UPDATED: 3.17.22 Spring 2022 Admissions Policy Regarding COVID-19
In January 2022, Oregon School of Massage established a policy requiring all students to become vaccinated. At the time we made the decision, we indicated that policy would become effective for Spring Term 2022, at which time all students would need to be vaccinated. That decision was prompted by the high rate of infections that were occurring late in 2021 and early 2022. Since that time, the rate of infections has fallen considerably, leaving various segments of our culture to think we’re closer to “normal.” This change has prompted us to reconsider the abrupt requirement for vaccinations and to consider a path for students who are currently enrolled at OSM who have chosen not to become vaccinated to proceed to complete their training. Beginning April 1st, we are revising that policy to allow currently unvaccinated students to complete their training, subject to the following conditions:
1. Such students need to have, on record, a clear statement of why they are choosing not to be vaccinated.
2. They will need to present a negative vaccination test from the 48 hour period prior to their participation in an OSM class.
3. Enrollment in the desired class is subject to having an instructor willing to teach a class with unvaccinated students.
4. This policy will require exempted students to complete their training by December 31, 2023.
This policy also applies to LMTs taking In-Person classes. Online classes DO NOT require vaccination or testing.
All vaccinated students must also follow protocols including being tested if they experience any symptoms. In such cases, they would need to have a negative test prior to returning to classes.
The above criteria will be reviewed periodically in light of current conditions. As we know, the COVID-19 virus continues to be a risk for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.