Dear RTS family,
Your Provost, Chief Officers, Senior Administrators, Presidents, Executive Directors, Deans, and I have been continuously working on our plans for the fall semester and the 2020-2021 academic year amidst the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited and thankful to be returning to campuses across our system (with the exception of New York City) this month.
As you can imagine, this is a complex thing for an institution that spans eight cities in seven states. You will be receiving specific details from your local campus leadership, but I write today to highlight our priorities. As we re-open our classrooms and campuses there are three particular commitments that we have that are guiding all our decisions.
First, we are concerned to do everything we can to care for the health and well-being of our students, and their families. We are enacting measures to provide for flexibility and safety and to ensure the best possible learning environment for them.
Second, we are concerned to do everything we can to care for the health and well-being of our faculty and staff, and their families. Our staff and faculty are the heartbeat of the mission and ministry of RTS, and we want them all to be safe and confident as they teach, serve, and minister to our students.
Third, we want to do everything we can to assure that our students’ educational experience is as personal, normal, and edifying as possible. We want to make sure that the teaching, interaction, and preparation they receive meets RTS’s best standards. Additionally, we are being very flexible in our delivery system so that when a student needs to miss residential lectures due to COVID-19 concerns, each campus has procedures in place to ensure that the student will still be able to complete the course with academic integrity.
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