This week, former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty by a Minneapolis jury on all three charges for the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. For many of us, the verdict marked a necessary though rare example of accountability for an act of lethal violence against a Black person in this country. But the verdict will not restore Mr. Floyd to his family, nor will it bring back the other Black people killed by police before or subsequent to Mr. Floyd’s murder; people like 20-year-old Daunte Wright, shot to death during a traffic stop in Minneapolis just last week, even as the Chauvin trial neared its conclusion.
We are happy that recent changes appear to indicate that COVID conditions in Monterey are improving. This week, we are trying a new format for this weekly update in hopes that it makes it easier to identify pertinent topics.
The COVID vaccine is now widely available. We expect that by the start of the fall semester, all faculty, staff, and students returning to campus will be vaccinated, except those who have a religious or medical exemption. This is to provide the best possible protection for our entire community.
With the arrival of spring, and as we enter the second half of the semester, we see many hopeful signs of progress toward a slow return to normalcy. As usual, we would like to take this opportunity to provide our community with a brief update on all things Covid-19 related, including information about planning for the fall 2021 semester.
For faculty and students, I hope this spring break week has provided a much needed respite from your hectic schedules. For many of our staff, this week was devoted to consultation and planning as we move towards a return to campus learning and teaching. Stay updated on all messages about our plans on our Covid-19 site.
Monterey County has finally moved into the “red tier” of the State of California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. While the red tier is still restrictive, there are a few steps that MIIS can take to continue gradually re-opening opportunities on campus.
As the COVID vaccine becomes more available, we are seeing the following two opportunities for some, but not all, students currently living in Monterey County to sign up for an appointment to receive the vaccine.