The email below was sent from the dean to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy on Oct. 9, 2020.

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Dear faculty, staff, and students,

Yesterday, UMB President Bruce Jarrell announced plans for the virtual delivery of didactic classes for the spring 2021 semester and continuation of telework for the vast majority of employees until March 31, 2021.

While this announcement is not entirely unexpected, it is still difficult to hear and process. I and the entire School of Pharmacy leadership team remain committed to protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students and agree that the best way to do so in the current environment is to limit in person activities as much as possible.

The School of Pharmacy is actively making plans for the virtual delivery of the didactic portions of our PharmD, PhD, and MS curriculums in the spring. A small number of prioritized low-density in-person activities such as Abilities Labs for the PharmD students and experiential rotations will be permitted. Associate deans and program directors will communicate with their students about specific plans for their respective programs.

Supervisors and employees should be communicating about work requirements and schedules given the extension of telework until the end of March.

Town halls will be scheduled over the coming weeks for students, faculty, and staff to discuss the spring semester. Please submit any questions you may have via our online COVID-19 form.

Please continue to stay safe and take care of yourselves - physically and emotionally - to the best of your ability.

In the spirit of expertise, influence, and impact,

Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP
Dean and Professor