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COVID 19: Safe Return Task Force Update - June 4, 2020

Thursday 6/4/2020

Subject: BSU Safe Return Task Force – Update – A Message from Provost Karim Ismaili


Dear campus community,

I am writing to provide a brief update on the work of the Safe Return Task Force and to ask for your help.

The Task Force has adopted a highly inclusive approach to gathering information and soliciting different perspectives as we develop plans for what a return to campus in the fall means and looks like. As we continue our preparations and planning for a safe return to campus this fall, we are seeking the input of the entire campus community on several important questions. The Task Force has developed a brief, open-ended survey   that we hope you will take a few minutes to complete. This survey will help guide our work moving forward, help ensure that we address any concerns you may have and provide supports you may need.

At the most recent Safe Return Task Force meeting on Tuesday, June 2, each of the chairs of the four subcommittees – Academic Continuity, Student Life, Facilities and Logistics, and External Community Outreach – presented detailed status reports on the development of their plans, which take account of a complex array of factors that need to be considered in our planning. They also apprised the Task Force of the expansive preparations that are already underway for a fall reopening. Through my conversations with other higher education leaders spearheading similar efforts, I am confident that BSU is in good stead and is developing a high level of readiness for a Fall reopening.

The Task Force also discussed and agreed to the structure for the full Task Force report, which will be developed over the next two weeks. In our planning and development of the BSU Safe Return report, the university is sharing information and working with our colleagues at the other state universities in developing coordinated strategies for the Fall. We also are constantly reviewing and incorporating new information and guidance from public health authorities, including the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please continue to visit BSU’s COVID-19: Safe Return website, which will serve as a central repository for information regarding the work of the Task Force and other resources and documents related to a safe return.

Warm regards,

Karim Ismaili
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chair, BSU Safe Return Task Force