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Classes will start on Tuesday, Jan. 18. In a message to the four University of Missouri System campuses on Jan. 11, leaders stressed the following:
Read the full message below:
Dear UM System community,
We hope you had a restful winter break, and we are excited for the spring semester to begin next week. As the pandemic continues, we thank you for your continued efforts to keep yourself and each other healthy and safe.
Vigilance is still needed, as the Omicron variant appears to be more contagious, though symptoms may be milder than previous variants. Cases are on the rise in Missouri, the United States and the world. In order to combat this highly contagious variant, we would like to reinforce some best practices that will help each of us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and continue to provide a fulfilling, in-person, on-campus university experience.
We urge students, faculty and staff to seek vaccination or boosters now before the semester begins in their current locations. Students, faculty and staff can make booster appointments at vaccines.gov. We also encourage you to get a flu shot if you have not already done so.
In addition to the community vaccination clinics, some of our UM System universities are planning walk-in, on-campus clinics for students, faculty and staff to receive free vaccines or boosters. To learn more, visit renewal.missouri.edu (MU), umsl.edu/staysafe (UMSL), umkc.edu/coronavirus (UMKC), and coronavirus.mst.edu (S&T).
Since Omicron appears to be more contagious than previous variants, our personal behavior remains of vital importance. As we continue to learn how to live with the virus long-term, a combination of vaccination, masking, social distancing, staying home when sick, keeping a distance or masking when in large groups, seeking testing when showing symptoms, and following isolation and quarantine protocols will help us maintain safe and healthy campus communities.
We expect our community members to take our responsibility to each other seriously as we all contribute to mitigating the spread of the virus. Specific units across each university, particularly health care-related units, may have other requirements. We also continue to require students and supervisors to report positive cases to their respective universities to assist with management of the virus and to provide those affected with resources.
Thank you for your attention to these mitigation strategies.
Mun Y. Choi, President, University of Missouri
C. Mauli Agrawal, Chancellor, UMKC
Mohammad Dehghani, Chancellor, Missouri S&T
Kristin Sobolik, Chancellor, UMSL