As you’ve seen, COVID-19 and the Omicron variant continue to surge across the country, and Durango is no exception. We have been preparing over the break and FLC is ready to welcome you back to a safe, in-person experience.
Because of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in recent weeks, we are delaying the start of the semester to Monday, January 24 and a COVID booster shot is required for all students, faculty, and staff once you are eligible to receive one.
We have two upcoming COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics on campus over the next two weeks.
The fall semester is right around the corner, which means we finally get to come back #FLCTogether. I’m beyond excited to welcome our new and returning students to campus and engage with our FLC community in ways we haven’t before. The reason we’re able to come back to a vibrant campus is our continued care for another. The pandemic has disrupted many things, but not our commitment to doing what’s best for the safety and health of others. As we head into another semester of in-person learning and highly engaging campus activities, we’ll need to ground ourselves once again in the practices that have kept our community safe and learning.
Last year our FLC History Committee recommended that we remove the federal Indian boarding school panels from our Clocktower since they are inaccurate and disrespectful. Accordingly, we will be removing them on Monday, September 6, 2021.
Fort Lewis College is lifting the mask requirement on campus for all individuals who have been vaccinated. FLC community members and guests who self-attest that they have been fully vaccinated will not be required to wear a mask indoors.
In sorrow with First Nations Peoples, our FLC community expresses mourning regarding the news of the mass grave of Indigenous children. We acknowledge how heavy this tragic news weighs on Indigenous families who experienced the atrocities of boarding schools in Canada and the U.S. We also acknowledge how important it is for FLC to continue to examine our own Native American boarding school history with honest institutional reflection and transparency.
This is a chance to get our younger community members vaccinated! Yesterday the FDA announced approval for 12- to 15-year-olds to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. With this in mind, Axis Health has begun scheduling appointments.