Drew Virtual Time Begins Monday, Preparations Continue Today and Tomorrow, 3/12/20

Drew Virtual Time Begins Monday, Preparations Continue Today and Tomorrow, 3/12/20

Dear members of the Drew community,

Thank you all for your understanding as we refine our planning for this quickly evolving situation around COVID-19 (known as coronavirus). As we announced this past Wednesday, the University begins Drew Virtual Time on Monday, March 16, with a slated end date of Friday, April 3. Drew, like many institutions, has adopted the practice of social distancing.

In order to make ready the community to support remote learning and business beginning this Monday, today and tomorrow were purposefully chosen as preparation days (no classes for students and faculty; remote work for nonessential staff, as you would in the case of a snow emergency, acknowledging some staff, such as those at the Acorn Academy, are in unique situations that necessitate work on campus today and tomorrow).

We anticipated this period of uncertainty as we refine our plans. And your questions serve to increase the comprehensiveness of our planning, so please keep them coming and know that we are purposefully waiting to give you a set of inclusive answers for our Monday start of Drew Virtual Time. If you have questions for which answers would lend themselves to a FAQ list, please email DSA Chair Kristin Bruno at dsa@drew.edu.

In this meanwhile, please do not make local decisions in your department regarding specific work arrangements and access to campus facilities. Rest assured, we are working to address all of these topics and will be in touch with comprehensive touchpoints on Monday. If you have questions that must be answered immediately, please direct them to your divisional vice president.

Please check your Drew email, visit our COVID-19 site, and follow us on social media @DrewUniversity for updates on Monday and beyond.

Again, we have no reported cases of COVID-19 on the Drew campus. We will continue to evaluate the situation and stay in touch with you as far in advance as possible about a return to on-campus learning and business after April 3.

Thank you again for your cooperation. The health and well-being of our campus community are our top priorities as we prepare for Monday’s move to Drew Virtual Time.

Sincerely,

MaryAnn Baenninger
President