The following letter was shared with K-12 parents, faculty, and staff at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5 regarding a confirmed case of coronavirus COVID-19 in Williamson County.
Dear USN families and faculty,
Let me confirm our awareness of today's announcement about an identified coronavirus case in Williamson County and our knowledge of the Grand Rounds discussion at Vanderbilt University Medical Center this morning. The news of a local instance of the illness tracks directly with what we had been led to expect given projections for the domestic acceleration of exposure, including in our region.
What I can share with certainty is that:
We are deepening our efforts to clean and sanitize things here at USN.
We are reviewing any scheduled travel and event attendance away from campus.
Conversations with faculty members about how best to maintain our academic program progress from a distance are evolving, though the inherent unpredictability of the situation makes any definitive planning especially challenging. It's just a fact that trying to do USN from home, away from this community, is far from optimal in terms of teaching and learning.
Perhaps most important is the fact that we continue to assess where things stand on a fairly constant basis. Saturday's letter to you now seems quite far back in time. My gratitude extends ever more sincerely to the range of medical experts who share news, wisdom, and emerging best practice with us, and I can promise you we'll work tirelessly to strike the right balance between caution and confidence given all that we come to know.