To the Ole Miss Pharmacy Phamily:
We are committed to serving our students, faculty, research scientists, staff, preceptors, alumni and all stakeholders as we rapidly respond to the changing situation surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Every effort is being made to deploy all tools and resources to ensure minimal disruption to the teaching, research and service missions of the School of Pharmacy.
We are in constant contact with university leadership and are working daily with central administration on the continuous transition to our new virtual learning and working environment. We are currently operating under Mission Critical Status, moving as much work as possible to telecommuting and establishing social distance guidelines for the essential faculty, staff and researchers who need to be on campus.
We have moved all our classes online for the rest of the semester. Just as hard as they worked to make a new curriculum a few years ago, our faculty did a great job to transition it to the digital space. Our students have adapted and shown flexibility as we all navigate this uncertain time.
We seamlessly moved our Preceptor Conference online as well, with more than 250 participants joining the Zoom meeting. Though we were able to move that to a virtual platform, we had to make the tough decision to postpone or cancel many of our events, including the school’s annual Patch Ceremony, Alumni Weekend and Commencement ceremonies.
I know not everyone can work from home, and that many of our stakeholders are practitioners serving on the front lines of health care. We can’t thank you enough for your hard work during this public health crisis. It doesn’t go unnoticed, as you play a critical role in keeping our communities safe and healthy.
Please continue following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect you and your loved ones. I also encourage you to visit olemiss.edu/coronavirus as it provides messages and resources from the university.
Please know that things are evolving rapidly. We will strive to give you the most updated information possible and in a timely manner. As we navigate this fluid climate, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions to me or email@example.com.
Dean David D. Allen
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