COVID-19 Weekly Update (9/1)

Sept. 4, 2020

(This message was originally sent on September 1, 2020. It is being published here for preservation.)

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

Below are our updates for the second week of the semester.

Show Me Renewal Updates

As you read in Monday’s email from President Choi and me, the student reporting dashboard has been updated to include self-reported positive cases from faculty and staff. We are also increasing the frequency of information with daily updates on all weekdays. In addition, we are working on improving the contact tracing process and adding to the Care Team to support students in isolation and quarantine, whether they are on or off-campus.

There is also a new on-campus COVID testing site for students. The current testing site is located in the old Sustainability Office on the west side of the Virginia Avenue Parking Garage (across from the Mizzou Market on Hitt Street).  Please note that on Saturday, September 5, the testing site will move to Parking Garage 7 in the old Human Resources area on the west side of the garage.  The hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Students will also be able to avail of virtual medical visits on Saturdays from 11 – 2 pm.  On Labor Day, Monday, September 7, we will have providers providing virtual medical visits from 11-2 and we will also have the testing site open from 1-3:30.

Reminder: Show Me Renewal Training

Faculty and staff employed by the university (excluding MU Health Care employees) are required to take the systemwide return to campus employee training via myLearn. It must be completed by September 5. You should receive a reminder email if you haven’t completed the training.

Resources for Students Testing Positive

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Stackman sent an email to students this week highlighting the resources available to students who test positive. It also includes and describes the steps to self-report, isolate, and explains the process for contact tracing.

Student Medical Excuses and Missed Classes

The Office of Student Affairs sent an email to faculty last week regarding medical excuses and handling missed classes. As a reminder, the Student Health Center does not provide written excuses for students who miss classes due to a short-term illness or an injury. Please be aware that because of federal and state privacy laws, SHC cannot share medical information unless the student signs a release form. They can provide visit verification to the student if that is requested.

Students who miss class or coursework are encouraged to follow the instructions on the course syllabus for notifying the instructor, preferably in advance. We encourage faculty members to be flexible and work with students to help them identify ways they can complete their assignments without jeopardizing their health or that of others.

Upcoming Training from the Office of eLearning

Below are links to two of the courses that you might want to encourage your faculty to sign up for.

Online Teaching Certification Seminar

Workshop Dates:

Session 4: September 14 – October 26
Session 5: October 12 – November 23

Register now

Designing and Building Your Online Course

Workshop Dates:

September 14 – November 23

Registration closes September 7, 2020 at 12:00 Noon

Register now

Thank you for your hard work and leadership during these challenging times.


Latha Ramchand