当我们回顾过去的十个星期, perhaps we can allow ourselves to smile and acknowledge that we did well under circumstances we would not have imagined possible. 浆果的学生, faculty and staff worked together mid-semester to pivot abruptly and then continue with determination and good will to complete their courses and the semester. 祝贺你的决心和努力工作. 当然, there has been disappointment and frustration along the way, but what you learned about yourselves these last weeks may well be as important as any of the subject material you studied. 我为我们的社区感到骄傲.

With the conclusion of the academic year, we now look forward to the next. I know you have questions about what will happen this fall. The beginning of the fall term is three months away, and with continuing uncertainty as to the spread of COVID-19, any plans we prepare must be adaptable and responsive to changing circumstances.

Our aim is to resume on-campus instruction this fall. 我们正朝着这个目标努力. Our planning is grounded on three priorities: the health and safety of our students and employees, the quality of our academic and educational programs, and the integrity of our residential campus experience.

We believe that Berry has a number of advantages that make this aspiration realistic and sound: the college’s location in a small town with modest density, the campus’ natural perimeter with limited and managed entry points, the expanse of the campus relative to the number of students, 这个地区的感染率相对较低, and the excellence of medical care available in Rome, 超过了大多数城市的规模. 目前, 没有人能承诺零风险的开局, 但风险是可以降低的, 正如一位专家所说, 注意“时间”, 空间, 人, 和地点.”

为接下来的几个月做准备, we are using an assessment framework that evaluates risk at any point in time based on the prevalence of cases in surrounding communities (Floyd County and northwest Georgia) as well as any incidents within the campus community itself. 在每一层(绿色, 石灰, 黄色的, 橙色和红色), different actions can be implemented to manage the risk. 这些措施包括:限制进入校园, 检查协议, 测试和跟踪协议, 社会距离, 使用口罩和其他防护设备, 限制公众集会, 限制校园内的活动, 等等.

How we open campus or operate at any particular time will vary based on the risk level. For example, last weekend we welcomed back 100 students who are working on campus this summer. 在我们的判断, affirmed by the district health director for northwest Georgia, Berry and its surrounding communities are at a risk level of 黄色的, meaning there are only sporadic cases of household transmission in Floyd County, 校园里没有任何案件的证据. 相应的, we allowed these students to return along with a partial number of employees, 限制其他游客, and screening all 人 entering campus every day. We have recommended the wearing of masks and allowed some work areas to require masks at the inhabitants’ request. 现在, we are limiting gatherings and have implemented changes in the residence halls, 餐厅及健身中心, and in the frequency and level of cleaning in residence halls and other campus buildings.

We have developed similar action templates for other risk levels and specific scenarios, and will continue to revise these templates based on feedback from local public health officials and medical leaders. We are also collaborating with an international environmental engineering firm to strengthen our processes and provide digital technology support to enhance our screening, 测试和内容跟踪功能.

These planning activities will continue throughout the summer, 我们会随时为您提供最新消息. We will be able to provide more detailed answers once we have a better sense of potential risk levels in August. I anticipate offering a webinar update later in June.

Please be aware that we are also actively exploring the possibility of starting classes one week earlier than scheduled in the month of August. Some models of the COVID-19 virus suggest that it may be prudent for students to remain home after the Thanksgiving break, 直到春季学期开始. If we make a calendar change, it may well involve Labor Day and Fall break as well. 我们将在6月15日前宣布任何日历更改. 谢谢您的耐心等待.

As part of our preparation for the fall, a group of faculty and staff, led by Dr. Casey Dexter, are evaluating the teaching and learning efforts we employed remotely this spring. 我们不希望再出现这种情况, but we want to benefit from and make improvements based on this experience.

Students recently received a short (5-minute) survey about their experience with the unexpected mid-semester pivot to remote learning. If you’ve not already done so, please click on the link and fill out the survey.


你的回答对我们很重要. We are evaluating all of our classrooms and improving available technology so that we have increased flexibility to teach on campus in a variety of scenarios and allow medically vulnerable members of our community to participate in a way that facilitates a quality experience.

As things begin to look more optimistic regionally and nationally, please remember that our health and that of our communities is more fragile than we like to believe. Please be careful and protect the health of those around you. It’s one way to live out what it means to Be Berry.

校园很美. 它等待着你的归来.