Plans can change in the best of years. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the pace of disruption has been accelerated. That presents a challenge to teaching and learning alongside supporting students and colleagues. Your efforts continue to make it possible to achieve our mission.
This week, Chancellor's Cabinet discussed options and made the choice to extend remote work to reduce the number of interactions within a large section of your workday and slow the spread. However, we are all at risk of rapid spread within the community.
If you are healthy now, and unvaccinated, there may be only a brief window until you too are exposed. The vaccine continues to have significant protective effect against serious disease, hospitalization, and death. The information below is for those who may still be considering vaccination.
For the more than 90 percent of full-time faculty and staff fully vaccinated, we still have steps to take – including getting boosters. These campus sites are open to you as well.
Unlike the beginning of the pandemic, we have new tools to avoid the worst outcomes. These include full vaccination and recommended boosters. Even as our plans adjust to changing circumstance, the continued effectiveness of vaccines, boosters, and treatments provides cause for optimism.
Please have a healthy and safe day of reflection and recuperation as we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 17 (Colleges and the District Office are closed).
John Weispfenning, Ph.D.