Zoom panel for parents, families scheduled
Zoom panel for parents, families scheduled
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021
We are more than 20% of the way through spring semester classes. Consistent with our experience in the fall, our positive cases for COVID-19 remain relatively low. However, since students returned to campus we have experienced a rising positivity rate. This is because the virus is more prevalent on college campuses now than it was in the fall. Positive cases of COVID-19 are up at universities throughout the Northeast, with many schools experiencing levels much higher than on Bryant’s campus.
Our number of students in preventative quarantines is also higher than what we had this fall. This is a result of the aggressive testing, contact tracing and quarantine practices that are in place to contain the spread of the virus. We remain committed to a contact tracing strategy designed to break chains of transmission and avoid a significant outbreak. That strategy worked to benefit the entire Bryant community during the fall semester, and is working this semester. We had anticipated higher cases and quarantines in the spring and planned accordingly so we have sufficient space for the necessary quarantines.
The spring semester will require us to remain vigilant in following the proven practices that work to mitigate the spread of the virus, and nimble in adapting to the changing context.
In addition to masking, social distancing and using the Health Checker app to screen symptoms, it is essential for students to be vigilant in adhering to public health guidelines that limit social gatherings to those they live with. Experience shows that even small gatherings are unsafe, particularly when students travel from one group to another.
We are grateful for the collective commitment of all Bryant students, faculty and staff. If we all work together, we can keep our community strong.
Increased Testing for Students Starts Monday
Out of an abundance of caution, starting on Monday, Feb. 22, we will transition to surveillance testing for all students twice each week. The increased testing frequency will continue until Monday, March 1, and a further decision will be made at that time.
Nearly 30% of Bryant students, including commuters and student-athletes, are already being tested twice or three times each week. We have made significant investments to continue providing our full population surveillance testing at University expense.
Zoom Panel for Parents and Families March 11
We wish we were able to welcome more parents and families for campus visits at this time. To provide a forum for learning more about spring semester academic programs, student life and the residential life experience, the University has scheduled a moderated Zoom panel discussion for Thursday, March 11 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Join President Ross Gittell, Ph.D., Provost Glenn Sulmasy, Vice President for Student Affairs Inge-Lise Ameer, and Vice President for Enrollment Management Michelle Cloutier to learn more about the spring semester and early plans for Commencement. Register today
Vaccine Distribution Underway in R.I.
Rhode Island has begun vaccinating residents against COVID-19 and is committed to distributing COVID-19 vaccines as safely, quickly and equitably as possible using an age-based approach. The VaccinateRI.org portal launched earlier this week and began by taking appointments for residents age 75 and older at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence and at 100 Sockanosset Cross Road in Cranston. Starting on Monday, the State will allow Rhode Islanders 65 or older to schedule vaccine shots.
Visit the Rhode Island Department of Health site to learn more about the schedule for the safe and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Rhode Island.

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