Learning and Teaching During COVID-19

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As a part of the campus community, consideration of the University’s guiding principles in the Campus Blueprint plan:

  • Prioritize the health and safety of all members of the University of Michigan community with special consideration and thought toward vulnerable individuals.
  • Maintain continuity of high-quality educational experience for all students.
  • Use real-time epidemiological data to inform decision-making.
  • Use an ongoing, robust communication strategy to share information.
  • Uphold our core values of diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
  • Learn from others’ experiences.
  • Be prepared to plan, monitor and adapt as needed due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic.

Additionally, the staff working group has further identified the following guiding principles specific to SSW: 

  • Maintain continuity of the School’s vital missions of education, research, and service.
  • Adoption of a plan that reflects our School’s core values.
  • Support of community building and human connections -- particularly with new students.
  • Alignment with guidelines from federal, state, and University with respect to public health safety protocols.
  • Continued flexibility in light of accomplishments over the past year, consistent with other U-M units’ policies/plans, and with regard to external forces such as changes in area public school plans and public transportation availability.
  • Support for all staffs’ physical and mental health, being conscious that some of our staff have lost family members, friends, and loved ones due to the pandemic.
  • Flexibility for all, understanding that a one size fits all approach is not possible with the various roles and responsibilities of different offices and roles.

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