The following message was sent from President Bateman to the Randolph community on March 22:
Thanks to promising progress with the COVID-19 vaccines as well as the efforts of our own community to safely follow guidelines this spring, I am pleased to provide an update regarding our planning for the fall 2021 academic year. The COVID-19 Task Force decided this week to plan for an in-person 2021-22 academic year. As long as circumstances related to the pandemic continue to improve, we will be able to provide in-person classes and have all students (except those who are approved to live off campus as commuters, etc.) live in residence.
We most likely will still need to adhere to certain guidelines, such as distancing and mask requirements, but we believe these measures are worth being able to be together on campus again. Details about next semester will be provided at a later date, but we wanted to share this positive news as soon as we were able.
Our entire community has worked hard this semester to ensure that we can safely remain open, and that effort has so far paid off with our very low COVID-19 numbers. I must applaud our students, especially, who have followed strict regulations and done everything possible to limit the spread of the virus on our campus. I hear compliments daily about our students and the model they are setting for others by wearing masks, adhering to physical distancing rules, showing up for testing, etc. Please do not let your guards down, however. The virus is still present and precautions are still needed. I also encourage everyone to get your COVID-19 vaccine when possible. It is vital that we all continue our efforts to keep our Randolph community safe and healthy.
I look forward to seeing everyone back on campus together in the fall!Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID19, fall 2021