My online class began in early March 2020, and soon after that we started hearing about impacts from COVID-19 on our society. It wasn’t long before I had a student who was infected. Some lost their jobs and others struggled with increased demand from family. 

I was moved to somehow communicate to my students that I supported them and cared – truly cared – about them. I posted an announcement, and then I thought other instructors may also be searching for the right words to say in such a difficult situation.

I shared my announcement on LinkedIn and I encouraged my colleagues to use it (steal it!) I received a lot of positive feedback.