Clerc Center Teachers and Staff,
As we saw today from President Cordano, Gallaudet has made the decision to transition to online education for undergraduate and graduate students. Today the Clerc Center Leadership Team (CCLT) met to review what this means for our programs. The team is reviewing:
- Considerations and legal requirements for special education students (students with IEPs).
- Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization
- Non-Instructional days already in our calendar (e.g. spring break, professional development days etc)
- Quickly changing availability of flights and other modes of transportation for students in the event we need to close.
- The challenge of balancing the impact of a closure on families, teaching and learning, with the health and safety of our community.
As of today, our schools remain open and fully operational. The discussion about possible changes to that decision will be continued tomorrow and additional updates communicated at that time. We recognize that many of you are concerned about this issue and we will be making decisions and communicating as soon as we are able to do so.
Today the CCLT made the following decisions:
- Employees with Health Concerns: The University is establishing a process for employees with health concerns (those considered vulnerable according to the CDC guidance) to be approved for telework. The Clerc Center will follow this process as well. Please watch for communication from Gallaudet Human Resources about this.
- Visitors/Tours: Effective immediately, we will not be providing tours or opening the schools to visitors. Parents, of course, continue to be welcome in our schools. We will remind parents to please stay home if ill and be mindful about recent travel, especially to Level 3 countries.
- Field Trips: Effective immediately, all field trips will be cancelled. Teachers should prepare on campus lessons for students until further notice.
- Meetings/Events: We will be following the University’s guidance and not hosting meetings or events with more than 25 people.
We continue to encourage everyone to maintain healthy habits and good hygiene practices. Please also be sure you are seeking facts about this quickly evolving situation from verified sources (e.g. CCLT members) and not from rumors and social media.
The CCLT will be convening again tomorrow morning and more information will be communicated by end of day tomorrow.
Marianne Belsky, Chief Academic Officer
Nicole Sutliffe, Chief Administrative Officer