The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, PhD, dean and president of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, announced on June 10 the upcoming return to robust in-person operations at the seminary.
“I am delighted to inform you that CDSP will resume in-person classes in our residential programs beginning this coming fall semester,” Richardson wrote in an email to the community.
We have consulted with pandemic health experts about how to accomplish this transition safely. Those conversations led to our decision that all students, faculty, and staff must provide proof of vaccination to participate in-person this fall.
In effect, the CDSP community will operate as a large “pod.” We will limit access to campus buildings and housing to fully vaccinated individuals.
As always, please remember that public health emergencies are fluid. Facts and guidelines may change, and if they do our policies and procedures may need to be modified.
I want to thank you for your conscientious efforts this past year to keep the people around you safe and healthy. Please join me in prayers of gratitude for God’s abiding presence through this difficult time, and prayers for the many people worldwide who are still in the throes of the pandemic.
We look forward to seeing you live and in-person soon, according to the specifics of your program or position. In the meantime, we wish you well in this summer season.
The email also included detailed policy and procedure information for students, faculty, staff, and their families. Later this summer, CDSP will post similar information for friends and guests, who will also need to document vaccination in order to visit campus.