March 23, 2020 – Monday afternoon, Santa Fe College President Paul Broadie II released the following statement to the college community.
Dear Santa Fe College family,
As I walked around our campus today, I could not help but reflect on how beautiful the college is; not because of the buildings and the landscaping, but because of all of you. It is your passion and your commitment to the work that you do and the students that we serve that I find beautiful.
From the first time I arrived on campus, I knew this was a special place. I knew this was a place that put others above self. I knew this was a place that ensured that students and their academic and personal success remained at the center of our universe. Our campuses and centers are quiet but very much alive. This situation we have been confronted with serves as a testament to our resolve. You are Santa Fe College. Our values and beliefs are embedded within each one of you. Our nimbleness, resiliency, creativity and perseverance exude from each of you. And your commitment to the continued delivery of instruction and services provides an example for the world to take note. Our College is very much alive in its operation. While our buildings, offices and centers are important spaces and locations, it is our faculty, staff, administrators and students that breathe life into those spaces. It is you that matters. And I thank each one of you.
As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, please know that we will continue to place your health and wellbeing at the forefront. Additional appreciation is extended to the executive leadership team, our Emergency Management Team, our newly established COVID-19 Communications Team, Communications and Creative Services, Supervisors, and our essential personnel working on campus. As we make decisions, we will continue to keep you informed.
The Santa Fe College executive leadership team has been consulting with federal, state and local health agencies, and have used their guidance to plan how the college delivers services to our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking into consideration all factors for the health and welfare of Santa Fe College and our community, the college has decided to extend the Temporary Alternative Work Assignments until at least Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Additional details as to how full-time, part-time and TempForce workers will complete their service to the college will be forthcoming.
Thankfully, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Santa Fe College students or employees. Please continue to be vigilant in maintaining your health and safety and know that we are here for you.
Executive leadership also strongly recommends checking both the Today@SF as well as the college’s COVID-19 webpage multiple times throughout the day for the most up-to-date, accurate and official information from the college.
We continue to celebrate your spirit of collaboration as we continue to serve our students. Thank you for being Santa Fe Strong and making myself and the Executive Leadership team, Santa Fe Proud.