As we near the conclusion of a uniquely challenging year, I want to thank you for your efforts that have made in-person education possible. Though not the year any of us wanted, I am honored to have shared this portion of our journey seeking and serving God with all of you.
I write to inform you that the President’s Cabinet anticipates a return to normal in August, and expects to welcome students back for the fall semester without mask requirements, social distance guidelines, academic calendar changes, or any of the other restrictions we’ve all had to put up with this year due to the pandemic. Obviously we cannot promise normal, but that is what we expect and are working toward.
For those of you who have not been vaccinated, there is something you can do to help make this possible. The decisions we make now will determine what happens this fall. Please consider getting one of the available vaccines this summer. We realize that many of you may be hesitant to take a vaccine because you believe you are unlikely to get very sick if you get COVID. Please keep in mind that the purpose of the vaccines is not just to protect the safety of the vaccinated person, but also to refuse the virus a place to take root and then spread.
We recognize that this pandemic has cost our community dearly. It’s been harder to appreciate one another, encourage one another, celebrate and mourn with one another. In this coming year, we will need to rebuild, and we will need your help to do it. This is an amazing place, with amazing people, and a desperately important mission. I’m excited to see the renewal that follows this season.
Please join us for it.
Silas L. McCormick