A letter to my students about the pandemic

Osiyo, Ya’at’eeh, and Hello, students,

I hope you and your families and friends are doing well. To help stop the spread of the virus, we are moving classes online (at least) until April 5th. We may end up finishing the rest of the semester remotely.

In case you missed it, here is a video message from the CNM’s president about the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XA5u6ao-x8&feature=youtu.be

As this situation continues to evolve and we face a variety of changes to our lives and routines, our clear first priority is to make sure that our families, friends, elders, and neighbors stay safe and secure. Your college courses may be the furthest thing from your minds right now, and rightfully so. Many institutions are practicing “social distancing” to protect the further spread of the virus.

Because of the pandemic, I’m suspending the late work policy this semester. No work will be considered late. We will decide, as a class, how to proceed through email or other digital means.

Beginning tomorrow, I will send course-specific emails to start a discussion for how each course should proceed during this period of self-quarantine. Your feedback is not required on these anonymous surveys. Your feedback does, however, help me decide next steps to try to meet your needs and make proper accommodations for you.

I will be available to talk, email, chat, video conference, or connect on most social apps. I’m also willing to learn new ones. Announcements will be made tomorrow over email and CNM Learn.

I can be reached the following ways. Please don’t hesitate to ask me anything or reach out with any concerns you might have:
Email: bhudson11@cnm.edu or me@briankhudson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/briankhudson
Twitter: www.twitter.com/uneguji
Chat: https://discord.gg/dBGTcpy

ᏙᏓᏓᎪᎲᎢ (“until we all see each other again” in Cherokee syllabary),

Brian K. Hudson
English Faculty
School of Communications, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Central New Mexico Community College
Mail: 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Call: 505.224.4000 x53402
Chat: https://discord.gg/dBGTcpy

P.S. Please see below for a variety of resources:
A guide for protecting yourself against the virus from the Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

CNM Resources:
CNM’s most up-to-date information about the disease and how it affects our semester: https://www.cnm.edu/front-page/covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-cnm-response-and-resources/covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-cnm-response-and-resources/covid-19

Standard List of Community Resources provided by CNM:

City of Albuquerque Coronavirus Information
Credible information about Coronavirus in New Mexico, Bernalillo County, and Albuquerque can be found on the city’s website:

Food and Nutrition Resources:

Albuquerque Public Schools will be offering “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals at 89 locations around the city. You don’t need to go to the school where your child attends. You can find more information here: https://www.aps.edu/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-updates#aps-identifies-89-sites-for-student-meal-pick-ups

Presbyterian Free Meals: https://www.phs.org/about-us/news/Pages/presbyterian-expands-free-meal-program-for-kids.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0OPc-AXkG_8usoBSW3-OfuhdPh38_i2VIaJ-nqJL56dM4_jFm5gvg4R4Q

Cheese and Coffee:
Starting Monday March 16th Cheese and Coffee Downtown and Seared will be offering free grab and go meals to our kids. Please call us at 505.242.0326 to order your lunch and we will bring it out to you. We will be offering a small soup, grilled cheese or PB&J and chips. These lunches will be available from 10:00 to 2:00. Our priority is that children will not go without a meal. Be safe! http://cheeseandcoffee.com/

El Taco Tote Mexican Grill Restaurant:
Starting Monday, March 16th, El Taco Toto will be offering two bean and cheese tacos OR a cheese quesadilla with a side of rice. This offer will be valid ONLY through our Drive-Thru Monday – Friday from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm until further notice. Child must be present to redeem this offer. Parents and guardians can also enjoy a 20% discount to any other Drive- Thru only order during our children’s “grab and go” hours. We look forward to serving our children and Albuquerque community!


Urban Hotdog Company:
The Urban Hotdog Company will offer lunch for children between 11-2 every Monday-Friday. You must have your children with you, and you at the counter, all you have to do is say you heard about the “UHDC lunch special.”

Additional Resources:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline:
For any victims and survivors who need support, we are here for you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Home – The Hotline®

New Mexico State Officials have said if you need help with childcare, food, supplies, or loss of income due to coronavirus closures, you can call 833-551-0518.

Free, Drive-Up Corona Virus Testing at Lovelace

General Mutual Aid Request Form—for any needs that you have and you don’t know where to look!

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line Available for Those in Need of Mental Support
If you feel you are in need of mental support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line at 855-662-7474.

Internet and Tutoring Resources:

Comcast is offering Internet Essentials at a faster speed and free for qualified households for the next 60 days. The application includes a free modem and router in the self-install kit.
https://www.internetessentials.com/ in Spanish: https://es.internetessentials.com/
-Tutoring is available online at the Virtual Writing Center 

2 thoughts on “A letter to my students about the pandemic

  1. Dear Mr. Hudson,

    I just finished reading “Digital Medicine” and absolutely loved it. I don’t know whether you’ll see this note here, but wanted you to know you have a fan.

    Many thanks for the wonderful story. I hope all is well with you and yours. Happy New Year!

    Julie in Portland, Oregon

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