Dear Notre Dame Students,
For nearly five months I have been steeped in preparations to make your return to campus as safe and healthy as possible. I've been advised by the best medical experts available, local health officials, and our own faculty experts.
Yet, even I was swept up in the excitement and celebration of your return. In a few instances, over recent days, I stopped for photos with some of you on the quad.
While all of the scientific evidence indicates that the risk of transmission is far lower outdoors than indoors, I want to remind you (and myself!) that we should stay at least six feet apart. I recognize that it's not easy, particularly when we are reuniting with such great friends. I am sorry for my poor example, and I am recommitting to do my best. I am confident you will too.
So, please understand that if you ask to have a photo taken with me, I will insist on two arm's lengths apart, masks on!
In Notre Dame,
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.