Dear ASFM community,
Again, I’m writing to wish everyone luck with opening up our school to full in-person learning. This is something we’ve been working on for many weeks. I can’t thank you all enough for your patience, perseverance, and good humor. Managing COVID has always been an imperfect science, requiring trial and error of new practices and new approaches. Our journey to this moment in time has been challenging, and we have earned the right to open school, but the journey is not over.
Despite the way we feel, COVID is still here and probably will emerge again as the weather cools. COVID, like all viruses, is sneaky and will find us if we are not careful. As Dr. Lucero Espino wrote in one of her recent communications to ASFM teachers and students, in order to continue to win against COVID we must:
- Wear facemasks.
- Do regular symptom checks.
- Clean your hands regularly.
- When you feel like hugging somebody outside of your family, hug them “with your soul.”
We are lucky on our campus because we have invested in filtration and ventilation, and this new system will be running full force on Monday. This massive new system will change all the air in our classrooms every 20 minutes. Yes, it’s true we will be closer together in our halls, classrooms and common spaces, but we have planned for this. Finally, of course, we are continuing with our aggressive PCR testing program. We are committed to this testing program because it’s working.
Keep up the great work, and I look forward to greeting you on Monday.
PS Our Strategic Planning process is also moving ahead and if you’d submit your profile of a graduate, please do that here. If you would like to see the results of this exercise done by our administrative team please look at the pictures below.