The following message was sent to BSU and NTC students at 10:30 p.m. on April 27.
Dear BSU Student:
This academic year has unfolded in ways that none of us envisioned when it began last fall. We recognize the hardships that COVID-19 has created for you, your friends, your families and communities. Some of you or members of your family may have become unemployed and had disruptions in services such as health insurance at a time when access to healthcare has heightened importance. We feel for you and understand your concerns about the future. Others of you have seen your work become labeled as essential, and you have been asked to work longer hours to help address community need. A heartfelt thank you to you and yours for doing this work. To all of you, we commend you for remaining engaged and working hard to successfully complete your courses in the midst of this crisis. This is no small feat. We believe that education prepares us all for adapting to and thriving in whatever becomes the “new normal.”
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working hard to ensure that quality education and related service delivery continues in a manner that also ensures the safety of students and employees and that creates the greatest opportunity for student success. We know that converting teaching and learning modalities mid-semester likely compromises your educational experience this semester and we appreciate your patience and perseverance in the face of these challenges.
We have also been planning for fall semester 2020. At this point, we can say the following.
- As long as it is safe and we are allowed by the state of Minnesota to do so, our plan is to begin fall semester delivering courses in the manner they are designated in the fall semester schedule. This means that those course sections designated as face-to-face would meet in that manner, if this is allowable.
- For courses involving face-to-face delivery, we continue to explore options for course delivery. Be assured we will use delivery mechanisms such as social distancing and mask wearing that ensures the safety of students and employees and make modifications to physical spaces as necessary to address health and safety concerns.
- Extreme care will be taken as events are planned and offered. Virtual delivery may need to complement and/or replace in-person delivery.
- For those of you planning to live in the residence halls, all rooms will now be designated as single occupancy. The move-in process will need to change and plans are being made for how this can happen in a safe manner. Stay tuned for more information.
As we continue to plan forward, we would like to hear from you. Specifically, we would like to know more about your intentions to register for fall semester, concerns that you have, and your technology needs. We ask that you click on this link to complete a very short 10-minute survey.
BSU Student Survey: https://bemidji.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d1jZO9pDJkOvmlf
NTC Student Survey: https://bemidji.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7aARGxEfg4aXGa9
There is also room to provide additional feedback and concerns. Thank you ahead of time for your responses. We look forward to seeing all of you again and we applaud your continuing efforts to complete your spring semester courses.
Faith C. Hensrud, Ed.D.
Bemidji State University & Northwest Technical College
1500 Birchmont Drive NE, #3
Bemidji, MN 56601