Greetings from Faribault,
We are nearing the end of our first full week of classes, students are setting into their daily routines, and, despite an isolation and some students in quarantine, we are all happy to be back on campus. Together. And we will continue to move through this year supporting one another. That’s what it means to be a community. A family.
We are going through a period of adjustment in these first weeks; even with months of planning, we anticipated that there would need to be adjustments upon the return of students to campus. We even planned for it! As we learn what works and what doesn’t work, we will continue to adjust the steps we take. For example, we are reevaluating how we allow students to enjoy the Parade Field without crossing cohorts—not to prevent fun but to minimize disruption to cohort activity if there is an exposure. This conversation, and other similar conversations, will continue, and we look forward to engaging our students in finding creative solutions to balance safety and prudence.
We have developed extensive plans to live together through these challenging times, and we will tighten—and hopefully be able to loosen—our campus guidelines as necessary. All the while we will continue to train, educate, mentor, and care for our students. We look forward to it.
Stay healthy and safe,