These additional policies aim to make sure our experience together during the pandemic is both safe and productive.
- Attendance. Your top priority this semester should be maintaining your own health and safety and helping to protect the health and safety of others. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or otherwise believe you might have been exposed to the virus, please do not come to class. Any absences along these lines will be excused. If you are worried about attending class at any point due to concern for your own health, please let me know. If you are placed on a mandatory quarantine or in isolation for potential exposure to or contraction of COVID-19, please send me documentation.
- In-class precautions. Masks and social distancing are not required in class, but you are welcome to wear a mask as you see fit. If you have any concerns about how things are going in class related to your health and safety, please let me know.
- Mental health. Focusing on your mental health will be just as important as your physical health this semester. While this is always true, the circumstances likely present you with new and additional mental health challenges. Please do what you need to take care of yourself. Our class can be flexible in terms of deadlines and other course demands, so let me know what I can do to help and accommodate your needs.
In other words, I recognize how difficult it is to try to succeed in school right now with everything else going on. I do believe we can do good work together this semester and that you will be able to improve and grow as a writer, but we can also be flexible in the face of challenging circumstances. Again, the top priority is health and safety, so let me know if I can do anything to help.