This report presents the recommendations of the workgroups. The overarching framework for the deliberations and recommendations of the workgroups from the University System of Georgia (USG) is the following:
The future for the next months and possibly year(s) is uncertain due to COVID-19. This uncertainty will require robust planning coupled with extreme flexibility. We cannot predict what the circumstances will be for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year or during any part of the fall term; however, we can develop plans that account for some of the scenarios under which we might be asked to begin the fall term. There are multiple scenarios for the fall semester for which
institutions should have plans.
1. Contingency Plan 1 – Fall classes begin with social distancing expectations.
2. Contingency Plan 2 – Fall classes start entirely online.
3. Contingency Plan 3 – Classes and operations must go to an online format for a period during the semester.
Our plan takes into consideration FVSU's unique circumstances, needs and capabilities. Guided by our motto, "Empower the Possible," we put forward a bold plan that provides for effective and efficient business continuity in an environment that values the safety and welfare of employees, students and the community. Our priority is the health and welfare of all students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors.
Health and safety on a university campus is a shared responsibility for all involved. All students, employees, vendors, and visitors will be subject to new policies, procedures and oversights designed to promote a safer and healthier environment
for teaching, learning and working, including strategies to protect individuals at higher risk for developing adverse outcomes to COVID-19.
This plan considers the safest ways to reopen the campus without compromising daily operations and the quality of instruction for our students. As such, we are implementing a phased plan to bring faculty and staff back to campus. The university will offer in-person/on-campus classes
with some classes having synchronous online components. Classes that were previously offered online before the onset of the coronavirus will continue in that format.
A decision to move entirely to an online instructional environment, should that be warranted in the fall 2020 semester, will be made at the University System Office (USO) in consultation with the Governor's Office and the Department of Public Health.
Due to continued safety and social distancing guidelines that remain in effect, students are encouraged to complete all course registration, financial obligations, and academic appeals remotely/online before returning to campus.
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the onset of the flu season, the university has adjusted the academic calendar for fall 2020 so that classes end by Thanksgiving. The fall 2020 start date has been moved up by one week to Aug. 10, 2020. See the full schedule at https://www.fvsu.edu/academic-calendars/.
The plan emphasizes the following:
Education and training of community members about safety guidelines, testing, tracing, and quarantine; Social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and use of face coverings in the presence of others.