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Moving Toward a Better Normal 




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WPI is on schedule to start the spring semester with in-person learning, living, teaching, and working—guided, as always, by science and data. As we work together to manage an expected increase in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, we must continue to observe health and safety protocols to keep ourselves—and in turn, each other—as safe as possible and #ProtecttheHerd.

What You Need to Know Now

These are the latest updates as of January 21, 2022

  • Read the latest updates about classes returning to in-person instruction, returning to optional unmasked speaker practice, a visitor policy update, and more in the latest WPI Update.

  • Have you received a positive COVID test result or been told you're a close contact? Here's what you need to know and do.

  • If you haven't received your COVID-19 booster yet, sign up by January 11 for the on-campus clinics January 13 and 14. Details are here.

  • Allow Extra Time for COVID Test Results: The Broad Institute is experiencing extremely heavy volume and final test results are taking up to 72 hours. Please be patient during this time. Remember to check your email for your test results (all results will be delivered this way) and anticipate a possible delay of 24 to 72 hours.

  • The university is responding to the Omicron variant with updated guidelines. Read President Leshin's message about the new updates.

  • All employees and students must have their COVID-19 booster and upload their vaccination documentation on or before January 18:

  • WPI must continue to follow a mandate by the City of Worcester that individuals must wear face coverings when indoors in public/shared spaces. WPI will no longer permit the use of cloth masks alone. We strongly encourage use of a KN95 or a snug-fitting single-use surgical mask (which are even more effective when doubled up), although use of a cloth mask over a disposable surgical mask is permitted. Masks will be required in residence hall common areas for the first few weeks of January.

WPI's Massachusetts COVID-19 Higher Education Control Plan (PDF) is available.