Message From Our President
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff 和 Friends,
I am pleased to present to you this Guide to our plans for the upcoming fall semester 和 reopening of our campuses. In form 和 in content, this coming semester will be like no other. We will live differently, work differently 和 learn differently. But in its very difference rests its enormous power.
The mission of 皇冠体育app is to enrich the moral, intellectual 和 spiritual development of each of our 学生, empowering them with the knowledge 和 abilities to become people of impact 和 leaders of tomorrow. Next year’s studies will be especially instrumental in shaping the course of our 学生’ lives. Character is formed 和 developed in times of deep adversity. This is the kind of teachable moment that 皇冠体育app was made for. 像这样, we have developed an educational plan for next year that features a high-quality student experience 和 prioritizes personal growth during this Coronavirus era. Our 学生 will be able to work through the difficulties, issues 和 opportunities posed by our COVID-19 era with our stellar rabbis 和 faculty, as well as their close friends 和 peers at Yeshiva.
To develop our plans for the fall, we have convened a Scenario Planning Task Force made up of representatives across the major areas of our campus. Their planning has been guided by the latest medical information, 政府的指令, direct input from our rabbis, 教师和学生, 和 best practices from industry 和 university leaders across the country. I am deeply thankful to our task force members 和 all who supported them for their tireless work in addressing the myriad details involved in bringing 学生 back to campus 和 restarting our educational enterprise.
In concert with the recommendations from our task force, I am announcing today that our fall semester will reflect a hybrid model. It will allow many 学生 to return in a careful way by incorporating online 和 virtual learning with on-campus classroom instruction. It also enables 学生 who prefer to not be on campus to have a rich student experience by continuing their studies online 和 benefitting from a full range of online student services 和 extracurricular programs.
In bringing our 学生 back to campus, safety is our first priority. Many aspects of campus life will change for this coming semester. Gatherings will be limited, larger courses will move completely online. Throughout campus everyone will need to adhere to our medical guidelines, including social distancing, 戴着口罩, 和 our testing 和 contact tracing policies. Due to our focus on minimizing risk, our undergraduate 学生 will begin the first few weeks of the fall semester online 和 move onto the campus after the Jewish holidays. This schedule will limit the amount of back 和 forth travel for our 学生 by concentrating the on-campus component of the fall semester to one consecutive segment.
Throughout our planning, we have used the analogy of a dimmer switch. Reopening our campuses will not be a simple binary, like an on/off light switch, but more like a dimmer in which we have the flexibility to scale backwards 和 forwards to properly respond as the health situation evolves. It is very possible that some plans could change, depending upon the progression of the virus 和/or applicable state 和 local government guidance.
Before our semester begins, we will provide more updates reflecting our most current guidance. Please check our website, sleepapneamadesimple.com/fall2020 for regular updates. We underst和 that even after reading through this guide, you might have many additional questions, so we will be posting an extensive FAQ section online as well. 另外, we will also be holding community calls for faculty, 学生, staff 和 parents over the next couple of months.
Planning for the future during this moment has certainly been humbling. This Coronavirus has reminded us time 和 time again of the lessons from our Jewish tradition that we are not in full control of our circumstances. But our tradition also teaches us that we are in control of our response to our circumstances. Next semester will present significant challenges 和 changes. There will be some compromises 和 minor inconveniences--not every issue has a perfect solution. 而是信念和刚毅, mutual cooperation 和 resilience are essential life lessons that are accentuated during this period. And if we all commit to respond with graciousness, 善良, 和爱, we can transform new campus realities into profound life lessons for our future.
Deeply rooted in our Jewish values 和 forward focused in preparing for the careers 和 competencies of the future, we journey together with you, our 皇冠体育app community, through these uncharted waters. Next year will be a formative year in the lives of our 学生, 和 together we will rise to the moment so that our 学生 will emerge stronger 和 better prepared to be leaders of the world of tomorrow.