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Letter: Jim Reynolds Announces In-Person Classes for Fall 2020

Dear Wilmington College Parents, Students, Families and Friends:

I hope you and all of your loved ones are safe and well.  Typically around this time of year, we would be completing all of the events surrounding the graduation of our seniors and wishing them well as they go off into their exceptional lives.  However, as at almost every college in the country, we had to make adjustments to our original plans and create meaningful alternate ways to celebrate our graduating students and their accomplishments. Needless to say, the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused us to reassess all of our institutional operations and engage in detailed planning to address a constantly evolving situation.

I want you all to know that we believe with careful planning and preparation, we can safely bring all of our students, new and returning, back together for Fall Semester 2020.  We believe so strongly in the model of “Hands On Learning” and the importance of campus community that we are determined to do everything within our power to welcome all of our students back to our serene and beautiful campus, in person, in August.

Until there is a vaccine, very few places in the world will be coronavirus-free.  However, in order to open our campus for our students to return, we need to be coronavirus-safe.  We are developing plans to reopen our main campus and our campus at Cincinnati State and Technical Community College, working within the guidelines developed by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Public Health, to assure the safety and well-being of our students as they return to campus.  The standards we are developing will provide for adequate social distancing, reconfigured classroom and meeting spaces, adapted food service practices, and enhanced cleaning protocols across campus.  We are also working in conjunction with the NCAA and the Ohio Athletic Conference to develop a plan for the resocialization of our student athletes so they can compete in their fall sports.

Even with this heightened sense of care and extensive planning on campus, if decisions are made at a governmental level that require us to rethink this process, we will be fully prepared to decisively shift to an alternate scenario, one that will allow students to earn academic credit towards their degrees and not place additional financial burden on their families.  As we develop more specific plans over the coming weeks, we will communicate them to all of you via the Wilmington College email system and by postings on our website.

It goes without saying that no one could have adequately predicted the extent to which a virus would disrupt the normal routines that we all have developed in our lives.  What I have watched over the past eight weeks is a campus community, devoted to their students and the safety of each other, pull together to help solidify Wilmington College’s position in higher education.  The College is weathering this pandemic very well.  There will be some hardships along the way but I am confident that we will be a stronger institution on the other side of this.

My best to all of you – I know that our campus is anxiously awaiting the return of our students back into our care in August!

With gratitude for all of you,

Jim R

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This letter was emailed to members of the WC community by Jim Reynolds. All members of the Wilmington College community are welcome to submit letters to the editor, articles, photographs, etc. These submissions will be reviewed by the editorial staff and processed accordingly. Published submissions do not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of The Witness. Being the student newspaper, The Witness wants to give the opportunity to its readers to have their voices heard.

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