President’s Communication – March 9, 2020

Mónica Torres, Ph.D.
Doña Ana Community College

March 9, 2020


DACC continues to monitor the on-going situation with COVID-19.

To date, no one in New Mexico has tested positive for the coronavirus. It is in our best interest, though, to prepare ourselves.

  • Of course, one of the most important prevention strategies is for people who are sick to stay home.
  • I am also asking faculty to be prepared to accommodate students who may not be able to attend class or appointments because they are sick. If you are not already using CANVAS in your courses, you may want to become familiar with the tool. CANVAS facilitates course information, assignments, class discussion, and grading. In addition, CANVAS has Adobe Connect and chat that allow for additional interaction with students. Please remember that if you adjust class assignments or procedures to accommodate students who are sick, it will be important to clearly communicate any adjustments in expectations or procedures.
  • If you are not familiar with CANVAS and what it offers, please reach out to VLIT (Sonya, 575.527.7737, or Roberta, 575.527.7738) for assistance. Many of you also have colleagues who already use CANVAS and may be able to help you.
  • If you are a staff person who works in an office that serves students, please work with your supervisor and office team to develop strategies for assisting students who may not be able to come to campus because they are ill.
  • On a different note, NMSU has issued several travel guidelines related to coronavirus. You can find this information by clicking on the second link listed below. If you have decided that you are not comfortable traveling to a professional conference, meeting, or workshop, please work with your supervisor and the administrative staff in your unit to cancel your plans.

As I noted above, no one has yet tested positive for COVID-19 but it is in our best interest to continue to engage in preventative practices and to prepare new instructional and communication strategies should the situation change.

For more information, please check out the sites listed below.

Thank you.


Mónica Torres, Ph.D.
Doña Ana Community College

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