|Posted by communications on July 29, 2020 at 11:25 AM|
A number of you have asked me recently about Davidson College’s plans for the coming academic year. I thought I would share with everyone what I know at this point and how it impacts our on-going ministry to the students.
The college is currently planning for students to be on campus for the Fall semester and they will begin arriving on August 15th. Classes are scheduled to resume on August 20th. Those students who are vulnerable due to underlying health issues, or who are uncomfortable with being on campus, will be given the option of doing all remote learning. Even for those students on campus, many of the classes will be held remotely, and in-person classes will have strict protocols in place. Group gatherings in general will be very limited. Students are also being urged to severely limit off-campus trips and activities.
I won’t go into all the details but suffice it to say that things are going to be very different this academic year. This will certainly have an impact on Canterbury. Our Sunday afternoon Eucharists will not be allowed, so we will continue to do virtual worship, as we did for the last part of last semester. The biggest impact for Saint Alban’s will be that we will sadly not be able to do our “Movable Feast” meals for the students on Sunday evenings, at least for the Fall semester. As you can imagine, the students are quite disappointed about this, as am I.
Given our new reality, I would very much like to find new ways for Saint Alban’s to support our students. I have suggested to the students that in lieu of the Sunday evening meals, we might provide goody-bags/study snacks on a regular basis. They like this idea. If it is permitted by the college, we will work out a plan and recruit volunteers for this, so stay tuned! Please feel free to be in touch with me about other ideas of how we might support the students during what will be a very strange semester for them.
In the meantime, I ask that you keep the college community in your prayers. The administration, faculty, staff, and students are understandably anxious about the coming days.
Yours in Christ,