April 22, 2020
Dear Aims faculty and staff:
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. First, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude for all you are doing to strengthen our Aims community and to support each other during this time. You have gone above and beyond expectations again and again to deliver on our mission and to support the health, safety, and education of each other and our students. Thank you. Chair Achziger stated it well when he said: “I know I speak for the entire Board of Trustees when I say that we could not be more proud of Aims students, staff, faculty and cabinet for the manner in which they have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
I want to share an update on the Cabinet’s initial Re-entry planning. Our intention is to resume in-person College operations in a phased-in approach that enables social distancing, mitigates COVID-19 health risks, and adheres to the Governor’s Safer at Home guidance.
As you may know, Weld County is a leading Colorado county for confirmed COVID-19 cases. With this in mind, our decision-making will take into consideration a variety of factors, primarily the latest data and public health guidance we receive from local, state and federal agencies. The Aims leadership team is working on scenarios to enable our transition to modified College operations as it becomes possible.
In the days ahead, I will provide additional details on the structure, timeline, and guidelines for the beginning phases of re-entry to the College. For now, I encourage you to find the most up-to-date information on our COVID-19 webpage.
Like other institutions throughout the state, as well as our local community businesses and organizations, we have made a number of difficult but important decisions this semester. Please know we will continue to make decisions with compassion, care and with the Aims mission in mind.
I know the unpredictability we are all experiencing is challenging and can feel overwhelming. As we have done throughout this pandemic, please continue to support each other and practice self-care. I encourage you to explore our available resources as we navigate the remainder of the semester and prepare for a phased-in re-entry to the College.
In closing, I want to thank you, again, for the tremendous dedication, innovation, and resiliency you have demonstrated during this time. You are truly remarkable! I am proud of the work we are doing, and I look forward to an ongoing positive future together!
With strength and wellness,
Dr. Leah L. Bornstein