Dear Occupational Therapy Community:
I hope this message finds you well as your summer, albeit an unusual summer, begins to wind down. Since March, we have all been experiencing unique and unprecedented times and with that in mind, I would like to pass along an update regarding Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.
As you may remember, Creighton University suspended classes for the remainder of the spring semester and transitioned to an online/remote delivery of courses to ensure the safety of our entire University community. Our students were able to stay on track and all students eligible for graduation in May 2020 graduated on time. The efforts of our faculty, staff and administration worked very hard to keep the educational process going forward and our students were great colleagues during these unique times.
After a thoughtful and thorough analysis, Creighton University made the decision to bring our students back to campus for the fall semester based upon a series of safety-oriented measures. Some examples of our implementation measures include that all members of the Creighton community complete an app, #CampusClear, every day that facilitates self-assessment with guidance, sign/acknowledge the Creighton Community Standards, daily temperature checks for at least the first thirty days after campus opens, universal masking, social distancing and redesigned learning spaces to ensure a safe learning environment, messaging via signage and electronic communications, etc. The complete list of guidelines can be found in the Caring for our Creighton Community Guide . As you will see, the University is being exceedingly careful with respect to the safety of our students, faculty, staff and administration.
Our fall semester will look a little different than previous years in that we started a few days early, we will not have a fall break, and all in-person class activities will end at the Thanksgiving break in November as opposed to our traditional December finish. Working from the guidance within the Caring for our Creighton Community Guide we think we have provided the guidelines to get to November!
During the week of Aug. 11, we welcomed the Class of 2023 to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy orientation program. We were excited to see full classes for Omaha, our Denver program on the campus at Regis University, and a nearly full class for our Anchorage program with our partner at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
The faculty and staff in the Department of Occupational Therapy have done an excellent job in preparing for the fall semester and as we get underway, I am sure there will be some learning we experience along with our students. The learning environment we normally think of has been altered as a result of COVID-19, but I am confident we are up to the task!
Thank you for your support and for your commitment to our Creighton SPAHP community. Please let me know if there is anything that we can do to help you, and know we’re thinking of you.
All my best!