Chancellor Gary S. May released the above video message today (January 6). Here is the transcript:
Hello Aggie. It’s in the chancellor, instead of contacting you with an important message Thursday Thoughts This week.
First of all, thank you for being back on campus and being so diligent with our testing protocol. As Provost Kroghan and I announced last week, we monitor COVID case positivity data on an ongoing basis, along with other information important to our decision-making.
I also want to thank you for sharing your concerns about our winter quarter plans. we are listening.
We had hoped that our award-winning COVID response program would allow us to resume in-person instruction on Monday, but based on staffing and operational concerns, as well as staffing and operational concerns, we have made the decision. that it is most prudent to continue distance learning until January 28, for three more weeks of the winter quarter.
Now let me say a few things to address what we are seeing and what we are hearing. I say this a lot, but I need to repeat it. We will always keep the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff as our top priority.
Since March 2020, the UC Davis community has been exceptionally responsible for adhering to COVID prevention guidelines and requirements. It has protected us all remarkably. Now we want you to be patient with us and with each other.
Campus leadership involves humans. We do not have a crystal ball to predict the future. We evaluate all data, consult with experts and review all relevant information before making decisions that affect 70,000 people in our community.
We all want the same thing, so I’m asking for your continued understanding. Our doctors in student health and counseling services are working round the clock on various issues to serve you better. Our Housing and Dining Services employees are developing more solutions to meet growing needs. Our testing staff at the Genome Center are working incredibly hard to get results back to you as quickly as possible.
Our positivity numbers may be higher than they were before, but our campus still has fewer cases than most other areas in California. We believe the Davis campus environment is one of the healthiest in the country.
Living in the Davis area is important. This includes students living on campus. We need to stabilize our community, and that means staying put so that we can reduce the risk of introducing new COVID cases. We have the right equipment and resources here in Davis, and restaurants and other local activities are still available. But we really need your cooperation so that we can come back in person.
There’s not much we know about the Omicron boom. But we are making decisions based on science and public health guidelines that we have been following from the beginning. We will continue to do so.
It’s going to be bumpy for a while as Omicron continues to impact our community. Again, please be patient as we determine how to best provide the education you are here for. We have to be a little more flexible.
we are listening. We see you and we hear you.
Know that many staff and faculty are working hard behind the scenes to keep our operations running, and they are on the thin. We are affected by staff shortages in some critical areas, and this is affecting our decisions as well.
Once again, we will continue with remote instruction and work through Friday, January 28. We believe this is the right thing to do.
Thank you for playing your part to stay safe and healthy. We know there is concern. This is territory unknown to all of us including me. My top priority is to provide a healthy environment for all of you to learn, research and serve our community.
We’ll have updates for you on January 14th in my next “Checking in to the Chancellor’s” letter.
we are all in this together. We will continue to need your patience and understanding.
And we will get through this together.