As COVID-19 is spreading, MIT and EAPS leadership are working hard to develop plans to safeguard public health while enabling the community to operate as effectively, and with as much continuity, as possible. The directives on campus presence and teaching which have been enacted are guided by these dual principles. The policies MIT is putting in place to mitigate the effects of the virus will disrupt academic activities, and I ask you all to pitch in together to get through this extraordinary time and, especially, be respectful and supportive of one another. The situation is extremely complex and we all owe a debt of gratitude to the many people who have worked tirelessly to find optimal solutions and make very difficult decisions in order to protect the health and safety of everyone at MIT and in the interconnected world community beyond.
There are many other issues that remain to be addressed and resolved, and we will keep you posted about major new developments. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time and remain committed to the health of our community as well as continuing our shared educational and research mission. Please do take care to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe, healthy, and calm in this tumultuous period.