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- Working remotely has been extended through at least July 6, 2020
- The university is preparing to welcome students back in the fall with facial coverings and physical distancing being part of the “new reality”
- Protocols being developed by the Repopulating Task Force are consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and evidence-based approaches
Latest message: May 22, 2020
After more than two months of learning and working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, our FIU is taking important steps to gradually welcome the FIU family back to campus when the time is right.
We are extending remote work until at least Monday, July 6. Our university remains fully operational. Faculty and students will continue to teach and learn online and remotely through the end of the summer term. While we are preparing to welcome students back in the fall, we are being careful and acknowledging that South Florida is the state’s COVID-19 epicenter. What we do know with certainty is that physical distancing, face coverings and other mitigation measures will be part of our new reality.
Our FIU Campus/Site Repopulating Task Force, made up of university leaders and some of our top medical and public health experts, has been working diligently for weeks to create a preliminary draft plan to transition our Panther family back to our campuses and sites that focuses on the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The task force is working with colleagues at other State University System institutions, the Board of Governors team and our own Board of Trustees and following local, state and federal guidelines. The plan is still in draft form and must be reviewed by the FIU Board of Trustees (BOT) and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG), which is scheduled to meet on June 23 to hear the plans of the State University System institutions.
We are calling our plan Panthers Protecting Panthers because its success is predicated on the disciplined efforts of every member of the community to protect one another. The protocols are consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and evidence-based approaches. The preliminary draft plan is a living document, a work in progress that will adapt as circumstances change. Decisions will be made based on guidance from the BOT and BOG, as well other factors including governmental orders and health professionals’ advice. We also want feedback from the university community. Please send me your suggestions at Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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