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Returning Students

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Over the last five months, the worldwide health crisis has posed many daunting challenges for the Agnes Scott family of students, faculty and staff. I am repeatedly heartened by the strength, resilience and caring of this remarkable community. Today, I write to provide an update on our deliberations regarding instructional and residential planning for fall semester 2020. As has been the case since the beginning of the crisis, the health and safety of our students and of our community as a whole remain at the forefront of our thinking.

Like me, you have probably been watching the rise in COVID-19 infections in Georgia, the Southeast and across the United States, with some states setting records daily for new cases. As of today, there are more than 3,000 new cases in Georgia. Nationally, there are more than three million total cases. These sobering numbers are forcing campus leaders around the country, and specifically in our region, to re-evaluate the most appropriate learning, teaching, living and working models.

Until a few days ago, I remained hopeful that we could return to campus for the fall, even if that meant having fewer students live on campus to achieve more realistic physical distancing. We had already been planning a dual-instructional mode for many of our courses, a combination of remote and in-person teaching and learning. However, as COVID-19 infections continue to spike here in Georgia and in other states where our students live, we are uncertain about our ability to follow through with these plans. We are concerned about the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff; and we want to make the best educational and operational decisions for our community. 

Other colleges and universities are wrestling with the same decisions, and some have already announced revised plans for the fall. We have paid close attention to these announcements, along with ongoing COVID-19 data. We know that you need time and information to plan and prepare appropriately for the coming academic year. Please be assured that we are striving to make the best decisions possible for every member of our Agnes Scott community.

For now, we will continue to monitor and assess the path of COVID-19 and updates from local, national and global health organizations. Also, we will be consulting with student leaders, faculty and staff members as we consider the options. We will announce our decisions early next week.

I greatly appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Sincerely,

Leocadia I. Zak

President