As the omicron variant continues to spread rapidly and cause new disruptions in our work and personal lives, Mitchell Hamline is implementing new protocols to help mitigate COVID-19 infection.
Starting Jan. 10, 2022, all visitors to Mitchell Hamline will be required to show proof at the front desk that they are fully vaccinated. Proof can be the vaccination card, a copy or photo of the vaccination card, or a complete COVID-19 record via the state-authorized Docket app. In addition to showing proof of vaccination, visitors will continue to be required to complete a short COVID-19 self-screening form at the front desk and wear a mask in the building.
In addition, Mitchell Hamline staff are being invited to work from home for the first two weeks of January, and the Preparation Sessions scheduled for the last two weekends in January for blended-learning students will be conducted in a remote synchronous format rather than in-person.
The school has announced a new ban on food and drink in class, and faculty are required to wear masks while teaching in person. Mask and vaccination requirements remain in effect on campus, and all members of the Mitchell Hamline community—whether on or off campus—are encouraged to take as many measures as possible to help ensure safety, including:
- wearing medical-grade masks (surgical masks or N95/KN 95 respirators). The school is providing surgical masks at the main entrance.
- getting a booster shot
- staying home if ill
- getting tested if you suspect you may have contracted or come in contact with someone who has COVID-19
- avoiding high-risk gatherings
- conducting meetings via Zoom, unless it involves a small number of people in a large space.