Spring Semester Pandemic Planning
Gannon Vitelli ~ Breaking News Editor
The University of Lynchburg had a successful fall Semester in 2020 in terms of keeping COVID-19 cases to a minimum, and this success came from the University’s specific planning.
Though there were many instances where students tested positive for COVID-19, Lynchburg made it through a full semester in the fall without sending all its students home. With the spring 2021 semester upon us, Lynchburg reflects on the past as it prepares for the future.
Smith said, “Folks are put in a position where they have to be receptive to preparing in a new way and learning in a new way.” Putting students in the position where they have to improve their critical thinking skills will help in the future.
Lynchburg transitioned back into a letter grading system as opposed to pass and fail grades which was the case for the spring 2020 semester. Students have been given some time to adjust to online classes, but they now have had almost a full calendar year under their belts.
Provost Allison Jablonksi, professor of Biology at Lynchburg, said, “I do not think we have to have higher expectations from student and faculty performance.” The Lynchburg community is not even a year into the pandemic, yet there already has been tremendous progress from students and faculty.
It is no secret that administering a COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty and staff members at Lynchburg would be a big step in the right direction. This would allow for students to add some normalcy back into their college experience, and it would take a little stress off faculty who have taken sacrifices to continue working.
Jablonski has led the COVID-19 taskforce at Lynchburg and claims that we are ready and have a plan once the vaccine is ready to go. She said, “When a vaccine is available through the Virginia Department of Health, we can vaccinate individuals who are eligible.”
“Today we do not have that capability and we don’t have any vaccines, so we are playing a waiting game,” said Jablonski. The Lynchburg community awaits what could be a big step in the right direction. Staff members are fully prepared to begin distrusting the vaccine when it is available.