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An Update for Fall 2020
Jul 1, 2020, 12:30 PM
Given that we have a holiday coming up, and it’s a short work week, I wanted to get this weekly update out a bit earlier than has been our previous practice.
The safety protocols established by the Fall 2020 Task Force have passed their first test. Just as our campus is not immune from the virus of racism, we are not immune from COVID-19. We have had two cases – unrelated – of community members testing positive for the virus. In each case the exposures took place off-campus. In one of the cases our community member was on campus on two days in recent weeks. I’m pleased to report that the two individuals have indicated that so far their symptoms are mild.
We have been planning for this; it’s irresponsible to do otherwise. We have protocols in place, guided by Public Health Madison & Dane County, that we followed in these cases. We will continue to follow those protocols. They are available online, and are updated regularly.
The Public Health Madison & Dane County definition of ‘contact’ with an infected person includes being within 6 feet of the person for a total of fifteen minutes or more. No one on campus meets this definition of ‘contact.’ Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, anyone who had any encounter with that community member on campus (regardless of brevity) has been notified by our Human Resources colleagues of the potential for exposure to the virus. If you have not been contacted, you are not at additional risk. I’d like to express my gratitude to both community members for reaching out to healthcare professionals, and to public health officials. The protocols work.
Just this morning, Dane County has issued a new order limiting gatherings, bar and restaurant activity. That order goes into effect at 8:00 am tomorrow morning. We will follow the direction of our public health professionals to the letter. I urge you to do the same.
Next week we’ll get an update from the Academic Task Force. Margaret Noreuil, Interim V.P. for Academic Affairs, is leading that group, which includes faculty, staff in the Office of the Registrar and in ITSO, and colleagues from Facilities. They are working to ensure we maximize our technology, our size, and our expertise in teaching and learning to deliver the best possible learning environment for our students.
Until then - we will continue to wear masks while inside campus buildings (as we do today) this fall. And I ask you to do the same when you go out in public places – this weekend and through the summer.
Task Force Fall 2020
A work group charged with shaping the return to campus this fall. We remain committed to on-campus, in-person living and learning at Edgewood College, beginning with welcoming our newest students on Sunday, August 16, 2020.
Athletics Director & Head Baseball Coach
Director of Information Technology
V.P. for Student Development/Dean of Students
Executive Assistant to the President
Associate V.P. for Dominican Life and Mission
Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Manager
Director of Residence Life
Director of Security & Transportation
V.P. for Enrollment Management
Director of Strategic Communications
We Are Here For You
On March 23, 2020, Edgewood College moved all classes fully online for the remainder of the Spring Semester. While teaching and learning may feel different this spring, what has not changed is our commitment to our students, to our shared community, and to each other. While we (like many of us) are today in an online learning environment, we are first and foremost a community. Faculty and staff have produced a video that reminds students, and reminds all who are touched by this community, that “we are here for you.”