Fall 2021

Vaccinations Are Required

Letter from the President

Dear Franklin Pierce Community:

After an academic year unlike any other, Franklin Pierce is already looking ahead to the fall semester, preparing for our students to return to our Rindge Campus and academic centers. While we were extremely successful in our modified on-ground operations over the 2020-2021 academic year thanks to the commitment of every member of Raven Nation, our ultimate goal is to return, safely, to a much less restrictive environment for teaching, learning, and working.

 

While we did see the presence of COVID-19 on our Rindge Campus, the collective adherence to mask wearing, social distancing, and overall adaptability to an everchanging situation allowed us to stay the course and finish strong. This spring, we saw the return of athletic competition, and we were able to celebrate our students’ academic success virtually and in-person, including our modified Commencement. With the continued commitment and support of our students, new and returning, we confidently look forward to more normal daily life and experiences in the fall for all.

The health and safety of our community will always remain our top priority, and the best way to safeguard that is through vaccination. Based on guidance from the CDC and the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services, we have shared modified health and safety guidelines with faculty and staff for the summer, and will be working diligently over the coming weeks to map out what guidelines we will have in place for students at all of our locations during the fall semester.

As the COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available throughout the country, with limited exceptions, all students attending classes on the Rindge Campus or in our academic centers beginning with the Fall 2021 semester must be fully vaccinated, and have provided a copy of their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to Health Services or their graduate program director.

For students who are already fully vaccinated, you may submit a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to .

For information on medical and religious exemptions,  please click here.

We urge each member of our community to get fully vaccinated as soon as they can. Any student, faculty, or staff member can schedule a vaccination appointment in any state by visiting  www.vaccines.gov. We understand that some of our students may have challenges with accessing vaccinations, and we are prepared to work with all of our students to ensure they can safely be on our Rindge Campus and in our centers for the fall.

Presently, the FDA approved vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson meet our student requirement, though only Pfizer is currently available to students under the age of 18. If you are unable to access one of the three approved vaccines, please contact   for assistance.

Vaccinations will help us steadily return to the important interpersonal and community activities we have missed over the last 15 months, and help us to welcome our newest Ravens to the Franklin Pierce community safely.

National data shows rising vaccinations have reduced the spread of COVID-19, the rate of infection, and the need for hospitalization. The healthcare community agrees that vaccination remains the most effective way to bring back the events, gatherings, classroom dynamics, and sense of community that make Raven Nation so special.

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing more information on our plans and guidelines for the fall semester/term on our website. As plans develop, we will communicate those updates with you. Information and guidelines for faculty and staff are forthcoming.
I wish you all the best for a healthy and restful summer. 

Sincerely,

Kim Mooney '83 
President




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