This is the fourth of a series of brief leadership messages addressing how PVCC will emerge from the pandemic as a stronger, accessible, more relevant and thriving college. Today’s message will address our overall approach to return to on campus, in-person learning and working.
Presently, I am operating on the optimistic assumptions that each week a larger and larger share of Arizonans (aged sixteen and older) will be vaccinated against COVID-19, especially now with three vaccine options with the latest entry from Johnson & Johnson’s one dose shot. I am also optimistically following local and national trends along with anecdotal evidence from our students, leading me to believe with a greater sense of confidence that there will be an increased demand for in-person learning opportunities.
To support this anticipated demand for in-person learning in the fall, we will continue to place the health and safety of students, faculty and staff at the forefront of all decisions acknowledging that even with high concentrations of vaccinations, the reality is that we will be “managing” this pandemic for years to come.
As of today, all restrictions on faculty and staff access to their work space on campus have been removed allowing, as you desire, the opportunity to return to campus. I am requesting that you coordinate your return with your immediate supervisor as we want to manage approaches to social distancing. As a reminder, the Welcome Center remains open to assist walk-in students.
As of today, we will also allow organized student groups to once again use college facilities for meetings if supported by appropriate organization/club advisors or staff. Space will be made available that allows social distancing.
Over the next several weeks watch for more operational updates regarding continued return to in-person, on-campus learning and working. As you return to on-campus work, please remember to follow our safety protocols.