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Although the President's message from 3/17/20 is "pinned" to the top of this page, please see a list of all recent communications in the accordions below. For all internal communications to faculty, staff, and students, please visit Blackboard or the 'COVID-19' tab in the myCurry portal.
Dear Members of the Curry College Community,
Last week, our College had to make a number of very, very difficult decisions in order to ensure not only the health and safety of the Curry community, but to help limit the spread of the coronavirus in the interest of public health. As we move into our second week of navigating this extraordinary situation, which is evolving at an extremely rapid pace, we continue to problem-solve together.
To our students:
Please know that the faculty and administrators who have supported you through your years at Curry are as disappointed as many of you are that your semester has been altered in this unprecedented way. This global event is impacting colleges, universities and students worldwide in many of the same ways, as we all work to protect not only ourselves and each other, but also the vulnerable among us, from the spread of this virus. However, that does not make it easier or less painful, especially for seniors who anticipated this precious last semester at Curry as a time of celebration and enjoyment of their time on campus.
The decision to close our residence halls for as long as necessary was not made lightly, and we know that this has been a confusing time. Our strong hope and our goal is to bring students back to campus where you belong this semester; but we simply do not know what will be possible at this time, and our first priority is your health and safety. In this rapidly changing environment, the Crisis Management Team and senior leadership will continue to meet daily to monitor the situation, review guidance from federal, state and local agencies, make changes as needed, and communicate changes to decisions or new decisions on an ongoing basis.
We remain committed to supporting and assisting you, your fellow students and your families in any way we are able to during this challenging time. We understand that you may have questions related to your academic program, online learning capabilities, credits, refunds and prorated adjustments for aid or loan programs, employment, residence halls, and other matters. The College is working to resolve these issues and others as soon as possible, and will communicate with you as further information becomes available or known.
We thank you for your patience and understanding; the care and concern that you have shown for each other and for the Curry community during this difficult time is very greatly appreciated. We will get through this together, and I look forward to your return to campus.
To our faculty and staff:
We recognize that just as our students, this is also not how you envisioned this spring semester. But the willingness to adapt to an unfamiliar situation that you have demonstrated daily, and your dedication and creativity in ensuring the continuity of learning for our students and operations for our College, has been exceptional. Thank you. As we navigate the transition to online learning as well as remote instruction and operations where possible, we are committed to providing you with as much support and as many resources as possible. We hope that our continuing guidance regarding remote work will help in this transition and assist in keeping our entire community safe and healthy, both on and off campus.
To our entire community:
Again, although we are making the best decisions possible for our College with the information we have, consistent with recent guidelines issued by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and Department of Public Health, in this rapidly changing environment, all decisions must be considered interim. Many things may change over the coming days and weeks, and we will communicate with you as a community, as groups and as individuals as frequently as possible.
Although we do not yet have all the answers, nor is it clear what the future will bring, as a community we will work together to find solutions. Together, we will emerge from this difficult time with new perspective and greater resilience. Thank you all for your continued support of Curry College and of each other, and my best wishes for the health and safety of our community and families.
Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
Curry College will remain operational, consistent with Governor Baker’s exemption to his Executive Order pertaining to colleges and universities for the purposes of facilitating distance learning. However, until further notice, we are asking faculty and staff members who have NOT been designated as required to be on either the Plymouth or the Milton campus for continuity of operations or for health and safety reasons, to work from home in accordance with Governor Baker’s mandates in this crisis situation and in the interest of public health.
Campus is CLOSED as of 4pm, Monday, March 23, to students, faculty and staff. If faculty or staff members still need to retrieve work materials or personal belongings, please communicate with your Senior Staff member. If you have been designated as required to be on campus, please be sure to bring your Curry College ID card with you. You will be asked to identify yourself to gain access.
The cleaning staff will be cleaning high touch areas twice per day: Once during normal cleaning time, and one additional time during the day. They will be using a cleaner and a disinfectant (further information on this is contained in a PDF attached to this email). In addition, we are spraying common areas twice weekly with a disinfecting electrostatic sprayer. Please view this video for more information on how the sprayer works.
The following high touch items will be addressed:
*If you wish your tables and desks to be included, PLEASE be sure to clear the surfaces.*
The following Buildings are still occupied and will be on this schedule:
35 Atherton Student Center
47 Atherton Street
55 Atherton Street
65 Atherton Street
65 Bradlee Road “Keith Alumni House”
79 Atherton Street
1000 Brush Hill Road
1016 Brush Hill Road
CECC Offices (Common Areas, Restrooms)
PAL Offices Areas and Restrooms
Kennedy Offices Areas and Restrooms
Buildings & Grounds
LCOM Offices Areas and Restrooms
Levin Library Offices Areas and Restrooms
AAPC Offices Areas and Restrooms
Hafer Offices Areas and Restrooms
If your building is not on the list, or if you building is not going to be occupied, please contact Buildings & Grounds at 617-333-2228 to let us know.
We appreciate your cooperation in helping to keep our campus safe and healthy.
Director of Buildings and Grounds
Dear Curry Community,
Last week, Curry College made the decision to suspend in-person classes and on-campus housing. We are in the process of transitioning all courses fully online for as long as necessary and appropriate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coupled with this decision and as a result of many employers adopting policies that limit their staffs’ ability to travel or attend large-scale events, the College has also made the very difficult decision to cancel the College’s Career & Internship Fair, which was scheduled for April 1, 2020. Additionally, our onsite Job Spot program has been suspended for as long as necessary and appropriate.
While we share in your disappointment, the Center for Career Development is prepared to continue supporting you as you seek employment or internships. Some of the immediate ways we can provide remote support include:
If you have questions or need assistance, call me at (617) 333-2294 or email me at email@example.com. We thank you for your patience and willingness to adapt as we continue to navigate this extraordinary situation facing all of us.
Kerrie M. Aborn
Director, Center for Career Development
Dear Curry Faculty and Staff,
We appreciate the hard work of many departments who have engaged in assessing operations and planning for learning and operations continuity as the coronavirus health crisis continues to unfold. Our responsibility to the entire Curry community is both to ensure that we continue to serve our students, and to help “flatten the curve” of the Coronavirus spread by ensuring social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Starting Tuesday, March 17, all faculty and staff members who have the ability to work remotely may do so until further notice.
At this time, we are not planning to close our on-campus offices. However, until further notice, we are supportive of faculty and staff member choice to work from home if they would prefer to do so due to the evolving public health situation. We ask employees to speak with their supervisors to ensure College operations are not interrupted and verify that they have the ability to work remotely. Supervisors should consult their Executive Team members with questions. As with all policies during this extraordinary time, we will continue to evaluate this situation and will communicate any changes that result from changing circumstances.
Faculty and staff working on campus should practice social distancing by not gathering in groups and maintaining six feet of distance from others whenever possible. You will be receiving an email communication from Buildings & Grounds outlining the extensive cleaning protocols that are currently in place to protect employees on campus.
An FAQ on remote work from Human Resources for staff, supervisors and faculty chairs will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please reach out to Human Resources at 617-333-2330 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
Last night, you should have received an email with information from ITS regarding all the tools and resources you may need in order to work remotely. Please you to reach out to the Service Desk at 617-333-2911 or email@example.com if you did not receive the email or with questions or concerns, which will be addressed as speedily as possible.
We thank you for your patience and willingness to adapt to an unfamiliar and extraordinary circumstance, and hope that this policy and information will assist in keeping you, your colleagues and your families, safe and healthy.
Mirlen A. Mal
Vice President of Human Resources
Dear Curry College Education Students,
I am writing to inform you that the Education Department in consultation with the leadership of Curry College and Massachusetts Public Health recommendations has decided to suspend all field placements in the Education Department to prioritize the health and safety of Curry College community, as well as the children and staff working with our students this semester. We will continue to evaluate this decision and update accordingly if circumstances change.
As a result of the unfolding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, our College made the very difficult decision to extend our spring break through Sunday, March 22, 2020 and transition our academic operations to remote learning on Monday, March 23, 2020 for as long as necessary or appropriate. There are no suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus at Curry College. For further information, view the College announcement and FAQs sent to all students, faculty, staff and families.
In a joint effort, the Education Department is working closely with a variety of educator preparation programs and regulatory agencies such as the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, to seek collective guidance and strategize ways Education students engaged in field experiences can demonstrate competencies related to their specific career goals in order to earn the credit and or licensure as applicable. These plans are being developed and are evolving.
All school settings, district administrators, mentor teachers, program supervisors and educators working with our students will be notified of this decision by the Education Department shortly.
We recognize that this news is unsettling to students and families. However, please know that we are working on alternative methods for assessing student performance related to fieldwork in order to support students to reach their goals in a timely, reasonable and appropriate way without compromising standards expected for educators.
We will be communicating with specific groups of students as our plans for alternative assignments and performance demonstrations are finalized by the Education Department and College and reviewed by appropriate licensing agencies.
We will continue to monitor the on-going events and changes as they arise. If changes take place, we will communicate with you directly.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience.
Professor Michelle LeBlanc
Dear Curry Students,
As you may be aware, Massasoit Community College (MCC) was notified of an individual who is ill and being tested for the coronavirus, as well as an individual who was on campus recently who was exposed to the virus but is not showing symptoms.
MCC is taking steps to mitigate the situation, including closing building locations for cleaning and cancelling classes for periods of time. Please read the full details on the website, which will be updated as they monitor the situation.
Consistent with plans for other Curry College campuses, all Term 4 classes in the Curry RN to BS program at Massasoit will begin online on Monday, March 23 and continue to be delivered through online or remote learning for as long as necessary and appropriate. Students will receive specific instructions from faculty members, designed to ensure continuity of learning. Please contact your professors directly with queries related to course content, credit and assignments.
To minimize the risk of coronavirus, Curry College recommends that you follow CDC prevention guidelines, including:
If you feel ill, do not go in person to any medial provider without first speaking to medical staff over the phone for advice. Students should call Curry College Health Services at 617-333-2182 (8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.). Outside business hours, call Public Safety at 617-333-2222.
Dear Admitted Students and Families,
Curry College has carefully monitored the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) as this global health crisis has continued to unfold. Though there are no suspected or confirmed cases at Curry College, at this time we have determined that additional proactive measures are necessary to minimize the risks to the health and safety of our entire community, which is our foremost concern.
Further information and guidance will be forthcoming, and we urge you to stay updated regarding the actions the College is taking by visiting curry.edu/coronavirus, where we will continue to post updates.
By taking these steps, our intention is to do our utmost to preserve the health and safety of our entire community, and most of all, to continue to fulfill our mission to help our students succeed.
Thank you for your patience and support as we move forward together, and we look forward to welcoming you to Curry College!
Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
Dear Members of the Curry College Community,
As you know, our Crisis Management Team and College leadership have carefully monitored the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) as this global health crisis has continued to unfold. Though there are no suspected or confirmed cases at Curry College, at this time we have determined that additional proactive measures are necessary to minimize the risks to the health and safety of our entire community, which is our foremost concern, as well as to help limit the spread of the coronavirus in the interest of public health.
Further information and guidance will be forthcoming (please note that the College will always communicate via official Curry email addresses), and we urge you to stay updated regarding the actions the College is taking by visiting curry.edu/coronavirus, where we will continue to post updates. An FAQ (which will be updated as further decisions are made and/or more information becomes available) has been posted online as well.
We understand that these measures present significant challenges for our entire community, and especially for our students and their families. By taking these steps, our intention is to do our utmost to preserve their health and safety, and most of all, to continue to fulfill our mission to help our students succeed. Please know that we remain as committed as ever to providing you with information as we navigate this situation together, and that we appreciate your patience and willingness to adapt in these extraordinary circumstances.
We also appreciate the significant efforts of so many on our campus, especially the faculty and staff who have in recent weeks worked tirelessly to assess and plan in this constantly evolving environment, and who will continue to do so moving forward. We know that your exceptional commitment to our College and our students will assure that we find solutions to the challenges ahead and ensure that teaching and learning at Curry continues without interruption. Thank you for your patience and support as we move forward together.
Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
The College continues to monitor the unfolding developments of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the impact that this extraordinary health event is having on the Curry College community. There continues to be no suspected or confirmed cases at Curry College.
Plymouth Public Schools announced that they would be closing all public schools within the district in order to thoroughly disinfect school buildings and buses on Friday, March 6th. A recent student group from the Plymouth high schools travelled to Milan, Italy during February school vacation and subsequently have been advised to self-isolate. Earlier this week, one of the students that participated in the trip to Milan had been evaluated for flu-like symptoms at an area hospital. The student was evaluated, released and sent home from the hospital.
During this semester, five Curry College students across all undergraduate and graduate Education programs have field placements at several elementary schools within the district. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Plymouth Public Schools or the town of Plymouth at this time, we are informing Education students of this situation out of an abundance of caution.
Curry College students who have field placements within a Plymouth school are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms. Self-monitoring means:
The College and the Education faculty are proactively planning for potential scenarios where some or all education field placements could be suspended or altered by individual schools or districts. We are also in contact with representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for guidance related to how these scenarios could impact field placements that are required for licensure. Individually impacted students will receive communication directly from the College’s Education Department.
As you are likely aware, the College continues to monitor the unfolding developments of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the impact that this extraordinary health event is having on the Curry College community. There continues to be no suspected or confirmed cases at Curry College.
Some health care organizations, including Boston area hospitals, who have recently begun evaluating the role of clinical placements during this heightened health event, are asking that their medical and administrative staff not travel, and if they do, to be aware that there could be restrictions to their work schedules upon their return. We anticipate similar requests and restrictions will be made to students participating in clinical settings.
At this time, the Curry College School of Nursing is recommending that all Nursing students and clinical faculty reconsider travel during spring break. Students that make the decision to travel should be aware of the risks associated with travel as informed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Students should be prepared to not participate in clinical rotations or preceptorships upon returning from Spring Break if a travel restriction is ordered by an individual clinical location. Students travelling to a destination other than the area of their permanent residence on file with the College are required to submit information to complete the Curry College travel registry if they have not already done so, whether they are traveling domestically or internationally.
The College was notified yesterday afternoon that one area hospital has cancelled one of its clinical rotations for the next week (through Tuesday, March 10th) in an effort to preserve personal protective equipment. We have determined that given the current timing associated with this directive from the hospital that no Curry students will be impacted. Should the hospital extend this plan beyond the end of spring break, one clinical rotation of six students would be impacted. These students will be contacted directly by the School of Nursing with plans for an alternative simulation-based experience if this occurs.
Out of an abundance of caution, the College and the School of Nursing are proactively planning for potential scenarios where some or all clinical experiences could be suspended by area hospitals and formulating how we would deliver alternative simulation-based experiences temporarily. Temporary suspension of clinicals or preceptorships will not impact a student’s ability to graduate on time or sit for NCLEX exams.
Dear Members of the Curry Community,
As a result of the evolving circumstances related to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the College has activated the Crisis Management Team (CMT) to assess and plan for readiness efforts, should a need to act in response to this evolving global health situation arise. Our first and foremost concern will always be the health and safety of our entire Curry community.
Currently the risk level within the United States remains low, but the CDC notes that given the current global circumstances, it is likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur. The risk level also remains low in Massachusetts. There have been no suspected or confirmed cases at Curry College, however, there has been one confirmed case within Norfolk county (the county where the Milton campus is located). The CMT remains engaged with global, federal, state, and local health organizations in our continued effort to obtain the most current information on the virus, and to understand and implement the most current recommendations.
Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the best interests of the entire Curry community especially our students, the CMT has made several decisions informed by guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and highly recommended actions from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding current and upcoming study abroad programs:
We recognize the impact that these difficult decisions will have on faculty, students and their families; however, they were not made lightly, and always with the health and safety of participants and the entire Curry community at the forefront of discussion.
The CMT response teams will be continuing to regularly discuss the College’s operations considering the most up-to-date guidance we receive from various resources. We will communicate information broadly as needed via email and through the Curry website at www.curry.edu/coronavirus.
Mirlen A. Mal
Vice President of Human Resources
Crisis Management Team Chair
Practicing self-observation includes:
(also sent to students and campus vendors)
Dear Faculty and Staff,
I am writing as a follow up to the Coronavirus update shared by Erin Simmons, Director of Health Services, on Thursday, February 27. In that message, it was requested that anyone traveling internationally over spring break provide details of planned travel by completing a brief online form so that the College can continue to monitor and be ready to respond to any potential impact that global travel of employees or students may have on the Curry community. I am again echoing that request and ask that if you are planning to travel outside of the U.S., please register your travel plans no later than Friday, March 6, 2020. Thank you to all of you that have already submitted travel plans.
Mirlen A. Mal
Vice President of Human Resources
Curry College is keenly aware of the state of concern that the Coronavirus is causing both here in the United States and around the world. The College is actively monitoring the situation with information provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are actively communicating with our study abroad partners who are also monitoring the situation and, if warranted, taking additional steps to support the health and safety of participants.
A few common practices that we want to emphasize are:
The College remains committed to supporting our students by having a successful study abroad experience. Should you have any questions or need support in contacting representatives of your study abroad program or host institution, please do not hesitate to email Mireille McLaughlin, Curry College’s Director of International Student & Study Away Services, who can be helpful in facilitating these connections. Mireille can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1-617-333-2967.
Recommendations Regarding Public Health and Safety
In addition to the practices noted above, the College is also making recommendations around public health and safety upon re-entry to the U.S. at the conclusion of your program of study. When making these recommendations, the College primarily looks to an ever-evolving list of best practices offered by the CDC. As the CDC’s recommendations evolve, the College will continue to work to meet those best practices and share them with the community.
At this time, we are advising students returning from Italy to practice self-monitoring and social distancing. As a result, we are asking students to maintain a safe distance from campus and avoid close contact with students on our campus for a minimum of 14 days following re-entry. This may extend to students returning from other countries in the future, depending on CDC recommendations.
Social distancing means:
Students who are self-monitoring or have medically related questions should contact the College’s Health Center at +1-617-333-2182.
Dear Curry Community,
With spring break fast approaching, I am writing to remind you to be aware of any travel warnings related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, COVID-19 is NOT currently spreading within the United States and there are NO confirmed or suspected cases at Curry College. However, the global situation has been changing rapidly, and therefore we are asking that anyone who plans to travel internationally over spring break register their travel plans.
In addition, if you are a US citizen, consider registering with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov to receive real time updates on travel advisories in the country where you are traveling. Anyone planning to travel over the break or during the semester should keep up to date on ongoing developments via the news and the Centers for Disease Control Travel Advisory website.
As we have seen over the past few days with the onset of cases in northern Italy, the virus continues to emerge in countries beyond China. As more countries see an increased risk, the possibility exists for further travel restrictions for anyone travelling abroad. Below are the latest travel restrictions issued by the CDC:
The College will continue to follow CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines for prevention and management of COVID-19. These guidelines may include monitoring or isolation of people returning from areas most affected by the coronavirus.
Currently the risk level within the United States remains low, but the CDC notes that given the current global circumstances, it is likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States. We remain engaged with global, federal, state, and local health organizations in our continued effort to obtain the most current information on the virus, and to understand and implement the most current recommendations.
Please contact Health Services at 617-333-2182 with any questions or concerns you might have, particularly if you are planning to travel internationally during the break.
Erin Simmons, NP, MSN
Director of Health Services
Curry College is actively monitoring the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and has been in contact with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure that appropriate measures are being taken to keep our campus safe. The health and well-being of all members of our community is our top priority. We have no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV at Curry College.
While we are still learning more about the 2019-nCoV, we can share some information provided by the CDC:
Employees and students who are returning from the Hubei Province OR have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of 2019-nCoV and develop fever, shortness of breath and new cough within 14 days of potential exposure should call Health Services at 617-333-2182.
Standard precautions to prevent the spread of the flu, the 2019-nCoV and other infectious agents are as follows:
For more information about 2019-nCoV, please visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Health Center at 617-333-2182.
Erin Simmons, MSN, NP-BC
Director of Health Services
Curry College has altered regular operations due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For all internal communications to faculty, staff, and students, please visit Blackboard or the 'COVID-19' tab in the myCurry portal.