Students of the University of Maine System,
This Monday, October 12, marks just the second Maine celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day. It is a chance to reflect upon and honor the rich traditions and culture of Native American peoples. With no classes on Monday I hope you join me in commemorating a still new and long overdue observance.
A Respectful Request at the Halfway Point
A day off from class cannot be a break from the practices that have made the safe return of our universities the envy of the nation -- not if we want to finish the second half of the semester safe and together on our campuses, that is.
You know what it takes and you know what to do!
- Maintain social distances;
- Avoid large group gatherings;
- Stay home if you are sick;
- Get a flu shot; and,
- Wear your masks and wash your hands;
Here are some new things to know for the last six weeks of in-person instruction before our transition to distance learning at the Thanksgiving Break.
Random sampling is keeping us safe and improving: The hard work of our testing teams and your commitment to being on campus this semester are working. We saw a 50% increase in student participation in our most recent 10-day round of random asymptomatic sampling!
I joined President Ferrini-Mundy for testing at UMaine last week and was very impressed with how fast and easy it now is to get a test. If called upon to participate, please take part.