Note: The message below was sent to Heller faculty, staff and researchers. A similar message was sent to Heller students on the same day.

January 7, 2022

 

Dear Heller Colleagues,

I hope you have all had a restful, relaxing winter break and that you and your loved ones are healthy and well. I write to reinforce some key points from the university message (below) as they relate to Heller School operations. 

Remote teaching and learning: Jan. 18 - Jan. 31

We are temporarily returning to full-time remote coursework for the first two weeks of spring semester classes. Though the entire community should be familiar with remote learning technology by now, students who joined in September 2021 may have not experienced full-time remote instruction before. Faculty are reminded to schedule frequent breaks and make efforts to utilize pedagogical strategies that reduce screen time where possible.

Remote work for faculty and staff: Jan. 7 - Jan. 31

All Heller faculty and staff are considered non-essential employees and should work from home until February 1. If you need to access your office or the Heller building (for example, to retrieve work materials) please do so quickly, remembering to complete the Brandeis passport. Note you will need your Brandeis ID to access the building via card swipe.

Managers and supervisors: Please be aware that members of your team may face additional difficulties imposed by the current COVID surge. In addition to the possibility of coworkers or members of their household needing to isolate or quarantine, we should also expect school and daycare closures to impact coworkers who are caregivers. Please exercise compassion and foresight, and be prepared to offer support and flexibility to your team.

Make a tentative plan now for our Feb 1st return to campus

As the president’s message explains, we are all asked to do three things prior to our Feb. 1 return to campus:

  1. Obtain a booster shot before January 25th or within 30 days of becoming eligible (required).
  2. Take a PCR or rapid test (at Brandeis if you are asymptomatic, at home or elsewhere) prior to your first day back on campus (strongly encouraged).
  3. Obtain a high-quality surgical mask or respirator such as an N95, KN95 or KF94 for use on campus (masks are required; upgrading to a high-quality mask is strongly encouraged).

Please do not delay in making a plan to satisfy the three items above. Although asymptomatic testing on campus remains an easy and viable option for the entire Brandeis community, we know that booster appointments and high-quality masks can take a little time to procure.  

Thank you all for your attention to these messages, and for your continued support and patience as we navigate the current surge. Please continue to keep an eye out for updates from Brandeis and Heller leadership and on the  university’s COVID-19 Response website regarding COVID-related policies and protocols, and do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

Sincerely,

David Weil

Dean and Professor

 

[Forwarded message: Important adjustments to the spring semester due to COVID]