On May 30, 2020 the CDC released an updated version of "Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education (IHE)." The majority of the considerations address common measures aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, such as handwashing, social distancing, and appropriate cleaning and disinfecting of shared spaces. CDC recommendations for IHE, non-residential, general settings are as follows:
- Lowest Risk: Faculty and students engage in virtual-only learning options, activities, and events.
- Moderate Risk: Small in-person classes, activities, and events. Individuals remain spaced at least six feet apart and do not share objects (e.g., hybrid virtual and in-person class structures or staggered/rotated scheduling to accommodate smaller class sizes).
- Highest Risk: Full-sized in-person classes, activities, and events. Students are not spaced apart, share classroom materials and/or supplies, and mix between classes and activities.
This Ramp-Up Plan addresses the Moderate Risk and Highest Risk categories to include a gradual increase in face-to-face educational activities on the EVMS campus and the resumption of student participation in clinical education. The EVMS Ramp-Up Plan has been developed with broad input from the EVMS community and the Ramp-Up Task Force.