Remote Instruction Continues in the 2020 Summer Term

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Provost and Executive Vice President Paul Jarrell

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:45am

Good morning everyone,

I hope this email finds you and yours safe and healthy. So many of us have had our lives affected in many disparate ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that as this pandemic continues, we remain vigilant in our practice of social distancing and other healthy habits.

As you are likely aware, the Governor’s Executive Orders closing non-essential businesses and enforcing strict social distancing remain in effect. It is not clear at this point, when these will be relaxed or lifted. As such, we will be continuing to restrict access to campus until further notice. Even as restrictions are lifted, there will likely be some modified social distancing and other safety practices that must be in place. As restrictions change, we will begin bringing employees back to campus in ways that adhere to any new executive orders and support the health and safety of our employees.  At this point, there is no established target date.

After discussions with college administrators, and a variety of other stakeholders, we have decided that remote instruction will need to continue through the 2020 summer term. Certain health professions programs (as deemed essential by the Governor) will be permitted to meet in-person for lab and clinical instruction and activities.  We are hopeful that other CTE programs may be permitted to hold modified in-person instruction at some point later in the summer if restrictions are lessened. We will continue to follow executive orders from the state and seek advice and guidance from local public health officials.

We understand that the decision to continue remote instruction through the summer is not ideal and will be disappointing to some. Our intent is to make decisions that are in the best interest of our college and the community at large. We are making this decision now so that students, faculty, staff, and others who might be affected can plan accordingly for the summer.

I sincerely hope you all stay physically, and mentally, healthy as we see this pandemic through to the end. Please take advantage of the numerous wellness activities and classes the college has available remotely this term (a special thanks to Wendy Simmons!). In addition, please remember that you have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP provides employees and their eligible dependents with up to six (6) free confidential counseling visits per plan year. We all want to emerge from this pandemic with healthy bodies and minds. 

I remain in awe of your continued dedication to our students and college. I am proud to work alongside you. Please do not hesitate to reach out as needed. We are here to support you.

Stay home, stay safe.

All my best,

Paul