advance. Please make sure to read through the health and safety guidelines carefully. Failure to comply may result in loss of access to the practice rooms. PRACTICE ROOM BOOKING INFORMATION Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all! Thanks, Anna Anna Harris, Concert Office Manager The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University One East Mt. Vernon Place Baltimore, MD 21202

Dear Peabody students:

As we write to you today, our hope is that you continue to progress in your studies, while remaining safe along with family and friends. We have been inspired by your embracing the challenges posed by COVID-19 along with our faculty and administrative team.

We know that although we are just a few weeks into the fall semester, you are beginning to ask and wonder about what will happen this spring. As you well know, the public health situation remains changeable. At the same time, we are learning more every day about how we can best keep ourselves and those around us safe while ensuring you can successfully pursue your academic and artistic goals. We have important decisions ahead of us as we look to the spring semester. While we cannot tell you today exactly what shape that decision will take, we can tell how we are thinking about this.

Ideally, we would like to offer everyone who wants to be on campus in-person, and who is able to get to campus, the opportunity to do so, and we are actively preparing for that possibility even as we determine whether it can be accomplished safely. At the same time, if the public health situation requires it, we will continue to hold all classes and lessons virtually for the rest of the year.

Between those two possibilities, there are a range of options that could include bringing certain activities back to campus, such as performing and applied related studies, much as we had planned for the fall before the acceleration of COVID-19. We are continuing to assess and prioritize which activities can most immediately benefit from a return to campus. We are also evaluating possible changes to the spring academic calendar such as a later start to the term and the elimination of spring break and/or audition week, based on potential for increased health risks due to seasonal flu and travel.

We are committed to keeping you informed of our progress with regular updates about the planning process and any interim decisions as they are made. We are also committed to providing you with a plan by Thanksgiving, if not sooner, with the caveat  that we will re-evaluate the public health conditions as we approach the start of the semester and will not hesitate to change course if a surge in cases locally or nationally threatens the safety of our community.

As we develop our plans, there are things we know for sure.

Most importantly, the health and safety of our community is paramount, encompassing our students, faculty, staff and the City of Baltimore. We will rely on the expertise of Johns Hopkins’ world-class public health and medical experts to guide our decisions. We will carefully monitor through JHU a number of metrics related to the spread of COVID-19 in our area and around the country, including data-driven forecasting, although there is no single factor determinative of our ultimate decisions.

With our core principles in place, we will include several approaches in our planning:

  • We will listen closely to our faculty, staff, students and their families to understand their wishes and priorities for the spring semester. 
  • If and when we are able to bring students back on campus, we will be fully prepared for all the necessary aspects of our operations, including broad-based COVID testing, physical distancing in classrooms and studios, requirements for self-reporting symptoms, and housing and dining approaches that reduce risk.
  • We will ensure a high-quality experience both virtually and in person. In addition, we remain committed to delivering our programs remotely to students unable to return to campus this spring.
  • We will closely monitor peer conservatories and fellow higher education institutions to learn all we can about best practices and challenges related to containing the spread of COVID-19 on campus that others are learning throughout this fall.

With these guidelines in place, and your continuing feedback, our planning task force, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, is determining the best path forward. We welcome your input through our online feedback form and your participation in town halls. You can always stay informed through JHU’s Coronavirus Information website.

Most of all, we thank you for your patience and dedication as we navigate many complex issues in a changing landscape. We look forward to being in touch as planning continues. For now, please be well and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Fred Bronstein
Dean

Townsend Plant
Associate Dean for Enrollment Management & Student Life

Dear Peabody faculty, staff, and students,

President Daniels‚Äô recent update on the pandemic-related financial challenges facing the university presents a clear-eyed overview of where we stand as a university community. Its primary theme ‚Äď that the lingering strain and uncertainty caused by COVID-19 will require continued caution in our financial response ‚Äď holds true for Peabody as well.

Thanks to our community‚Äôs hard work on our five-year plan to ensure the Institute‚Äôs long-term impact and financial stability, Peabody had been on target to break even in the current 2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021). While our thoughtful planning and relatively strong financial position coming into the pandemic has allowed us to withstand the initial impact, FY21 ‚Äď the first full year affected by COVID-19 ‚Äď remains challenging.

To recap, in FY20 (the year that ended on June 30), Peabody posted a loss of $2.4 million, on a budgeted deficit of $2.1 million, down from Peabody’s prior year deficit of $2.9 million. This year (FY21), Peabody was on track, pre-COVID, to achieving the first positive bottom line in our plan; however, the impact of COVID, and specifically our decision to reduce tuition 10 percent this fall for all students, resulted in re-budgeting FY21 to include a planned loss of $3.7 million. Now, with higher-than-expected enrollment and additional support from the university to help offset the tuition reduction, we do expect to improve upon this budgeted deficit, although many challenges remain and will continue to drive a cautious fiscal approach this year.

As I mentioned in my most recent note to faculty and staff on this topic, we do not foresee the need to implement additional significant financial austerity measures, such as furloughs or compensation reductions, this year, beyond those actions which have already been taken. In fact, along with the university, Peabody plans to reverse the merit increase and promotions freezes and to fully restore retirement contributions in FY22 (which begins next July), while continuing to explore the ability to loosen austerity measures sooner than that, if conditions improve more than expected.

At the same time, and with the support of the university, Peabody has worked to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our community, including by increasing financial aid for students whose family situations have changed due to the pandemic, and investing in technology and infrastructure to improve our teaching operations both during and after this period of remote learning. In addition, in alignment with the vision outlined in the Breakthrough Plan 2024, and as we begin to consider the long-term impact of COVID-19 on artists and arts institutions, we continue to prudently invest in programs and initiatives that will underpin Peabody’s academic and financial health as we emerge from this crisis. This will ensure that Peabody maintains the position of leadership it has carved out in preparing a diverse and flexible group musicians and dancers for the constantly evolving landscape that is the professional world today.

As we work through the financial and other challenges facing the Institute during these times, I remain grateful to each of you for your continued commitment to Peabody and to our educational mission. I will continue to be in touch with updates. Please stay safe and be well.

Sincerely,

Fred Bronstein Dean

Dear Johns Hopkins Community: 

We write today to share news about our spring semester. With a mix of cautious optimism, careful preparation, and strong desire to convene on our campuses, we are planning to resume in-person, on-campus academic and residential offerings this spring to the greatest extent possible.  

Our plans are shaped by your tremendous efforts to date to carry out our education, research, and clinical missions safely, as well as the guidance of public health experts at Johns Hopkins and nationally, and the best practices of those peer institutions that have successfully returned to campus this fall. They rest on continued strict adherence to public health guidelines, significant de-densification of our facilities, and a widening of our testing program and requirements.

Like so many of you, we also are watching closely the pandemic‚Äôs trends as we head into the high-travel holiday, winter, and flu seasons and see the continued strain of COVID around the country and the world. We will continue to monitor its course and impact on our communities as we prepare‚ÄĒwith hope, determination, and prudence‚ÄĒto come together this spring, and we will confirm in January, if not sooner, whether our plans can be carried out safely based on the public health conditions at that time.¬†

Importantly, our return is predicated upon our continued dedication to keeping one another and the broader Baltimore community safe and healthy. Our experiences so far suggest that we can accomplish both aims; to date we have experienced no known COVID transmissions in our reopened research labs and no significant outbreaks among the thousands of our students who have been in Baltimore. 

Our students led the way this fall in creating a social compact of mutual responsibility for abiding by public health guidelines, and our low transmission rate is a testament to their commitment. As we look to significantly expand our activities for the spring, we will be asking the entire university community to join this compact. 

As always, we want to hear your feedback and answer any questions you may have, including via our online feedback portal and in our regular town halls. We welcome all faculty, students, and staff to a Spring Planning town hall at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 9. An additional town hall focused on undergraduates will be held at 4 p.m on Wednesday, Nov. 4. 

Full details about our spring plans will be provided in early December in an updated JHU Return to Campus Guide. We will also update the community regularly on our Coronavirus Information website. In the meantime, below are the key elements of our plans.    

Academic Schedule and Classes

As long as the public health situation allows, undergraduate students will be permitted, but not required, to return to campus for classes and research activities for the spring semester. Most of our graduate divisions are also planning to resume some portion of their own on-campus activities and will provide more details to their schools in the coming days.  

Faculty and students will continue to have flexibility and choice about class modalities, and students who do not return to campus will have options for continuing their academic progress remotely. Course offerings will include a mix of in-person and online/remote classes. On-campus instruction will be conducted in classrooms prepared for distancing, ensuring at least 6 feet between students and instructors. Undergraduate tuition for the spring semester will be at the standard full-time rate of $28,505, which is already reflected in financial aid awards.

We are also modifying our academic calendar to remove spring break owing to public health concerns associated with travel. Classes will start on January 25 as originally planned, but the weeklong spring break (March 22‚Äď26) will be replaced with five break days throughout the semester. Registration details will be forthcoming from each school this week.¬†

COVID Testing and Other Health and Safety Protocols 

We will continue to require strict adherence to proven public health protocols, including masking, physical distancing, and handwashing. In addition, we will be significantly expanding our current COVID testing program.  

Across Johns Hopkins University, testing will be available to all, and required of many, starting in January.

Testing protocols 

  • Those who are experiencing COVID symptoms or who may have been exposed to someone with the COVID virus should call the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (833-546-7546).
  • Optional free testing will be available on a weekly basis for all asymptomatic affiliates who are on campus. ¬†
  • Testing will be required twice weekly for all undergraduates living on or off campus in the Baltimore area.¬†
  • Testing will be required at least once weekly for faculty, staff, and graduate students who are participating in or directly supporting in-person, on-campus classes (with exceptions for clinically based instruction) or who are regularly exposed to undergraduates.
  • The divisions may also designate for required testing any faculty, staff, or graduate students who are deemed to have a heightened risk of exposure.
  • Testing will be available and/or required for faculty, staff, and students who are asked to quarantine due to exposure on campus, or who were working or learning in the same enclosed space (e.g., classroom or lab) at the same time as someone who tests positive.
  • Testing will be available and/or required for our contract workers, vendors, and necessary visitors.
  • More information and detailed guidelines for testing will be available in December, including test collection locations on all campuses and instructions for how to make testing appointments and receive test results.

General Health and Safety Protocols 

  • All affiliates coming to campus will be required to use the ProDensity app for test results and to monitor symptoms before being cleared to be on campus.¬†
  • The university will continue the de-densification of classrooms, labs, libraries, research facilities, dining halls, and other common areas.¬†
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited on campus and for students living off campus.
  • We will continue our practice of enhanced cleaning, particularly in high-touch areas, as well as increased air exchange and filtration 24/7 in all facilities.¬†

As we proceed throughout the fall and into the spring, you will see an increasing number of university Safety Ambassadors on campus to provide information on our health and safety measures and ensure adherence to established health protocols, including required use of ProDensity. 

Undergraduate Housing

In all, we expect to have 1,200 undergraduates returning to campus in addition to the 2,000 currently residing in Baltimore, primarily in Charles Village. All first-year students who choose to come to campus will be housed in the dorms. Given the results of a recent student survey, we are optimistic that we also will be able to accommodate all second-year students who expressed an interest in living in JHU housing. Those second-year students who wish to live off campus may do so, and our student affairs team is here to provide housing support. 

On-campus residential options will reflect reduced density (single occupancy bedrooms with limited sharing of bathroom facilities), and we are setting aside a substantial number of quarantine and isolation accommodations for residential students as well as isolation accommodations for any undergraduates living off campus who need them.  

Gradual Restart of Campus Operations 

The phased restart of campus operations has been underway for some time, with labs and clinical operations leading the way, and will be expanding gradually over the next several months. Earlier this week, we announced an increase in the allowable density for labs, libraries, and some offices, based on demonstrated need, effective November 1, which brings us on par with peers and will allow for the further resumption of research. For more detailed information, please look for a communication from your school and refer to the research resumption guidelines. 

For the most part, staff who are currently working remotely will continue to do so in order to keep density low on our campuses. Only those needed on campus to support in-person research and academic activities will return. Divisional- and department-specific plans for staff are being developed now, and managers will provide adequate notice to those staff who should return. Human Resources stands ready to support anyone who requires accommodations or adjustments. 

For now, all other Phase 1 guidelines remain in effect. These include our current protocols and policies on testing, travel, visitors, and gatherings and events, outlined in our Return to Campus Guidance. 

Looking Ahead Safely 

While the pandemic continues its prolonged and uncertain path, we are guided by our foundational commitment to put health and safety first. In our decision making, we will continue to examine a matrix of factors and data, and we are grateful for the frequent and ongoing input of our public health experts and our faculty and student advisory bodies, including the University Pandemic Academic Advisory Committee, the Health Advisory Group, and the Student Advisory Committee. We will also continue to look to our peers for advice and best practices even as we develop plans that serve the unique needs of Johns Hopkins and Baltimore. 

The fall semester has been an extraordinarily strong and productive one despite the odds. We have all of you to thank for making it so, and we will be counting on your commitment to one another and to those we live, learn, and work alongside in Baltimore as we look forward to a safe and successful return to campus this spring. 

Sincerely, 

Ronald J. Daniels 
President

Sunil Kumar 
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mary Miller
Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Dear Peabody students:

As the university continues its planning process for the spring semester, I write to you today with the latest news on our related plans for Peabody. As always, our plans are driven first and foremost by considerations for the health and safety of our community; shaped by consultation with Johns Hopkins’ world-class public health and medical experts, with reference to best practices that have proven successful among JHU and Peabody peer institutions; and informed by careful monitoring of metrics related to the spread of COVID-19 in our area and around the country.

While we are hopeful that the plans outlined below will materialize as envisioned, a final determination about whether public health conditions will allow us to safely carry out our plans will be made in early January, if not sooner. Until then, we will continue with careful planning under the full knowledge that plans are subject to change.  And we will continue to keep you informed with additional details in the weeks to come. 

We know that many of you are eager to return to campus, particularly for your lessons and other applied areas of your studies as performing artists. With that in mind, we are planning a hybrid semester that offers as much in-person instruction as is feasible, while continuing the remote experience across various areas of instruction, and for those unable to return to campus.

The success of our return-to-campus plan depends on the communitywide understanding that safety is a shared responsibility. Many of you have demonstrated that commitment to one another’s safety through your actions and agreement with the student social compact this fall. With a university-wide social compact expected for spring alongside a robust COVID-19 testing program, I am confident that every member of the Peabody community will do their part to keep each other safe and healthy as we move forward.

ACADEMICS and TUITION

The core of the in-person experience for spring will focus on performance-related activities and include applied lessons, chamber music and other ensembles, and technique courses, with strict adherence to distancing and room density protocols, and to the extent that individual faculty circumstances safely allow. Most academic courses will remain in a remote format in order to limit larger gatherings and minimize density on campus; all students, whether on campus or not, will take these courses remotely.

All Peabody Conservatory students in all programs, both undergraduate and graduate, are invited to return to campus under this hybrid plan for the spring semester. Students who either choose to remain at home or for whom traveling to Peabody is not possible can continue to pursue a completely remote program.

With this return to campus, tuition will adhere to the originally published 2020-21 rates for the spring semester. At the same time, recognizing that many students and families have struggled with the financial impacts of the pandemic, which led to our decision to provide a one-time reduction in tuition for the fall semester as part of a package of assistance, we are committed to continuing to invest in enhanced financial aid and additional support where needed.

Due to public health concerns associated with travel, the academic calendar will be modified. As at Homewood, classes will start on January 25 as originally planned, but the week-long Spring Break will be replaced with five break days interspersed throughout the second half of the semester. Audition Week will take place as planned (February 14-19); large ensemble and chamber music activities will continue throughout Audition Week and current students who have returned to campus will be expected to remain on campus. Registration for spring classes will take place November 13-20. The courses will appear in SIS approximately five days in advance; however, an earlier draft of the course schedule will be available on the Registrar’s website.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Unfortunately, SEVP/DHS has not yet established guidelines for international students for the spring 2021 semester. We are working closely with the Office of International Services and will update international students as soon as possible. If SEVP issues a continuation of their fall 2020 guidance, new international students can enter the U.S. to pursue their program as long as the program is not 100% online and the student is able to take a course load that is not 100% online. New students must take at least one in-person course for spring 2021. Assuming SEVP extends the fall guidance to spring 2021, continuing students would be able to enter or remain in the United States enrolled in a hybrid format or take a fully online course load.

Many countries still have travel restrictions and/or suspended consulate activity, which may limit the ability of international students to travel to the U.S. As with the fall, we will continue to provide the highest quality experience remotely for those unable to be on campus and our faculty and staff are ready to support you in every way possible should you need or elect to pursue your program completely online. International students with questions should contact the JHU Office of International Students at 667-208-7001, or at ois@jhu.edu.

HOUSING and DINING

In order to safely welcome students back to campus life and enhance everyone’s ability to observe social distancing guidelines, all student residential rooms will be single-occupancy for the spring semester, with limited and controlled sharing of bathroom facilities.

Freshmen will receive priority for on-campus housing, and sophomores are released from the residency requirement. Sophomores with concerns about securing off-campus housing should be in touch with Student Affairs. 

Peabody’s dining plan for the spring is focused on a grab-and-go model for students living in Peabody housing.

In addition, appropriate spaces are being identified and set aside for isolation and quarantine protocols should those become necessary.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

We will continue to require strict adherence to proven public safety protocols including masking, physical distancing, and handwashing. For instrument-specific guidance around studio lessons and ensemble classes, please read the Conservatory’s detailed return-to-campus guidance for applied instruction at peabody.jhu.edu/campusguidance. These protocols have been developed with input from the university’s leading health experts to ensure the safety of our community. 

In addition, the University will be significantly expanding its current COVID-19 testing program. Testing will be available to all, and required of many, on a weekly basis beginning in January, with the potential to increase or expand required testing based on real-time positivity rates, participation rates, and public health conditions in Maryland and D.C.

Testing protocols at Peabody will include the collection and testing of saliva samples on Peabody’s Mt. Vernon campus as follows:

  • Those who are experiencing COVID symptoms or who may have been exposed to someone with the COVID virus should call the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (833-546-7546).
  • Twice weekly mandatory testing of all undergraduates living on and off campus.
  • Once-weekly mandatory testing for all graduate students in Baltimore, and for faculty and staff who are working on campus or participating in or directly supporting in-person on-campus classes, or who are otherwise student-facing.
  • Peabody may also designate for required testing any faculty and staff who are deemed to have a heightened risk of exposure.
  • Optional, free testing will be available on a weekly basis for all asymptomatic affiliates who are on campus.
  • Testing will also be available and/or required for our contract workers, vendors, and necessary visitors.

Rigorous adherence to this testing schedule and cooperation with contact tracing will be required and is crucial to our ability to make sure the spread of COVID in our community is known and limited. More information and detailed guidelines for testing will be available in December, including test collection locations on all campuses and instructions for how to make testing appointments and receive test results.

Daily health monitoring using ProDensity will continue to be required for those on campus. Please note that influenza vaccination is also required for all affiliates who will be on campus, starting November 20.

Face coverings will be required indoors and outdoors, without exception. In those instructional situations where the Conservatory’s commitment to quality education makes masking impossible, alternative protective measures will be in place. Signage will reinforce the need to remain physically distant from each other, and no gatherings of more than 10 people will be allowed. You may see safety ambassadors on campus; their job is to provide information on our health and safety measures and ensure adherence to established health protocols.

With the guidance of JHU public health professionals, we are ensuring that common areas and teaching spaces are cleaned and disinfected appropriately with time between scheduled activities for rooms to rest. The practice room reservation system introduced this fall will continue to be in place for individual practice and for small, masked chamber groups.

Non-essential travel outside of the greater Baltimore area is strongly discouraged for students at any time. Any essential or emergency travel must be registered with Student Affairs so students can receive support for appropriate self-quarantine and testing upon return to Baltimore/campus. Depending on the circumstances of travel, additional testing and quarantine may be required.

MOVING FORWARD

We will continue to work out the details of our plans and are committed to keeping you informed and answering your many questions in the weeks ahead. Your feedback is critical to our planning efforts. Your input through our online feedback form and your participation in upcoming town halls will provide valuable input alongside expert guidance and key data as we shape the spring semester.

Above all, I am grateful for and inspired by the commitment each of you has made to Peabody, as together we have navigated this very unusual fall semester. It has not been without its challenges, but there is much to be proud of in the work you have done, the teaching and learning that has transpired, and the art you have created ‚Äď and even more to look forward to as we plan with optimism to return to campus in the spring.

Sincerely,

Fred Bronstein
Dean

 
Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff, 

We are watching with concern the continued high level of COVID cases locally and nationally and anticipate further increases related to holiday travel and gatherings. Within our own community, we are seeing a significant rise in cases as well, among students, faculty, and staff. Our case-by-case investigations have shown that most have been the result of non-Hopkins/off-campus transmission, but last week we reported to the state a cluster of six positive cases within a specific nonlaboratory, nonclinical workplace on the Homewood campus, and we will be tightening precautions within that unit to ensure our employees’ safety. 

Even amid these troubling developments, we are continuing to prepare for the increase in on-campus activity for the spring semester that we announced in November. We have learned a great deal in the last few months about how to maintain health and safety in a campus environment during the COVID pandemic‚ÄĒindeed, we still have not detected transmission within our research labs, even as we have increased the level of activity within them over the course of the fall‚ÄĒand we remain cautiously optimistic that we can resume more in-person activity in late January. We are not alone; some of our peers have also recently announced plans for increased on-campus activity in the spring, and those that already had significant on-campus activity in the fall are generally remaining in that posture. ¬†

Public health is our top priority, and as we have indicated before, we will not hesitate to change plans if necessary to keep our community safe. We remain committed to making a final determination about the spring semester no later than early January, but we also know that if we do not continue our focused planning and preparations for a return to campus, we will foreclose the possibility of reopening. 

To that end, we are making final refinements to our detailed return to campus guidance, which we anticipate publishing in mid-December. We are moving forward with efforts to increase our asymptomatic testing capacity, and making alterations to our campuses to safely accommodate more faculty, staff, and students:  

  • Testing for asymptomatic faculty, staff, and trainees in Johns Hopkins Medicine will be available beginning the week of Dec. 14.¬†We anticipate that we will begin to offer, at locations on each campus, asymptomatic testing for Johns Hopkins University faculty, staff, and students who will be on campus in early January.
  • A committee of students, faculty, and staff has been working to expand this fall‚Äôs student compact¬†to include all campus constituencies in a mutual commitment to taking the necessary steps to keep our community safe. We plan a campaign in support of the compact in January.¬†
  • Work is underway to expand our campus COVID dashboard¬†to include more metrics, including a breakdown of positive and negative tests by division.¬†
  • On the Homewood campus, we are erecting a 9,000-square-foot structure on the Freshman Quad to provide appropriately ventilated, de-densified, and climate-controlled space for studying and other activities. ¬†

During the next few weeks, we will be watching a variety of key public health metrics locally and nationally, and we will consult frequently with our Health Advisory Group, a panel of Johns Hopkins University’s foremost experts in the emerging science of COVID. We are also closely monitoring the encouraging news about the development of COVID vaccines, but because they are unlikely to be ready for mass distribution until the second quarter of 2021, they do not factor into our immediate plans for the spring semester. 

During the next few weeks, as you make your own plans for the spring, there are a few things we ask you to bear in mind: 

  • We are actively exploring alternative scenarios for increased activity in the spring, even if conditions do not allow us to continue with our current plans. Options include a delay in increased in-person activity or additional limitations on in-person coursework and other activities, with public health and academic needs driving our considerations.¬†
  • Even if we change our spring semester plans, we will still offer expanded asymptomatic testing for JHU affiliates who will be on campus.¬†
  • Regardless of the level of in-person activity we are able to conduct, alternatives to on-campus presence will remain for faculty and students this spring.¬†
  • Students who cannot or do not wish to return to campus will be given opportunities to continue making academic progress remotely.¬†
  • Faculty and staff members who can work remotely will continue to do so until further notice. The university offers accommodations and adjustments as warranted to those for whom in-person work presents extra risks to themselves or others.¬†

Above all, we ask you to take care of your own health and that of your family and friends. The most important thing we can all do to create the conditions for a safe return is to follow the guidance of the JHNeedsU campaign: Wear a face covering, maintain physical distance, wash hands frequently, and monitor yourself for possible COVID symptoms. During the holiday season, it is especially important to avoid large gatherings and unnecessary travel. 

As this difficult year comes to a close, we are mindful of the terrible toll COVID has taken on our communities, but we are also proud of the leading role Johns Hopkins University has played in the local, national, and global response to the pandemic. It is in that spirit of innovation and determination, always with data and science as our guides, that we move forward in hopes of coming together again in person as a Johns Hopkins community this spring. 

Stay safe and be well, 

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jane Schlegel
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Dear Peabody students, faculty, and staff: 

With the fall semester quickly drawing to a close, I write with a brief update on plans for spring semester as of today. You will recall from the message I sent in early November that we are planning for a hybrid return to campus for the spring semester, with a goal of bringing as much of the performance-related activities back to campus as possible, even as classroom-based courses remain online to minimize density on campus.  

In close consultation with the leadership and public health experts at Johns Hopkins University, we continue to work towards that goal, while keeping the health and safety of our community first and foremost in our planning. As we vigilantly monitor the trajectory of the pandemic, we have made alternative plans that include a more gradual return to on-campus activity, in the event that the public health situation does not allow for a hybrid return at the start of the semester. While we are still planning today to begin hybrid activities on January 25th, we are also considering an option to begin the semester remotely with limited on-campus activity in January, carefully ramping up in-person activities to achieve full hybrid operations after Audition Week.  

In the event of a delayed start to in-person activities, the move-in date for on-campus residents would occur shortly before the start of in-person instruction (dates TBD), and room and board charges would be prorated. To accommodate this, we have delayed Spring 2021 billing; spring semester charges will be viewable online on January 14 with payment due by February 12. 

We remain committed to making a final determination about spring semester instruction by early January. As we weigh the factors that will guide that decision, there are several things we know to be true: 

  • Robust testing protocols will be in place when students and faculty return to campus, no matter when that happens.¬†¬†
  • Regardless of the level of in-person activity we are able to conduct, alternatives to on-campus presence will remain for students this spring.¬†¬†
  • Some members of the faculty will not be able to be on campus every week due to virus-related restrictions and will continue to teach remotely.¬†
  • Students who cannot or do not wish to return to campus will be able to continue and remain fully on track with their programs remotely.¬†

Of course, in order for any of these plans to be successful, we will depend on every member of the community adhering to proven public safety precautions including masking, handwashing, and physical distancing. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the detailed guidance for applied Conservatory instruction ahead of any return to campus. 

While there are still challenges ahead of us, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the coming year, not least this week’s distribution of the first COVID-19 vaccine. As we continue to monitor the data, I am truly hopeful that we will be able to come together again in the spring semester for the first time in many months, begin a return to normal activities, and enjoy once again life on our Mt. Vernon campus. I know we all look forward to that time. For now, I wish you a peaceful and safe winter break. 

Sincerely, 

Fred Bronstein 

Dean 

Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff, 

Today, we share with you our promised plans for an expanded on-campus experience in the spring semester and the policies and procedures we believe are necessary to ensure a safe and healthy return to in-person classes and other activities. We are mindful of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our Baltimore community and nationally at present. As we indicated previously, we will make a final determination about an expanded return to our campuses in the first week of January, but in preparation, we have worked to ready ourselves for this next phase of reopening with cautious optimism. 


Our planning efforts are founded on the understanding that every member of our community shares a mutual responsibility to keep each other and our neighbors safe. The guide‚ÄĒwhich is presented in draft as it is not yet effective‚ÄĒincludes information about refinements to the university‚Äôs policies, such as expanded COVID testing and a new social compact. Developed by a cross-divisional committee of faculty, staff, and students, the compact embodies the principles we hope every member of the Hopkins community will affirm and dedicate themselves to following.¬†

Moving to an expanded operating posture at the appropriate time is a challenge that will require the help of every member of our community, but our experience so far gives us confidence that it is one we can meet. Our success in resuming research and clinical operations shows that with careful preparation and diligent adherence to our guidelines, we can safely conduct in-person activities in furtherance of our mission even amid the pandemic.  

We will put your health and that of our Baltimore neighbors first, and if we must change our plans to maintain our community’s safety, we will not hesitate to do so. But as we continue to monitor the public health trends, we share these guidelines, in their draft form, with the hope that you will review them and offer your feedback before they are finalized in January. Highlights of the guidelines are below, and the full document can be found on covidinfo.jhu.edu.

We wish to thank the many faculty, staff, and students who have contributed to the development of these guidelines, including our colleagues and students who continue to serve on the University Pandemic Academic Advisory Committee, the Student Advisory Committee, and the Health Advisory Group. 

Above all, stay safe this holiday season. 

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs  

Jane Schlegel
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer  

Health and safety with expanded COVID testing 

The Phase 2 health and safety guidelines maintain most elements of our Phase 1 policies, including mandatory mask-wearing on campus (both indoors and outside), limits on gatherings, and required daily health checks through Prodensity for those who will be on campus. Broad-scale COVID testing is a new element of the guidelines, which include: 

  • Mandatory twice-weekly testing for undergraduates who are in Baltimore, regardless of whether they will be on campus.¬†
  • Mandatory once-weekly testing for faculty, staff, graduate students, trainees, and postdocs (1) participating in or directly supporting in-person, on-campus classes (with exceptions for clinically based instruction) or (2) regularly exposed to undergraduates. Schools, centers, and divisions may require more frequent testing for their populations. Testing frequency may be increased to two times per week, based on public health conditions.¬†
  • Nine testing locations will be established across all Baltimore and Washington campuses. Details, including hours of operation, will be posted on covidinfo.jhu.edu.¬†
  • Affiliates will use the MyChart app or website to schedule testing appointments and receive results.¬†

Use of campus facilities 

A move to Phase 2 allows for more activity on campus, including low-density in-person instruction and a residential program for undergraduates. Presence on campus is not required for students, and all programs will have an online option. Major elements of Phase 2 include: 

  • Undergraduate residence halls will be open with limited capacity. All students will have their own bedrooms, and sharing of bathroom facilities will be limited. Unless public health conditions change, only residents of the building will be allowed to enter. Students will not be permitted to enter another student‚Äôs bedroom.¬†
  • Multiple dining facilities will be available to students, faculty, and staff of the Homewood campus, including FFC, Nolan‚Äôs, Levering, and Charles Street Market. Additional dining locations will open as the campus recovery plan progresses. All facilities will feature grab-and-go service unless public health guidance allows for limited seating. In addition, food delivery will be provided to students in quarantine and/or isolation housing.¬†
  • A temporary structure will be built on the Homewood Freshman Quad to provide space for study and/or student activities.¬† ¬†
  • In-person instruction will take place in de-densified classrooms with appropriate physical distancing requirements.¬†
  • Use of research labs and libraries will continue according to current restrictions.¬†
  • The Ralph S. O‚ÄôConnor Recreation Center on the Homewood campus and the Cooley Center at East Baltimore will operate with limited capacity and offerings.¬†
  • Only faculty and staff who are teaching, performing research, providing clinical services, or are required for campus operations should work on campus until further notice. All other faculty and staff will continue to work from home throughout the spring semester. Campus events will remain limited.¬†

Accommodations and adjustments for vulnerable employees 

During Phase 2, more faculty and staff will return to campus to support on-campus teaching and research, but we recognize that some members of our community face a greater risk from COVID than others. We encourage faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff members who are asked to return to work on site at this time and who have concerns about their individual circumstances to engage with the Office of Institutional Equity or Central Human Resources about the process for seeking a reasonable accommodation or work adjustments. For further information or assistance with accommodations, please refer to the guide or check here for more details. 

Support for JHU affiliates 

Working and studying during the pandemic has created a host of new pressures and stresses, and the university has established or strengthened a number of programs to help during this difficult time.  

  • Information on mental health and well-being supports for students is available here¬†and for employees here.
  • The university has significantly expanded its resources to help affiliates find and pay for appropriate dependent care. Details are available here.¬†

For full details of our return-to-campus plans, please see the full guide here. 

Key dates 

  • January 4: Virtual Homewood intersession begins¬†
  • Week of January 4: Announcement of plans for spring semester based on public health assessment¬†
  • January 14: Required asymptomatic testing begins for all undergraduates in Baltimore¬†
  • January 15: Homewood intersession ends¬†
  • January 25: First day of spring semester classes¬†
  • Spring break is replaced by five days off during the semester‚ÄĒMarch 22 and 30, and April 14, 20, and 30¬†
  • May 3-4; 5-13: Undergraduate reading and exam period¬†
  • May 27: University Commencement¬†

Dear Students,

Last week, the university released its draft guidelines for expanded in-person activities once we enter Phase 2 of our COVID pandemic response, and Dean Bronstein sent a December 17 message reiterating Peabody’s Plans. While the final decision regarding Phase 2 will occur during the first week of January (further details about the decision-making process are available on the university’s COVID info site), we continue to plan to welcome students back to campus for the spring 2021 semester for as many performance-related activities as possible, even as classroom-based courses remain online to minimize density on campus.

We have missed seeing you in person and are eagerly awaiting those of you who will be returning to campus. But first and foremost, our mutual responsibility is to keep our Peabody and Baltimore communities safe and healthy. Below is some information to help you do so.

Things to Do Before You Travel

  • Download the ProDensity App and familiarize yourself with it. This is the required tool for recording your daily health checks and verifying compliance with testing so that you can gain access to campus. You can access the ProDensity app here.
  • Get your required flu vaccine. You will not be permitted on campus if you have not had your flu vaccine. If you haven‚Äôt already done so, get your flu vaccine and submit documentation to the university if you did not use the Walgreens voucher.

There can be a delay between receiving your flu shot and having the system confirm it, so it is very important to get this task done well before the semester starts and to keep receipt of the vaccine. Additionally, getting vaccinated sooner rather than later offers protection for you given that flu season has already started. Even if you get your shot at Walgreens, we advise that you get a receipt so that you can upload it yourself here. This can expedite the verification that you received the required flu vaccine in ProDensity.

For students unable to access flu shots in their current locations, particularly international students, there will be flu shot clinics in January.

If you require a medical or religious exemption for the flu vaccine, refer to this FAQ page for details.

  • Confirm your Emergency Contact information and Local Address in SIS. Students are required to enter their current local address and an emergency contact that is within a 100-mile radius of campus.
  • Review Student Health Plan coverage before Wednesday, January 20, 2021. If you waived coverage for the fall 2020 semester and your current health plan does not provide coverage in the Baltimore area or you are on a J1 or F1 visa, you will be required to enroll in the Student Health Plan for the spring if you plan to be in Maryland. You must make any updates by January 20, or waivers will automatically roll over to the spring 2021 semester, and university health insurance benefits willnot be available. Request enrollment in the Student Health Benefits plan using¬†our contact formby Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Information on the plan and associated costs can be found on the JHU student benefits website. Please reach out to the registrar’s office with any questions about the Student Health Plan and any relevant waivers.

  • We strongly recommend you obtain a COVID Nucleic Acid Test (NAT/PCR) test at least 72 hoursprior to arriving on campus or in Baltimore in accordance with current Maryland state guidance. While this is a recommendation and not currently a requirement, we are recommending it in the strongest possible terms to help protect the safety of the Hopkins and Baltimore communities.

To find a site to get tested, visit this state-by-state index of community-based testing sites (which includes retail pharmacies) created by the Department of Health and Human Services.

If you need financial assistance with the cost of the test, you may submit an appeal to the Peabody Office of Financial Aid by requesting support through SEAM’s online form. You will need to attach a receipt or price quote for the test. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and prioritized based on level of financial need. If approved, funds will be applied to your student account.

  • Do not travel if you are symptomatic or recently tested positive.

If you test positive, you should not travel until you have isolated for at least 10 days and are symptom free. If you test positive before arriving on campus, please reach out to the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) to let them know. This information will allow SHWC staff to better manage your eventual arrival to campus.

  • If you have tested positive for COVID within 90 days before returning to campus, are symptom free, and have completed your isolation period, email documentation of your test results to the SHWC at healthforms@jhu.edu. People can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others. If you do not email this information to SHWC in advance of your arrival on campus, you will need to present it in person at move-in if you‚Äôre living on campus. Students living off campus will need to present it at their first testing appointment. Since we are requiring students to be tested upon arrival, you will most likely test positive again and need to show documentation of the date of your positive test result and attest to the fact that you have completed your isolation period to avoid having to isolate again.
  • For any students new to Peabody and JHU, please make sure you have completed and submitted all your other pre-entrance health form requirements prior to arrival on campus. Failure to do socan delay your move-in process if we do not have a completed pre-entrance health form and proof of required vaccines.

Arrival in Baltimore for Students Living on Campus

Residential students will be tested upon arrival before they can move into their assigned room. Students must quarantine in their rooms until they receive a negative test result which is usually within 24 hours. During this quarantine period, students should only leave their room to pick up meals at the designated area. If a student receives a positive test, they will be notified by SHWC and instructed on next steps.

Residential students will need to get their second weekly test 48 hours after their arrival test. Students should receive two COVID tests prior to the start of classes. You will receive a follow-up communication in January on how to sign-up for your regular twice-a-week mandatory testing.

Additionally, students who are living in residence halls will receive a separate communication from Residential Life about move-in. Watch your inbox for this important message.

Arrival in Baltimore for Students Living Off Campus

Starting on January 11, 2021, students living off campus must start their twice-a-week, mandatory testing immediately upon their return to Baltimore. Students must receive at least two COVID tests that are 48 hours apart prior to the start of classes. Please plan your travel accordingly so you can receive your first test no later than January 21. You will receive a follow-up communication in January on how to sign up for your regular twice-a-week mandatory testing. Peabody‚Äôs testing location will be Maestro‚Äôs and hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 10 am ‚Äď 2 pm.

If you arrive in Baltimore earlier than January 11, asymptomatic COVID testing will not yet be available. Asymptomatic testing is an important tool to help us detect COVID cases early and limit the virus’ spread, but it is not a substitute for the primary prevention measures we have observed since the beginning of the pandemic. We urge you to continue to practice mask wearing, physical distancing, symptom monitoring and hand washing after our mandatory testing program takes effect.

What Isolation and Quarantine Plans Will Look Like for Residential Students

Residential students who test positive will be moved into university isolation housing near the Homewood campus for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms or the date of their positive test if asymptomatic. Once the student is notified about their positive test, the COVID Support Team is also notified. This staff of student affairs professionals are here to support students through their quarantine or isolation time. Students needing to go to quarantine or isolation will be provided transportation to the quarantine or isolation space, have all their meals delivered, receive daily check-ins with Student Health and Student Affairs staff, and academic support if needed. We recognize this time could be stressful; this staff is here to support students during this time.

Residential students who have had meaningful contact with a COVID-positive person, as determined by the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (JHCCC), will be moved to a quarantine space on the Peabody campus. In the event our needs for quarantine exceed the availability of quarantine spaces on the Peabody campus, students who need to quarantine may be moved to a university location or another location off campus. At present, meaningful contact means being within six feet of a positive individual for more than 15 minutes within a 24-hour period. Meaningful contacts will need to quarantine for 14 days following their last exposure with a COVID positive individual even if they tested negative for COVID. Students in quarantine will also receive regular check-ins from Student Health Services and Student Affairs staff.

Off-campus students who have tested positive will be offered isolation housing on a case-by-case basis, as recommended by the Student Health and Wellness Center, and based on availability. They will not be permitted to resume on-campus activities until they are cleared by the Student Health Center.

We strongly encourage you to communicate regularly with your families/emergency contacts regarding your health especially if you need to isolate or quarantine. Student Health Services and Student Affairs, with your consent, can also communicate with your family/emergency contact if needed.

Again, we have missed you all so much this semester and are excited to see you in the new year. We hope this email and other university communications will help you plan a safe and healthy return to Baltimore. If you have any questions about the university’s return-to-campus plans, please reach out to  wellness@jhu.edu.

Be sure to take good care of yourselves during these challenging times.

Be well,

Toni Blackwell, Interim Director of Student Affairs

Townsend Plant, Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Life

Dear Johns Hopkins Community,  

As promised this fall, we write today to confirm our plans for a careful expansion of in-person activities for the spring semester, with a few modest adjustments, based on our thorough assessment of the COVID pandemic and our extensive preparations to keep the Johns Hopkins community and our Baltimore neighbors safe.  

With our shared commitment and dedication to following best practices in containing the spread of the virus, as well as the added support of a broad-based COVID testing program, we believe we can prudently and safely move to a more extensive on-campus experience for the spring semester.  

We are closely monitoring the pandemic’s continuing impact, locally and nationally, and we are mindful of the possibility of a post-holiday spike in infections and the emergence of new variants of the virus. Yet we also see reasons for cautious optimism.  

A significant post-Thanksgiving surge did not materialize in our area to the extent feared. Further, our experience this fall, as well as those of peer institutions that conducted on-campus activities, clearly indicates that COVID infection can be managed in a university community with proper procedures, precautions, and a mutual commitment to each other’s health and safety.  

We have experienced little or no transmission on campus to date, even in the context of resumption of lab-based research, and peers have demonstrated similar effectiveness in preventing spread in classrooms. Additionally, we know that thousands of our students were in Baltimore during the fall semester and will be here in the spring regardless of our operating posture and have thus far avoided any significant outbreaks due to their diligence in following COVID safety practices in their daily lives.  

The central elements of our plan are summarized below, and the full details can be found in our updated Return to Campus guide.  

In brief, courses will begin as scheduled on Jan. 25. All classes for Homewood undergraduates will remain online until Feb. 1, at which time any in-person classes at Homewood will shift to that modality. In addition, undergraduate students will be permitted to participate in in-person research starting Feb. 8.  

Testing will begin on the Homewood campus and elsewhere on Jan. 11, and move-in and orientation for undergraduates living in Homewood residence halls will begin on Jan. 16 as planned. We expect Homewood undergraduates who will be participating in on-campus activities to arrive in Baltimore by Jan. 22. This plan, along with the one-week delay in the in-person component of Homewood undergraduate classes, will allow at least two weeks between the holidays and arrival on campus and will ensure that all undergraduates meet the requirement of at least two negative tests, appropriately spaced apart, before taking part in on-campus instruction or other activities.  

Plans for in-person instruction at the Peabody Institute and in our graduate and professional programs vary, but all will conform to university health and safety standards, including for minimum mandatory testing, as well as relevant divisional policies and plans. Each division will communicate separately about when any in-person instruction will begin. 

This plan reflects a modest but important increase in the on-campus experience for our students. Based on faculty interest and pedagogical need, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering will be offering 18% of their undergraduate courses in person this spring, allowing 45% of their undergraduate students to take at least one class in person. In addition, we will open up 50% of our on-campus residential capacity to first- and second-year students, accommodating 26% of our Homewood undergraduate students. Approximately 62% plan to live in the surrounding area, and 12% have told us they do not plan to come to Baltimore. As a reminder, all undergraduate students in Baltimore will be subject to mandatory testing at least twice weekly, and all activities will be conducted at a reduced density and in compliance with state and local requirements and public health guidelines.  

Undergirding all these efforts will be our sustained commitment to keeping one another and the broader Baltimore community safe and healthy.  

To that end, a dedicated group of students, faculty, and staff has worked to develop the Johns Hopkins Social Compact, a document outlining our mutual responsibility to each other to follow all best practices for preventing the spread of COVID. We are deeply committed to the principles and requirements of this compact, and urge you to pledge your support as well.  

Return to Campus Plans‚ÄĒSpring 2021¬†

Academic and Co-curricular Programming  

Course offerings for undergraduates will include a mix of in-person and online/remote classes. Most of our graduate divisions are also planning to resume some portion of their own on-campus activities, or have done so already, and they will continue to provide information directly to their students about academic and research opportunities.  

On-campus instruction will be conducted in classrooms prepared for distancing, ensuring at least 6 feet among students and instructors. With these protections and our expanded testing program in place, our aim is to align fully with our peers that opened successfully this fall and did not experience cases of COVID transmission related to classroom instruction.  

As a reminder, our in-person experiences this spring will be optional for faculty and students in most divisions, and a system of accommodations and adjustments remains available for staff for whom a requirement to be on campus presents extra risks. To the greatest extent possible, courses that are provided in person will also be available virtually, and students will be able to maintain their academic progress regardless of whether they are taking courses on campus or online. We are also working to ensure that opportunities exist to participate remotely in co-curricular experiences. Some additional staff will be required to work on campus in support of instructional, research, and residential activities, but many will continue to work remotely until further notice. 

COVID Testing and Other Health and Safety Protocols 

When you return to campus, you will find a robust program for COVID testing‚ÄĒincluding mandatory twice-a-week tests for undergraduates and once-a-week testing for many other students, faculty, and staff members‚ÄĒalong with extensive contact tracing operations to help us identify and isolate those who contract the virus, and thus reduce its spread. As previously noted, we have the capacity to strategically increase testing frequency if conditions require it. ¬†

We are closely monitoring the occurrence and spread of important new COVID variants, especially the more contagious ones recently detected in South Africa and the United Kingdom, and we will conduct our own genetic sequencing in samples from positive cases. We are prepared to adjust our control measures and operating posture if these variants significantly influence public health conditions and transmission within the Johns Hopkins community. 

To reduce the risk of the virus’ spread, we have made alterations to the campus, ranging from enhanced ventilation in all our classrooms to new spaces and outdoor seating for physically distant activities. Our residence halls will be de-densified, the seating areas of our campus dining facilities will be closed, and our labs will continue to operate at the reduced levels of occupancy that have helped keep our researchers safe since the summer.  

All those coming to campus will be required to use the Prodensity app for test results and to monitor their symptoms, wear face coverings at all times, and avoid large gatherings. 

Commitment to Baltimore 

Central to our decision making is our commitment to the safety and well-being of our city. We believe strongly that our community and Baltimore neighbors are better served by our maintaining close contact with students who are in the area and providing them with regular asymptomatic testing. This expanded testing program is additional and will not impact the testing capacity available in the Baltimore community or our hospitals’ and other care facilities’ ability to serve those in need during the pandemic.   

Of note, although we do not anticipate that most of our students, faculty, or staff will receive the COVID vaccine in time to affect our spring plans, it is being rapidly deployed to our front-line health care workers, which is a great source of comfort. It is not yet clear what role, if any, the university will play in vaccinating our non-clinical faculty, students, and staff, but we will continue to communicate with you as plans develop. 

The Path Ahead  

We know that so many of you are eager for the opportunity to be together in person, particularly our first-year undergraduates who have not yet had the experience of being on campus with their classmates. We also recognize the continued apprehension that attends daily living during this time.   

As we have from the outset, we will always put public health first, and continue to consider the complex set of factors and data available to us in frequent consultation with our faculty, student and staff advisory committees and national and local public health experts. If we have to change our plans, we will. Yet if we all devote ourselves to careful adherence to best practices and the well-being of our colleagues, friends and neighbors, we can complete the spring semester safely together.  

We know there will be difficult days ahead as we continue to struggle to contain this pandemic. Thank you for all you are doing to care for yourselves and one another, and for all you serve.  

We wish you a safe and healthy new year and look forward to seeing you soon, 

Ronald J. Daniels
President 

Sunil Kumar
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Mary Miller
Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration 

Dear Peabody students, faculty, and staff:

As promised in my message from fall, I write today to confirm Peabody’s plans for a careful resumption of some in-person activities as scheduled for the spring semester. This decision, made in close consultation with Johns Hopkins’ leadership and public health experts, is driven by a thorough assessment of the COVID pandemic and shaped by our extensive preparations to keep the Peabody community and our Baltimore neighbors safe.

Together with the University, we are closely monitoring the pandemic’s continuing impact, locally and nationally, mindful of the possibility of a post-holiday spike in infections and the emergence of new strains of the virus. Nonetheless, there are reasons for cautious optimism. The post-Thanksgiving surge did not materialize in our area to the extent feared. Further, our experience this fall, as well as those of peer institutions that conducted on-campus activities, clearly indicates that COVID infection can be managed in a conservatory community with proper procedures, precautions, and a mutual commitment to each other’s health and safety.

With everyone’s shared commitment and dedication to following best practices in containing the spread of the virus, and the added support of a robust, broad-based, University-wide COVID testing program, we believe we can prudently and safely move to a more fulsome on-campus experience at this time.

As we announced in the fall, we are planning a hybrid semester that offers as much in-person instruction as is feasible, while continuing the remote experience across various areas of instruction, and for those unable to return to campus. All Peabody Conservatory students in all programs, both undergraduate and graduate, are invited to return to campus under this hybrid plan for the spring semester. Students who either choose to remain at home or for whom traveling to Peabody is not possible can continue to pursue a completely remote program.

ACADEMICS

Peabody classes and lessons will begin as scheduled, remotely, on January 25, with move-in and orientation for undergraduates living on campus beginning on January 21. In-person activities will begin on January 25 for Dance students and on February 1 for all others, and will focus on performance-related activities including applied lessons, chamber music and other ensembles, and technique courses, with strict adherence to distancing and room density protocols. Some lab-based courses in Music Engineering and Technology will also have an in-person component.

Most academic courses will remain in a remote format in order to limit larger gatherings and minimize density on campus; all students, whether on campus or not, will take these courses remotely. In addition, some members of the faculty will not be able to be on campus due to virus-related restrictions and will continue to teach remotely.

In keeping with recommendations for limiting travel during the pandemic, the academic calendar has been modified to replace the week-long Spring Break with five break days interspersed throughout the second half of the semester. Audition Week will take place as planned (February 14-19); large ensemble and chamber music activities will continue throughout Audition Week and current students who have returned to campus will be expected to remain on campus. 

HOUSING and DINING

In order to safely welcome students back to campus life and enhance everyone’s ability to observe social distancing guidelines, all student residential rooms will be single-occupancy for the spring semester, with limited and controlled sharing of bathroom facilities. Freshmen have received priority for on-campus housing, and sophomores are released from the residency requirement. Sophomores with concerns about securing off-campus housing should be in touch with Student Affairs. 

Peabody’s dining plan for the spring is focused on a grab-and-go model for students living in Peabody housing.

In addition, appropriate spaces have been identified and set aside for isolation and quarantine protocols should those become necessary.

TESTING

When you return to campus, you will find in place a robust program for COVID testing. Testing will be available to all, and required of many, with the potential to increase or expand required testing based on real-time positivity rates, participation rates, and public health conditions in Maryland and D.C. Testing protocols at Peabody will include the collection and testing of saliva samples on our Mt. Vernon campus.

Students must receive at least two COVID tests that are 48 hours apart prior to the start of classes, and all students will be required to participate in mandatory testing twice per week. Off-campus students may begin their testing starting on January 11. Residential students will be tested upon arrival during the designated move-in period of January 21 and 22 before they can move into their assigned room, and will need to get their second test 48 hours after their arrival test.

Testing will also be required once weekly for faculty and staff who are working on campus, as well as for contract workers, vendors, and necessary visitors. Twice weekly testing is available to on-campus faculty and staff who request it. Optional, free testing will also be available on a weekly basis for all asymptomatic affiliates who are not on campus. Faculty traveling to Maryland from out of state are advised to note the specific testing and/or quarantine protocols for their home state.

As always, those who are experiencing COVID symptoms or who may have been exposed to someone with the COVID virus should call the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (833-546-7546).

OTHER HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

We will continue to require strict adherence to proven public safety protocols including masking, physical distancing, and handwashing. For instrument-specific guidance around studio lessons and ensemble classes, please read the Conservatory’s detailed return-to-campus guidance for applied instruction at peabody.jhu.edu/campusguidance. These protocols have been developed with input from the university’s leading health experts to ensure the safety of our community. 

Daily health monitoring using ProDensity will continue to be required for those on campus. Please note that influenza vaccination is also required for all affiliates who will be on campus. The JHU Return to Campus Guidance contains more detail about testing, quarantine and isolation, and other university-wide public health measures.

To reduce the risk of the virus’ spread, some alterations have been made to the campus, including signage reinforcing the need to remain physically distant from each other, enhanced ventilation in our buildings, and specially-outfitted low-latency rooms for vocalists. With the guidance of JHU public health professionals, we are ensuring that common areas and teaching spaces are cleaned and disinfected appropriately with time between scheduled activities for rooms to rest. The practice room reservation system introduced this fall will continue to be in place for individual practice and for small, masked chamber groups.

Undergirding all of these efforts will be our sustained commitment to keeping one another and the broader Baltimore community safe and healthy. To that end, a dedicated group of students, faculty, and staff has worked to develop the Johns Hopkins Social Compact, a document outlining our mutual responsibility to each other to follow all best practices for preventing the spread of COVID. Peabody’s leadership is deeply committed to the principles and requirements of this compact, and I urge you to pledge your support as well.

It is not yet clear what role, if any, the university will play in vaccinating faculty, students, and staff, but we will continue to communicate with you as plans develop. We are hopeful about the potential for the vaccine to bring the COVID pandemic under control, but our plans for this semester do not rely on it.

MOVING FORWARD

We know that many of you are eager to return to campus, particularly for your lessons and other applied areas of your studies as performing artists. We also recognize the continued apprehension that attends daily living during this time and the heightened anxiety that comes along with many discipline-specific concerns.

There will be many questions, which we will begin to address at virtual town hall meetings planned for students on Thursday, January 14, at 3:30 pm, and for faculty on Wednesday, January 13, at 1:00 pm. Invitations to these events will be sent separately.

As we have from the outset, we will always put the health and safety of our community first. There will be difficult days ahead as we continue to struggle to contain this pandemic, and if we have to change our plans based on public health considerations, we will. But I believe that if we all devote ourselves to careful adherence to best practices and the well-being of our colleagues, friends, and neighbors, we can complete the spring semester safely together.

Thank you for all you are doing to care for yourselves and one another. I wish you a safe and healthy new year and look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Fred Bronstein
Dean

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As detailed in the Jan. 8 communication, the university is preparing for careful expansion of in-person activities for the spring semester, including welcoming some additional undergraduate students to campus. With our collective commitment and dedication to following best practices in containing the spread of COVID-19, as well as the added support of a broad-based COVID testing program, we believe we can prudently and safely move to a more extensive on-campus experience for the spring semester.

Undergraduate students who have fulfilled the mandatory testing requirement will be permitted to work on-site in student jobs and paid campus internships under the following conditions: 

  1. The job requires the student be physically on-site in order to fulfill job duties (if the role can be performed remotely, it must be).
  2. The student adheres to all university safety guidelines, including completion of a daily health check within Prodensity (daily green pass), compliance with influenza vaccine requirements (documented by the green pass in Prodensity), universal use of face coverings, maintaining social distancing, and adhering to any other worksite requirements specific to the role. 
  3. A staff member must be on-site at all times to supervise student workers or a documented supervisory plan must be in place at the department level.

If all requirements are met, students can start working right away.

Students and hiring departments should use our University Experiential Learning platform, SMILE, to post and apply for positions. Students and staff who are not registered on SMILE should do so as soon as possible. 

NOTE: All positions posted on SMILE are non-credit-bearing, compensated via JHU payroll, and part-time. As in the fall semester, the university will not be able to offer new employment opportunities to students who are not physically located in the United States. Students who are currently working (active in payroll) and unable to come to the U.S. due to current COVID restrictions but who have an active U.S. work authorization may likely continue to work and be paid on U.S. payroll. As this situation is fluid, the university will evaluate a student’s ability to continue on JHU’s payroll from outside the United States on a case-by-case basis. International students reentering the U.S. must quarantine as required per any federal/state guidelines.

All aid packages continue to include work-study for both fall and spring. Students who are unable to work can request additional aid through the appeals process.

For any questions regarding student employment, please contact me at nlantz2@jhu.edu.

Sincerely,

Nickolas Lantz
Executive Director for University Experiential Learning

Dear Johns Hopkins Community, 

The spring semester is nearly upon us. Undergraduates began moving into our residence halls over the weekend, and next week, many of our divisions will begin their first in-person classes in almost a year. In the days ahead, more faculty, staff, and students will return to our campuses, and we wish to inform you of several policies and procedures that will be in place for on-campus work and the use of our facilities to foster safety during the COVID pandemic. Full details are available in our Return to Campus guidance, and a summary of several key points is below. 

Facilities access 

Access to JHU facilities will generally require the use of ID card-enabled doors or security stations to support monitoring of building use and compliance with health assessment and testing requirements. Affiliates who have key access to alternate doors are asked to enter through monitored or card reader-enabled doors and swipe in or display their Johns Hopkins ID upon access. To facilitate this access requirement, additional card reader devices have been installed on the Homewood campus so that each building has at least one card access-controlled door. Over the next year, additional card reader installations will be completed.   

Note that many doors operate with ADA controls and may open and close slowly. Affiliates do not need to wait for the door to close each time but must swipe their card when they enter. 

Rules for the use of on-campus facilities will be consistent with our academic and research priorities as outlined in our Return to Research and Return to Instruction guides. We anticipate that all current rules and procedures, including research density, use of individual offices, etc., will remain in effect throughout the spring semester. More details about acceptable and restricted use of facilities on the Homewood campus are available here. Information about the use of facilities on other JHU campuses will be communicated by the relevant divisions. 

Reporting to work 

Even with the resumption of some on-campus instruction and other activities, in-person work for faculty and staff is still limited to those who need to be physically present for teaching, research, clinical services, or campus operations. All others will likely continue to work remotely throughout the spring semester. Each dean’s office and University Administration is ultimately responsible for determining who is expected or permitted to return to campus. You should not report to work in person unless you have been instructed or authorized to do so. 

Some members of our community face a greater risk from COVID-19 than others, and we encourage faculty, staff, and students who have concerns about their individual circumstances to consider consulting with the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) or Human Resources (HR) about the process for seeking a reasonable accommodation or adjustment. More information for faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows on the accommodations process may be found on the OIE website or accessibility.jhu.edu, or by phone (410-516-8075) or email (oie@jhu.edu or OIEdisability@jhu.edu). We also recognize that the pandemic has created a host of new stresses for our workforce, and the university has created or enhanced a variety of resources to help, including expanded support for childcare. More information is available here. 

COVID testing 

Each school has established policies for testing their asymptomatic affiliates. Broadly, testing will be required twice weekly for undergraduates and at least once weekly for any affiliate who is either participating in or directly supporting in-person, on-campus classes (with exceptions for clinically based instruction) or regularly exposed to undergraduates. Details regarding testing expectations will be distributed directly from the school. More details on how to schedule an appointment and the hours and locations of testing facilities are available here. Compliance with required testing will be documented through the ProDensity app. 

Please note that anyone who has tested positive for the COVID virus during the previous 90 days is temporarily exempt from any asymptomatic testing requirements because continued testing in this population would continue to detect the virus, even after the individuals are no longer sick or contagious.  

Travel 

University business travel remains restricted, and personal travel discouraged. In December, Gov. Hogan issued an emergency order requiring Marylanders to limit all travel to essential purposes only. All Marylanders who do travel outside of Maryland or any individuals who travel to Maryland must either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 10 days. This applies to all states, with the exception of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Johns Hopkins students, faculty, and staff who must travel can use university COVID testing to fulfill those requirements. 

The state’s travel requirements are in addition to Johns Hopkins’ requirements, which include self-quarantining upon return until a negative test result is received. This semester, we will also be instituting a registration requirement for any travel. Details on how to register will be communicated soon. 

We thank you for your hard work to fulfill the university’s mission of education, research, and service under the difficult conditions posed by the pandemic. We are excited at the opportunity to expand our in-person activity on our campuses, and we ask for your patience and understanding as we all adjust to new practices and procedures to keep each other safe and healthy. 

Be well, 

Stephen Gange   
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs   

Jane Schlegel 
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer 

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

We write with the encouraging news that after a spike in COVID cases among Homewood undergraduates last week, new cases have remained in the low single digits for the last several days, indicating that our containment measures have been successful and allowing us to return to in-person classes and other activities tomorrow. 

This turnaround is a testament to the strength of our community and the commitment and fortitude of our students, and we thank you for your cooperation and patience with one another through a difficult time.   

In order to ensure that we can sustain the current low rate of COVID spread within our community, we will not return immediately to all the policies and protocols that were in place before this COVID cluster. The following rules and guidance will be in effect for undergraduates starting 8 a.m. on Thursday, while we continue to monitor our campus: 

  • 5-Person Limit on All Undergraduate Gatherings. This 5-person limit is a stricter standard than the city requires and will apply to all JHU undergraduates, on and off campus, indoors and outdoors, through the end of February. It includes roommates, housemates, and common areas, and both masks and physical distancing are still required. If circumstances allow, we will further relax this rule in March.¬†
  • Stay-at-Home Orders Lifted. All remaining stay-at-home orders for undergraduates are lifted as of 8 a.m. on Thursday. Students in isolation or quarantine must continue to follow the instructions of our Health & Wellness staff.¬†
  • Mandatory 3x/Week COVID Testing. Undergraduates on and off campus are required to test 3x per week (e.g. M-W-F or Tu-Th-Sa) for the foreseeable future. This increased level of testing has been recommended by public health experts to more quickly identify and isolate COVID-positive students and begin contact tracing. ¬†
  • Avoid Indoor Dining. We strongly discourage all students from eating or drinking in restaurants or bars even if allowed by local ordinances. These activities are particularly dangerous from a public health perspective because they place you unmasked in close proximity to others indoors.¬†
  • Outdoor and Virtual Exercise. The O‚ÄôConnor Recreation Center will reopen on Feb. 22. Students should exercise outside when possible or join our virtual classes. Using an off-campus gym is acceptable so long as you follow the rules of the facility, stay masked, physically distance, and wash hands frequently.¬†

More information about our policies and guidelines is available on covidinfo.jhu.edu, including answers to many frequently asked questions, and resources to help maintain your health and wellness during the pandemic are available here. 

Any time you are in doubt about whether a certain activity is allowed, we urge you to remember the seriousness of the pandemic and to err on the side of caution.  

In addition, we all have a responsibility to keep our community and our neighbors safe. If you have any concerns or witness behavior that could put our community at risk, please let us know through the LiveSafe app, which is the best way to report issues in real time and provides the option of anonymity. You may also call 844-SPEAK2US to report concerns. The university follows up on all reports. 

Last week‚Äôs COVID cluster is a reminder of just how quickly the virus can spread, and how careful we all must be in order to carry out our plans for in-person classes and activities this semester. It is also a reminder that we‚Äôre all in this together‚ÄĒeach individual‚Äôs actions can put the community at greater risk or make it safer. We are grateful to all those who made sacrifices in the last week to bring the spike in cases under control, and we join you in looking forward to better days.¬†

Sunil Kumar  
Provost  

Alanna Shanahan  
Vice Provost for Student Affairs  

Kevin Shollenberger  
Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being  

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

We are grateful for your continued commitment to the health and safety measures that have allowed for our return to campus this semester. We know that continuing to comply with these measures remains challenging as we approach the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 impacts at Johns Hopkins, but they remain vital in our ability to safely continue in-person academic, research, and other activities. 

Since the brief spike in cases at the beginning of February, we’ve seen a return to a very low number of COVID-19 cases occurring among Johns Hopkins affiliates. In addition, the number of new cases and test positivity rate have both continued to decline across Maryland over the last several weeks. 

Based on this improving situation, we believe we can begin modest modifications of our operating guidance in a safe manner. As a first step, we are announcing an immediate change to the limit on all undergraduate outdoor gatherings from 5 to 10 people. Students will soon see announcements for more outdoor events as the weather continues to improve. At the moment, the 5-person limit for indoor undergraduate gatherings and all of our other policies (including mandatory 3-times-a-week testing for undergraduates and others announced in our February 10 communication) will remain in place. If circumstances allow, we will make further modifications to our guidance in the upcoming weeks. 

Even so, the pandemic remains very serious, and we must all remain cautious as we continue to learn more about how the virus spreads within our community. Although the overall reduction in cases is encouraging, we are still seeing some concerning groups of cases connected with smaller gatherings or meals among undergraduates where masking and social distancing guidelines are not being followed consistently. When that occurs, we will continue to impose additional public health measures (such as targeted stay at home or additional COVID testing requirements). Additionally, we look to our undergraduates for full and active participation in the contact tracing process both to help us contain any groups of cases that arise and to provide the information we need to inform our COVID safety policies and procedures. 

Following our gathering limits does not eliminate the danger of COVID transmission‚ÄĒyou must still follow all COVID safety protocols, including masking and physical distancing, even among roommates or suitemates. Eating or drinking in restaurants and bars is a particularly risky activity because it inevitably puts you in close, maskless contact with others indoors for an extended period of time, and we reiterate our strong urging that undergraduates not engage in those activities and get carryout or delivery instead.¬†

Thank you for your continued commitment and your adherence to the principles of the Johns Hopkins Social Compact. We remind you that if you have any concerns or witness behavior that could put our community at risk, please let us know through the LiveSafe app which remains the best way to report issues in real time and provides the option of anonymity. You may also call 844-SPEAK2US to report concerns. The university will continue to follow-up on all reports.  

We also know that the ongoing pandemic can take a real toll on all of us, and we urge you to reach out to the university’s resources to help, Student Wellness and mySupport for faculty and staff. 

Stay safe and be well, 

Sunil Kumar
Provost

Alanna Shanahan
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear Peabody Students,

This weekend, we received reports of a series of off-campus gatherings involving Peabody students, raising concern about the possibility of COVID spread within the Peabody community. While we are investigating the incidents, conducting public health surveillance, and acquiring additional information, Peabody has taken the following immediate actions out of an abundance of caution:

  1. The students who have been identified as having participated in these gatherings are required to stay at home until further notice.
  2. Although we are at this time not aware of any COVID positive cases, residential students who participated in these gatherings are being moved to quarantine at the Colonnade.
  3. All participating students ‚Äď and those who are enrolled in the same major program ‚Äď are required to get a COVID test every day until further notice.
  4. On-site classes and rehearsals involving these students will be remote until further notice, and all room reservations for these students have been canceled.

Please note that students who are impacted by these measures have been notified directly.

We regret the impact these restrictions may have on any students who weren’t involved in these gatherings, but protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and Baltimore neighbors is our utmost concern, and compliance with these measures is essential to our efforts to detect and contain any cases of COVID that may be associated with them.

We are disappointed to learn of these incidents and are actively working to understand how many students were involved, but in the meantime we urge all of you to keep the health and safety of the community at the forefront of your mind. 

We will be in touch with more information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Fred Bronstein
Dean

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

While we continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and keep measures in place to help protect the health of our community, we are grateful to now be able to put the threat of another viral illness ‚Äď the seasonal flu ‚Äď behind us for this season. ¬†We appreciate compliance with the seasonal flu vaccination requirement for those who have spent any time on a Johns Hopkins campus to date this academic year. ¬†

Now that the threat of the 2020-2021 seasonal flu has waned, we are no longer requiring proof of flu vaccination in order to be on campus. Any affiliates who have not yet returned to campus but who may be approved to do so in the next several months will not need to obtain a flu shot for the recent 2020-2021 flu season.  

For the upcoming 2021-2022 flu season, we will once again be requiring a flu vaccination for affiliates on our campuses. Later this year, we will share details about compliance deadlines, as well as how to submit proof of flu vaccination or any religious or medical exemptions. 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Conway
Vice President for Human Resources 

Dear Johns Hopkins Community,

Thanks to the diligent efforts of thousands of faculty, staff, and students during the last nine months, our resumption of laboratory-based research activity amid the COVID pandemic has been conducted safely, with no known cases of transmission in those settings. Since our initial reopening last summer, we have taken careful steps to increase the level of activity in our labs as public health conditions have permitted, and now the state of the pandemic and the continued success of our operations have allowed us to do so again. Starting on April 1:

The density restrictions in laboratories will be relaxed.

  • We will now require the equivalent of a 7.5-foot diameter around each person. (That accounts for 6 feet of distance between individuals, plus 1.5 feet for each person’s body.)
  • This density standard allows for approximately 44 square feet per person, compared to the previous standard of 150 feet per person.
  • It is the same standard now in place in Johns Hopkins classrooms and the same or similar to the restrictions now in place at many peer universities, which have also seen little to no evidence of COVID transmission in lab settings.¬†

Low-density in-person group meetings will be allowed.

  • Participation will be limited to 10 people, including the PI.
  • Meetings must be conducted in spaces large enough to allow participants to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from one another.
  • Meetings in faculty offices are not allowed.
  • Masks must be worn, and no food may be served.
  • Remote options must be made available for anyone not comfortable with meeting in person.¬†

Both changes are in accordance with current Centers for Disease Control guidelines and have been reviewed and endorsed by Johns Hopkins’ Health & Safety Planning Committee.

We will continue to closely monitor the status of the pandemic nationally, locally, and within the Johns Hopkins community, and if we can further increase the density of activity in our labs, we will do so incrementally. But if conditions worsen, we will not hesitate to enact stricter standards to protect the health and safety of our lab-based students, faculty, and staff.

We also urge you to do your part to help make this expansion of activity a success. Please remain diligent in your COVID safety practices: Wear a mask, maintain physical distance, monitor yourself for symptoms, participate in required testing, and wash your hands frequently‚ÄĒeven if you have been vaccinated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your divisional vice dean for research.

Sincerely,

Denis Wirtz
Vice Provost for Research

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

Thanks to your careful compliance with our public health safety measures, we are now past the midpoint of the spring semester with continued low rates of COVID-19 infections on campus. Since the spike in cases in early February, new infections among students have remained consistently in the low single digits per day, even as we have gradually loosened some of the restrictions imposed to prevent the virus’ spread. 

In light of this continued success, we are pleased to let you know that as of today, we are increasing the gathering limits for undergraduates to 10 people inside, which is the same as the level for faculty, staff, and graduate students, and expanding the limit outdoors for all members of the JHU community to 25 people. As a reminder, you still need to follow all other COVID precautions when gathering‚ÄĒwear a mask and maintain physical distance. If you are gathering indoors, the space must be large enough to accommodate the number of people attending while properly distanced 6 feet apart. ¬†

We would also like to take this opportunity to reinforce several key policies related to our community’s health during the pandemic: 

Testing 

COVID testing requirements for undergraduates remain unchanged at three times per week.This frequent testing has played a crucial role in our ability to detect new cases quickly so that we can isolate infected individuals and trace any meaningful contacts they may have had with others. We know that such frequent testing can be an inconvenience, but we expect it will be necessary at this level through the end of the semester. Once-weekly testing remains required for faculty, staff, graduate students, trainees, and postdocs who are either participating in or directly supporting in-person, on-campus classes (with exceptions for clinically based instruction) or regularly exposed to undergraduates, or as required by your school. 

Travel 

Nonessential travel outside of the Greater Baltimore area is strongly discouraged for undergraduates at any time. Undergraduate students are required to register personal travel with Prodensity so they can receive support for prompt testing and self-quarantine upon return. A negative test is required before resuming in-person activities. We urge other students, faculty, and staff to understand the risks before undertaking personal travel. Before making personal travel plans, please review the CDC’s travel guidance. All nonessential university-sponsored travel (both international and domestic) remains suspended. 

Symptom Monitoring 

If you experience symptoms of stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, or fatigue this spring, please remember that these are also symptoms of COVID-19 and do not assume that they are just spring allergies. There have been several members of our community who initially thought they were experiencing allergies, but testing revealed they actually had COVID-19.  

When you complete your daily Prodensity health check, please answer the following question honestly (regardless of your past medical history): ‚ÄúDo you currently have any of these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, acute loss of taste or smell, headache, diarrhea/vomiting, new fatigue/muscle aches or runny nose/congestion that began in the last 72 hours?‚ÄĚ If your answer is ‚Äúyes,‚ÄĚ please call the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (833-546-7546) for assessment. If you qualify for testing, the center will help arrange a testing appointment at one of our symptomatic testing locations for timely and accurate results. It is very important that you DO NOT schedule a test at one of the asymptomatic testing locations in this situation as this may increase infection risk for other members of the community.¬†

If you have a negative COVID test, a history of allergies, and no change in your symptoms, then is it safe to assume that you are having your usual spring allergies and you do not need to continue answering ‚Äúyes‚ÄĚ to your Prodensity health check or contacting the JHCCC. However, if your symptoms go away and come back, or if your symptoms worsen/change, then we encourage you to contact the JHCCC again for assessment.¬†

Correction 

A message yesterday about Maryland’s expansion of COVID vaccination eligibility contained an error. On April 13, all those age 55 and over will be eligible, not all those over age 50. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. 

This semester has been a challenge for all of us, but we greatly admire your ability to focus on your work and studies while simultaneously finding new ways to connect with each other as a community. You have taken to heart the responsibility we all have to protect one another during this pandemic, and we ask that you please continue to dedicate yourselves to the principles of the JHU Social Compact so that we can conclude this academic year safely. 

Be well, 

Sunil Kumar
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs  

Alanna Shanahan 
Vice Provost for Student Affairs 

Dear Johns Hopkins Community, 

We are writing to share our plans for the staged return of activity back to our campuses, with the hope and expectation that the university will be substantially back to normal this fall.  

Our plans are predicated on continuing public health strategies to promote a safe campus and community. However, with increases in vaccine availability and distribution, we are now able to add vaccination as a critical component to our campus safety plan. 

The pandemic continues to present unpredictable challenges, and we will monitor state and local COVID-related restrictions to ensure that our operations abide by them. If we have to scale back our plans to protect the public’s health on our campuses and in our surrounding communities, we will do so. 

In the meantime, below are the key elements of our fall plans. 

Vaccination

As you know, multiple vaccines (from Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson) have been demonstrated to provide high levels of protection against the COVID virus with reports of only minimal and brief side effects following administration. Thankfully, vaccine supply shortages have eased. The United States is now vaccinating more than 4 million people a day, and more than 100 million Americans have already received at least one vaccine dose. And this week, Governor Hogan announced that all adults in Maryland will be eligible to receive the vaccine starting April 12. If the pace of current vaccination continues, we expect that every member of our community will be able to be vaccinated over the next few months. 

Given the importance of mass vaccination in protecting our community, we will require all students coming or returning to our campuses this fall, and who do not require religious or health exemptions, to be vaccinated. We strongly urge, and may soon require, all faculty and staff to be vaccinated as well. 

We will seek to facilitate opportunities for students who are unable to get vaccinated in their home jurisdictions to be vaccinated when they arrive on campus, and we are working to make on-campus vaccination available for all members of our community. Ensuring that the overwhelming percentage of our community’s population is vaccinated will greatly reduce the risk of the virus’s spread on our campuses and will also protect our neighbors in Baltimore. 

We encourage all campus members interested in learning more about the science of the vaccine to visit Johns Hopkins Medicine’s COVID-19 Vaccine Safety website.  

We are in the process of establishing a system for JHU affiliates to register their vaccination status, so you should retain documentation when you are vaccinated. Registration will be required for students, and we will urge faculty and staff to voluntarily report their status to help us determine the appropriate level of public health protections over the summer and fall. More information on the registration process will be available in the coming weeks. 

Fall 2021 Academic Schedule, Classes, and Housing and Dining

As always, offerings will vary by division, but on the whole, we anticipate a broad resumption of in-person classes for our undergraduate, professional, and graduate students this fall.  

For undergraduates, most classes previously taught in person will return to that modality. Large (50 person-plus) classes will generally be taught in online/remote modality or broken into smaller sections for public health, and in some cases, pedagogical, reasons. The Peabody Institute may implement special protocols for some performance classes as needed. Course modalities are being updated for fall registration to begin in mid-April and may be further refined as planning continues over the summer. 

Attendance by both students and faculty will be required in programs that are ordinarily conducted in person, except in cases where individuals receive accommodations for the fall semester through the Office of Institutional Equity or Student Disability Services. We recognize that international students may continue to experience disruptions in their plans to travel to Baltimore; program directors and advising services will work with those students to help identify opportunities for them to continue to make progress in their studies, but hybrid options will not be available in all classes.  

We plan to increase the density in our residence halls to near-normal capacity, and we are reinstating the residency requirement for sophomores in addition to maintaining it for first-year students for fall 2021. We also expect to resume in-person dining on campus in a de-densified environment.  

Staff Return to Campus

Regular in-person contact among faculty, students, and staff is fundamental to the vitality of our university. The presence of our staff in Baltimore is also critical to our role as an economic anchor in the city, and we are anxious to reconvene as a community as quickly and safely as we can. We also recognize that our collective return may look different from our past ‚Äúnormal‚ÄĚ and must incorporate the lessons learned over the past year about balancing work, home life, and well-being.¬† ¬†

As conditions improve, we are looking forward to and planning for the majority of our staff and faculty to return to campus in person by mid-August for the start of the semester.  

Exceptions will be made in cases where staff members have received accommodations through the Office of Institutional Equity or had pre-COVID alternative work arrangements. We are mindful that for many, the resumption of in-person work may be affected by whether your K-12 children return to in-person school and other COVID-related child care and caregiving obligations, and we will work closely with units to address these issues as they arise. We also know that some of you would like to return sooner, and we will provide opportunities to do so earlier in the summer.  

As always, there may be discrete areas and roles where more flexible work arrangements are best, and we anticipate differences between business units or functions in what the return to in-person work looks like. We, like many organizations, are thinking deeply about the future of work, and university leadership will take a considered and consultative approach to our long-term policies guided by clearly articulated principles that are informed by research, deliberation, and data. We will convene a staff working group to collaborate with our deans, staff members, and consultative bodies such as the University Pandemic Academic Advisory Committee to develop those guidelines and templates for various work arrangements and share those with the community in the next few weeks. 

COVID Testing and Other Health and Safety Protocols

We will continue to follow the best advice of public health experts with respect to our health and safety protocols, with specific details to come as we get closer to the fall semester. At this time, we are planning for:   

  • The continuation of enhanced cleaning and increased air exchange and filtration 24/7 in all facilities ¬†
  • Continued capacity for high-volume asymptomatic COVID testing in the fall, with details on required testing frequency to be determined ¬†
  • Continued testing and contact tracing through the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center for those with symptoms or meaningful contact with a COVID-positive person ¬†
  • Availability of isolation housing for undergraduates¬† ¬†
  • Use of face coverings with specific guidelines determined by public health conditions closer to the fall start ¬†
  • Required flu vaccination¬† ¬†

Moving Forward

Your feedback on our plan for fall 2021 is important to us, and we hope to hear from you and to answer any questions you may have via the JHU online feedback portal and in a town hall planned for next week, with details to be announced shortly via the Hub and the JHU Coronavirus Information website. We will publish an updated JHU Return to Campus Guide by the end of April, with some additional details to be decided based on public health conditions at the end of the summer. We will also update the community regularly at covidinfo.jhu.edu/. 

We know that the months ahead will present further challenges, and our return to greater in-person activity will require adjustments‚ÄĒfor us as individuals and as an institution‚ÄĒas we renew the connections to one another in this new environment that are core to our university‚Äôs mission now and for the future. ¬†

We appreciate everything you continue to do to keep one another and our Baltimore community safe and thriving, and we look forward to seeing you all back on campus this fall.  

Sincerely, 

Ronald J. Daniels 
President 

Sunil Kumar 
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Mary Miller 
Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration 

Dear Peabody students, faculty, and staff,

As you have likely read in the recent message from University leadership, we are now planning for a fall 2021 semester that will be in line with the dynamic in-person, on-campus experience of pre-pandemic times. For more than a year now, we have all been operating under extraordinary circumstances; both faculty and staff‚Äôs continued commitment to the work we do has been unwavering, and Peabody and our students have thrived thanks to your perseverance. And I am so appreciative of our students’ ability and flexibility in making the most of your educational and artistic opportunities despite the many challenges presented by the pandemic.¬†¬†

Based on everything we have learned about safe operations during COVID, and on the expectation at this time of required vaccinations for all students on campus, and the strongest urging of vaccinations for faculty and staff, I very much look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful Mt. Vernon campus in the fall. If you have not been vaccinated already, I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible and able.

In addition to the performance-related activities that Peabody successfully conducted in person during the spring semester, we will be expanding the academic courses and co-curricular opportunities that will be offered in person and expect that all aspects of the student experience will return to in-person modality this fall, including the on-campus residential experience for our students. For those students who are not able join us on campus due to restrictions in international travel, Peabody will continue to offer most, if not all, courses required to advance your degrees in a robust online format.

Faculty, we look forward to seeing you on campus for the start of classes and any other pre-semester activities to be scheduled. Staff, we look forward to a full return by mid-August and welcome your input about ramping up that return gradually in the coming months. We will have a process for accommodations and adjustments, although it is our general expectation that these exceptions will be rare.   

There are many details still to be determined, and I will be sharing more information with you as it becomes available. Certainly, in partnership with University leadership, we will continue to diligently monitor public health conditions, but at this moment, we clearly see the path forward to a normal academic year. I look forward to taking these next steps with you.

We have all been through a challenging time, and I know it has not been easy. At the same time, I am so proud of how our community has responded and navigated through. And I am especially grateful to see Peabody emerging as strong as ever.  

Sincerely,

Fred Bronstein
Dean

Communication from the university with updates to plans for maintaining COVID safety during the summer and the fall semester, including the decision to mandate vaccination for all on-site Johns Hopkins University faculty and staff as of August 1. Full communication from 6.9.21

With the University’s recent announcement about the changing guidance for the fall semester, we wanted to share with you our revised guidance and policies for applied instruction for the fall 2021 semester.  Given the unique nature of our applied music and dance instruction there are some subtle differences from the University guidance that are specific to Peabody. These revised guidelines are attached and below for your review.  Please note that this guidance may continue to change and evolve over the coming months to reflect state and local regulations or changes in the University’s policies.

Peabody Institute guidance for applied instruction ‚Äď Fall 2021

Updated ‚Äď June 9, 2021

These guidelines contain recommended health and safety protocols for The Johns Hopkins University‚Äôs gradual, multiphase resumption of on-campus activities. It is intended to apply to all members of our Peabody community‚ÄĒJohns Hopkins affiliates (faculty, staff, students, post-doctoral fellows, and trainees), as well as contractors, vendors, visitors, and guests‚ÄĒwhile on campus or in university facilities. We anticipate that these guidelines will evolve as the changing severity of the pandemic and our ability to respond to it allow us to move through the phases of our return-to-campus framework, subject to state and local regulations and our own public health assessment.

  • Johns Hopkins University is planning for the return of activity to our campuses, with the hope and expectation that¬†the university will be substantially back to normal this fall.¬†More information
  • All on-site faculty and staff are¬†required to be vaccinated by Aug. 1.¬†More information
  • All students coming to campuses in the U.S. this fall who do not have exemptions are¬†required to be vaccinated.¬†More information
  • The university is planning for¬†the majority of staff and faculty to return to campus¬†in person by mid-August.¬†More information
  • The university is hosting on-campus clinics at which¬†faculty, staff, students, and contractors can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations are free and staff can use COVID-19 vaccine leave for time off while they receive or recover from the vaccination.¬†More information
  • Shuttles are available¬†from Homewood to the COVID-19 mass vaccination site¬†at M&T Bank Stadium.¬†More information
  • JHU campuses¬†no longer require face coverings in most outdoor¬†spaces¬†when 6 feet of distance can be maintained.¬†More information

Masking, distancing, and testing 

  • Physical distancing requirements will be lifted indoors and outdoors on July 1, though we recommend continued distancing for those who are not vaccinated.
  • In accordance with Baltimore City guidelines, masks will still be required indoors in classrooms, labs, common spaces, and shared offices. If the city eliminates its indoor masking mandate, we may do so as well, but only for those who have been vaccinated.
  • Once-weekly COVID testing will be required for vaccinated residential undergraduates.
  • Twice-weekly testing will be required for all unvaccinated faculty, students, and staff.
  • Testing on demand will remain available for all affiliates.

Other policies 

  • Daily health checks through Prodensity remain required.
  • Visitors and guests will be allowed on campus but must follow the same COVID safety rules as JHU affiliates.

Private Instruction

Private lessons for Keyboard, Strings, Harp, Guitar, Percussion, and Music for New Media

  • Masking for all participants
  • Room air exchanges are no longer required

Private lessons for wind, brass and voice

  • Teacher and accompanist masked at all times
  • Masking will not be required for students while playing or singing during lessons
  • Bell covers will not be required
  • Students will maintain a 6 ft (7.5 ft on-center)¬†social distance between teacher (and/or accompanist) and student
  • Practice water key etiquette.¬† Drape water valve and collect condensate in towel or WindSorb. Disinfect towel/WindSorb after use.
  • Lessons of no more than 60 minutes
  • Low-latency rooms may also be utilized
  • Room air exchanges are no longer required¬†

Ensemble Classes

Instrumental Ensembles, Repertoire and Studio Classes

  • Masking required for all individuals.¬† Woodwinds and Brass students will wear a mask while playing which includes a small straight slit in a surgical style mask, or commercially available masks for this purpose.¬† This mask is for playing, not general use outside of rehearsal.¬†
  • Bell covers will not be required
  • Social distancing of 3 ft (4.5 ft on-center) for wind and brass
  • Practice water key etiquette.¬† Drape water valve and collect condensate in towel or WindSorb. Disinfect towel/WindSorb after use.
  • Ensembles may rehearse for their normal class length
  • Following a rehearsal that includes winds or brass the room will be room vacant to allow for a minimum of 3 air exchanges.¬†

Choral Ensembles and Opera classes

  • Singers will continue to rehearse masked until specific masking recommendations related to indoor choral singing change
  • Social distancing of 6 ft (7.5ft on-center)
  • Ensembles may rehearse for their normal class length
  • Following rehearsal, the room will be room vacant to allow for a minimum of 3 air exchanges.¬†

Dance classes

  • Masking required for all individuals at all times, including while dancing
  • Social distancing will no longer required and dancing in close proximity including contact during dancing is now permitted
  • Classes may meet for their normal class length
  • Room air exchanges are no longer required

Dear Johns Hopkins Faculty, Students, and Staff,

We write with important information about how to comply with Johns Hopkins University’s recently announced COVID vaccination mandate for all students, faculty, and staff, and with an update on our masking policy for vaccinated affiliates. Achieving as close to universal vaccination as possible within our community is crucial to our ability to come together safely this fall, and on July 1, we will launch a registration system for you to document your vaccination status, similar to the one used to report flu vaccination.

On Thursday, we will provide a link and further instructions for registering your vaccination status with the university, and we urge you to do so as soon as possible, with a deadline of August 1.  

Furthermore, based on guidance from the CDC and our own experts, the low prevalence of new COVID cases in the region, and changes to city and state requirements, as of July 1, those who have documented via the JHU vaccine registry that they are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask, indoors or outdoors, on university property.  

Please note: School of Medicine faculty, students, and staff will be governed by Johns Hopkins Medicine vaccination and masking policies and will receive a communication with details from JHM later today. 

How the registration system will work  

The Vaccine Management System (VMS) will ask you to upload a photo of your vaccination card. The photo must clearly show your name and that you have been fully vaccinated. For those who have received a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer and Moderna), your documentation must indicate that you have received your second dose.     

Affiliates who have received a WHO-authorized vaccine overseas will need to upload a certified English translation of the documentation. If you were vaccinated through a JHM clinic, your documentation is likely already recorded, but you will need to log in to VMS to confirm your data.   

Detailed instructions on how to upload your vaccine documentation, and what to do if you lack this documentation, will be sent by email on Thursday, July 1, when VMS launches.   

How to get vaccinated

If you have not been vaccinated, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible to meet the August 1 deadline.

All Johns Hopkins affiliates in Maryland and Washington, D.C., can schedule a vaccination appointment through Johns Hopkins Medicine in MyChart. Johns Hopkins University is also hosting a vaccine clinic at the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus on Thursday, July 8, where faculty, staff, students, and contractors can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.     

Visit the COVID Vaccine Information site for more information about the clinic. Vaccinations are free, and staff can use COVID-19 vaccine leave for time off while they receive or recover from the vaccination.     

Updated masking policy    

After the state of Maryland and Baltimore City eliminated their masking requirements, we consulted with Johns Hopkins public health experts, the University Pandemic Academic Advisory Committee, and others, and determined that we can also safely drop the university’s masking requirement for vaccinated individuals.   

As soon as you receive email confirmation that your documentation has been successfully uploaded, you will no longer be required to wear a mask, indoors or outdoors, on Johns Hopkins University property. Vaccinated persons who have registered their documentation also may eat or drink in proximity to others without regard to physical distancing. Those who have been granted exceptions from the vaccination mandate will still be required to wear masks indoors, to be regularly tested for COVID, and to only eat on campus when distanced from others.   

While it is safe for those who have been fully vaccinated to go without masks, we know that many people will choose to continue wearing them and to eat while physically distanced from others, and we expect all members of the community to be respectful of that decision.   

We will continue to evaluate public health conditions, and if we need to reinstate a masking requirement or other measures to ensure community safety, we will do so. 

Who is covered by the vaccination mandate  

COVID vaccination is required beginning August 1 for all JHU faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who will be working or studying at a U.S.‚Äďbased Johns Hopkins University campus or worksite (including Keswick, Mt. Washington, Washington, D.C. campuses, etc.), with the exception of all School of Medicine affiliates, including members of both clinical and non-clinical departments, who will be governed by JHM policy.

This vaccination requirement also applies to bargaining unit employees and contractors, with the exception of contractors or vendors whose presence at any JHU property is solely limited to the delivery of mail and goods.

Requesting an exception to the mandate  

Johns Hopkins will grant exceptions to the COVID vaccination mandate for medical or religious reasons, with appropriate documentation, and for those who are pregnant or trying to conceive.   

Having had COVID-19 in the past is NOT a permissible exception. However, if you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Affiliates in that situation may request a medical exception past August 1 to wait to get the vaccine until 90 days have elapsed.    

Requests for an exception to the vaccine mandate must be made through VMS as well. The system will be able to process medical and religious exception requests when it launches on July 1. On Friday, July 16, functionality will be added to VMS that enables affiliates who are either pregnant or attempting to get pregnant to request an exception. If you would like to request a pregnancy exception, please wait until then to access VMS to submit your request.

Testing and compliance  

Once you have uploaded your vaccination documentation through VMS, you can stop mandatory COVID testing and masking, consistent with state and local guidelines, with the exception of residential undergraduates, who will be required to test upon arrival and once weekly even when vaccinated. School of Medicine affiliates will be required to follow JHM policies.   

Compliance with the vaccination mandate will be monitored through Prodensity (similar to flu shot compliance last fall). Those who have an approved exception will be required to be tested twice each week (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who will follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s once-weekly testing policy) and continue wearing a mask.   

Anyone who has not uploaded documentation of vaccination into the VMS, or who has an exception but is not testing and masking as required, will receive a red campus pass and will not be permitted to access campus and/or JHU resources.  

Vaccine documentation will be validated after it is uploaded, and you will be contacted if there are any questions about your documentation. In addition, managers will receive information on the vaccination status of the members of their team, to help support and ensure compliance. Misrepresenting vaccination status or knowingly providing false documentation is a violation of university policy and will be subject to discipline.  

Updated FAQs are available. If you have additional questions about next steps, exceptions, etc., please send them to vms@jhu.edu.  

We appreciate all that you do as we continue working toward a safe return to campus. We are confident that the new vaccination requirement will help our community to get back together as quickly as possible.  

Sincerely,     

Stephen Gange    
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs    

Jon Links    
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer       

Jane Schlegel   
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer 

Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff, 

The Johns Hopkins Vaccine Management System (VMS) is live and ready for you to upload your COVID vaccination documentation. The deadline for JHU affiliates‚ÄĒfaculty, postdoctoral fellows, undergrad/grad students, and staff (including bargaining unit members)‚ÄĒto upload their documentation under the university‚Äôs vaccination mandate is August 1. We encourage you to submit your documentation as soon as possible. ¬†

Click this link to upload your vaccination documentation to VMS now. 

As of today, July 1, those who have submitted documentation that they are fully vaccinated against COVID will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors on Johns Hopkins University property or worksites.   

JHU has transitioned into Phase 3 of our COVID response plans. Because of improving public health conditions, the relaxation of city and state regulations, and new guidance from the CDC and our own experts in public health and infectious disease, we are now able to safely scale back most of our COVID control measures throughout the university, including an end to the masking requirement for those who are vaccinated.   

All JHU affiliates are required to register their vaccine status. Full details about how to submit your vaccination documentation and the new policies in effect in Phase 3 are below. Please note that faculty, students, and staff at the School of Medicine are governed by the policies and deadlines of Johns Hopkins Medicine, which shared its guidance earlier today. 

How to use the VMS 

The JHU Vaccine Management System‚ÄĒthe VMS‚ÄĒmust be used to submit your documentation for COVID-19 by August 1, and will be used to document the flu vaccine later this fall. ¬†

The VMS will ask you to upload a photo of your vaccination card or other formal documentation of vaccination. The photo must clearly show your name and that you have been fully vaccinated. For those who have received a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna), your documentation must indicate that you have received your second dose. Affiliates who have received a WHO-authorized vaccine overseas will need to upload a certified English translation of the documentation. If you were vaccinated through a JHM clinic, your documentation may already be recorded; if so, you will receive an email confirmation and will not need to access the VMS or do anything further. 

Additional instructions for using VMS are available here. If you encounter any problems, please write to VMS@jhu.edu or stop by the testing center at the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood Campus (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for in-person assistance.  

Compliance monitoring through Prodensity 

We will continue to use the Prodensity app to monitor compliance with JHU COVID safety policies, including the vaccination mandate. (To learn more about health and safety compliance please click here.) If an affiliate is not compliant with the vaccination mandate or the masking and COVID testing requirements associated with an approved exception to the mandate, they will receive a red campus pass and will not be able to access campus and/or JHU resources. Fully remote individuals, including 100% remote staff and online students, are exempt from this but need to confirm their location via Prodensity by August 1. 

Those who have not yet downloaded Prodensity can do so here. Those who already have the app should make sure they have updated to the latest version. Help with getting and using Prodensity can be found here or by emailing testinginfo@jhu.edu.

Phase 3 policies 

Phase 3 of JHU’s COVID response plan represents a return to near-normal conditions as we prepare for the fall semester. Our ability to safely make this transition reflects the improved public health conditions locally and nationally and the increasing rates of vaccination. However, we will continue to carefully monitor the situation, and if conditions worsen or state and local regulations change, we will not hesitate to reinstate additional COVID control measures to preserve the health of our community. Again, School of Medicine affiliates are governed by Johns Hopkins Medicine policies, which were shared earlier today.

As of today, July 1, 2021: 

  • JHU faculty, staff, postdocs, and students who are fully vaccinated and have uploaded their vaccine documentation to VMS will no longer be required to wear face-coverings indoors. ‚ÄúFully vaccinated‚ÄĚ occurs two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson‚Äôs vaccine. ¬†
  • Affiliates who are fully vaccinated and have uploaded their vaccine documentation to VMS are no longer required to be tested, with the exception of undergraduate residential students who must continue to be tested one time each week. ¬†
  • Those who have submitted an exception request or received confirmation of an approved exception to the vaccine mandate will be required to test for COVID twice a week and to wear face coverings in indoor settings unless they are in a single-occupancy office with a closed door, or eating or drinking at a physical distance of at least six feet from any other person.¬†
  • Campus guests who are NOT vaccinated, or are unable to provide documentation of vaccination, are required to continue to wear face-coverings while on JHU property. By not wearing a face-covering, guests are affirmatively self-attesting that they are vaccinated. Details of our visitor and guest policies are available here.

More information 

Details about how to get vaccinated, who the vaccine mandate applies to, and how to apply for an exception to the mandate are included below and can also be found on covidinfo.jhu.edu, along with updated FAQs. If you can’t find the answer to your question in the FAQs, you may email VMS@JHU.edu. 

Please submit your vaccine documentation as soon as possible so we can bring our community back together safely and quickly.  

Just as importantly, please take some time this summer to rest and recharge. Many of us postponed or cancelled vacations that were scheduled during the pandemic and we hope you will be able to enjoy a break before we reengage fully this fall.

Sincerely, 

Stephen Gange     
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs     

Jon Links     
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer     

Jane Schlegel    
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer    

How to get vaccinated 

If you have not been vaccinated, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible and no later than the August 1 deadline.    

All Johns Hopkins affiliates in Maryland and Washington, D.C., can schedule a vaccination appointment through Johns Hopkins Medicine in MyChart. Johns Hopkins University is also hosting an open, free vaccine clinic on the Homewood campus on Thursday, July 8, where faculty, staff, students, contractors and their families can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may also contact JhMDVaxinfo@jhu.edu to schedule an appointment in advance.  

Visit the COVID Vaccine Information site for more information about the clinic. Vaccinations are free, and staff can use JHU’s special COVID-19 vaccine leave to take time off as needed for vaccination.  

Who is covered by the vaccination mandate   

COVID vaccination is required beginning August 1 for all JHU faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who will be working or studying at a U.S.‚Äďbased Johns Hopkins University campus or worksite (including Keswick, Mt. Washington, Washington, D.C. campuses, etc.).¬†

This vaccination requirement also applies to bargaining unit employees and contractors, with the exception of contractors or vendors whose presence at any JHU property is solely limited to the delivery of mail and goods.    

School of Medicine affiliates, including members of both clinical and non-clinical departments, will be governed by JHM policy. The vaccination mandate also does not apply to Applied Physics Laboratory employees, except those who are engaged in other university activities (e.g., teaching a course).   

Requesting an exception to the mandate   

Johns Hopkins will grant exceptions to the COVID vaccination mandate for medical or religious reasons, with appropriate documentation, and for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.    

Requests for exceptions to the vaccine mandate must be made through the VMS by August 1. On Friday, July 16, functionality will be added to the VMS that enables women who are either pregnant or attempting to get pregnant to request an exception. If you would like to request a pregnancy exception, please wait until then to access the VMS to submit your request.     

Having had COVID-19 in the past is NOT a permissible exception. However, if you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Affiliates in that situation may request a medical exception past August 1 to wait to get the vaccine until 90 days have elapsed.  

Dear Johns Hopkins Community:

Given the rise in COVID cases in Maryland associated with the delta variant, Johns Hopkins University will reinstate its mandate that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors, effective Thurs., Aug. 5. We are also resuming restrictions on indoor eating, as detailed below. (The School of Medicine resumed its indoor masking requirement on Friday, per Johns Hopkins Medicine policies.)

As we communicated last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended a resumption of masking, even for those who have been vaccinated, in communities where the incidence of COVID exceeds 50 or more new cases per 100,000 people or where the positivity rate is greater than 8% during a seven-day period, and Maryland has now crossed that threshold. We are hopeful that this increase in cases will abate in the coming weeks, but our cautious approach to protecting our campus community and our Baltimore neighbors warrants this added precaution.

Vaccination remains the most important step you can take to keep yourself and your family safe.While recent data suggests that the delta variant can be transmitted by and among people who have been vaccinated, the COVID vaccines remain remarkably effective against preventing severe illness and hospitalization. Johns Hopkins University has required all faculty, staff, and students to have documented their full vaccination or to have applied for an exception on medical, religious, or pregnancy grounds as of Aug. 1, and more than 80% have done so‚ÄĒexceeding the general population. Our goal remains to reach as close as possible to 100% vaccination within our community, and we will follow up with those who have not yet documented their vaccination.

Our plans for an in-person fall semester, including a broad return of staff to in-person work, remain unchanged. After consultation with our Health Advisory Council, the University Pandemic Academic Advisory Committee, and others, we are confident that masking and restrictions on indoor eating, combined with our vaccination mandate, will improve our measures to keep our community safe and prevent transmission to other vulnerable populations, those who have approved vaccine exceptions, and children under 12 years old, who are not yet eligible for COVID vaccines. We recognize that masking in the workplace may be inconvenient, but we believe the benefits of returning together as a community in pursuit of our common mission outweigh that discomfort.

Specifically, the following operational changes are enacted beginning Aug. 5:

Indoor face-coverings are universally mandated across campus except in the following situations:

  • In single-occupancy offices and shared office locations where 6-foot distancing can be maintained;
  • In residence hall dorm rooms/suites/apartments, only with roommates;
  • When eating or drinking at a distance of at least 6 feet from any other person;
  • With permission from the Provost‚Äôs Office, in instructional settings where there is a pedagogic rationale and sufficient distancing

Eating meals in indoor shared spaces is restricted to those areas where 6-foot distance can be maintained. Momentary unmasking for drinks/snacks remains permitted.

Food at university-sponsored indoor events will be suspended except for:

  • Grab-and-go food to be taken away from the event; or
  • Drinks/snacks that can be consumed with only momentary unmasking

As always, your health and safety remain our top priorities, and we will continue to monitor conditions to determine whether our COVID safety protocols need to be adjusted. We are grateful for your diligence and conscientiousness in maintaining proper COVID safety practices throughout the pandemic, and we are confident that we can have a productive, rewarding, and healthy fall semester.

Stay safe and be well,

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links Professor
Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Jane Schlegel
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Dear Johns Hopkins Community,

Now that Baltimore City has reinstated a masking policy, owing to the rise in COVID cases in Maryland associated with the delta variant, we want to clarify how that affects the university’s mandate, communicated to you on Wednesday, Aug. 4, that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors. The School of Medicine resumed its indoor masking requirement on Friday, July 30, per Johns Hopkins Medicine policies. APL has its own policies for individuals on its property but for APL staff members who work, teach or attend classes at other JHU or JHM campuses, the mandates for each campus apply and can supersede APL guidelines.

Indoors, face coverings are universally mandated across JHU campuses, except in the following situations:

  • In single-occupancy offices
  • In residence hall dorm rooms/suites/apartments, only with roommates

The Baltimore City mask mandate provides an exception when eating. Anywhere on campus, momentary unmasking for drinks/snacks remains permitted. We are permitting meals outdoors without distancing/masking restrictions and in indoor spaces where a 6-foot distance from other people can be consistently maintained. Eating in cubicles and shared offices with 6-foot distancing is, therefore, permitted, but masks are required when not eating. Facilities staff are working on establishing areas across campus for de-densified dining. 

University-sponsored events on campus may provide only pre-packaged, grab-and-go food to be taken away to eat outdoors or in physically distanced areas indoors. Sit-down meals, buffets, and platters at these events are suspended. These guidelines also apply to off-campus events anywhere in Maryland and D.C.; local and venue rules apply in other areas. 

Vaccination remains the most important step you can take to keep yourself and your family safe. While recent data suggests that the delta variant can be transmitted by and among people who have been vaccinated, the COVID vaccines remain remarkably effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalization. Johns Hopkins University has mandated that, as of Aug. 1, all faculty, staff, and students need to have documented their full vaccination or to have applied for an exception on medical, religious, or pregnancy grounds, and so far more than 80% have done so‚ÄĒin excess of the general population. Our goal remains to reach as close as possible to 100% vaccination within our community, and we have begun to follow up with those who have not yet documented their vaccination.

We continue to plan for an in-person fall semester, including a broad return of staff to in-person work. We are confident that this guidance, combined with our vaccination mandate, will help us keep our community safe and prevent transmission to other vulnerable populations.

As always, your health and safety remain our top priorities, and we will continue to monitor conditions to determine whether our COVID safety protocols need to be adjusted. Thank you for maintaining proper COVID safety practices throughout the pandemic and assisting us with preparing for a productive, rewarding, and healthy fall semester.

Stay safe and be well,

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Jane Schlegel
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Dear Peabody community:

With the beginning of the fall semester quickly approaching, I write to share and reiterate key operational information that will allow us to proceed with our plans for an in-person experience and the return of a normal level of activity on campus. I am confident that the guidelines we have in place ‚Äď which have been carefully crafted in partnership with the University‚Äôs leadership and public health experts ‚Äď will minimize our COVID risks as we return to classes, lessons, rehearsals, and performances this fall.

Vaccines

Vaccination remains the most important step you can take to keep yourself, your family, and the Peabody community safe.  Johns Hopkins University has required all faculty, staff, and students who plan to be on campus to have documented their full vaccination or to have applied for an exception as of August 1, and more than 80% have done so.

If you are not fully vaccinated, this link will outline vaccination options available to you. You may also attend a University-hosted on-campus vaccine clinic, including one on the Peabody campus from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, August 25, in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. The Vaccine clinic is open to students, faculty, and staff, and information regarding how students can schedule appointments for the vaccine clinic will be sent out this next week.

If you are traveling to Peabody and are not fully vaccinated when you arrive, you will need to receive a COVID test at Peabody or another JHU testing center, schedule your vaccination as soon as possible, and isolate until you receive a negative result.

More details about how to get vaccinated, who needs to get vaccinated, what to do if you are not vaccinated, and how to apply for an exception to the mandate can be found on JHU‚Äôs COVID information website.

Masking and Distancing

Given the rise in COVID-19 cases in Maryland associated with the Delta variant, and in accordance with the current Baltimore City mandate, Johns Hopkins University has reinstated its mandate that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors. Indoor face-coverings are universally mandated across all campuses except in the following situations:

  • In single-occupancy offices and shared office locations where 6-foot distancing can be maintained;
  • In residence hall dorm rooms/suites/apartments, only with roommates;
  • When eating or drinking at a distance of at least 6 feet from any other person.

Except when eating, physical distancing requirements have been lifted indoors and outdoors, though continued distancing is recommended for those who are not vaccinated. Eating meals in indoor shared spaces is restricted to those areas where 6-foot distance can be maintained. The Peabody Dining Hall will return to the grab-and-go dining model and ‚Äď due to the size of the space ‚Äď dining services will only be available to students.

Testing

Asymptomatic COVID testing continues to be available at nine JHU COVID testing sites, and is required once weekly for vaccinated residential undergraduates and twice weekly for unvaccinated faculty, students, and staff. Asymptomatic testing on-demand remains available for all affiliates.

Students, staff, and faculty are strongly encouraged to use Johns Hopkins resources when symptomatic or concerned about exposure to COVID-19. All affiliates are eligible to call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center (JHCCC) at 443-287-8500. 

More Information

Specific guidance around masking, distancing, and timing for private lessons and ensemble classes ‚Äď including information on bell covers, instrument bags, and use of the low-latency studios ‚Äď is available on the Peabody Website.

Daily health checks through Prodensity remain required for all JHU affiliates coming to campus. Preparatory families who do not have access to Prodensity should continue to use the AUXS app; more detailed guidance for Preparatory students and families is forthcoming. Visitors and guests will be allowed on campus and must follow the same COVID safety rules as JHU affiliates.

Conservatory students and all faculty and staff are invited to discuss these protocols and our plans for returning to campus at upcoming Town Hall meetings for the Peabody community. Meetings are planned for students on Monday, August 16, at 6:30 pm EDT; for faculty on Thursday, August 19, at 12 noon EDT; and for staff on Wednesday, August 25, at 10:30 am EDT. Invitations with links and details will be emailed separately.

As always, Peabody and Johns Hopkins will continue to monitor public health conditions and adjust our COVID safety protocols as needed.

While we will have to continue to be mindful of the ongoing pandemic and our responsibilities to protect ourselves and each other, I am very much looking forward to a fall semester that brings us back together and brings music and dance, teaching and learning back to Peabody’s Mt. Vernon campus. I thank you for your continued commitment to our community.

Sincerely,

Fred Bronstein, Dean

Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff:

Keeping our community safe and healthy remains our foremost priority as we all continue to navigate the pandemic together. The overwhelming majority of you have taken the most important step in that effort by getting vaccinated against the virus. Ninety-five percent of faculty and 92 percent of staff have submitted documentation that they have been fully vaccinated; data on students will be forthcoming once they have returned to campus. 

On top of the protection afforded by our high vaccination rates, we are making two adjustments in our protocols at this time based on the latest research and case trends, which show a surge in the delta varient in recent weeks. We are limiting allowable vaccines to those that are FDA-approved and developing plans to increase COVID-19 testing. 

As a reminder, our plans for the fall include a universitywide mandate for COVID vaccinations, twice weekly COVID testing and masking for those who have approved vaccination exceptions, weekly COVID testing for vaccinated residential undergraduate students, limitations on the size of in-person classes and events, and heightened ventilation and air filtration. In the last several weeks, we have also instituted a universal indoor face-covering requirement.

Together, these measures offer strong protection against the spread of COVID within and by our community and allow us to return to campus as planned.

However, there are recent reports that certain vaccines may be less effective against the delta variant. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution and based on the recommendations of our Health Advisory Group, we are instituting the following changes in our campus operations.  

1. Only FDA-authorized COVID vaccines will be accepted. These three vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, J&J/Janssen) have all shown effectiveness against known variants. Any individuals who have not received one of these vaccines must be revaccinated with a full course of one of these vaccines upon arrival, that is two doses, properly spaced, for Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, and one for J&J/Janssen. 

Previously, we allowed any vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization, but given growing data about the potential for lower effectiveness against delta, we are now mandating revaccination for those who have received non-FDA-approved vaccines. The university will assist students if they need help, and vaccination information is on the Johns Hopkins Medicine website. 

Individuals who have uploaded to the Vaccine Management System documentation of vaccination with Oxford/AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax, Sinopharm, or Sinovac will be contacted and asked to schedule an appointment to receive one of the FDA-authorized vaccines. You must complete your vaccinations and upload documentation to the Vaccination Management System (VMS) by Oct. 8. Your prior submission will be removed so that you can upload new documentation after your final dose. You may not upload documentation until that point. In the meantime, you will be allowed to come on campus, but you will be required to follow the same masking and testing requirements (twice weekly) as those with vaccination exceptions until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose).

2. Asymptomatic COVID testing will be expanded. Our current policy requires anyone on-campus who has an approved vaccination exception to be tested twice a week. Further, all vaccinated residential undergraduates are required to be tested once a week. To facilitate early detection of any COVID outbreaks within our community, we are developing plans to expand mandatory asymptomatic testing, and we expect to provide details in the coming days.

Asymptomatic COVID testing will remain available on a voluntary basis for all students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff. Details on testing locations are on the JHU coronavirus information website. Anyone who exhibits COVID symptoms is directed to call the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (JHCCC) at 443-287-8500, seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The JCCC will arrange for testing if needed and assist in transmitting information to Occupational Health or Student Affairs.

The School of Medicine continues to follow Johns Hopkins Medicine policies for vaccination. APL has its own policies for individuals on its property but for APL staff members who work, teach or attend classes at other JHU or JHM campuses, the mandates for each campus apply and can supersede APL guidelines.

As always, we are closely monitoring conditions, and both Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine are evaluating additional precautions to further protect our community and our neighbors. We will keep you updated on any changes to our protocols. Thank you for maintaining proper COVID safety practices throughout the pandemic and assisting us with preparing for a productive, rewarding, and healthy fall semester.

Stay safe and be well,

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Jane Schlegel
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Dear Johns Hopkins Community:

We are excited to have students returning to our campuses and to be starting another academic year. As we increase in-person activities this fall, we are committed to keeping you safe, and, as we indicated last week, we have decided to take some additional precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our faculty, students, and staff. We would also like to remind you of some important guidelines to help you protect yourself and your colleagues and to invite you to a town hall next week.

More than 95% of our faculty and 91% of our staff have documented their full vaccination against COVID, and we expect that once students who have not had the opportunity to receive an FDA-authorized vaccine arrive on campus, their numbers will be similar. Thanks to our high vaccination rates and other safeguards we have employed throughout the pandemic, such as masking, testing, and restrictions on eating and drinking, we have seen no documented cases of transmission in laboratory or classroom settings since the beginning of the pandemic. And the diligence of our community in maintaining good public health practices is evident in the initial test results from students moving into our residence halls‚ÄĒless than 0.5% were positive for COVID.

Based on CDC advisories and our consultation with experts in public health and infectious disease, we are confident that these measures are sufficient at this time without the need for distancing or de-densification in our facilities or on university transportation. However, the number of COVID cases regionally and nationally has increased in recent weeks, so out of an abundance of caution, we are enacting the following policies.

  • Expanded testing requirements for undergraduates. In order to stay aware of conditions among our community and assist individuals who may have been exposed, JHU will require all vaccinated undergraduates, including those who live off campus, to take a saliva test once a week, starting Monday, August 30. (As with other members of the community, undergraduates with approved exceptions to the vaccination mandate will be required to test twice weekly.) Testing locations and information are on the JHU coronavirus information website. Those who have tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days will be excused from testing because it would create false positives. If this is the case, please email SHWCintake@jhu.edu.
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  • Pregnancy exception discontinued. Given recent guidance from the CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicinerecommending that pregnant women be vaccinated against COVID, we will no longer allow exceptions to vaccination for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive. Those who have already been granted such an exception will now need to provide documentation of their vaccination or approved exception on medical or religious grounds.
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  • Business travel restrictions. JHU will allow only essential university-sponsored travel, which must be approved by your division. Affiliates will be required to submit travel approval documentation with their expense reports.

We also offer the following reminders:

  • Stay home if you have symptoms. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID, stay home and call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center at 443-287-8500, seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. You will be provided instructions on whether you need to get tested for COVID and whether and how long you should isolate/quarantine.
  • Mask use is mandatory indoors for everyone at all times. Even if you are more than six feet from others, you must still wear a mask indoors except when alone in an office with a closed door or when eating in a safely distanced manner.
  • Complete daily health check with Prodensity. Please be sure to download and use the Prodensity app for daily health checks. We are centrally monitoring the compliance of faculty, students, and staff across the university, but at this time, the system should not be used for spot checks of whether an individual has a red or green pass.
  • Respect others‚Äô privacy related to vaccination status. Individual students, staff, and faculty may not inquire about another affiliate‚Äôs vaccination status. Compliance is being monitored at both the central and school levels. The only exception is for supervisors in a clinical setting (e.g., medical or nursing students in clinical rotations).

The School of Medicine continues to follow Johns Hopkins Medicine policies for vaccination. APL has its own policies for individuals on its property, but for APL staff members who work, teach or attend classes at other JHU or JHM campuses, the mandates for each campus apply and can supersede APL guidelines.

If you have any questions about our policies or guidelines, we invite you to attend a virtual town hall hosted on covidinfo.jhu.edu next Wednesday, September 1, at 12:30 p.m. You may submit questions during the event or in advance at HRCOVID19@jhu.edu.

Thank you for helping us have a successful and safe semester. We will continue to keep you updated by email and through the coronavirus information website in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Dear Johns Hopkins Community:

We are pleased to report that 98% of JHU faculty and staff and 82% of JHU students are now in compliance with the university’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, having either submitted proof of FDA-authorized vaccination or received approval for a medical or religious exception. Another 13% of students are in the process of being vaccinated.

Thank you‚ÄĒfor contributing to the well-being of our campus communities and our ability to resume more in-person activities.

We also would like to take this opportunity to urge those who have not yet been vaccinated or have not requested an exception to do so immediately. As a reminder, vaccination is required for all U.S.-based JHU students, faculty, and staff, as a condition of enrollment and/or employment on any of our campuses.

To ensure that everyone understands how the vaccine mandate will be enforced, following is a summary of the process and consequences for individuals who are not in compliance.

Compliance with JHU Vaccine Mandate

JHU faculty and staff who are not yet in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination mandate have been contacted several times since our deadline of Aug. 1. If they do not get their first dose of the vaccine or receive an approved medical or religious exception before Oct. 1, they will receive additional warnings, and if they still do not comply, termination or faculty disciplinary procedures will begin on Oct. 15. Those who get Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and require a second dose will have until Nov. 1 to do so, and those who do not comply will be subject to termination or faculty disciplinary proceedings beginning on Nov. 15.

A similar process is underway for students, who will face disenrollment if they do not document compliance with the mandate by Sept. 30.

Those who are in the process of being revaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or those who had had a pregnancy exception will have until their previously announced deadlines to document compliance. Faculty, staff, or students who would like to seek a medical or religious exemption must apply by Sept. 24.

We understand that termination or disenrollment is a serious step, but universal vaccination is crucial to our ability to safely support our mission of education, research, and service, and to keep our colleagues, their families, and our Baltimore neighbors safe. This policy is consistent with our flu vaccination mandate and is congruent with the policies recently announced by Johns Hopkins Medicine.

For faculty, staff, and students, detailed information about this process and time frame, and about opportunities to be vaccinated, will be communicated directly to those who have not yet complied with the mandate.

Note that the procedures outlined in this message do not apply to JHU employees who are 100% remote‚ÄĒthat is, those who never come to any Johns Hopkins facility or conduct business in any public setting on Johns Hopkins‚Äô behalf. School of Medicine employees who fall under Johns Hopkins Medicine‚Äôs mandate have slightly different requirements, including that even personnel who work entirely from home and have been designated as fully remote must get the COVID-19 vaccine or receive an approved medical or religious exception. Please refer to JHM‚Äôs guidance¬†for more information.

APL has its own policies for individuals on its property, but for APL staff members who work, teach or attend classes at other JHU or JHM campuses, the mandates for each campus apply and supersede APL guidelines.

Simply put, having as many students, faculty, and staff as possible fully vaccinated, in combination with other safety-related policies such as mask-wearing, is vital to the safety of our community. We are looking forward to a successful year.

Sincerely,

Sunil Kumar
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Laurent Heller
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Kevin Shollenberger
Vice Provost for Student Health & Well-Being Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Meredith Stewart
Interim Vice President for Human Resources

Dear Peabody community members,

I want to reiterate the important message you received earlier today from the university about COVID vaccination compliance and strongly encourage any of you who have not yet submitted proof of FDA-authorized vaccination (or received approval for a medical or religious exception) to do so now.

Students who have not documented compliance with the JHU COVID vaccination mandate by September 30 face disenrollment from the University. Staff and faculty who are not compliant will be subject to termination.  This is for the safety of each and every member of our community. 

If you are not yet vaccinated, you can get a dose of the Pfizer vaccine right here on campus tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15, between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pmin Unger Lounge. Tomorrow’s vaccine clinic is open to all Peabody affiliates (students, faculty, and staff) and no appointment is necessary.

If you are vaccinated but have yet to document your status and need help ‚Äď or have any other questions about JHU‚Äôs vaccine mandate ‚Äď you can come to the clinic or reach out to the Student Affairs and Human Resources teams for help. You can also find more information about documenting your status on JHU‚Äôs COVID information site.

I am so thrilled to be back on campus and see the energy you are all bringing to our in-person return. As we move into the heart of the semester, it is critical that we continue the momentum and protect our community. We have an obligation to each other. Thank you for doing your part.

Sincerely,

Fred Bronstein

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff:

Thanks to improving public health conditions and the extremely high rates of vaccination in our community, Johns Hopkins University will now allow food and drink at outdoor events. This means events at which food and drink is the primary purpose‚ÄĒsuch as picnics and cocktail receptions‚ÄĒare now allowed outside, subject to size restrictions. Any gatherings with fewer than 50 people, with or without food and drink, are allowed without the need for advance permission. Events that 50 or more people are expected to attend do require permission. Information on how to request approval is available on the JHU Coronavirus Information website.

Our policies related to eating and drinking indoors remain unchanged because of the greater risk of virus spread in that setting. Momentary unmasking for consuming drinks/snacks is permitted in all indoor settings, but events on campus may provide only prepackaged, grab-and-go meals to be taken away to eat outdoors or in physically distanced areas indoors. Sit-down meals, buffets, and platters at indoor events remain suspended. More details are available at tp>We also wish to clarify our policy on business travel. Recently, we announced a resumption of normal business travel policies, without the need for COVID-specific authorization. That policy change does not extend to JHU-sponsored group travel involving students, which still requires advance permission from COVID-Events@jhu.edu. More guidance about travel is online.

We thank you for your continued diligence in following best practices for COVID safety. The fact that we have not documented any spread of the virus within our classroom or laboratory settings is a testament to your conscientiousness and care for others in our community. As always, we will continue to monitor conditions and adjust our policies to allow for greater flexibility where possible or to tighten restrictions where needed.

Stay safe and be well,

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Dear Johns Hopkins Community:

We are pleased to announce that Johns Hopkins Medicine is now offering three brands of COVID-19 boosters for those who have completed an initial COVID vaccination. These additional doses are available for individuals at high risk for infection because of their medical, work, or living conditions.

Additionally, all those who previously received a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine are eligible for a booster. JHU community members may make an appointment at a Johns Hopkins clinic if they qualify.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the boosters for people who are aged 65 and older, live in long-term care settings, have certain underlying medical conditions, or work or live in high-risk settings. Recently, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added Moderna and J&J to its list of manufacturers authorized for boosters. The FDA has also determined that it is safe for individuals to receive a different vaccine brand for their booster dose from the brand they received initially. The option to schedule a booster from a different manufacturer than your initial vaccine will be offered by Johns Hopkins vaccine clinics in the coming weeks.

To receive an approved booster dose at a Johns Hopkins vaccine clinic, you must schedule an appointment through MyChart. No walk-ins will be permitted at Johns Hopkins clinic sites. Beginning Oct. 26, updated appointments will be available. Log in to MyChart.¬†Choose ‚Äúschedule an appointment‚ÄĚ and select the ‚ÄúCOVID-19 vaccine‚ÄĚ tile.

You will not be able to request a specific brand on site at the Johns Hopkins Medicine vaccination clinics. However, each Johns Hopkins vaccination clinic will administer a specific vaccine brand, as follows:

  • Turner Concourse (East Baltimore campus): Pfizer
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: Moderna and J&J
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital: Pfizer
  • Howard County General Hospital: Pfizer
  • Suburban Hospital: Moderna and Pfizer

You may also view the vaccination brands offered at our mobile vaccination clinics. Walk-ups are welcome at mobile vaccination clinics.

At this time, JHU and JHM personnel are not required to receive a booster under the COVID-19 vaccine policies. For general information and to check eligibility, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters document on the Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

Sincerely,

Gabe Kelen
Director, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System

Lisa Maragakis
Senior Director of Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention
Johns Hopkins Health System

Robert Carter
Senior Director
Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Emergency Management

Clarence Lam
Interim Director, Occupational Health Services
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Johns Hopkins University

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer
Johns Hopkins University

Dear JHU Community:

We have been hearing from many people that it has been a challenging year to obtain appointments for influenza vaccinations and that Johns Hopkins clinics have been filling up quickly. Therefore, the deadline for the JHU mandate is being extended by two weeks, to Friday, December 3.

Thank you to everyone who has already gotten their flu shot this year. This is an important step toward protecting the health and well-being of all members of our university community. All JHU faculty, staff (including postdoctoral fellows and bargaining unit members), and students who are or who plan to be on our U.S. campuses are required to upload proof of flu vaccination to the Vaccine Management System before the deadline. You may also use the VMS to request a medical or religious exception. Even if you have an approved exception from previous years, you will still need to request a new exception in the VMS this year. Instructions are available online.

We are working to add additional clinics, which can be scheduled through¬†MyChart:¬†Select Visits, then Schedule an Appointment, then Flu Shot‚ÄďOccupational and Student Health if you want to see available options. If you need assistance accessing MyChart or booking an appointment, you may go to a JHU COVID testing site and ask the staff there for help. You may also email testinginfo@jhu.edu.

As a reminder, the flu shot is free anywhere for employees and students who have a JHU health plan. You can also use the JHU voucher (available at vms.jh.edu) for a free shot at Walgreens. Many pharmacies are requiring appointments and not taking walk-ins this year, so we encourage people to book appointments now if needed. For Hopkins clinics, keep an eye on MyChart for future openings. This web page also has information regarding where the shot is available at Hopkins and will be updated as additional clinics are added. 

Regardless of where you get your shot, make sure you get documentation before you leave and then upload it into the VMS. The only place where information is uploaded automatically into the VMS is at an on-site JHU occupational/student health clinic, not at Walgreens (as in previous years) or JHM physicians’ offices.

If you have received the vaccination, but don‚Äôt have documentation to upload, you can get it from the provider’s website (e.g., Walgreens, CVS, etc.) or from a state website called Maryland MyIR, which is a free website service that allows consumers to view and print copies of their official vaccination records directly from ImmuNet, Maryland’s immunization information system.

JHU School of Medicine employees, postdoctoral trainees, and students fall under Johns Hopkins Medicine’s mandate and policies. The deadline and requirements differ, so please refer to JHM’s guidance online.

For APL staff members who work, teach, or attend classes at other JHU or JHM campuses, the mandates for each campus apply and can supersede APL guidelines.

If you have any additional questions, you can email VMS@jhu.edu for help.

Sincerely,

Meredith Stewart
Interim Vice President for Human Resources

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Kevin Shollenberger
Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear Students,

We are writing today to inform you of some changes in the University’s masking policies for vocalists and instrumentalists whose performance maybe inhibited by wearing a mask.  The Peabody administration continues to work with the University Health and Safety Committee to address the specific issues and challenges for our population during the pandemic.  We have been pleased that through these efforts we continue to make incremental progress toward a more normalized educational and performance experience.  Our success is due in no small part to the efforts by all of our students, faculty, and staff to ensure that we are maintaining our vigilance with the virus mitigation protocols related to masking, hygiene, and regular testing.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott‚Äôs reinstated masking mandate does allow for an exception under certain circumstances for performers, ‚Äúto the extent that wearing a mask is not feasible given the activity of the performer‚ÄĚ.¬† Given the success of our mitigation protocols at Peabody, the JHU Health and Safety committee is willing to extend this exception to our population.

Today we are happy to announce that vocalists, wind players and brass players will no longer need to rehearse or perform in masks under the following protocols beginning on Thursday, December 2.

  • Fully vaccinated woodwind, brass and vocal students no longer need to mask or use bell covers during performances, lessons, studio classes, or ensembles.¬†¬†
  • Students will be masked at all other times, per university policy, including when entering and exiting instructional spaces and during breaks in classes and rehearsals.¬† ¬†
  • Plexiglass dividers will still be utilized in ensemble settings for certain instruments.
  • All vocalists, wind and brass students will be required to test 2x per week.¬†
  • Any student not meeting the 2x weekly testing requirement will be required to use the approved masks/covers until they return to compliance, without exception.
  • Currently ONLY vocalists, wind, and brass students are able to rehearse or perform unmasked due to the specific challenges for those students performing masked.¬† All other students will need to remain masked¬†during rehearsals and performances and¬†at all times while indoors per University policy.
  • All unvaccinated students who have an approved vaccine exemption will continue to utilize masking, bells covers or instrument bags and distancing.¬†
  • Any non-JHU affiliate vocalist, wind, and brass ringers or ensemble guests will be required to remain masked as they are not part of the university testing protocols.¬† They may be considered to perform a concert unmasked on a case-by-case basis if they provide to the University a negative PCR COVID test not more than 72 hours prior to the performance.

To implement these changes by Thursday, December 2, students returning from Thanksgiving break will be required to have their first weekly test on either Sunday, November 28 or Monday, November 29 and have their second weekly test on Wednesday, December 1.  Any student who has not completed two tests by December 1 will not be able to proceed with unmasking until the following week.

We will continue to work with the University on updated masking polices for all student performers in the future and will continue to update you as those policies evolve.

Sincerely,

Abra K. Bush,
Sr. Associate Dean of Institute Studies

Andrew Kipe
Interim Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Dear Peabody students, faculty, and staff:

I am pleased to announce that we have been granted approval by the University Health and Safety Committee to begin to reopen some of our performances to public audiences, under prescribed COVID-related guidelines.

In the month of December, the concerts listed below will be open to the public. Audience members are required to wear face coverings while they are on campus and must be prepared to show proof of vaccination. In addition, we will continue to observe reduced capacity in our venues, limiting the number of people in each space. No events will be ticketed in December; attendance is first come, first served and patrons will be turned away when we reach capacity.

Sunday, December 5: Conservatory Dance: Capstone Project
Thursday, December 9: Peabody Jazz Ensemble
Saturday, December 11: Now Hear This
Monday, December 13: Peabody Conductors’ Orchestra
Saturday, December 18: Peabody Youth Orchestra (open to Preparatory families)
Saturday, December 18: Preparatory Wind Orchestra & Preparatory Wind Band (open to Preparatory families)

While we are unable to open additional events to the public at this time due to capacity restrictions and operational considerations, the majority of the other concerts and events planned for December will continue to be open to the Johns Hopkins community and many of them are livestreamed. Details for each event are available on the Peabody website at peabody.jhu.edu/events.

This is another incremental step towards a return to normal operations, and is possible because of our continued vigilance around the measures that have made our return to campus successful and safe. I anticipate that we will be able to expand our public offerings in the spring semester and look forward to sharing further updates.

Sincerely,

Andrew Kipe
Interim Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Dear Peabody Students,

Today we became aware of at least one case of a student who knowingly came to campus and unmasked in a rehearsal setting while experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  This is extremely irresponsible and puts the health and safety of our entire community in jeopardy. In addition, only 45% of students who were required to test in order to rehearse and perform unmasked this week have done so, leaving more than half ineligible to perform unmasked. As a result of the confluence of these circumstances, we will immediately suspend the recently announced provisions around masking until further notice and return to masking for all wind players, brass players, and singers effective 8 am on Saturday, December 4. Peabody received special accommodations from the University and worked responsibly to loosen the masking policy in rehearsal and performance situations. However, that unique privilege is based on the belief that our community would do their part by engaging in regular testing and not coming to campus if they are feeling sick.

While I regret the need to return to masking at all times, we do so out of an abundance of caution and for the protection of our community, and with the knowledge that more work must be done to ensure all members of the community are ready to comply with our health and safety requirements.

Thank you,

Fred Bronstein

Dear Johns Hopkins Community: 

We hope you have plans for a relaxing and enjoyable winter break. We also hope that in your remaining days on campus and during time away you continue to exercise good public health practices. We have seen some uptick in cases among members of the Johns Hopkins community since Thanksgiving, including our first detected instance of the omicron variant, and we urge you to continue masking and exercising caution about social gatherings.

Before many of us are away from campus, we have a few reminders and some helpful information for you. 

JHU Testing Over Winter Break and Upon Returning 

If you will not be on campus for the entire break (Dec. 22 through Jan. 23), you do not need to test. 

For those who are required to test regularly: If you are away from campus for an entire week (Monday morning to Sunday night) you do not need to test that week. However, if you are on campus at all‚ÄĒeven if only once and very briefly‚ÄĒyou will need to get tested¬†as follows:¬†

  • If you have an exception¬†to the vaccine mandate¬†and normally test two times per week, you will still be required to test. If you plan to be on campus¬†only¬†one day during a given week over the break, you will only be required to test¬†only¬†once.¬†
  • If you normally test one time per week, you will still be required to test one time. ¬†

When you return to campus, please resume testing at one of the on-campus testing sites. Your Prodensity Campus Pass will remain RED until you are compliant with testing and have a negative result. Review the diagnostic testing page of the JHU Coronavirus Information website for information on how to make a testing appointment in MyChart. 

Changes to the schedule for university testing sites (including both symptomatic and asymptomatic sites) are on the testing locations + schedules page of the Coronavirus Information website. If you develop any symptoms, please call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center at 443-287-8500. 

Regular testing requirements (once or twice per week) for students and those with exceptions will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 4. School of Medicine affiliates will continue to follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s policies. 

Vaccine Boosters

Vaccination remains the best way to minimize the risk of illness and help protect your health and the health of those who are more vulnerable or not yet eligible for vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 booster to everyone age 16 and older. We strongly recommend boosters for all eligible affiliates; appointments can be made at JHM, retail pharmacies, mobile vaccination clinics (walk-up) and local and state vaccination sites.

If you haven’t already done so, the winter break is a great time to get your booster so that you can return for the spring semester with an added layer of protection against COVID. 

While boosters are not currently required by Johns Hopkins, they may be in the future, so we encourage you to register your booster within the Vaccine Management System when you get it.

Information for Students Who Are Traveling 

Students who will not be on campus for the¬†winter¬†break¬†should¬†register their travel¬†in¬†Prodensity.¬†The university does not need to ‚Äúapprove‚ÄĚ travel, but the travel registration will¬†ensure that you are not¬†marked¬†as noncompliant for mandatory testing while you are away from campus.¬†Employees do not need to register¬†their¬†travel.¬†

We recommend (but do not require) that students get tested for COVID-19 prior to starting their trip back to Baltimore. This is especially important if you have any symptoms that may be consistent with COVID-19. If you have a positive COVID test while you are away, please call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center at 443-287-8500 for instructions about when you are allowed to return to campus and how we can assist you.

International Travelers 

If you plan to travel internationally, new federal requirements recently enacted require you to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than one day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of your recovery (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). 

For students who are traveling internationally, we remind you that countries may restrict travel within their borders, lock down movement, add entry restrictions, and/or change quarantine requirements at any time. If this happens and you cannot return to the United States to continue your studies, there is no guarantee that academic programs will have a remote option, and you may need to return to resume your studies next fall.

Staying Safe Over the Break 

Remember, outdoors remains a safer environment than indoors. When you must gather indoors, avoid crowded or poorly ventilated areas. Monitor yourself for occurrence of symptoms and minimize contact if symptoms develop. 

Everyone in communities with substantial or high transmission rates should wear a mask while in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. If you are not fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask anytime you are in a public indoor setting. 

The CDC has created guidance for safer ways to celebrate holidays and we encourage you to review it.

If each of us follows a few simple precautions, we can enjoy safer travel and celebrating over winter break and protect the health of our JHU friends, classmates, and colleagues when we return. 

Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year, 

Kevin Shollenberger
Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs 

Meredith Stewart 
Interim Vice President for Human Resources

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer 

Dear Johns Hopkins Community:

We write to report on a cluster of COVID cases detected this week among graduate students. At this time, we are seeing approximately 68 cases among Bloomberg School of Public Health students, a little more than half of which have been traced to off-campus parties held last weekend, and 52 cases among other students in eight of our graduate schools, also largely due to social interactions off campus. We continue to see no evidence of COVID transmission in our classroom or research spaces. Case counts among undergraduates, faculty, and staff have stabilized after a brief uptick following the Thanksgiving holiday.

Because of the continued effectiveness of our COVID prevention efforts in academic and research spaces, we are not changing our operating posture at this time. However, while definitive sequencing is not yet complete, we are seeing signs consistent with the emerging omicron variant. Early evidence suggests that omicron is more transmissible among vaccinated people than other variants, so we urge you to take the following steps to keep yourself and the community safe:

  • Wear a mask. Please remain diligent in mask-wearing indoors.
  • Avoid large gatherings, particularly indoors.
  • Get tested. Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as those required to test because of vaccination exceptions, should remain diligent in completing required asymptomatic COVID testing. The current COVID cluster(s) were detected through asymptomatic testing, which enabled us to begin contact tracing and other containment measures.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms. Do not assume that symptoms you‚Äôre experiencing are a cold or the flu. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, or muscle or body aches, call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center at 443-287-8500, seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Get a booster shot. The vaccine booster appears to increase the vaccines‚Äô effectiveness against omicron. You can register for a booster through¬†MyChart. If you cannot schedule a booster before the holiday break, please consider doing so while you are away from campus. We are currently consulting with our public health experts about whether to require booster shots for those who are eligible and will be working to set up additional on-campus clinics for booster shots in January.
  • Depart campus right after exams. We strongly encourage undergraduates to leave campus as soon as possible after completing their exams and return after break as near to the start of their classes as possible. If you require financial assistance to change your travel plans, please complete the following¬†online form¬†or visit the¬†COVID-19 financial aid resource page. We will continue to offer support for those who are unable to return home during the holiday break.

As always, the health of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as our Baltimore neighbors, is at the forefront of our minds. We will continue to monitor conditions in our community and emerging public health guidance, and we will adjust our plans and protocols as warranted. Please keep an eye out for further updates about this evolving situation.

We hope you will have a safe conclusion to the fall semester and a restful holiday break.

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Kevin Shollenberger
Vice Provost for Student Health & Well-Being
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear Johns Hopkins Community:

We write to announce that all eligible Johns Hopkins University faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who will be working or studying at a U.S.-based university campus or worksite will be required to get either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID booster shot by Feb. 1. 

Affiliates who are 100% remote‚ÄĒthat is, those who never come to any Johns Hopkins facility or conduct business publicly on Johns Hopkins’ behalf‚ÄĒremain exempt. Members of clinical departments at the School of Medicine will be governed by Johns Hopkins Health System vaccination policies.¬†More details of who is included in JHU’s vaccine requirements are on the Coronavirus Information website. Questions can be directed by email to¬†VMS@jhu.edu.

Emerging evidence has shown that immunity to COVID wanes over time, particularly against the omicron variant, but that booster shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine provide significant additional protection. We believe this step will help prevent disruptions to our plans for an in-person spring semester.

  • Document your booster: Upload proof of your booster shot to the¬†Vaccine Management System (VMS)¬†now, or as soon as you‚Äôve had your shot.
  • Eligibility: You are eligible for a booster if you got your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine six months ago or more, or the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago. If you have received two doses of J&J, you should get a Pfizer or Moderna booster six months after your second J&J shot.
  • New international students: If you have gotten a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization but not one authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, you are immediately eligible for a booster (you may wait 28 days following your last dose). Only one booster dose (either Pfizer or Moderna) is required for those individuals. This is a change from previous university policy (which required those with international vaccines to be revaccinated), based on emerging science related to the efficacy of boosters.
  • Rolling deadline: Those who are not yet eligible for a booster as of Feb. 1 will be required to receive a booster as soon as they become eligible (six months after a second shot of Pfizer or Moderna, six months after a J&J booster, or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Those individuals will have two weeks after they become eligible to get the booster and upload their documentation to the Vaccine Management System.
  • Exceptions: If you have an approved medical or religious exemption to the COVID vaccine, it carries over to the booster requirement. You do not need to apply again.
  • Don‚Äôt delay: If you can get a booster shot prior to the return to campus in January, we urge you to do so. Booster appointments can be made now through MyChart or at state and local vaccination sites and pharmacies. Additional on-campus clinics for boosters are in the process of being scheduled. See the Coronavirus Information website for the most up-to-date information.

In the meantime, we urge you to take precautions to keep yourself and the community safe: Wear a mask, get tested regularly, monitor yourself for symptoms, avoid large gatherings (particularly indoors), and complete the Prodensity health check questions each day you’re on campus.

If you have any symptoms (even if you think it’s just a cold) or if you know you have been exposed to COVID, don’t come to campus and call the JHCCC at 443-287-8500 for guidance.

For APL staff members who work, teach, or attend classes at other JHU or JHM campuses, the mandates for each campus apply and can supersede APL guidelines.

We are pleased to let you know that since last week’s cluster among graduate students, new cases have significantly declined, and we have not seen secondary transmission related to that incident. Still, the omicron variant appears to be highly contagious. Vaccination and boosters are important tools, and we all need to do our parts to keep our community and neighbors healthy.

We hope you will have a safe conclusion to the fall semester and an opportunity to rest over the holidays.

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Kevin Shollenberger
Vice Provost for Student Health & Well-Being
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear Johns Hopkins University Community:

As we continue to plan for return to in-person learning on Jan. 24 for the spring 2022 semester and navigate challenges posed by the omicron variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, we write to announce some changes to Johns Hopkins University’s operations and to reinforce the importance of our ongoing requirements and guidelines.

Importantly, we want you to know that although case counts continue to rise in our area and among our affiliates, we continue to see no transmission of COVID-19 on campus or in our workplaces when our rules and guidance are followed. Nonetheless, we are mindful of COVID spread in the community and of the strain on our dedicated health care colleagues.

Key elements of our updated and existing protocols and policies include:

  • Increased testing of all students to two times/week; continued availability of testing for faculty and staff. To augment early detection within our community, we are increasing our current mandatory testing requirements for undergraduate and graduate students who will be on campus to twice a week, effective Jan. 4. Tests must be conducted at least 48 hours apart. Unvaccinated faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows with an approved exception will still be required to test twice a week. Voluntary asymptomatic testing on demand will remain available for vaccinated faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows. School of Medicine affiliates will continue to follow JHM policies.
  • In-person flexibility through January 23, including for staff. For the next few weeks, as we institute our booster mandate and get beyond the period of increased community exposures from holiday gatherings and travel, we are flexing a number of in-person operations, such as the shift of most undergraduate Intersession courses to an online format as announced last week. Until the beginning of the spring semester, departments or divisions at their discretion may also offer staff increased flexibility for hybrid or remote work. During this period, the university will remain open for all planned research and clinical needs, to support those students who are on campus, and to make necessary in-person preparations for the spring semester. But to the extent that staff can perform some or all of their work remotely, subject to departmental or divisional approvals, they are welcome to do so. Normal workplace modality will resume on Jan. 24.
  • Shortened isolation to five days for individuals who test positive and have no symptoms; and modified protocols for quarantine and testing of close contacts.¬†
    • Isolating after testing positive. Those who have tested positive must have¬†no¬†symptoms at five days in order to leave isolation; otherwise, they must remain in isolation until they are free of symptoms.¬†
    • Quarantining after exposure.
    • Those who are vaccinated and boosted who have had a close contact do not need to quarantine.
    • Those who are unvaccinated or vaccinated but not yet boosted and have had a close contact must quarantine for five days.
    • Anyone with a close contact‚ÄĒwhether vaccinated/boosted or quarantining‚ÄĒwill need to test negative at five days.

If you test positive, you must be cleared by the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center, the Student Health and Wellness Center, or University Health Services to return to work, classes, or other on-campus activities. School of Medicine affiliates will continue to follow JHM policies.

This change follows recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is made in consultation with our own experts in public health and infectious disease. In light of better developed evidence about the period during which COVID is most transmissible as well as our own extensive measures to prevent the virus’ spread (e.g., near universal vaccination, required masking, increased surveillance testing, and enhanced ventilation), we believe this change appropriately balances our need to protect our community with a desire not to force our faculty, staff, students, and post-doctoral fellows to isolate or quarantine longer than necessary.

  • Continued indoor masking. The consistent use of face coverings is even more important given evolving information about the transmissibility of the omicron variant. Proper mask wearing (covering both the mouth and nose, fitting snugly against the side of the face, and secured with ties or ear loops) is required at all times when indoors, with limited exceptions (e.g., when in an office by yourself with a closed door, in residence hall dorm rooms/apartments/suites only with roommates, or momentarily for drinks/snacks).
  • Mandatory boosters and new booster clinics. Please get ahead of JHU‚Äôs requirement that all eligible individuals get a booster by Feb. 1. Full vaccination including a booster is highly protective against severe illness and hospitalization. Get your booster shot as soon as possible‚ÄĒsix months after your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or two months after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A series of booster clinics will be held on our campuses beginning next week. Details about times and locations and instructions for registering will be available soon at the JHU Coronavirus Information website. We encourage those who can get a booster on their own during the winter break to do so and to upload proof of your vaccination to the Vaccine Management System. We also encourage faculty and staff to take advantage of the booster clinics on campus early this month so that we can complete as many booster vaccinations as possible before students return in large numbers.
  • Town hall.¬†On January 5 at noon, we will hold a town hall to answer your questions about these policies or any other COVID-related topic. A link to view the town hall will be available on covidinfo.jhu.edu.

As always, our ability to safely carry out our mission of education, research, and service to the fullest extent depends on your efforts to keep yourself, your colleagues, and our Baltimore neighbors safe. It is crucial that you remain diligent in masking, monitoring yourself for symptoms, following our testing requirements, avoiding large gatherings‚ÄĒparticularly indoors‚ÄĒand staying up-to-date with your vaccination.

Fortunately, we continue to see no evidence of transmission in our classroom or laboratory spaces, and our plans to begin the spring semester in person on Jan. 24 remain unchanged. As always, we will closely monitor conditions, and we will not hesitate to enact additional protections or to change course if needed, in consultation with the Health Advisory Group, the University Pandemic Academic Advisory Committee, and the Student Advisory Committee.

We thank you again for your diligence and care in maintaining good public health practices, and we look forward to seeing you on campus again in the new year.

Sincerely,

Laurent Heller
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Meredith Stewart
Interim Vice President for Human Resources

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Dear Johns Hopkins Community:

We continue to look forward to the beginning of the spring semester on Jan. 24 and are working to resume a broad range of in-person academic, research, and other activities as safely as possible. Two years into the pandemic, we know the strain on our community is great and that coming together in person is vitally important to the well-being and progress of our students in particular. As always, we are carefully considering how best to sustain the safe environment we’ve been able to create on our campuses throughout the pandemic.

As you know, the data suggest that omicron is more easily transmissible than other variants of the COVID virus and that it progresses more quickly but typically results in less severe illness and fewer hospitalizations‚ÄĒparticularly among those who have been fully vaccinated, including booster doses. Those characteristics, as well as the near universal rate of vaccination within our community, make the surge we are experiencing now different from the one we faced a year ago. In response, we are taking the following steps:

  • Masks. We will require the use of N95s, KN95s, or a combination of a cloth mask with a surgical mask. A¬†cloth mask alone or a surgical mask alone will no longer meet the university‚Äôs mask requirement. School of Medicine affiliates will continue to follow Johns Hopkins Medicine‚Äôs masking policy. We will distribute a variety of mask types at numerous locations around the university, on all campuses, beginning next week. Whatever kind of university-approved mask you use, the most important thing is to wear it consistently and properly‚ÄĒwith a tight fit and covering both the mouth and the nose.
  • Booster mandate. We are glad to see so many of you getting ahead of our Feb. 1 deadline for booster shots. Boosters offer significant protection against omicron, and we urge you to get yours as soon as you are eligible. Information about on-campus booster clinics and how to sign up for a shot is available on the JHU Coronavirus Information website. Once you get your booster, you must register it in the Vaccine Management System, even if it is registered in MyChart.
  • Testing. In order to catch COVID cases more quickly and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks on campus, we have increased to twice a week our current mandatory testing requirements for undergraduate and graduate students who will be on campus, and we encourage faculty and staff to take advantage of our on-demand asymptomatic testing, which is available at a wide variety of locations across our campuses.¬†Directions on scheduling an appointment through MyChart¬†are available online.
  • Return tests for undergraduates living in residence halls. In addition to the increased testing above, undergraduates living on campus will be required to test immediately upon their arrival and to quarantine in their rooms until they receive a negative result. Students arriving the weekend of Jan. 21-23 will be given a rapid antigen self-test so that we can be assured that they will get their results in advance of the first day of classes on Jan. 24. Details will be sent to undergraduate students in a follow-up message.
  • Academic flexibility. While we remain committed to a full return to campus and onsite instruction, we anticipate that both faculty and students may face challenges in maintaining academic continuity during the next two weeks as we return to campus and resume testing. It is important that we all treat one another with empathy and understanding, and in some circumstances exercise flexibility in how we maintain teaching and learning. Our divisions will provide temporary adjustments as needed to faculty whose ability to teach in person is impacted by the pandemic, owing to circumstances such as unexpected school closures and other child care disruptions, the need to care for family members, etc. Faculty will continue to take steps to support students in keeping up with their coursework if they are required to isolate or quarantine.
  • Hybrid and remote work for staff. Thanks to your adherence to public health measures, our campuses remain safe, but we recognize that this is a challenging time for many members of our workforce in terms of managing the personal and family disruptions of the pandemic. For that reason, we will extend the period of increased workplace flexibility (announced on Dec. 31) until Feb. 7, at the discretion of each division. To the extent that staff can perform some or all of their work remotely, subject to departmental or divisional approvals, they may do so, and we extend our continued gratitude to all those employees who are and have been working in person during this time.
  • Isolation housing. We have substantially increased our inventory of isolation housing compared to last semester, and we have adjusted our protocols to ensure we are prioritizing its use to house those undergraduates whose living situations put them at most risk of spreading the virus to others. Undergraduates living in residence halls are our first priority because congregate living often makes isolation in place difficult. Undergraduates living off campus are no longer required to isolate in university-provided housing; such housing cannot be guaranteed for off-campus students but may be made available if inventories allow and considering the student‚Äôs individual circumstances. Depending on conditions, students may be required to isolate in their rooms.
  • Quarantine. Consistent with CDC guidelines and the advice of our own experts in public health and infectious disease, fully vaccinated (including a booster) individuals¬†are no longer required to quarantine after a meaningful contact. Those students who are required to quarantine (e.g., those who have received a vaccine exception or are not yet boosted) will do so in their own rooms or residences, even in shared living situations.
  • Contact tracing. Because omicron appears to develop and spread more quickly than previous variants, our existing manual system of contact tracing is less effective. Instead, we have adopted an automated system in which those who test positive will fill out a form listing their close contacts, and those close contacts will then be notified by email.
  • Dining facilities and events. We will move to grab-and-go service at our residential dining facilities, and special permission will be required for all nonacademic indoor events of 50 people or more through Feb. 6. Grab-and-go food at events is suspended during this period.

COVID is a serious and exhausting challenge, but it is important to emphasize how much better prepared we are to face the virus now than we were when it first emerged almost two years ago. The steps you have taken‚ÄĒvaccination, mask-wearing, testing and more‚ÄĒhave contributed immeasurably to the safety of our community and to our ability to meet our mission of education, research, and service. At this time of higher community prevalence, we ask you to be particularly careful to monitor yourself for symptoms and to stay home and get tested if you are sick. We thank you for your continued diligence in the weeks ahead.

Stay safe and be well,

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Kevin Shollenberger
Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear Students and Faculty,

As the progression of COIVD-19 and the Omicron virus continues to improve in Maryland and Baltimore City we can once again revise some masking protocols related to lessons, applied classes, and ensembles for vocalists and dancers.  Following the successful change in policy for our wind and brass students, beginning on Monday, February 28 vocalists and dancers will be able to remove their masks for lessons, applied classes, ensemble rehearsals and opera coaching and rehearsals, and performance IF they are compliant with 3 weekly tests the week prior.  The ability to be unmasked in a studio for a private lesson will be at the discretion of your teacher.  All students must continue to follow the University and City of Baltimore masking mandates at all other times.

The testing week runs Monday through Sunday each week and each test must be at least 48 hours apart for a student to be considered compliant.  Testing may take place at Peabody or at any of the JHU testing sites around the region.  A full list of testing sites can be found here. 

Students who are not compliant with testing will need to remain masked for the full week.

At this time, the ability to unmask applies only to wind, brass, vocal, and dance students in lessons, applied classes, opera activities and ensembles with the additional testing compliance and does not apply to students in other disciplines, faculty, or staff.  Students who have been granted an approved vaccine exemption will need to continue to mask and distance until further notice from the University and are only required to test 2x per week.

The ability for us to continue to relax these protocols is dependent on all members of our community continuing to be vigilant with testing, masking, and proper hand hygiene.  Most importantly, please do not come to campus if you are symptomatic.

Sincerely,
Dean Kipe

Dear Johns Hopkins community:

As you may know, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced Thursday that the city’s indoor masking requirement will be lifted on March 1, in concert with the previously announced end to the Washington, D.C., mask mandate. We have consulted with our experts in public health and infectious disease, and mindful of the particular circumstances of our campus community, we have chosen not to lift our own mask mandate or change the type of mask that is required at that time.

We are heartened by the reduction in both case rates and severe complications requiring hospitalization locally and nationally, and we are hopeful that we will soon be able to relax our mask requirements in a phased manner. However, we know that consistent, proper use of high-quality face masks is one of the most effective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, and given the difficulty of maintaining physical distancing in many university settings, we are taking a conservative approach to relaxing this mandate. We will continue to closely monitor conditions on campus and in the broader community and will keep you updated.

Meanwhile, based on the high vaccination and booster rates within our community and the improvements in public health conditions that have already taken place, we are able to immediately relax several other policies, with additional loosening of the rules planned for next month. (School of Medicine affiliates will continue to follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s policies.)

Effective immediately:

  • Health checks for JHU affiliates coming to JHU campuses using Prodensity will no longer be required. We encourage keeping the app on your mobile device as we will continue to use it to communicate important information about testing sites and our COVID protocols. As we detailed in our 11/19 communication, no one should come to campus when they are sick.‚Ä®
  • Given the continued low occurrence of COVID cases on campus, we are returning to a requirement of once-weekly, mandatory asymptomatic testing for undergraduate and graduate students. Mandatory weekly testing is expected to remain for the rest of the spring term, and testing continues to be available to faculty, staff, trainees, and postdocs who want it. Details are on the JHU coronavirus information website. As is currently the case, testing requirements will vary in some divisions based on the nature of certain programs. In those cases, students will receive additional instruction from their divisions.¬†Individuals who have approved exceptions to the university vaccination or booster policy must continue to test twice a week.

Effective March 19:

  • Food service will be allowed at indoor events, and on-campus dining will return without capacity restrictions. Physical distancing should still be maintained where feasible. Remaining restrictions on off-campus business meals, which are currently limited to four people together, also will be lifted.
  • Campus guests older than 5 years old who will be inside campus-operated buildings in the U.S. are expected to comply with university COVID vaccination requirements already in place for our affiliates. Details of those requirements and how they apply to campus guests are available on the vaccination page of the coronavirus information website.

We are pleased that we have been able to take a number of steps this semester to relax the restrictions put in place during the delta and omicron waves, but we will remain observant of the conditions locally and nationally and will not hesitate to change course if necessary to protect our campus community and our neighbors. We have certainly learned by now that the progression of this pandemic is not linear, and we should all be prepared for the possibility that we may again have to impose additional public health protections. We thank you for your continued patience and flexibility, and your collective commitment to pursuing Johns Hopkins’ mission as safely as possible.

Be well,

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Kevin Shollenberger
Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Meredith Stewart
Interim Vice President for Human Resources

Dear Students,

As noted in the February 25 message from the University asymptomatic testing for students has been reduced from 2x per week to 1x per week.  However, some members of the Peabody population do have different testing requirements in order to attend applied classes, rehearsals and lessons unmasked.  For Wind, Brass, Vocal and Dance students the 3x weekly testing requirement remains in place to be considered compliant and to be able to be unmasked in these settings.  As the virus continues to decline we are hopeful that the additional testing requirement will be phased back as well, but for now, wind, brass, dance and vocal students must continue to test 3x per week to be eligible to be unmasked in approved settings.

Sincerely, 
Dean Kipe

Dear Johns Hopkins community:

Given the continued improvements in COVID trends and after additional consultation with our experts in public health and infectious disease, we are now prepared to relax our indoor masking policy for vaccinated affiliates at Johns Hopkins University.

Since community transmission levels have continued to fall, as recorded on the JHU online testing dashboard and the JHU Coronavirus Resource Center, we feel confident to announce that effective immediately, masking in university administrative spaces, research labs, public spaces, public events, athletic facilities and nonclassroom communal spaces such as residence halls and libraries, will be optional for those who are vaccinated and boosted.

Until community transmission levels reach an even lower level, however, masks will remain required in classrooms, lab- and studio-based classes, and other spaces where instruction of university courses takes place. Mask use will be optional for instructors/presenters in classrooms if they are able to maintain a 6-foot distance from others in the room. Those who have been granted exceptions from the vaccination mandate will still be required to wear masks indoors. Mandatory once-weekly testing for students and twice-weekly testing for all affiliates with approved vaccination/booster exceptions remain in effect.

School of Medicine affiliates will continue to follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s policies.

We have adopted this phased approach to relaxing our indoor masking requirement in consideration of the unique circumstances of our university community and in continued consultation with Johns Hopkins public health and medical experts, the University Pandemic Academic Advisory Committee, the Student Advisory Committee, and others. This decision follows the elimination of citywide indoor mask mandates in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. on March 1.

We know that many people hold strong personal feelings about masking. We also know that consistent, proper use of high-quality face masks is one of the most effective measures to limit the spread of COVID. We thus encourage students, faculty, and staff to continue masking if that makes them more comfortable or if they have particular circumstances that influence their personal level of risk. Free N95, KN95, KF94, and surgical masks to wear in combination with cloth masks will be available across the campus throughout the semester.

We are also moving ahead immediately with two changes that we previously announced would begin on March 19. Starting today:

  • Food service will be allowed at indoor events. Physical distancing should still be maintained where feasible. Remaining restrictions on off-campus business meals, which are currently limited to four people together, also are lifted.
  • Campus guests older than 5 years old who will be inside campus-operated buildings in the U.S. are expected to comply with university COVID vaccination requirements already in place for our affiliates. Details of those requirements and how they apply to campus guests are available on the vaccination page of the coronavirus information website.

We will continue to evaluate public health conditions and may lift remaining mask mandates if community COVID rates reach a lower level, likely not before the rate is less than 10 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days. If rates appear to rise over a sustained period, we may reinstate a broad masking requirement and other measures to ensure community safety.

Thank you for your diligence in following JHU’s policies throughout this pandemic. Details are updated regularly on the JHU Coronavirus Information website. We will continue to keep you informed and appreciate your collective efforts in pursuing Johns Hopkins’ mission while encouraging safety as much as possible.

Be well,

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Pierre Joanis
Vice President for Human Resources

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Kevin Shollenberger
Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Following on the University’s recent message regarding changes in masking policy, I am writing to provide some updates and clarification specific to our Peabody population.

As noted in the University’s message effective immediately, masking in university administrative spaces, research labs, public spaces, public events, athletic facilities and nonclassroom communal spaces such as residence halls and libraries, will be optional for those who are vaccinated and boosted. This applies to audiences at Peabody concerts who will have the option of being unmasked.

Until community transmission levels reach an even lower level, however, masks will remain required in classrooms, lab- and studio-based classes, and other spaces where instruction of university courses takes place. Mask use will be optional for instructors/presenters in classrooms if they are able to maintain a 6-foot distance from others in the room. Those who have been granted exceptions from the vaccination mandate will still be required to wear masks indoors. Mandatory once-weekly testing for students and twice-weekly testing for all affiliates with approved vaccination/booster exceptions and three times- weekly testing for wind, brass, vocal and dance students remain in effect.

As these policies translate to Peabody, masking will still be required in all our instructional settings including lessons, studio classes, applied classes and ensemble rehearsals and performances.  Wind, brass, vocal and dance students who have been approved to be unmasked during applied instruction and rehearsals and performance may do so provided they are compliant with 3x weekly testing.  Other students will need to remain masked at this time.

As this relates to recitals, students who are performing as soloists or with solo instrument and piano, may be unmasked for recitals provided they are able to keep a 6ft distance.  For chamber groups or small ensembles in recitals, please contact the Concert Office for clear guidance.

As noted, unmasking is an option for members of our community and is an individual choice. We understand and support those individuals who may not yet be comfortable unmasking at this time.

We will continue to evaluate public health conditions and may lift remaining mask mandates if community COVID rates reach a lower level, likely not before the rate is less than 10 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days. If rates appear to rise over a sustained period, we may reinstate a broad masking requirement and other measures to ensure community safety.

Thank you for your diligence in following JHU’s policies throughout this pandemic. Details are updated regularly on the JHU Coronavirus Information website. Peabody specific policies are available on Peabody’s Covid Resource Page We will continue to keep you informed and appreciate your collective efforts in pursuing Johns Hopkins’ mission while encouraging safety as much as possible.

Sincerely,

Andrew Kipe

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As Dean Bronstein and the Peabody administration have continued to advocate for reasonable covid and masking protocols for our students and our unique circumstances at Peabody, we are pleased to announce the following changes to the recently released masking policy by the University.

Effective immediately:

  1. Students when playing an instrument, singing, dancing, etc., in any setting (class, rehearsal, performance) do not need to be masked.
  2. Students in more traditional lecture/instruction settings do need to be masked.
  3. All students will move to a 1x/week testing except those with an approved vaccine exemption, who will still test 2x/week.
  4. 3x weekly testing is no longer required for winds, brass, singers, or dancers.

Students with an approved vaccine exemption will need to continue to mask, distance, and use instrument-specific PPE in applied instructional settings until further notice.

With the reduction in the number of required weekly tests, we will no longer be offering weekend testing options on the Peabody campus.

We realize that we have issued several updates to the masking policies in quick succession and that some confusion may remain.  The Peabody covid resource page has been updated with the most recent policies.  Please feel free to be in touch directly if you have additional questions.

Sincerely,

Andrew Kipe

Dear Peabody community members,

Please see the message below that was just sent to Homewood undergraduate students regarding some temporary changes to COVID policies.

Along with these shifts for undergraduate students, Peabody is adopting a change for graduate students as well. Given the amount of time Peabody undergraduate and graduate students spend around each other, Peabody has decided to also require twice weekly testing for graduate students through April 22 (or for as long as the University is requiring it of undergraduates).

Please be aware that the masking policies outlined below, requiring masking in residential common areas and dining halls (when not eating), should be followed at Peabody. Masking policies allowing students to be unmasked in applied instructional settings, including ensembles, have not changed.

Students who wish to pick up a mask or a COVID self-test can stop by Student Affairs Monday through Friday between 9 am- 5 pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Best,
Peabody Student Affairs

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Dear Undergraduate Students,

Since Spring Break, we have received reports of COVID cases among undergraduates who have recently traveled or who were exposed to someone who has recently traveled. Nearly 100 undergraduate students have reported a positive test since April 1, with cases evenly split among residential and non-residential students. Consistent with what we have seen this term, many students who tested positive are asymptomatic, and the rest are experiencing only mild symptoms.

To help monitor the situation, we are moving to twice-weekly testing for all undergraduate students for at least this week and the next two weeks (through April 22). We will then re-evaluate and determine whether the increased testing remains necessary. We are also temporarily reinstating masking requirements for all people (students, staff, faculty, contractors, visitors, and guests) in common areas of the residence halls and in university dining facilities, except when actively eating or drinking. This is in addition to the required masking in classrooms. The university will continue to provide free, high-quality masks at asymptomatic testing sites.

In order to effectively manage our inventory of off-campus isolation housing, we may also adopt the isolation-in-place protocols outlined in a January message for residential undergraduates. In that case, we would prioritize off-campus isolation housing for residential students most in need, such as those with medical conditions that place them at higher risk from COVID; those who are experiencing more serious presentations of COVID; or those whose living arrangements may make it difficult to isolate (such as students living in doubles as opposed to suites with individual bedrooms). We currently are not accommodating our off-campus COVID-positive students in university isolation housing. However, they should continue to use the resources of Student Health and Wellness and Student Outreach and Support.

If students are asked to isolate in place, they must remain in their rooms and are not to leave unless there is a building or medical emergency. They will have meals delivered to their door, and mail, laundry, and trash removal services will be made available. Isolating students ‚Äď whether in their rooms or in off-campus housing — are also instructed to communicate with their professors and create plans for handling absences from classes, assignments, and exams. A member of the COVID Support Team will reach out to you as a follow up to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the isolation process and resources available to you.

We want to assure you that we are taking these precautions so that other students in the university’s residence hall buildings are not put at risk. To help students monitor their own health, we are making self-tests available to all residential students. These tests supplement, but do not replace, the mandatory asymptomatic saliva testing requirements that are in place. Test kits can be picked up from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Wolman Housing Office or AMR II Residential Life office.

We appreciate your continued flexibility and will provide to updates as conditions warrant.

Sincerely,
Kevin Shollenberger, Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being

Dear Johns Hopkins Community:

We are pleased to tell you that we are planning for fully in-person instruction and student activities in the fall. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have found that certain technological innovations serve to improve pedagogy and student access and success, and our schools have been discussing ways to ensure that those efforts can continue. But given the near universal rates of vaccination on campus, the lessons we and our peers have learned, and the continued advice of our own public health and medical experts, we believe that our campus activities will not be meaningfully altered because of COVID. Planning for summer academic activities and for future employee work modalities is also underway‚ÄĒdetails will be communicated as they are finalized.

We expect that COVID will still be circulating in the community this summer and fall. There will continue to be times when the prevalence of COVID is heightened as the pandemic progresses towards a more endemic level, similar to seasonal influenza, and some level of precautions will remain necessary.  

Although neither vaccination nor boosters entirely prevent infection, they have demonstrated continued protection against severe disease and have contributed to cases on campus being generally mild. Hence, we plan to continue requiring vaccinations and boosters, as well as flu shots, for students in the fall.

We also anticipate being able to rely on additional control measures, such as masking and testing, that have been in effect this spring. As warranted, there may be times when we require parts of our community to get tested or use face coverings in certain circumstances. For residential students, we will move to having students isolate in place but will retain some limited capacity for off-campus isolation housing, which we think may be needed at the beginning of the fall term and after Thanksgiving break.

For the fall, we will continue to have Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (JHCCC) expertise available to help answer questions, provide referrals for testing and care, and help identify where there may be locations or populations of concern.

We appreciate all your efforts since the beginning of the pandemic to keep our community safe and to continue to pursue our university‚Äôs research, education, and community service missions. We look ahead with optimism for the 2022‚Äď23 academic year and will continue to keep you informed about JHU‚Äôs plans in the coming months.

Sincerely,

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Kevin Shollenberger Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being

Rachelle Hernandez
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Pierre Joanis
Vice President for Human Resources

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Dear Johns Hopkins Community:

We are pleased to have reached the final weeks of the academic year. Your adherence to university COVID-19 safety protocols has made a real difference in JHU’s ability to continue in-person educational, research, and community service opportunities this spring while protecting the health of everyone on and around our campuses. We now want to make sure everyone is clear about our COVID-19 testing plans and mask requirements for the coming weeks.

In an April 6 email to undergraduate students, following increased case numbers after spring break, we explained that we were temporarily moving to twice-weekly testing for all undergraduate students through April 22. We also reinstated masking for all people in common areas of residence halls and in university dining facilities in addition to required masking in classrooms.

We have continued to monitor the situation, and while cases among our undergraduate students have decreased, COVID levels in JHU affiliates and the Baltimore community remain elevated, and so we are moving forward cautiously.

  • We are extending the twice-weekly testing for undergraduates, and the current indoor masking rules, for another week, until the last day of Homewood undergraduate classes on April 30.
  • From May 1 through Commencement on May 22, we will return to testing once a week for undergraduates and graduate students who are on campus. We will also resume the indoor masking policy as it was described on March 9¬†and is detailed on the coronavirus information website.
  • On May 23, as we transition to summer, we will suspend mandatory asymptomatic testing for on-campus students who have received vaccinations and boosters. We have been working closely with summer program staff who will distribute expectations for their individual programs to their participants. We expect to be entirely mask-optional during the summer, but as noted in our April 13 message, there may be times when we require parts of our campus to use face coverings in certain circumstances.
  • Those who have been granted exceptions from the vaccination mandate are still required to wear masks indoors and test twice per week for the remainder of the semester and during the summer.¬†

School of Medicine affiliates will continue to follow Johns Hopkins Medicine policies.

We encourage you to seek out further information at https://covidinfo.jhu.edu and to continue to be cautious and aware of any potential COVID symptoms. If you test positive, call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center (JHCCC) at 443-287-8500 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, for assistance.

Thank you for your attention to our COVID guidance this year. We wish you all a safe and healthy summer.

Sincerely,

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Kevin Shollenberger
Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being

Dear Undergraduates:

You have a lot on your plates as the academic year comes to a close‚ÄĒexams, class events, and, for our seniors, Commencement. We know that the last thing you want is for COVID to interrupt those plans and, in that spirit, we are both enacting a few additional precautions and encouraging you to wear a mask in group settings.

We have seen a significant increase in COVID cases among undergraduates since last weekend, with a large proportion traced to a concert that took place on Saturday night. The event was in full compliance with our current COVID rules, but it is a reminder that even in a population with universal vaccination such as ours, the virus can still spread.

We are taking the following steps through Commencement (May 22) to reduce the spread of COVID on campus:

  • Undergraduates will now be required to test twice a week at our asymptomatic testing sites.
  • Masks will now be required in the libraries and study areas, such as Brody Learning Commons, given increased use during finals.
  • Family and other guests helping students move out of university residence halls will also be required to mask.
  • Masks will be required at indoor events of more than 50 people.

Because it will take place outdoors, where the risk of COVID transmission is low, we are not considering changes to our plans for the universitywide Commencement ceremony.

As you know, the use of a high-quality mask is very effective in preventing the spread of COVID, as well as the flu, and so we encourage you to wear a mask in group settings. And although at-home tests do not take the place of asymptomatic testing, they are another effective tool to ensure that you don’t inadvertently put others at risk. Masks and home tests that meet JHU’s standards are available at all asymptomatic testing sites and the Student Housing office. A simple bit of prevention can keep your end-of-semester plans on track. If you test positive on a home antigen test,please report the result here.

Many of the students who have recently tested positive are experiencing symptoms, though fortunately they have generally not become seriously ill. But even if symptoms are mild, contracting COVID presents a major disruption based on the need to isolate for at least five days, and although we will be communicating with faculty to help make sure that students forced to isolate have the opportunity to complete their exams, we also know that any disruptions can be particularly impactful at this point in the semester.  

We thank you again for all you have done this year to prevent the spread of COVID on campus and in the surrounding community. Your efforts have helped allow classes and activities to continue uninterrupted. Let’s keep it up through the end of the semester.

Stephen Gange
Professor and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jon Links
Professor, Vice Provost, and Chief Risk Officer

Kevin Shollenberger
Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being

Rachelle Hernandez
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Hi everyone,

Please carefully review the message below that JHU sent to undergraduate students regarding some changes to COVID protocols, due to a recent significant increase in cases. Specific to Peabody, here are some updates:

  • All Peabody students (undergraduate and graduate) are required to test twice a week until graduation.
  • The masking policy has changed as follows:
    • Masks are now required in the library, given the high density of students leading up to finals.¬†
    • Masks are also required for audience members at concerts.
    • Masks will be required at all indoor events of more than 50 people.¬†This includes tomorrow‚Äôs Peabody Palooza.¬†
    • The message below indicates that there will be no changes to JHU‚Äôs commencement ceremonies, as their event is outdoors. However, since Peabody‚Äôs graduation ceremonies are indoors, masks will be required for all who attend.
    • Families and other guests helping students move out of the residence halls will be required to mask.
    • All are encouraged to mask in group settings.
    • Beyond the changes above, our current masking policies remain. Performers are not required to mask unless they are not vaccinated and boosted.

Thank you for your continued patience and help as we navigate these challenges. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

All the best,

Peabody Student Affairs