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Back to Pratt: SPECIAL EDITION: Shops, Labs, Studios, Dining, Libraries (January 12, 2022)


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From: Back to Pratt 
Date: Jan 12, 2022
Subject: SPECIAL EDITION: Shops, Labs, Studios, Dining, Libraries

Campus Conditions: The year 2022 is starting with campus conditions at amber, following the color-coded chart for protocols at each level.

  • Spring Semester Start: Pratt Institute will temporarily shift all classes to remote delivery for the first two weeks of the spring 2022 semester, as well as all activities and events through January 30, as announced in the email to the community on January 5. Pratt is committed to returning to “yellow” conditions as soon as possible and resuming in-person classes. An announcement regarding the next steps for the week of January 31 will be made no later than Monday, January 24.

Campus Services for the Start of Semester

  • Shops, Labs, and Studios: Studios used by a single individual will be open and available as usual. Access to other studios will be limited. Shops and labs will be closed. All students will be able to pick up materials from studios and lockers. Beginning January 14, students can check with their departments about the best way to arrange pickups.
  • Pfizer Shuttle: The Pfizer Shuttle will be running from the Brooklyn campus to Pfizer Studios beginning Tuesday, January 18.
  • IT Services: IT computer labs (PMC and Brooklyn) and output centers will be closed during this time. The Technology Desk (ARC, Room A03) will be open for in-person service by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6 PM. Appointments must be scheduled by using onePratt.  
  • Libraries: The Brooklyn and Manhattan campus libraries will be open on a reduced schedule.
  • Dining ServicesWhile in amber, the dining hall is open but seating capacity is reduced to one person per table limited to 15 minutes. “Grab and go” service is encouraged. 
  • Recreation: Beginning January 17, students, faculty, and staff can book time in the ARC at by selecting “recreation” for additional information and instructions. Email any questions to memberships coordinator David Ringwood at

Campus Access

  • Spring Campus AccessPratt will require all students, faculty, and staff to have a booster and a new negative PCR test result upon return to campus for access, as detailed in the December 22, 2021 email announcement.
    • Submit a Vaccination or Booster: Pratt community members must have received a booster vaccination and uploaded proof by January 18, or within fourteen (14) days of becoming eligible thereafter. Find requirement details and instructions online.
    • Submit a Negative PCR Test Result: Submit a new negative PCR test result online, taken within 72 hours prior to arriving on campus for the spring 2022 semester. 
      • What if I submitted my negative test results between January 4 and 14? If you have already been on campus anytime after January 4, the negative test result you submitted fulfills the testing requirement for the spring semester.
      • What if I can’t get a test or get results on time? Testing is available on campus in January to meet the requirements for spring access with a fast turnaround. If you are a resident student with testing issues prior to move in, contact Non-resident students can contact Health Services. Faculty and staff can contact Human Resources
      • What happens if I had a previous COVID-19 infection and can’t provide a negative test? ​​A new test will only be required after the 90 days have passed since testing positive. You must upload proof of your prior infection for access.
  • Residence Halls: The residence halls are currently open and will remain open. Students returning to the residence halls must submit a negative COVID-19 test result 72 hours prior to arrival. Contact with questions or concerns about current protocols. 

COVID Reporting and Testing

  • Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting: If you test positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT report to work, class, or other activities on campus. Follow the reporting instructions online.
  • COVID-19 Testing: New testing days added! Free, fast testing is available to Pratt students, faculty, and staff from 8 AM to 4 PM on January 12, 13, and 14, and 8 AM to 6 PM on January 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, and 27 on both the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses. 
    • Can I come to campus just to get a COVID-19 test? Yes, that is encouraged! Local students, faculty, and staff may come to campus for a test to complete the spring access requirements. If you are coming to campus for testing, you do not need to submit a PCR test in advance. But once you complete your on-campus testing, you must wait to return until you receive your test results.
    • If I test on campus do I need to upload my results to Pratt? No. If you test on campus your negative results will be applied towards your spring campus access.
  • Isolation Requirement: Until city, state, and CDC guidance are definitive, Pratt’s policy requiring 10 days of isolation after a positive test will remain the same. Review the Actions and Impact guide for details. Positive individuals with questions should contact if they are faculty or staff, or if they are a student. 

Questions and Concerns

  • Information Session: A community information session is being scheduled for the week of January 24. Watch your Pratt emails and the Back to Pratt website for an announcement with registration information and an opportunity to submit questions ahead of time.  
  • Spring FAQHave more questions? We’ve created a special set of FAQs related to our current campus conditions and the start of the semester. 
  • COVID Helpline: Call the COVID-19 helpline for personalized assistance at 718.687.5200 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM to 2 PM. 
  • Faculty Resources: 
    • Beginning January 24, the Center for Teaching and Learning will resume hosting informal Coffee Chats Mondays at 10 AM.
    • Technical questions related to teaching online can be addressed at three upcoming Canvas Workshops

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