Concordia College-Moorhead Additional Respite Days

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Carrying the weight of the safety and well-being of ourselves and our neighbors and sacrificing many of the traditions and events we all hold dear due to the pandemic we are living amongst, we are exhausted.

This shortened semester has been designed to keep the Cobber Community and the broader Fargo/Moorhead community safe, by removing long weekends, and thus the opportunity for unsafe gatherings. Theoretically, this makes sense. In practice, we know that there have been over 200 student cases of COVID-19 at this point in the semester, which is over 10% of the student body population. Most of these cases were reported in the first few weeks of the semester, pointing to the truth that students who choose to conduct themselves against Concordia College and the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines will do so regardless of the consequences. The impact of this remains that all students and faculty, especially those of us whose decisions reflect scientific recommendations for safety, are left with a semester devoid of true respite. 

We are encouraged and instructed by our professors and official messaging from the college to take care of ourselves, because it is widely recognized that we are living through particularly trying times. In addition to our own individual actions, we, members of the Concordia community, are coming together to collectively advocate for our and each other's well-being through this petition. By signing this petition, we demand that the Spring 2021 academic schedule be amended to increase the number of “respite days” from one to five. These respite days will occur throughout the semester, on Wednesdays and Tuesday/Thursdays, so that all members of the academic community(faculty, staff, and students!) will experience a break from their classes regardless of schedule. This will also continue the prevention of long weekends, so that students are kept from traveling, and potentially spreading COVID-19.

We demand this adjustment be made and announced to the Concordia Community before the commencement of the Fall ‘20 semester finals.