The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, PhD, dean and president of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, announced on October 13 that the January Intersession will proceed with in-person classes and worship.
“Assuming current virus trends persist or further improve, we will be welcoming our low-residence students to campus for the first time in almost two years. Thanks be to God!”
Please remember that we are implementing a schedule change this year. The second week of Intersession classes will run Tuesday, January 18 through Saturday, January 22 in order to accommodate the community’s participation in observances honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 17. If you are participating in a class that week, we encourage you to arrive early and participate in local activities, a compilation of which will be provided.
As is true for our residential students as well as faculty and staff, all low-res students who wish to participate in Intersession will need to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. If you cannot or choose not to get the vaccine, or if you test positive and have not completed your quarantine before you would need to travel, you will need to make arrangements with your instructor(s) to participate via remote learning.
We will be in touch with low-res students in the coming weeks with instructions for uploading proof of vaccination and other important details. These will include information from the Dean of Students about housing arrangements.
As always, this decision is provisional. A new variant could emerge, or health officials’ projections could turn out to be dramatically wrong. Nevertheless, we are as confident as we can be in these plans at this time.
We look forward with hope and gratitude to reconvening this special time of intensive learning, formation, and community.
Yours in Christ,