Dear Aims Family:
Last week, I communicated with you the decision to move courses online through April 13, at which time we will reevaluate. Due to the speed of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves in unprecedented territory as new information emerges each day and hourly. Please know all our decisions are driven by our commitment to you, to your health and wellbeing, and to all of those whom we educate, serve, work with, and consider to be valued members of our community and Aims family. I know many of you are working incredibly hard right now, driven by this same commitment. I deeply appreciate all you are doing and know that your care, concern and commitment distinguishes Aims Community College as a remarkable institution and community partner.
Based on Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases within Colorado and Weld and Larimer Counties as well as Governor Polis’ guidance Monday evening, Aims Community College will temporarily modify its operations in order to safeguard staff, faculty, and students as much as possible.
The Aims Incident Response Team will meet Tuesday morning, March 17, to finalize an updated operational plan. They are actively reviewing options for employees to work remotely as well as considerations for online instruction.
Presently, Aims employees are asked to be available to work in their respective work areas. Exceptions are as follow: 1) an employee is self-quarantined; 2) an employee is caring for a sick family member; 3) an employee is providing care for their children. In each exception, employees must contact HR (Jenell Wild, email@example.com) and their supervisor.
For all employees and students, if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus, please answer the following questions before contacting HR and your supervisor (employees) or the Dean of Students (students):
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, please contact HR (Jenell Wild, firstname.lastname@example.org) and your supervisor (employees) or the Dean of Students (Dean Shannon McCasland, email@example.com) (students).
The Facilities and Operations team continues to work hard in their cleaning efforts throughout the College. While these dedicated professionals are putting in long hours and taking extra measures to clean at all our campuses, please do your part by cleaning your personal work area. Sanitary wipes and cleaning supplies are available for all work areas.
I know every new decision we make raises many questions for all of you. We will answer them as quickly as we can in the coming days. But I want to emphasize again that public health—your health—is our priority. While we are unaware of any positive case of COVID-19 in association with our Aims community, the virus continues to spread, and no community is immune. If we have a positive case among our staff, faculty, or students, we will consider new recommendations, precautions, and constraints on college-based interactions.
We will continue to provide new information as it becomes available via email, the Aims COVID-19 Updates and Information web page, and social media accounts. Please continue to monitor each of these access points on a regular basis. As conditions change, we will be prepared to adapt to them.
This is not an easy time for our College, our communities, our state, or our nation. Please know I deeply appreciate the patience, dedication, resourcefulness, and resilience of our amazing Aims staff, faculty, and students. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.
Dr. Leah L. Bornstein