May 4, 2020 Daily Chronicle

Dear CSN Family,

As we prepare for final exams next week, I want to take this opportunity to again thank you all – faculty, staff and students alike – for your persistence and resilience this semester as you quickly adapted to and then mastered teaching, working and learning in an all-online environment.

While we are ready to continue remote instruction into the summer, we are planning for the fall semester amid some remaining uncertainty over the future of COVID-19. You may have seen that NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly issued a memo this morning addressing the issue. What you can expect from CSN is a mix of online, hybrid and in-person courses this fall. Our first priority will be safety, which means that we will dedicate ourselves to making the necessary changes to classroom and lab arrangements to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed. We will also provide PPE when necessary and adhere to deep cleaning protocols. As always, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health officials.

Please know that our fall in-person classes will include a robust online component in case circumstances require CSN classes to go fully online in the event of a new wave of COVID-19 cases. This approach helps ensure that we are all safe while allowing us to offer an array of courses for the fall semester, which is scheduled to begin August 24.

Please be sure to attend our Virtual Town Halls tomorrow, where we will discuss our fall plans in greater detail. Should guidance from NSHE officials or the governor’s office necessitate changes to our fall semester plans, we will of course update you throughout the summer as events develop.

I’d like to end today’s message by commending the entire CSN family for how well you have responded to this crisis so that our students succeed in a safe environment. We are in this together, and together we remain Vegas Strong and CSN Proud.

Stay safe and God bless.

Federico Zaragoza
College of Southern Nevada 

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