A letter to all from VC President, Dr. Dusty R. Johnston
Posted By: Holly Scheller - 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM
You have managed the 2020-2021 academic year with resilience and resolve despite all the obstacles that the pandemic and other events have placed in your path. You have conquered, overcome, achieved, and attained during this difficult window of time. I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on your accomplishments this past year. It has not been a year without hardship, sadness, stress, and loss—but you have made it this far and I have confidence you are capable of going further.
It has been an academic year like no other. Faculty, staff, and students have been fully committed to creativity, innovation, and flexibility to ensure the successful end to a stressful year. Instruction methodologies and processes have been reimagined. Registration and advising methodologies and processes have been redesigned. Business office functions and facility improvement projects have adapted to meet student and institutional needs. Many methodological and process improvements will be here to stay. In other ways, we will be ready to get back to normal as quickly as possible.
Part of this successful academic year has been faculty, staff, and students closely following the recommended Vernon College COVID-19 protocol as well as Center for Disease Control (CDC) and community protocol expectations. The VC COVID-19 protocol that was implemented for the 2020 Fall semester was slightly revised for the 2021 Spring semester. I anticipate additional revisions for the 2021 Fall semester based on CDC, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and Office of the Governor guidance. All employees can anticipate working primarily on campus this coming Fall 2021 semester as scheduled prior to the COVID-19 impact. Vernon College COVID-19 protocol for the 2021 Fall semester will be provided to faculty, staff, and students by July 15, 2021. The current COVID-19 protocol, including facemask expectations, will continue to be followed this summer unless there are major changes announced in CDC, THECB, or Governor guidelines. One exception is an increase in class size, in accordance with CDC guidelines, to accommodate more students in face-to-face classes.
A primary goal of the 2021 Fall schedule is to offer more face-to-face instruction while also providing alternate forms of instruction such as online, hybrid, and TEAMS to accommodate the needs and expectations of all students. Vernon College’s mission is to provide quality instruction and exemplary services to students, communities, and industry.
As Texas continues to reopen the economy and Vernon College plans for the 2021 Fall semester, each employee and student must take personal and social responsibility seriously. Avoid crowds, practice social distancing on and off-campus, wash hands frequently, be aware of symptoms, and monitor your temperature. As a place of employment, Vernon College can only assist with your health and safety approximately one-third of each day. As an educational institution, the College provides safety measures for students only 3-4 hours per day. Each employee and each student must understand their personal and social responsibility for their health and safety, as well as the health and safety of their friends, family, and co-workers the remainder of each day.
I encourage you to enjoy your summer at home, work, travel or attending school. I look forward to the start of a new school year in a new environment next fall semester.
Looking forward,
Dusty R. Johnston, Ed. D.
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