President's Email to Students (January 11)

The following email was sent from the president's office to Missouri State students on January 11, 2022.

Subject: Update on plans for spring semester

Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed your winter break and are ready to return to campus refreshed for the spring semester.

The university will be open as planned.

The omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in our community, so we’ll be taking measures to limit the spread.

While this will create challenges, we plan to start the semester as usual. However, we are ready to make necessary adjustments if needed.

Omicron generally causes less severe symptoms, but it’s a highly contagious variant and may temporarily disrupt classes and activities on campus for the next four to six weeks.

In response, we’ll continue many of the protective measures that are already in place.

  • Masks will be required in every classroom and in academic buildings. Health officials recommend wearing N-95, KN-95 or surgical masks.
  • COVID-19 testing is available at no charge to you at Magers Health and Wellness if you have COVID-19 symptoms. You can schedule an appointment online by going to the MyHealth Portal.
  • COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots are also available at Magers. You can schedule an appointment online by going to the MyHealth Portal.

Classes will be in planned format

If you signed up for in-person classes this spring, they will remain that way. However, it’s possible that some classes could temporarily shift online or to some other format due to students or instructors testing positive for the virus.

With that in mind, your instructors will be flexible in allowing you to complete classwork from home if you test positive for the virus, or just feel sick. Good communication between faculty and students is always important, but especially so at the start of this semester.

I want to emphasize this: If you feel sick, notify your instructor that you’ll be absent, get notes and assignments from classmates, and do not go to class. Follow instructions for what you should do if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have questions or need a mask or a testing kit, contact our COVID-19 response team at COVID19@MissouriState.edu or 417-837-3737.

Vaccines and booster shots provide the greatest protection again severe illness from COVID-19. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to get your vaccine shots and/or booster shot. Booster shots provide 25 times the protection that the initial series of shots provided.

Please know that this is NOT what the entire semester will be like. Let’s mask up, get vaccinated, and manage through the next four to six weeks together. Thank you and have a strong spring semester.

Clif

Clifton M. Smart III
President