COVID-19 Update re: post-Spring Break plans
Judson College President W. Mark Tew has issued a letter on the College’s plans through the end of the spring semester in light of the COVID-19 crisis. All Coronavirus updates will be posted as they are made at judson.edu/coronavirus.
Dear Judson Community:
In response to the rapidly changing circumstances related to the current public health crisis, Judson will make the following changes to its academic and employment practices. These changes will be implemented immediately and will continue through the end of the spring semester, April 29, 2020.
- Spring Break will continue through Tuesday, March 24.
- On Wednesday, March 25, all classroom instruction will be converted to online or alternate delivery. Students will hear from their faculty regarding requirements for their courses. Nursing students will have special provision for the use of the simulation lab on campus. Other special arrangements will be made for courses that require in-person observation or interaction.
- All residential students will be allowed to retrieve necessary educational and personal material from their residence halls on a floor-by-floor, phased basis. Students will have access to their residence halls on the follow dates:
- third floors on Friday, March 20 from noon to 8 p.m.
- second floors on Saturday, March 21 from 7 a.m. to noon
- first floor and WMU fourth floor on Saturday, March 21 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Compliance with this schedule will help the College provide an element of social distancing during this process. Students returning for Short Term may leave all of their personal effects in their room, which will remain secured until Short Term move-in day. Students who will not be returning for Short Term must collect their personal effects on the above schedule. If this schedule proves to be a particular hardship, individual arrangements may be made with their Resident Director (RD).
- Students who do not have access to permanent housing, whose academic program requires on-site presence, for whom returning home presents a health/safety concern, or for whom returning home would prevent them from accessing their courses remotely will have available limited campus-based services to include housing and meals for the duration of the Spring Semester. Students who meet the above criteria and desire to remain in the residence halls must make a request directly to the Vice President for Student Life no later than noon on Friday, March 20, 2020. Mrs. Teague may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All employees from Jefferson and Shelby counties who commute daily to Perry County are required to work from home. They are requested to restrict their movements to essential travel.
- All non-faculty employees are asked to self-identify known health conditions that would place them at a greater health risk if exposed to COVID-19. These employees will coordinate with their supervisors to work from home or utilize the College’s policies for paid sick and vacation leave or unpaid leave. All other non-faculty employees are to report to work as usual.
Please know that the College is seeking to be a good partner in the current public health crisis. The administration continues to monitor the situation on a daily basis for new developments and will adjust plans as necessary. All students and employees should remain in communication with each other and the College.
Finally, as many of your churches will also comply with the government’s request to restrict large gatherings, you will need to find other options to nurture your faith and encourage each other. While we want to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s (Mark 12:17) and comply with governmental agencies as they seek to advance the public good, we must also hear the admonition of Hebrews 10:25 and forsake not the assembling of yourselves together. In the days ahead, the “assembling” will need to be via phone calls, texts, email messages and other electronic media. Ours is an opportunity to expand our faith in ways that we have not needed to do before. I am confident the Judson family is up to the challenge! All of us here at your College stand ready to assist.
Mark Tew, Th.D.