March 22, 2020
Dear Aims Family,
The last couple weeks have provided each of you with a variety of unexpected changes. Many classes that met face-to-face just a week ago are going to remote learning for the rest of the semester—and you aren’t sure what that experience is going to be like. Many of you have left the campuses and may not feel sure about when you will return to see friends, faculty and staff, and support networks that lift you up. We understand that each new development may make you feel like your world has been turned upside down—you might be scared, lonely, confused, and concerned about what these unusual, uncertain, and unprecedented times hold for you and our Aims community.
You are not alone
Believe me, we understand! Administrators, faculty, and staff are feeling many of the same emotions you are experiencing. But, know this: We are all in this together—as an Aims family. While we can’t be together physically right now, we are a strong and resilient Aims community.
Spring break will end with a new beginning
Spring Break will come to an end March 29 and courses will transition to alternate delivery next Monday, March 30. Courses that were already taught online will continue on Monday, March 30 to accommodate course changes. A number of our CTE courses will adapt to meet the necessary requirements, which your instructors will share with you. So, we want to take this opportunity to share with you additional information about some of the services we are making available to support you as this transition occurs and answer some of the questions we have been most frequently hearing from you.
Most courses will use remote learning technology
All of the Aims faculty and staff have been working hard to make this transition as positive an experience as possible. We hope you will join us in thanking them while showing patience as they continue to work through unresolved issues. There will undoubtedly be more issues to address in the coming weeks, but they will be resolved. Again, CTE courses will adapt to meet the necessary requirements, which your instructors will convey to you. We promise we will continue to provide critical College information, services, and support for you—wherever you are.
Student services are ready to help
All student services are available throughout the remainder of the spring semester, our dedicated and caring staff are prepared to respond and support your needs in a remote and online environment. Student service, engagement, and inclusion departments and programs are currently available in three ways: online Zoom conferencing, phone, and email. You are encouraged to remain in contact with each service area to ensure your academic goals remain intact as we move together through this challenging experience. For additional information, please contact specific departments by phone or email email@example.com.
Take care of yourself and those around you
In the weeks to come, we strongly urge each of you to take responsible steps to maintain your health and safety—you are our priority. Please practice social distancing to prevent the spread of this virus and help flatten the curve. Many of you are living in conditions with roommates and family members who may have heightened risks. As you are already doing, continue to look out for one another—for your family, friends, loved ones, and those around you. And, stay connected through social media. Lastly, and most importantly, continue to work hard in your classes to finish strong this spring semester. You can do this—and we are here to help.
We are here for you!
If we can do more to support you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us personally. Also, please continue to access up-to-date information and guidance through Aims’ COVID-19 Updates and Information web page and firstname.lastname@example.org for your questions. Together, we are moving forward together as an Aims family to achieve your academic goals for the life you desire.
Dr. Leah L. Bornstein