End Of Semester Message To Employees

Dear Bradley Employees,

Can you believe the end of the semester is quickly approaching? Thank you for all you’ve done to make it another successful semester. Your commitment to our community and our students is what makes Bradley special.

This message has some end of the semester items, vaccination clinic information and details about next fall.

Vaccination

  • J&J VACCINE CLINIC ANNOUNCED: Bradley Health services will have a limited vaccine clinic Friday, April 30, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. This vaccination requires a single shot. Johnson and Johnson vaccines were paused briefly due to concerns of an unusual blood clot and low platelet count in 15 patients out of 8 million vaccines administered. All of these cases occurred in women who were 18-45 years old. The FDA determined this very small risk did not outweigh the benefit of the vaccine. You can book an appointment here. Appointments should take 30 minutes.
  • MODERNA VACCINE CLINIC: If you received your first Moderna vaccination shot on campus, be sure to prepare for your second dose. In fact, you’re eligible to receive the second Moderna vaccine on campus during the vaccination clinic, even if you received your first shot elsewhere. (You must be 4-6 weeks post first dose.) It’s vital you BRING YOUR VACCINATION CARD WITH YOU. Additionally, if you’d like to receive a first dose of the Moderna vaccine you may do so and then get your second dose elsewhere.

In an effort to alleviate some stress and to make it as easy as possible, no appointment will be necessary. Moderna vaccination clinics will take place in the Performance Court of the Markin Center:

  • Saturday, May 8 — noon to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, May 10 — 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 11 — 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 12 — noon to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 13 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines by visiting the CDC website. Specifically, you can learn more about the Moderna vaccine here and Johnson and Johnson vaccine here. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs your body is building protection.
  • We are curious about your thoughts on vaccinations. You should have received this vaccination survey via email recently. Please take a few minutes to fill it out. Your participation is greatly appreciated.
  • While several schools have announced they’re going to require vaccination to be on campus, we have not made a decision about mandating vaccinations for our students and employees. We are following the science and watching what the higher education governing organizations and the state and the health organizations suggest. We’ll continue to communicate with you as we know more.

Engagement Survey

We also sent you an engagement survey to gain insight on your experiences with students during the academic year as Bradley University adapted to the impact of the pandemic. Your participation in this survey is also greatly appreciated.

Symptom Tracker

  • The last day for the campus symptom tracker will be Study Day, May 5. We will not send this tracker during the summer. Thank you for your participation.

Return to work plans

  • We continue to develop our plans for returning to work. We remain cognizant about repopulating our campus and we are listening to the experts regarding workplace capacity. We hope to finalize plans in the next few weeks and should have plenty of time to make any necessary arrangements, transition and reacclimate to campus.

General Fall Plans

  • Fall planning is well underway. We are eager for classes to return to primarily face-to-face instruction in the fall. 95% of our classes are scheduled for face-to-face delivery in the fall. As a comparison, 97% of our classes in fall of 2019 were face to face. This is exciting.
  • We are moving forward with plans for returning to usual classroom capacity.
  • There are still many unknowns for the fall semester and we will continue to follow the science, as well as state and local guidelines regarding masks, physical distancing, vaccination, testing and other guidelines.
  • We must continue to be flexible during this pandemic and ask faculty to be prepared to pivot to remote teaching. While we’re optimistic, we may need to accommodate students who need to quarantine/isolate in the future.
  • Due to constant changes and emerging information, it’s likely things will change based on CDC and other organizational guidance, so we’ll update you throughout the summer.

Summer Communications

  • Summer COVID-19 communications or updates in fall planning will likely come from univcommunications@bradley.edu, so be sure to check your inbox regularly.
  • You are also encouraged to visit our coronavirus site to stay in the know this summer.
  • Check the Important News section of our Coronavirus website for the end of semester message we sent to students today.

Thank you again for all of your hard work and dedication to our students and our campus. Enjoy the summer and we can’t wait to see you again soon. As always, if you have any questions, you can email covid19concerns@bradley.edu.

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