Monday, November 30, 2020

Date: November 30, 2020

As part of our safety protocols, determined long before the Fall semester started, we will find the campus a little quieter today. The Refectory has closed until February. All lectures are now online. Chapel is back to Zoom. The residence halls are largely empty. Dr. Fauci has warned that with the movement of people over the Thanksgiving holidays, it is likely that we will have a spike in COVID-19 cases. Hopefully, our decision to invite students to stay in place for Thanksgiving and Christmas will play a small part in reducing the spread of virus. Decisions in this season are difficult and finely balanced. It is not obvious what is the right thing to do. One weighs many factors both personally and as an institution. One hopes and prays that we navigate this moment as best we can. We will be continuing our COVID-19 screening with Nurses Julia and Iva. So we will continue to track the health of those living in the apartments and our employees. We want to find any potentially asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Our goal now is to ensure that we finish this semester and this year continuing to keep people well. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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