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Johns Hopkins University plan to resume in-person learning, on-campus housing during spring semester

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 17:31:07-05

BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins University plan to resume in-person learning and on-campus housing during the spring semester.

JHU is inviting undergraduate students back to campus in Spring 2021 for in-person academic and residential offerings.

The university will require undergraduates to be tested twice a week, and many faculty, staff and graduate students will be subject to mandatory weekly testing as part of a comprehensive set of measures to limit the spread of COVID, including masking, physical distancing and symptom-monitoring.

They said their plans prioritize the health and safety of those on campus as well as those in the broader Baltimore community, and they are informed by positive examples of peer universities that have resumed in-person operations while keeping their campus and neighboring communities safe.

This fall, JHU said they have had a small number of students on campus and approximately 2,000 undergraduates in nearby neighborhoods, yet transmission rates have been very low.

To date, the school stated they have experienced no significant outbreaks among students in Baltimore, or transmissions among staff in their reopened research labs.

They will continue to monitor public health trends and will make a final determination in January, if not sooner, about whether conditions locally and nationally allow them to proceed.