CCAC Recommendation 4

Background

The Campus and Community Advisory Committee (CCAC) has convened six times, most recently on October 28, and we wish to convey our recommendation on the issue of what has become known as “clump versus sprinkle.” This phrase refers to the question of how to group wellness days for the spring semester. As all of our recommendations do, this recommendation rests on the following assumptions. We convey these recommendations with the following caveats:

  1. A robust testing and contact tracing system is in effect that includes re-entry and surveillance testing of students living in both on-campus and off-campus housing as well as faculty and staff working on campus.
  2. The Community Standards and Health Behavior efforts are substantially enhanced from what they were in August at the start of the fall semester.
  3. 500 beds will be available for isolation and quarantine.
  4. A community positivity rate or other appropriate metric is specified in conjunction with the Orange County Health Department. The metric will be considered on a particular date to be determined by the RIT working group on infectious disease/testing/and tracing. If the metric is exceeded, then students will not return to campus in greater numbers than are currently on campus and/or their return will be delayed, or remote only instruction will be implemented until the metric is met.
  5. Students will not be asked to return home once they arrive.
  6. Students and parents must be fully notified of all potential scenarios so that they can make fully informed decisions about housing and/or returning to the Chapel Hill community.

Clump vs. Sprinkle

Four scenarios were provided by the registrar’s office along with an option to “build our own” based on a given set of constraints. In considering these options, the CCAC looked at a variety of issues, including the timespan between wellness days and questions about how much students and others in the campus community might travel given different scenarios. We particularly privileged student voices in this conversation. Students have been sorely tested by having no breaks this fall. In addition to the myriad other disappointments and challenges caused by the pandemic, the lack of true “down time” has been difficult. In addition, given that UNC Chapel Hill cannot prevent students from travelling or leaving campus, we wanted to arrive at a recommendation that supports rest but not far flung travel as might happen with a traditional 9-day spring break when weekends are factored in.

After review and discussion, scenarios 1, 2, and 4 were eliminated. The committee came up with two scenarios of our own which are labeled scenarios 5 and 6 in the chart that accompanies this recommendation. The majority voted for scenario 6 (n=18). Scenario 3 received 3 votes and scenario 5 received 4 votes. In sum we are much more in favor of a “clump” approach to wellness days versus the “sprinkle” approach. We would advise considering enhanced testing after the long weekends provided in the “clump” approach given that students may opt to travel, although it may not be as far afield as in a traditional spring break. Finally, we would like to request that staff also be considered as plans move forward so that at least some of these wellness days apply to them as well given that the only real holiday (day off) for staff in this accelerated time frame is April 2nd.

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

Classes Begin Tues. Jan 19
Last Date for late registration Mon. Jan. 25
MLK Jr. day Mon. Jan. 18 (no classes)
Wellness Days % days TBD
Holiday Fri. April 2
Classes End Wed. May 5
Reading Days Th. May 6 & Wed. May 12
Exam Days May 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14
Spring Commencement Sun. May 16

Scenario 1

Scenario 1

  • coupled M/Tu in the middle of the semester (around midterms – week 8)
  • created a long weekend around the holiday (week 11)
  • selected middle of the week single breaks to limit travel (weeks 4 & 14)
Week 1 Tues. Jan 19 – Fri. Jan 22 (no M)
Week 2 Mon. Jan 25 – Fri. Jan 29
Week 3 Mon. Feb 1 – Fri. Feb 5
Week 4 Mon. Feb 8 – Fri. Feb 12 No W
Week 5 Mon. Feb 15 – Fri. Feb 19
Week 6 Mon. Feb 22 – Fri. Feb 26
Week 7 Mon. Mar 1 – Fri. Mar 5
Week 8 Mon. Mar 8 – Fri. 12 No M and W
Week 9 Mon. Mar 15 – Fri. Mar 19
Week 10 Mon. Mar 22 – Fri. Mar 26
Week 11 Mon. Mar 29 – Fri. Apr 2 (No F) No Th
Week 12 Mon. Apr 5 – Fri. Apr. 9
Week 13 Mon. Apr 12 – Fri. Apr 16
Week 14 Mon. Apr 19 – Fri. Apr 23 No W
Week 15 Mon. Apr 26 – Fri. Apr. 30
Week 16 Mon. May 3 – Wed. May 5
EXAMS: Th. May 6 – Sat. May 8. (No Th)
Week 17 EXAMS: Mon. May 10 – Fri. May 14 (no W)
                    Two 4-day w-ends

Scenario 2

Scenario 2

  • select 1 day every 3 weeks (1 M, Tu, W, Th, F) to provide breaks throughout the semester (weeks 3, 6, 9, 12 & 15)
Week 1 Tues. Jan 19 – Fri. Jan 22 (no M)
Week 2 Mon. Jan 25 – Fri. Jan 29
Week 3 Mon. Feb 1 – Fri. Feb 5 No M
Week 4 Mon. Feb 8 – Fri. Feb 12
Week 5 Mon. Feb 15 – Fri. Feb 19
Week 6 Mon. Feb 22 – Fri. Feb 26 No T
Week 7 Mon. Mar 1 – Fri. Mar 5
Week 8 Mon. Mar 8 – Fri. 12
Week 9 Mon. Mar 15 – Fri. Mar 19 No W
Week 10 Mon. Mar 22 – Fri. Mar 26
Week 11 Mon. Mar 29 – Fri. Apr 2 (No F)
Week 12 Mon. Apr 5 – Fri. Apr. 9 No Th
Week 13 Mon. Apr 12 – Fri. Apr 16
Week 14 Mon. Apr 19 – Fri. Apr 23
Week 15 Mon. Apr 26 – Fri. Apr. 30 No F
Week 16 Mon. May 3 – Wed. May 5
EXAMS: Th. May 6 – Sat. May 8. (No Th)
Week 17 EXAMS: Mon. May 10 – Fri. May 14 (no W)
Two 3-day w-ends

Scenario 3

Scenario 3

  • coupled two days approximately a third of the way through the beginning of the semester (week 5)
  • provided a single day around the April holiday (week 11) creating a long weekend
  • coupled two days in the last third of the semester (week 14) mid-week
Week 1 Tues. Jan 19 – Fri. Jan 22 (no M)
Week 2 Mon. Jan 25 – Fri. Jan 29
Week 3 Mon. Feb 1 – Fri. Feb 5
Week 4 Mon. Feb 8 – Fri. Feb 12
Week 5 Mon. Feb 15 – Fri. Feb 19 No M and no Tu
Week 6 Mon. Feb 22 – Fri. Feb 26
Week 7 Mon. Mar 1 – Fri. Mar 5
Week 8 Mon. Mar 8 – Fri. 12
Week 9 Mon. Mar 15 – Fri. Mar 19
Week 10 Mon. Mar 22 – Fri. Mar 26
Week 11 Mon. Mar 29 – Fri. Apr 2 (No F) No M
Week 12 Mon. Apr 5 – Fri. Apr. 9
Week 13 Mon. Apr 12 – Fri. Apr 16
Week 14 Mon. Apr 19 – Fri. Apr 23 No W and no Th
Week 15 Mon. Apr 26 – Fri. Apr. 30
Week 16 Mon. May 3 – Wed. May 5
EXAMS: Th. May 6 – Sat. May 8. (No Th)
Week 17 EXAMS: Mon. May 10 – Fri. May 14 (no W)
One 4-day w-end
Two 3-day w-end
2 days mid-week

Scenario 4

Scenario 4

  • coupled mid-week break about a third of the way through (week 5)
  • 1 day mid-week around mid-terms (week 8)
  • 1 day after the holiday break creating a long weekend (week 11)
  • 1 day towards the end of the semester (week 15)
Week 1 Tues. Jan 19 – Fri. Jan 22 (no M)
Week 2 Mon. Jan 25 – Fri. Jan 29
Week 3 Mon. Feb 1 – Fri. Feb 5
Week 4 Mon. Feb 8 – Fri. Feb 12
Week 5 Mon. Feb 15 – Fri. Feb 19 No T and no W
Week 6 Mon. Feb 22 – Fri. Feb 26
Week 7 Mon. Mar 1 – Fri. Mar 5
Week 8 Mon. Mar 8 – Fri. 12 No W
Week 9 Mon. Mar 15 – Fri. Mar 19
Week 10 Mon. Mar 22 – Fri. Mar 26
Week 11 Mon. Mar 29 – Fri. Apr 2 (No F) No M
Week 12 Mon. Apr 5 – Fri. Apr. 9
Week 13 Mon. Apr 12 – Fri. Apr 16
Week 14 Mon. Apr 19 – Fri. Apr 23
Week 15 Mon. Apr 26 – Fri. Apr. 30 No W
Week 16 Mon. May 3 – Wed. May 5
EXAMS: Th. May 6 – Sat. May 8. (No Th)
Week 17 EXAMS: Mon. May 10 – Fri. May 14 (no W)
Two 3-day w-end
2 days mid-week

Scenario 5

Scenario 5

  • Some combination of single days or coupled days
  • Must be a combination of 3 MWF & 2 Tu,Th OR 3 Tu,Th & 2 MWF
Week 1 Tues. Jan 19 – Fri. Jan 22 (no M)
Week 2 Mon. Jan 25 – Fri. Jan 29
Week 3 Mon. Feb 1 – Fri. Feb 5
Week 4 Mon. Feb 8 – Fri. Feb 12 No F

 

Week 5 Mon. Feb 15 – Fri. Feb 19
Week 6 Mon. Feb 22 – Fri. Feb 26
Week 7 Mon. Mar 1 – Fri. Mar 5
Week 8 Mon. Mar 8 – Fri. 12 No M and no Tu
Week 9 Mon. Mar 15 – Fri. Mar 19
Week 10 Mon. Mar 22 – Fri. Mar 26
Week 11 Mon. Mar 29 – Fri. Apr 2 (No F) No Th
Week 12 Mon. Apr 5 – Fri. Apr. 9
Week 13 Mon. Apr 12 – Fri. Apr 16
Week 14 Mon. Apr 19 – Fri. Apr 23 No W
Week 15 Mon. Apr 26 – Fri. Apr. 30
Week 16 Mon. May 3 – Wed. May 5
EXAMS: Th. May 6 – Sat. May 8. (No Th)
Week 17 EXAMS: Mon. May 10 – Fri. May 14 (no W)
One 3-day w-end
Two 4-day w-end

Scenario 6

Scenario 6

  • Some combination of single days or coupled days
  • Must be a combination of 3 MWF & 2 Tu,Th OR 3 Tu,Th & 2 MWF
Week 1 Tues. Jan 19 – Fri. Jan 22 (no M)
Week 2 Mon. Jan 25 – Fri. Jan 29
Week 3 Mon. Feb 1 – Fri. Feb 5
Week 4 Mon. Feb 8 – Fri. Feb 12
Week 5 Mon. Feb 15 – Fri. Feb 19 No M and no Tu
Week 6 Mon. Feb 22 – Fri. Feb 26
Week 7 Mon. Mar 1 – Fri. Mar 5
Week 8 Mon. Mar 8 – Fri. 12
Week 9 Mon. Mar 15 – Fri. Mar 19
Week 10 Mon. Mar 22 – Fri. Mar 26
Week 11 Mon. Mar 29 – Fri. Apr 2 (No F) No M
Week 12 Mon. Apr 5 – Fri. Apr. 9
Week 13 Mon. Apr 12 – Fri. Apr 16
Week 14 Mon. Apr 19 – Fri. Apr 23 No Th, Fr
Week 15 Mon. Apr 26 – Fri. Apr. 30
Week 16 Mon. May 3 – Wed. May 5
EXAMS: Th. May 6 – Sat. May 8. (No Th)
Week 17 EXAMS: Mon. May 10 – Fri. May 14 (no W)
Two 4-day w-end
Two 3-day w-end