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Back to Pratt: Back to Yellow, New Digital ID Icon, Access Requirements, Find Support (January 28, 2022)


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From: Back to Pratt
Date: Jan 28, 2022
Subject: Back to Yellow, New Digital ID Icon, Access Requirements, Find Support

Pratt will return to “yellow” campus conditions and in-person learning beginning this Monday, January 31. Read the email announcement and view the campus conditions chart for access and protocols. 

If you submitted a vaccine record and signed a social contract for fall 2021 access, you do not need to resubmit those documents. 

  • COVID-19 Testing: Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to test regularly for COVID-19 based on their symptoms and risk level. Free testing is available on campus Monday through Wednesday in all 5 boroughs with reduced wait times. You may also be selected randomly during the semester to participate in our expanded testing program. Please read all notifications and respond if you are selected.
  • Reporting Positive COVID-19 CasesIf you test positive for COVID-19, or are informed of a positive case by another community member, use this online form to begin the contact tracing process. If you test positive or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should not report to work, class, or any other activities on campus.  
  • Long COVID Support: Long-term COVID-19 effects such as persistent fatigue, brain fog, loss of function, or other significant impacts on major life activities qualify as disabling conditions under the ADA. Students should contact the Learning/Access Center about setting up accommodations, and faculty and staff should contact HR.
  • Student Advocacy: The Student Advocacy and Care Coordinator is available to help students overcome personal and academic obstacles at 718.399.4546 or Staff and faculty may also reach out on a student’s behalf through Starfish.
  • Cleaning, Disinfection, and Air QualityDaily cleaning protocols have been updated for the spring semester and new FAQs on the topic have been added this week.
  • Mask Guidelines: It’s time to upgrade your cloth masks! Pratt strongly recommends all students, faculty, and staff wear surgical, KN95, KF94, or N95 masks this semester to provide greater protection against Omicron. A limited supply of surgical masks are available for pickup at all Public Safety booths.
  • International Students: F-1 students making their initial entry to the US for spring term must take at least one in-person or hybrid class to meet immigration requirements. F-1 students who are already in active SEVIS status can take fully online classes in spring 2022. For individual advice and questions, contact the Office of International Affairs.
  • Residence HallsThe residence halls are currently open and will remain open. Students returning to the residence halls must submit a negative COVID test result 72 hours prior to arrival. Contact with questions about current protocols or testing issues.
  • Spring Break 2022: Spring Break is scheduled the week of Monday, March 14, to Sunday, March 20. Additional information and instructions to help us all stay safe and healthy will be provided closer to the break.

Be mindful of your responsibilities during the pandemic and watch for a new email update from Back to Pratt each Friday.