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Message to Employees (Vaccination Clarification)

Date:    September 3, 2009
To:       The Faculty
From:   Cristle Collins Judd
 
Subject:  Academic area and H1N1 virus
 
I’m writing to follow-up Tama Spoerri’s recent email to the campus community concerning the College’s contingency plans for dealing with the H1N1 virus. As part of the College’s contingency plans for dealing with the virus, we have been discussing potential impact on the academic program and trying to anticipate any possible complications for the instructional program this semester.
 
While we cannot predict the timing or severity of the flu this season there are a few general guidelines we would like to emphasize:
 
·       If you are sick and experiencing symptoms of the flu you should not go to class.  You should make alternative arrangements for the conduct of your class, or, if unable to do so, cancel class.  Please let your students know and alert your Departmental Coordinator.  We know that this will hard for you but it will the best for your students and for your recovery.  In the event that you have to cancel a class, please let us know so that we can monitor the impact on the campus.
 
·       If you have health conditions that put you at particular risk, please let me know of any concerns that you may have, so that we can work with you.
 
·       Finally, if you experience significant absences in your courses we stand ready to work with you on creative solutions for making up class material in ways that will not inadvertently disadvantage or penalize students.
 
If the flu season begins to have an impact on your classes or you have any questions, please notify Jim Higginbotham (jhigginb@bowdoin.edu; 725-3290).