As we continue to monitor the developments around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we want to reiterate that all faculty, staff and students should refer to our website (www.csn.edu/coronavirus) for additional information as it becomes available.
We understand this is a time of uncertainty and stress for many of you and for our students. We have received a number of inquiries from our community. We want to call your attention to a few key points and provide new information.
- Please be flexible in working with your students. Their health and the health of their loved ones are our primary concern. We encourage you to work with them if they believe they need accommodations in order to continue their studies.
- Please offer students understanding and accommodations such as make-up exams, alternate assignments, flexibility on attendance, and flexibility though additional use of online learning or the emailing of assignments.
- We want you to know you should feel comfortable in your classroom environment as well. If you are feeling ill, please follow normal class cancellation protocols.
- Classes should not be canceled because a student reports they are not feeling well or have flu-like symptoms. Please encourage them to stay home and seek appropriate medical attention. If a student states there may a potential exposure to coronavirus, immediately email the incident management planning team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include as much detail as possible and your contact information, but please do not include the student’s name or personal information. A member of the team will contact you for further information.
- Students, faculty and staff planning to travel overseas during the upcoming spring break are strongly encouraged to follow the latest guidelines for travel by visiting CDC’s traveler information. Please carefully weigh the risks and benefits of potential international travel or travel to states reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19. Monitor travel advisories daily and prepare for the possibility that travel restrictions and quarantine protocols in other countries and some domestic locations could change with short notice.
Please keep in mind the impact of COVID-19 is worldwide but may also affect our friends and the lives of families all around us. It’s important we support our campus and local communities regardless of their ethnicity or background. We should never stereotype or stigmatize any individual or group, and we should always treat each other with respect and empathy.
As stated in our last email, we have set up an incident management planning team and will keep you updated through the website and via email. Should you have any questions or concerns about CSN’s precautions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Carey Sedlacek in Environmental Health & Safety at 702-651-4817.