The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted significant disruption to higher education and has forced institutions to shut down campus operations. Institutions are facing significant challenges in responding to this current crisis and are working to recover and prepare for the next normal. Determining if, when, and how to return to campus operations requires balancing competing priorities and risks associated with curricular needs, personal health and safety, economic realities, institutional mission, and community relations. Preparing USAHS campuses to return students, faculty and staff in the midst of COVID19 requires careful consideration and planning to ensure the safety of the USAHS community.
Our primary goal has been to advance students toward achieving their educational goals within a safe environment for the entire University community. Although we cannot control the trajectory of the pandemic itself, we can and have prepared a safe and healthy campus experience that complies with or exceeds all CDC guidelines and directives. Our Reentry Plan returns students, faculty and staff to campus in a manner that is prioritized to deliver skills-based lab experiences to meet graduation and accreditation requirements. Maintenance of this environment requires everyone’s continued commitment to abide by safe and healthy practices both on and off-campus.