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THE FAS REPORTER

Return to campus guidance and resources for the FAS community

Thursday, January 13, 2022
 

NEW & NOTEWORTHY

University Update on Public Health Protocols


The University recently provided updated public health protocols to support the health and wellbeing of our community as we continue to manage through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please carefully read the full message for complete guidance on changes. Of note:
 
Updated - Exposure, Quarantine, and Isolation Guidance:
The University has updated its isolation and quarantine protocols to align with the recently modified guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Health. Of note:
  • Infected individuals with no symptoms or resolving symptoms and no fever may end strict isolation after 5 full days (isolation ending on day 6) but must wear a mask at all times when leaving their homes or around others (this means no dining with others and no other mask-free activities) until after 10 full days (strict masking ending on day 11).
  • Additional requirements apply to specific settings, including healthcare and campus child care.
  • Individuals who test positive should identify and notify their close contacts. HUHS will no longer be doing this due to the high volume. Email communication from HUHS following a positive test notification will provide guidance on notifying close contacts.
  • Regarding close contact exposures, vaccinated individuals who are not up to date on booster shots must now quarantine for 5 days after a COVID exposure. As before, unvaccinated individuals must also quarantine after exposure. Fully boosted persons are not required to quarantine after an exposure if there are no symptoms.
More details about undergraduate isolation are available online.          

Masking Remains Critical:
Harvard and the FAS continue to require masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, to ensure the safety of our community. All community members should plan to wear a medical-grade mask whenever indoors in accordance with the FAS Mask Policy. Department administrators can order University-approved masks for their units. 

Boosters Are Required:
As a reminder, Harvard is requiring all students, faculty, staff, and researchers to have received a COVID booster by January 31, or 30 days after an individual becomes eligible for the booster. 
  • Schedule Your Booster:  Please take time to schedule your booster as soon as possible by visiting vaxfinder.mass.gov or vaccines.gov. If you have not received your booster by the time you arrive to campus, you can schedule an appointment at one of HUHS’s upcoming booster clinics.
  • Verify Your Booster Status: Once you have received your booster, please report it to HUHS. You can find detailed instructions for submitting your verification on the Verify Your Booster webpage.

TEACHING GUIDANCE & RESOURCES

Reminder: Academic Continuity for Students, Instructors in Isolation  


Faculty and instructional staff should take steps now to prepare for maintaining academic continuity for their students who must isolate. The Office of Undergraduate Education developed resources to help faculty in their planning. These include guidelines to help faculty prepare for the isolation of course teaching staff and for the possibility that they will need to isolate themselves. Please also visit the COVID FAQs on the Faculty Affairs website for additional information.

RESEARCH GUIDANCE & RESOURCES

Research Activity 


As announced in the FAS Spring Term Update, research lab activity will continue in person, including undergraduate and graduate student research.

ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES

Color Outages  


Given the increasing testing across multiple clients, Color has acknowledged that their website has been having performance issues. Specifically, they noted in a recent statement to clients that, “Color’s mobile and web-based applications are currently experiencing an intermittent outage that is creating some errors in attempts to access applications and a slower time to load. Our team is actively working to resolve it. We sincerely apologize for any disruption this may cause, and please let us know if you are still experiencing any problems.”


KN-95 Masks


The FAS is working to provide KN-95 masks from WeShield to community members who request them. To order KN-95 masks for your School, department, or unit, please take the following steps: 
  1. Email Greg Zarzour - gzarzour@weshield.us for an up to date quote and current lead-time for orders.
  • Powecom KN95 mask – Item #25023-10-KN95P
    • These masks can be used up to 5 times, but personal judgement is needed based on how long the mask is worn each day and how much time spent in public.
    • 10 masks/bag or 1,000 masks (100 bags)/carton  (Currently $1 per mask, but can increase due to demand)
  1. Set up a non-catalog PO in Buy2Pay
  2. Select Assure Global LLC  (D.B. A – WeShield) as the supplier
  3. Ensure distribution is set to email gzarzour@weshield.us
  4. Enter Masks Chart of Accounts cost string
    • Masks should ONLY be charged to Tub.Org.6640.Fund.600159.0004.00000
 

Visitor Guidance


The FAS requires all faculty, students, and staff to be in compliance with our Visitors Policy. Any visitors to Academic Departments should be asked by the Department Administrator whether they are comfortable accessing our campus, under the policy, or whether non-traditional interview activities (via Zoom) would be preferred. Additionally, all visitors must be notified that Harvard requires both COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters and that visitors must be up-to-date before coming to campus.

IMPORTANT DATES



Monday, January 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — University Holiday
 

Thursday, January 20

Administrators Town Hall

OTHER COVID RESOURCES

New: Keep FAS Healthy website
COVID-19 updates and resources for the FAS community

Guidance for On-Campus Activities
The latest COVID-19 requirements and recommendations for on-campus activity.

 

FAS Faculty Affairs COVID Updates

FAQs for faculty, instructional staff, and researchers.


FAS Return to Campus

Resources for returning to campus from FAS Finance and Administration.


GSAS COVID News

News and announcements sent to graduate students.


Harvard College Weekly Update

News and announcements sent to undergraduate students. 


Keep Harvard Healthy

University guidance and resources on COVID.


Harvard University COVID Testing Dashboard

Data from regular screening implemented as part of the University’s health and safety protocols.


Harvard Human Resources Your Life Well Lived

A monthly digest of wellbeing resources for faculty and staff.

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