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Florida Poly Students,
The Florida Poly Blueprint for Returning to Campus was delivered to all students last
week. This message provides some key summary details.
- Fall 2020 courses will begin on Thursday, August 20. This is FIVE DAYS EARLIER than
our previously announced start-of-class date.
- The expectation is that students will be on campus for face-to-face learning and we
are configuring our course offerings so that the majority of our courses will be delivered
in a face-to-face format. We will carefully manage room and building populations to
allow for appropriate social distancing.
- Three instructional methods (see below) have been defined. Students will receive
additional information about the instructional method for each fall 2020 course before
July 10. Students should expect that they will NOT have to re-register for courses.
- Club and student activities will be available through the fall, leveraging appropriate
- Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the campus is open and students, both residential
and non-residential, can return to campus. Courses will be remote November 30-December
3, with final exams offered the following week in a remote environment.
- Students who have a COVID-19-related reason to seek a reasonable accommodation should
work with the Office of Disability Services.
- Information on residence hall move-in dates will be available before July 10.
I stress that Florida Poly fall 2020 courses will be offered on campus and will include
key instructional methods that leverage technology. The three instructional methods
- Flex: Primarily a face-to-face learning experience with the ability to access nearly
all learning materials through Canvas, the campus’ learning management system (LMS).
- Labs-Based: Applies to many C (A “C” course is delivered as a combined lecture and
laboratory session) courses and courses with labs. The lecture portion of the course
may be delivered through Canvas, while the lab portion is delivered in person with
appropriate student populations to allow for social distancing and other protections
inside the laboratories.
- Online Engaged: Applies to courses where the learning outcomes support traditional
online delivery, but includes a degree of synchronous live lectures or problem-solving
sessions. Students engage in the course with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous
activity. Where possible and appropriate, we will be offering both Flex sections of
a course as well as Online Engaged sections so that students may choose their primary
modality from the outset.
All students are encouraged to join the Provost Team remotely on Monday, June 29 at 5:30pm for a “Student Fall 2020 Update”. Information on the Update will posted in the Weekly Phoenix, and I will email all
students with a reminder and access information prior to the Update. Also, I am available
by email and phone to answer questions.
I hope you are taking advantage of the summer remote Career and Student Development
programs. Please watch your Florida Poly email and social media next week for details
on Career Development’s new addition of Google-focused programming, and I hope to
“see” many of participate in the Virtual Florida Poly Pi Run that will be held between
July 3 and July 5. Register Here for the run.
Florida Poly Proud,
Dr. Kathryn Miller
Director of Communications