In developing these guidelines, Head of School Dr. Meera Viswanathan and the administrative team have consulted with our Trustee COVID Task Force as they continued their study of the latest COVID infection rates and the concern virologists and epidemiologists have expressed recently regarding the Delta variant, which is now becoming dominant in the UK and expected to become so in the U.S. in the late summer and fall. They have reported that the Delta variant is much more transmissible, more virulent and seeming to have much more impact on adolescents and young adults. We have received their recommendations and have carefully reviewed data on the benefits of vaccination and the impact that a more fully-vaccinated population will have on life here on campus. As Dr. Sten Vermund, Dean of Yale’s School of Public Health notes, with a mandated vaccination policy among our students, we will be able to return to a much greater state of normalcy with those vaccinated no longer needing to wear masks, eat behind plexiglass partitions or outside, or abide by other social distancing protocols. In addition, vaccinated students will be able to engage freely in interscholastic competition and other interscholastic gatherings.
On June 14, we offered an information session on the COVID-19 vaccination with Dr. Shelley Marks ’81 who helped us to understand more fully the individual and community benefits of a vaccinated community. She also detailed some of the risks associated with emerging variants of the Coronavirus and shared the latest data on the progress that is being made with regard to the levels of vaccination among eligible groups. If you did not have a chance to join us, please visit this link for a copy of the full recording. Here also is Dr. Marks’ slide deck from her talk.
Dr. Meera Viswanathan
Head of School
Elisa Del Valle
Assistant Head of School for Student Life/Director of Social Justice and Inclusion
Director of Health Services
Assistant Head of School and Dean of Academics
Dean of Faculty and Dean of Academic Technology and Innovation