March 17, 2020
All Aims Community—Please read
Dear Aims Family,
The global spread of COVID-19 continues to affect every one of us. I want to commend each of you for your dedication and hard work as we adapt to this ever-changing situation. Yesterday’s guidance from the White House and Governor Polis moves us to take swift actions to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Please know each decision is being thoughtfully assessed and made with the health and safety of our entire Aims community at the forefront.
As our response to COVID-19 evolves, I know additional questions arise. We will strive to answer these questions as quickly as information is available—and we appreciate your patience as we adapt and learn in this evolving environment. Please be assured many Aims employees are diligently working hard to provide answers. For current information and FAQs, please continue to visit Aims’ COVID-19 Updates and Information web page. If you have a question not answered by the FAQs, please email email@example.com (employees) or firstname.lastname@example.org (students).
Aims campuses to limit access to critical operational personnel beginning March 17 at 5:00 P.M.
In an effort to protect the health of the Aims community and to do our part to flatten the curve as the virus spreads, Aims will limit access to all campuses, except for critical operational personnel, beginning 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 17, until further notice. The College will continue to evaluate college services to determine the potential of expanding on-site operations as health guidelines permit. Academic operations will continue via alternate delivery as described below.
Supervisors will communicate with their direct reports this afternoon so staff know whether to report to work in person or remotely beginning Wednesday. We recognize that not all employees may be able to perform their essential duties remotely, therefore, all Aims employees—full and part-time faculty, staff and administrators, contract employees, temporary agency employees and student employees (work study) will continue to be paid during this period. Human Resources will provide guidance for employees working remotely. In addition, Human Resources will provide guidance on employee pay, benefits, etc. We recognize some operations will continue to adjust during this period.
Employees who are currently off campus due to spring break will be able to make arrangements to come to campus next week to collect their necessary materials and belongings in order to work remotely. Information about when and how those accommodations can be made will be coordinated with their supervisor.
All Aims classes will be delivered via alternate delivery for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester
Students and Faculty:
With new guidance coming from the Center for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, we have made the decision to extend courses online through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Classes will begin online Monday, March 30 and continue through Tuesday, May 5. Previously scheduled online classes will resume March 30 as well. Assignments, tests, etc. originally due the week of March 23 will be extended. Look for information from instructors.
We are evaluating strategies which allow students to complete their CTE skills. Specific information will be sent to student by their instructors.
All in-person events and meetings will be limited for the remainder of Spring 2020 semester
Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Aims is a committed community partner. So, we will limit contact with others and fully implement social distancing. This means all in-person College events and meetings will be limited to critical operations for the remainder of the semester. In addition, all student events are cancelled for the remainder of the semester. We encourage faculty, staff, and students to hold activities that leverage various technologies as an alternative to meeting in person.
Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies
Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Based on guidance from CDC and others, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel Spring graduation ceremonies as well as all Celebration Week activities. We are working on alternate plans to allow our Spring graduates a chance to celebrate their commencement in the future and will solicit feedback and share plans as soon as we are able.
Employees and Students:
The IT help desk (970-339-6380; email@example.com; web Helpdesk: https://webhelpdesk.aims.edu; and web page: https://www.aims.edu/about/departments/it/contact.php) will remain open for employee and student questions. In addition, remote learning resources will be posted online for faculty and students.
This is an unprecedented time such as we have not seen in our lifetime. However, I am confident we will continue to move forward in the Aims tradition of remarkable excellence. Thank you for your ongoing professionalism and dedication.
Dr. Leah L. Bornstein