COVID-19 Weekly Update (9/23)

Sept. 24, 2020

(This message was originally sent on September 23, 2020. It is being published here for preservation.)

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

We are almost at the end of week 5. Your hard work has helped all of us get to this point. Thank you. Because of input from so many of you, we have been adapting as things change. For instance, our COVID19 dashboard has recently changed to include more data. Our goal is to be transparent in sharing the data we have. The number of active cases continues to decline – we believe this is occurring thanks to more information and education about the virus, as well as to better enforcement and guidance. This would not happen but for the work that our faculty and staff are doing – in classrooms, zoom rooms, dorm rooms.  We will continue to do what is right, and we need all of your suggestions.

#CampusClear app

If you have technical problems with the #CampusClear app, please email This address is for feedback only to help us improve the #CampusClear experience, so you will not receive a reply from this email address. If you are having technical issues with the mobile app and want to complete screening, #CampusClear is also available as a web application ( and can be completed on any device with internet access. While use of the app does not directly reduce the spread of the virus, it serves as a reminder to all of us to follow the public health guidelines, and improve general safety.  Please encourage faculty to remind students at the start of class to log in their information each day. Giving students a few minutes to check in and use the app goes a long way in helping us encourage safe behaviors.

Drive Through Flu Shots

Drive through flu shot clinics will be available in September and October for faculty, staff, and their dependents (children 7 years and older accompanied by a parent or guardian). If you are enrolled in a UM-sponsored medical plan, your flu shot is covered by your health plan. If you are not enrolled in a UM-sponsored plan, there will be a $25 fee for the vaccine. The clinic dates and information about what you will need to bring with you are listed here.

 Zou to You 

As we approach the first home football game, there is a brand new website called Zou to You providing tailgating alternatives. This website has information for the campus community to celebrate at home instead, such as contests, promotions, and recipes. We encourage you to stay safe and continue your own traditions at home.

 Mizzou: Our Time to Lead 

The Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign celebration kicks off Thursday at 7:00 pm. Learn more about the virtual campaign and ways to support Mizzou.


The College of Education has teamed up with various Missouri partners, including UMSL, to win a 5-year, $18M grant called the Show Me Literacies Collaborative. The grant was funded by the US Department of Education for its Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) program, through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The award includes subcontracts to faculty at MU and at UMSL, with partnerships to the University of Central Missouri and the Missouri Reading Initiative. This grant will develop and implement literacy plans for schools serving Missouri’s most vulnerable preK-12 students. The Show Me Literacies Collaborative teams will develop plans that focus on a culturally responsive approach to teaching and serve the needs of all children, including children with disabilities and English learners.  Congratulations to the team.

Take care.


Latha Ramchand