COVID Weekly Update 3/12/21

March 12, 2021

We are pleased to share additional information regarding the fall semester and other related COVID topics as we continue toward the end of this academic year.

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share additional information regarding the fall semester and other related COVID topics as we continue toward the end of this academic year. 

Fall Planning Updates
Many people across campus are engaged in fall semester planning that delivers high-quality instruction to our students in the safest way possible. As has been shared previously, there are many indicators suggesting that pandemic conditions are indeed improving along various important metrics and we are working toward a more recognizable pre-COVID landscape in our return to campus. To this point, faculty and staff should be prepared for a near full return to campus this fall. 

Our planning is taking place with full consideration of the state and local public health guidelines, both present and projected. Fall 2021 planning is predicated on the presumption that all faculty and staff who wish to be vaccinated will have access to the vaccine prior to the start of the semester and that many of our students will have been vaccinated as well.

Over the course of the last year, we have prioritized on-campus courses that are pedagogically best conducted in person, such as natural science and engineering labs and engineering senior design courses. We want to emphasize that a critical part of the fall scheduling process is to identify the course modalities that will provide the best learning experience for our students. 

For staff members, your supervisor will soon be working to develop return to campus plans. Some areas, such as those with student-facing roles, may return to campus sooner than others. These plans will include a blend of on-campus and remote working arrangements based on student and department needs. Plans will also be developed for the return of in-person co-curricular and experiential engagements. We expect this planning to be completed in May. 

Faculty Office Policy
We will be sharing new information regarding faculty office space next week. The new policy is in line with more relaxed health and safety guidance but still adheres to our campus policies related to keeping our campus community protected.  

Vaccination Information
There continues to be encouraging news regarding vaccination roll-out across the country. Beginning March 22, in Michigan, people 50-64 will be eligible to receive the vaccine. If you are interested in receiving your vaccination through Michigan Medicine you must complete the BlueQueue questionnaire. Those interested in receiving the vaccine are strongly encouraged to also sign up with your local health department and retail pharmacies, information and helpful links for that are on the COVID website

Personal Travel
As COVID restrictions across the country begin to relax, we know many people on campus may be taking personal travel over the coming weeks and months. Please review CDC travel guidelines before taking your trip and when you return.

Enjoy the weekend and continue to take care. 

Go Safe! Go Blue! Go Dearborn!

Domenico Grasso 

Sue Alcock

Bryan Dadey
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs

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