Letter from the President – August 2020

Friends,

As we begin this new academic year amid COVID-19, this manual is prepared to provide parameters, policies and guidelines for how we will manage this pandemic together. It will help guide our community life taking into consideration the health and well-being of all students, staff, faculty, families and others who will enter our campus throughout the year. Our health and well-being must be a top priority for us this year.

As we continue to face this global pandemic together, I want to remind us to take seriously the health and well-being of each other by acting in the best interest of all. Our individual decisions and actions matter. Our members are from surrounding neighborhoods and across this country to countries around the world. Given this, our personal will impact communities near and far.

This manual contains a set of plans for the prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 during our academic year. It was created with broad input from staff, faculty and administrators in consultation with the Harvey County Health Department in Newton, Kansas. Due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, the contents of this manual is subject to change as new information becomes available. Please continually refer to our website for the latest information.

The plans in this manual will succeed if we are motivated out of care for each other and our community. I ask that each of us seeks to be kind, supportive and accountable as we respond to one another and change our collective behaviors. As we are well aware that our normal has changed. Maybe for forever. Realizing it will not be easy, let us seek a new normal together.

If you have concerns or questions about the health and safety measures put into place or concerns and questions about your personal health and safety, you should notify your manager or vice president immediately. Students or parents with concerns or questions should notify Deb Roth, Vice President of Student Life at deb.roth@hesston.edu, or call 620-327-8236.

In closing, I encourage you to take care of yourself, take care of each other, be safe, be smart, be kind.

Peace,

Joe Manickam, President