How can I Mask Up, Back Up, and Wash Up effectively on campus? Wear your mask! Masks should cover your nose and mouth and should be worn indoors in public spaces and outdoors when you can not effectively be physically distant from others. If you do not own a mask, you may purchase one in the Campus Store. Back Up: practice physical distancing by leaving 6 feet between you and others. Wash up: wash your hands often.
What should I do if I was exposed to someone with COVID-19? Report any potential exposure or symptoms to the Dean of Students Office and follow any instructions they provide to seek medical care or to quarantine.
What should I do if I see another student who isn't wearing a mask? Remember, this is the year of community. Please remind them nicely to wear their mask. We are all doing this for each other. Should you have questions, you may contact the Dean of Students Office.
How will office hours be managed? All support services are still fully available to you; some are just offered in a different way. For example:
I have only been president of Edgewood College for a couple of weeks, and the chances are pretty good that you and I have not yet met. While I am new to Edgewood College, I am not new to higher education, and I know what everyone went through during the spring semester under the Safer-at-Home order that essentially shut down the State of Wisconsin. When this unprecedented order from the Governor required us to convert our entire curriculum to an online format in a matter of days, the faculty and staff rallied to make it happen, and they deserve our sincerest thanks for that. You students deserve our thanks too, for the flexibility and patience you showed during the months of March, April, and May. In the end, we all came together to make sure that your educational needs were met and progress toward your goals was maintained.
One thing we learned is that we, as a community, really want to be together in-person rather than at home getting our education online. So, that is what we’re going to do this fall. The challenge for us is to bring us back together while doing everything we reasonably can to keep our students, faculty and staff safe. A task force working on our reopening plans for fall has been developing protocols for safety on campus that we’re all going to have to follow until a vaccine or cure for COVID-19 is developed. I’ll describe those expectations below, but first, let me get right to the things most of you are wondering about: semester calendar, class schedule, and course modality.
The following decisions have been made about fall reopening:
As mentioned earlier, in order to do everything we can to keep all of our community as safe as possible, the Edgewood College community will adhere to a number of safety protocols during the fall semester as a way of minimizing risk of the spread of COVID-19. These protocols are based on guidelines provided by Dane County.
As is true today, all persons returning to campus agree to adhere to safety protocols established by the College. These will include:
Fall of 2020 will bring back the in-person experience that is such an important part of Edgewood College. It is important to recognize, though, that we are not yet back to “normal.” Until a vaccine or cure for COVID-19 is discovered, we will need to adjust to smaller gatherings, wearing masks, more vigilant cleaning, and generally looking out for one another. Fortunately for us at Edgewood College, community is one of our core values and so we are better prepared to come together as a community to beat this thing than most other schools. I recognize that we have a lot of work to do, and I know that this community is up to the challenge.
Communication will be important, and I hope everyone will keep the communication channels open. You will be hearing from me and from others at the College throughout the summer. If you have any immediate questions that we may assist you with, please reach out to my colleague Dr. Heather Harbach, V.P. for Student Development/Dean of Students at email@example.com.
You will be notified if there are any changes to the schedule you have already registered for. We will continue to provide specific information to new students, returning students, residential students, and fall student athletes. In the meantime, enjoy your summer and stay healthy.
Cor ad cor loquitur.
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