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Spring 2022

Dear Husky Family,
 
I hope you have enjoyed a restful break. As a university, we continue to monitor the incidence and severity of the omicron variant as we approach the start of the Spring 2022 semester. We understand the importance of providing you with the best education and opportunities for success. We also understand the uncertainty COVID-19 continues to create.
 
To allow for a robust testing protocol and staggered move-in schedule for residential students to return to campus, BU will deliver the first week of classes (Jan. 24-28) online. We will continue all classes (in-person, hybrid, online, etc.) Jan. 31, 2022, as currently indicated in MyHusky.
 
Students, you will receive a communication from Student Success and Campus Life with more detailed testing instructions, and information will be posted to the website at that time.
 
It has been a challenging two years since the coronavirus appeared, but I continue to be inspired by your resilience and dedication to your academic pursuits.
 
Go Huskies!
 
Bashar 
 
Dr. Bashar W. Hanna
President - Bloomsburg University
Interim President - Lock Haven University
Interim President - Mansfield University
@BloomUpresident

Move-in and COVID TestingCOVID Updates   Student Health Center  

Spring Academic Calendar

  • Classes Begin Online — Monday, Jan. 24
  • Classes Continue (In-person, online, or hybrid as scheduled) — Monday, Jan. 31
  • Mid-Term — Friday, March 11
  • Spring Break — Monday, March 14
  • Classes Resume — Monday, March 21
  • Classes End — Friday, May 6
  • Finals Begin — Monday, May 9
  • Finals End — Thursday, May 12
  • Graduate Commencement — Friday, May 13
  • Undergraduate Commencement — Sunday, May 15

Faculty and Staff Communications

Dear Campus Community,

You may have seen a few updates on Covid-19 protocols and guidance over the past two weeks. We would like to share a few key reminders and updates as we prepare to start another in-person semester.

The isolation/quarantine guidance from the CDC has been updated and if you have not already done so, we encourage you to take a moment and educate yourself on these updates. Highlights of the CDC guidance include:

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

  • If you: Have been boosted OR Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR Completed the primary series Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5, if possible.
    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
  • If you: Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR Completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR Are unvaccinated
    • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • You must wear a mask for 10 days if you can’t quarantine.
    • Test on day 5, if possible.
    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

Additional Guidance

  • Mask requirements remain in effect when indoors on campus. Masks covering the nose and mouth continue to be required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor campus spaces. Based on experience, masking significantly reduced the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
    • Everyone is encouraged to wear a well-fitting surgical mask or KN95.
    • Single-layer cloth masks and “neck gaiters” do not offer sufficient protection and are not recommended.
    • Surgical masks and KN95 masks will be made available to all employees at the start of the semester.
    • Masks should also be worn outdoors if symptoms of COVID-19 are present, regardless of vaccination status, until a negative test is received.
    • Please also consider wearing a mask when outdoors in a large group.
  • Employees are eligible for Administrative Leave to obtain the COVID vaccine or booster. Boosters and vaccinations are readily available now. Find a location near you at vaccines.gov.  Questions regarding administrative leave may be directed to HR Connect via help request or by phone at 570-389-4415.
  • When isolation/quarantine is required, please work with your supervisor to determine the possibility of a work from home option during the isolation/quarantine period.
  • Should you have any questions, or need guidance on the need to isolate/quarantine or to report a COVID positive test result, please contact Belinda Sauers at bdeleon@bloomu.edu or 570-389-4793.
  • If additional cleaning or masking supplies are needed in your work area, please contact your supervisor to secure them through your campus facilities team. 

We thank you for your diligence in keeping our campus community safe and we wish you wellness as we navigate what is hopefully the last leg of this pandemic.