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COVID-19 Update for Patton College of Education for Faculty/Staff/Administrators

COVID-19 Update for Patton College of Education for Faculty/Staff/Administrators

Patton College Faculty, Staff, and Administrators,

As communicated through the Office of the President, Ohio University has suspended in-person instruction on all campuses and locations and is moving to a virtual instruction environment, effective immediately and through at least Monday, March 30, 2020. Ohio University is following the guidance of the Office of the Governor, state and local departments of public health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The Patton College of Education remains open, and all healthy administrative and classified staff are expected to report to work unless otherwise indicated by the University. If you are ill, please stay home. And everyone should refer to the preventative actions as dictated by the CDC. Faculty who have seniors or children in their homes are encouraged to work remotely. 

While we will be delivering our services in a different manner, we will continue to function as a College and an institution. The priority of the College is to continue to provide quality education while protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff. Fortunately, the technologies available to us will enable us to remain effective and operational.  

Faculty, on Wednesday you should have received an email from Lindsey Ladd, director of the Data Analytics and Academic Technology Center, with information about moving courses online. Please reference the email (sent via Helen Watson) for support in making a smooth transition for your students. Because the University extended spring break for a week for students, faculty has an extra week to prepare and reach out to classes regarding virtual instruction: Ohio University is asking all faculty to contact students in each of their classes on or before Monday, March 23, to share how their class will continue for the first week after spring break.

While the Regional Community Forum, Hicks Executive in Residence, and the ‘G is for Gun’ viewing and discussion are canceled, the business of the college—including all teaching and non-teaching responsibilities—will continue. Please consider going remote for business and committee meetings as needed. Faculty who wish to work from their offices should feel free to continue to do so. And again, faculty who have seniors or children in their homes are encouraged to work remotely. 

Please continue to be available to your students via virtual office hours and communicate that information to your students. Also, inform your unit head of the hours you are available for contact for work-related purposes. We need to know when we can reach you should the need arise. Your unit head should also be your point of contact should you have questions and/or concerns.

The official mode of communication for the University and the College is email and website notification. The University has posted answers to frequently asked questions online and will be adding information as it becomes available and as this situation continues to develop.

While this is a challenging time for everyone, please be patient, flexible, and supportive of one another as we seek to manage the circumstances. At the close of Spring Break, I look forward to greeting everyone with a smile and a wave. “Share the wave, not the virus!”

Thank you for all you do for the College. Continue to go out and do great things!

Renée A. Middleton, Ph.D., Professor and Dean

The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education

NBPTS Executive Committee and Certification Council Co-Char - www.nbpts.org

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Athens, OH  45701-2979

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