Please create environments that encourage our on-campus students and faculty to remain at their residences rather than traveling to campus if they are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19. This will be achieved, in part, by
- completing the electronic Daily Health Screening and refraining from coming to campus if directed not to as a result of that screening; and
- our reinforcement, though community education and agreements, that we are committed to supporting the health and safety of others and ourselves.
The classroom culture itself plays a meaningful role in supporting the health of our community. Faculty have been able to find ways to recognize and support student engagement while normalizing the expectation that a student who may be unwell should engage in self-care. Faculty who explicitly communicate and model the value of self-care, in the interest of creating safe and inclusive classrooms, help make our expectations for students more transparent and believable. This level of extra compassion means a great deal to our students.
We also know that some students, because they are enrolled in a schedule that mixes in-person and online classes, may experience challenge leaving one in-person class and finding a suitable and appropriately distanced space to log in to their online class.
Thank you for being understanding of the new complexities students will navigate.