Messages to the Community

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update: Spring Break and the Weeks Beyond

As we continue to monitor the latest developments related to the novel coronavirus, we are writing to share important updates about how classes will proceed in the coming weeks.

We remain actively focused on the unfolding situation. Our decision-making and planning is guided by our sense of responsibility, first and foremost, to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. It is also our high priority to ensure that teaching, learning, and research are progressing and the academic requirements of classes are being met.

Changes to Class Meeting for our New York Campus

(Parsons Paris students should refer to guidance from Dean LeClerc-Dickler)

Spring Break

  • For students who are not traveling: Residence halls will remain open.
  • For students who are traveling: Be sure to take devices, textbooks and other materials essential for carrying on your coursework.

Post Spring Break

Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29: Alternative Teaching and Learning Week

  • On-campus classes will not meet the week of March 23-27. NOTE: Credit and non-credit classes that have been completely online since the beginning of the semester will continue as scheduled.
  • Faculty will use the week to transition and prepare for remote instruction. Faculty can read more here. Students should use this time to catch up on readings, assignments and/or create work groups online or via Zoom with their classmates.
  • The Making Center, studios, labs, practice rooms, libraries, and other facilities will remain open. (Hours may be limited; please check online for specific spaces.)
  • Residence halls and other campus buildings and services will be open.

Monday, March 30 through Sunday, April 12: Transition to Remote Instruction

  • All classes will be offered online or via other alternative delivery methods between March 30 and April 12. Classes will not meet on campus during this period.
  • The Making Center, studios, labs, practice rooms, libraries, and other facilities will be open.
  • Residence halls and other campus buildings and services will be open.

Staff Work Arrangements

Senior administrative leaders and deans are continuing to work with their staff teams to accommodate remote work options and schedule adjustments. We also want to acknowledge our employees who provide essential services and work in roles that require them to be on-campus. We are committed to helping staff find ways to balance their work and personal lives while maintaining a high level of service to our colleagues across campus.

We deeply appreciate the understanding and flexibility of everyone in our community during this difficult and rapidly changing time. We are especially grateful to the faculty and staff who are working so hard to plan, respond, prepare, and implement measures designed to protect the health and safety of the New School community and stay true to our guiding academic mission. We are proud of our resilient and caring community, and our support for each other will carry us through any challenges that lie ahead.

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