Updates on Mid-Semester Break, Outdoor Classes and More
I am writing to share the note I sent to students regarding some upcoming changes on campus.
A couple of quick notes about upcoming changes on campus.
First, the mid-semester break is almost here! You will have Wednesday, March 31 through Sunday, April 4 to rest and relax. Faculty have been reminded that this is to be a break from your workload, and hopefully we will get good weather. In addition, the Dean of College area has planned a set of events if you are interested—from art projects to outdoor musical events. Remember, unless approved, students are expected to remain on campus during the break. Please be careful and abide by COVID-19 expectations so we can keep the campus healthy and safe.
Second, the tents are coming back! They should be up in the middle of next week and I hope you are able to enjoy them as we all did last semester. Please do not use them until they undergo the required safety inspection March 31; furniture will back under the tents April 1.
Third, the first floor of Gordon Commons will be open Monday, April 5 for indoor dining. Remember to sign up for a time slot using the Vassar app and continue to abide by all safety measures and any guidance from workers in Gordon Commons.
Fourth, we have modified the approval process for individuals requesting permission to travel off-campus. Beginning today, please submit your request for permission using the following form. The form is also available from the VassarTogether screen in the Vassar mobile app. Please plan appropriately and allow for sufficient turn-around time in receiving a response for your request.
Last, an update on vaccinations. We are advocating for Vassar to be able to vaccinate our students and staff on campus, but so far NYS does not have enough supply to give us. Some students already qualify, and we will facilitate going off-campus for the vaccine as appropriate, but we are looking forward to the time when everyone is eligible and can access vaccination. In the meantime, continue to check your eligibility and seek appointments on the New York State web site.
If you are having any symptoms (e.g., runny nose, headache, body aches, fever, fatigue) or feel you have been possibly exposed to COVID-19, please call Health Service ((845) 437-5800) for possible extra testing and consultation. Recognizing symptoms, even minor ones, is essential to helping minimize the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, remember to get your scheduled testing on time, which should take place every two weeks.
Thanks for your continued work to keep the community safe, and I am especially grateful to the administrators, staff and service employees, and faculty who are ensuring that we can continue to thrive on campus together. Please reach out if you have questions.
Elizabeth H. Bradley, President
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604