Pricey FIU college and workers,
There could be little doubt that our campuses are at their greatest when totally repopulated with the folks they had been constructed for – you! We’re excited that life and humanity are slowly and punctiliously returning to our studying sanctuaries!
Collectively, we’re constructing on our sense of group and demonstrating prudence in navigating our new regular, as we proceed to follow security protocols and look out for one another. I thank each member of our Panther household to your cooperation and endurance throughout this time.
By now, 100 p.c of college departments, models and facilities must be collaborating in on-campus repopulation rotations. We must always intention for not less than 50 p.c occupancy in every of the divisions and models, the place doable, whereas observing all mitigation measures in place by our Panthers Protecting Panthers COVID-19 protocols. These measures embrace, however should not restricted to: day by day completion of the P3 app security screening questionnaire earlier than the start of every day on campus; sporting facial coverings always whereas on campus; handwashing with frequency, and sustaining bodily distance. We acknowledge that sustaining bodily distancing in our workplaces might end in lower than full capability on any given day. The well being and wellbeing of our college group continues to be a prime precedence.
Please use all sources out there to you as you make selections concerning the repopulation of departments, models, and facilities. These embrace the Panthers Protecting Panthers Safety Course, recorded Town Halls on Repopulation and FIU’s Guidelines for Repopulation.
Flexibility has been a guiding worth for us because the inception of this pandemic. We now have requested supervisors to be versatile to assist accommodate college and workers members who’ve kids nonetheless studying remotely or are caregivers for kinfolk, in addition to those that self-identify as having a well being vulnerability. The college’s COVID-19 Emergency Policy gives a number of choices to deal with distinctive circumstances together with the itemizing of qualifying Households First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) addressing childcare provisions related to COVID-19.
What’s open on campus
To facilitate your return, retail areas and campus companions will proceed to serve our FIU group. This contains eating areas, Barnes and Noble at FIU and repair companions akin to Wayki’s Salon (previously Santi’s), Golden Contact, Ricoh and Faculty Optical. For a whole record of what’s open, hours of operation and knowledge on appointments and reservations, go to shopFIU.
As we enhance our bodily presence on our campuses, we’ll achieve this in the identical method we’ve finished issues because the starting of the pandemic: rigorously and knowledgeable by information. We are going to proceed to watch the case numbers in our college group in addition to in South Florida and can alter our plans as vital.
Flu shot really useful
The FIU Well being School Observe is open and performs COVID-19 checks. We encourage all members of the college to get the flu shot as quickly as doable. Please name 305-348-3627 for an appointment. COVID-19 testing can also be out there all through the group, together with a free Miami-Dade County testing website situated on the fairgrounds subsequent door to MMC.
Upcoming vacation season
We will stay up for the forthcoming vacation season. Nonetheless, we can not let our guards down – to make sure the well being and well-being of our FIU household, we deeply remorse that vacation gatherings should not permitted on our campuses this 12 months. Anybody wishing to have fun with colleagues or enterprise models might achieve this nearly. Hopefully subsequent 12 months we are able to make up misplaced private greetings and the enjoyment of conventional vacation celebrations.
Nonetheless, as every of you finds a chance to share pleasure and thanksgiving with your loved ones and pals, we urge you to stick to all measures to mitigate the influence of COVID-19. This pandemic is aware of no limits or boundaries. Stopping the unfold is job primary for certain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued some suggestions for vacation celebrations that will help you and your family members keep wholesome.
Thanks to your cooperation. You’re valued, appreciated and wanted to make our group prosper. Please keep secure and wholesome!
Mark B. Rosenberg