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Campus status lowered to Yellow; some in-person classes resume Wednesday, Sept. 16

9/11/20

Dear parents and guardians,

I want to share with you the good news that due to a decline in the trend of new cases on campus, and with the support of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, we have lowered the campus status to Yellow and plan to initiate some in-person learning starting Wednesday. We hope to be able to open up more courses to in-person learning during the week of Sept. 21 if current trends continue. Please see our message to students below. 

While this is a welcome development, in accordance with the Health Commissioner's message last week, our students are asked to stay on campus to curb the spread of the virus into the broader community. We are watching the trends carefully and are not out of the woods yet. Another uncontrolled surge of the virus on campus could very quickly return us to online learning or fully remote learning, particularly if Public Health believes our campus is contributing to broader community spread. 

This is a critical time for our students. The entire University team asks that you use your influence to encourage your student to stay on campus and be diligent about wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, avoiding unsafe gatherings (especially bars and restaurants), and not having visitors in their residences. We are again offering a number of outdoor activities, fully supervised to ensure adherence to safety measures, to keep students on campus this weekend. 

We need your help in another very important way regarding Family Weekend. Resuming in-person learning is a major milestone we must build upon, so that we are not forced to return to online learning. We know Family Weekend is a treasured tradition for UD families, but we ask that you forgo it this year to protect the health, well-being, and in-person learning experiences of our students. 

We ask you to help us continue moving in the right direction and minimize the spread on campus and in the community by cancelling any plans to come to Dayton for Family Weekend. Help us keep your students on campus and in the classroom for the rest of the semester. Look for an email with ideas on how Flyer families can come together virtually, and visit the Family Weekend webpage

We appreciate your support and all that you do to encourage our students to be safe and take care of each other. 

Sincerely, 
Eric F. Spina
President 

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9/11/2020

Dear students,

We write to you today with some good news: the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases is trending down on campus. With the support of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, we are lowering the campus status to Status 3 - YELLOW - CAUTION, and moving some classes to in-person instruction starting Wednesday, Sept. 16. We are beginning in-person instruction mid-week to provide faculty the opportunity to prepare labs, studios, and materials.

It is ESSENTIAL that everyone understands there is no guarantee of continued in-person instruction without continued strict adherence to the safety protocols that led to lower infection rates. The UD community has done very well the past couple weeks, and we cannot ease up at all on our efforts to stop the coronavirus’ spread this semester. Although active case numbers on campus have decreased, we all know this virus is extremely contagious — evidenced by the quick spike we saw that brought the total number of students impacted to more than 1,000 in just a few days. Please continue to be diligent: wear face coverings at all times except inside your residence; maintain physical distance; don’t gather in groups larger than 10; avoid unsafe gatherings of any size; and isolate or quarantine if you are diagnosed or are a close contact. 

Please note:

  • Virtual learning for undergraduates will continue Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 14-15.
  • Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16, some classes will begin in-person instruction. You will be notified by your instructor if your class is moving to in-person.
  • Student employees may work in-person at their on-campus jobs, if their supervisors determine in-person work can occur with appropriate safety measures in place.
  • University leaders will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 case trends, and expect to announce next week if additional classes will move to in-person instruction.

Additionally:

  • Enhanced safety measures remain in effect:
    • All dining options on campus remain grab-and-go with no indoor seating.
    • No visitors, even from within the University community, are allowed in your room, suite, or house.
    • To continue the decline in cases and help prevent new clusters, please ask your parents to cancel any hotel reservations and to not come to Dayton for Family Weekend.
    • To help protect against spread in the greater Dayton community, do not leave campus unless you have an approved educational reason such as a co-op, internship, or student teaching assignment; outside employment; or for essentials like groceries or medications. Do not visit bars or restaurants. Information about on-campus weekend activities is available here.
    • Undergraduate commuter students can now come to campus for their classes that are held in person.
    • Students who have recovered from COVID-19 are still required to follow all University safety protocols.
  • Surveillance testing will continue to randomly test students and target potential hotspots. Students are notified directly via email if they are selected, and must be tested or they will be asked to go home to study for the remainder of the term. On-campus testing locations also remain open for students with and without COVID symptoms. See info here.

We have to say — truly and sincerely — thank you to all the students who have not only followed safety measures themselves, but encouraged others to do so as well. This has truly been a challenging start to the semester, and the Flyer community has shown its strength, care, and resilience in the face of a difficult situation. Continue to protect yourself and protect others.  And be proud of what we are accomplishing as the Flyer family.

We will continue to monitor the situation on campus, in consultation with Public Health and our panel of medical experts, and announce any changes to instruction or protocols as necessary.

In community,
Eric F. Spina
President

Mary Buchwalder, M.D. 
Student Health Center Medical Director