Coronavirus Task Force
Starting at the end of the academic year, the coronavirus task force shifted its work from response to planning for the fall semester. Vice President for Enrollment and Communications Josh Jensen is leading this work. To accommodate new needs and goals the task force was restructured into the following format.
- In-person learning, focused on what classes would look like in the fall should we be primarily in-person, accommodating for social distancing as well as the likelihood that some instruction may still be online.
- Online learning, focused on what classes will look like in the fall should online learning be the primary mode of instruction, and what planning and resources are required to do this well.
- Student life, focused on how to best support students if in person or remote, including housing, dining and other critical support services for students
- People and spaces, focused on ensuring that Whitman’s people have the resources needed to return safely to work and school, and that our spaces—residential, academic, co-curricular and administrative—are appropriately adapted and managed to support these safety efforts. This includes policies and practices related to safety, social distancing, reporting and monitoring, and contact tracing. There is also a group under people and spaces looking at travel policies for the fall.
- Finance, focused on tracking expenses and the impact of these decisions on Whitman’s budget.
Planning and Communications support both the subcommittees and full task force.
Policy decisions are referred to the president’s cabinet for approval, and all final decisions, processes and plans are then documented and will be communicated broadly via email and in Whitman Today.
Task force structure
Subcommittee membership continues to grow and shift as needs emerge, and many people are being consulted on this work in addition to those listed.