Welcome to Jan Term 2022

Dear Saint Mary’s Community, 

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and welcome you to Jan Term! Jan Term is one of Saint Mary’s most unique and appealing programs, where students explore a single topic in great depth, develop new passions, and expand their thinking. 

As we reconvene, we remain aware of the challenges presented by COVID-19. Thanks to the efforts of our entire Saint Mary’s community, we completed a successful fall semester with a low community positivity rate, less than 50 known COVID cases, and no interruptions in instruction. We should all be proud of the way in which the whole community came together to ensure a successful return to campus. 

With the continued emergence of the Omicron variant, we ask again for your help as we work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We have implemented several measures, including a remote first week of classes, mandatory return testing for students, and mandatory on-campus testing for students this week in an attempt to keep the Saint Mary’s community as safe as possible. For details on our return to campus protocols and testing requirements for Jan Term as well as answers to frequently asked questions, click here

In accordance with Contra Costa County guidance, masking in all indoor settings on campus also remains mandatory throughout Jan Term. If you do not feel well, get tested and stay home. 

While we work to stay as safe as possible during Jan Term, we also anticipate booster shots will at some point soon become a requirement to be considered fully vaccinated. If you are eligible, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. Saint Mary’s will continue to follow the latest CDC guidance when it comes to vaccinations. 

Although guidance and protocols will continue to evolve as time goes on, the fall semester proved our ability to meet these challenges as one community. As the calendar turns to 2022, let’s build this new year together as Gaels, reaffirming our commitment to community, the Lasallian mission, and our care for one another. 

Best regards, 

Richard Plumb, PhD