COVID-19 Weekly Update (8/20)

Aug. 21, 2020



(This message was originally sent on August 20, 2020. It is being published here for preservation.)

Dear Department Chairs, Associate Deans, Deans, Vice-Chancellors and colleagues:

New Campus Guidelines

This week, an email was sent to the Mizzou community detailing guidelines for events, the COVID positive diagnosis notification process, and the symptom tracker app that will be required for students, faculty and staff. Please note that, while students are required to submit an online form notifying Student Health of a positive diagnosis, faculty, staff and student employees who test positive are expected to notify their supervisor along with their dean or division leader. Monday, we sent two checklists, one for faculty and one for supervisors, to give specific guidance in responding to positive cases.

If there is one thing we can all do to protect our campus, it will be to remind ourselves, our colleagues, and students to:

  • Maintain 6’ distance
  • Wear face coverings
  • Track your symptoms via the CampusClear app

Guidance for Graduate and Undergraduate Research Students/Faculty

As the campus reopens for classes for the 2020 fall semester, graduate and undergraduate students and their faculty mentors need to be aware of additional protocols and requirements for students working in research facilities and creative spaces. Please see the new information posted to the Research section of the Show Me Renewal website, including guidelines for research and FAQs.

Classroom Technology

We realize that technology needs are at an all-time high with many classes now being taught in a “hybrid” mode. Information about computing and audiovisual technologies available in centrally scheduled classrooms can be found here:

https://doit.missouri.edu/services/computing-sites/computing-sites/centrally-scheduled-classroom-technology-information/

If you plan on teaching a hybrid-style class, please go to the classroom before classes begin on August 24th to evaluate what technology resources are available. In many cases where computing and audio-visual technology are not available, the best case scenario will be to use a laptop to host Zoom sessions with those students that are learning remotely. If audio equipment is available in the room, microphone covers and wipes will be made available for cleaning before each class. Please use the audio equipment located in the room. You cannot bring in additional microphones, or other pieces of equipment, as they will not function in the room.

If you have questions about how to use technology equipment in the room, or you find that you have additional technology needs, please reach out for tech support from the Division of IT to consult with an IT Professional.  Information about hybrid and remote teaching resources can be found at:  https://keeplearning.umsystem.edu/.

Clear Face Coverings

The Provost’s Office has ordered clear face coverings. If you would like to order some for your department please complete the supply request form.

Changes in the Provost’s Office

To better serve faculty needs, we now have three Associate Provosts, each of whom has a different set of duties: Matthew Martens is the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Chris Riley-Tillman is the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness; and Alexandra Socarides, who moved to our office from her previous role as Advisor to the Chancellor on Faculty, is Associate Provost for Faculty Success. We have created a webpage that you can consult when you need to know which Associate Provost to consult on which matters.

Volunteers for Renewal Kits

Volunteers are needed to assemble more Renewal supply kits this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-noon or 1-5. Click https://doodle.com/poll/d3k87m6ph9xmbccy to sign up for the slots you can provide assistance. These slots are to actually show up and help. They need up to 30 people for each shift so if you sign up, please show up. If you can’t stay the entire shift, that’s ok.

Please park in the lot BEHIND Mizzou Arena (sometimes called the Donor lot). Come in the south lobby doors. Turn right as you enter the building, then another quick right to find the stairs.  We are upstairs on the concourse.  (If you have trouble getting in or finding the group, call or text Dale Sander’s cell:  573-823-8915. Please bring a mask to wear while inside Mizzou Arena to help assemble Renewal Kits.

I hope these emails are useful reminders that help you as you help faculty, staff, and students.  We hope to continue these emails through the semester.  Now more than ever, while we must be physically distanced, we must stay connected.

Sincerely,

Latha Ramchand