Dear IUCA students faculty and staff,
We hope that you are doing well, during what is clearly a difficult time for each of us as individuals, for IUCA as a community and Kyrgyzstan as a nation. Already, plans have been disrupted and incomes lost. We hope that all of you can get through this crisis with as little difficulty and loss as possible.
To this end, the Kyrgyz Government has instituted measures to slow the spread of the virus, including border closings, and the prohibition of large public gatherings. This includes closing schools and universities. IUCA is now under orders to remain closed until April 8, 2020. This period could be extended.
The three of us have met to assess the situation and to plan what we can do to help students lose as little time and learning as possible.
In the event that the university can reopen on April 8, our plan is to shorten the exam period to one week and use the extra week for classes. The 2nd week would be made up by teaching on 5 Saturdays. This is not pleasant but it can be done, and would allow us to end the semester and hold commencement on time.
But it is possible that the university will not be permitted to open on April 8. If that is in prospect, we need to take measures now to ensure that students get as much as they can during the allotted time. To this end, we are planning to develop distance learning options so as to be as prepared as possible to use the time well. We would like to hear from students who have no computer access at home to see what we can do to help them.
Please stay home as much as possible and do everything you can to stay healthy!
John Clark, Camilla Sharshekeeva, Aigul Kalchakeeva