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:
Dear Students and Colleagues –
Today, Thursday, January 28, is the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas. Thomas was a Dominican friar, philosopher, theologian, thinker, and gifted writer born nearly 800 years ago (1225). Some of you have undoubtedly read his Summa Theologica, considered to be a cornerstone of Philosophy. I read it a long time ago, and am not prepared to be tested on it. Whatever your academic pursuits and academic goals are, we can all learn from Thomas’ approach that argues both faith and reason are central to our search for truth.
While I have faith that we will continue Spring semester as a community that takes a responsible approach to the pandemic, here’s an update from a more scientific lens. In the next several days, we’ll begin testing our student-athletes who are in (or who plan to be in) competition this Spring. This testing is required by the NCAA. That requirement has been in place for several months, and it’s largely why our conference did not hold any competitions this past fall.
We’re using the lower level of the parking ramp as the location for this testing, which will take place twice a week. Student-athletes will do self-administered PCR tests, which are then shipped to a lab. We anticipate receiving results of those tests in 24 hours. Some School of Nursing students will also test on-campus, as some clinical sites where those students serve as part of their studies require specific and relatively rapid results. We’ll do this all semester, unless something changes.
For many students at Edgewood College, being on an athletic team is part of what makes a college experience. Our student-athletes are prohibited by NCAA Div. III regulations from receiving athletics scholarships; that means our student-athletes are literally amateurs, a word that means “in it for love” – love of the sport, and love for Edgewood College. And those of us who aren’t in athletics are part of the Edgewood College team—a community committed to the health and safety of one another.
As we’ve shared throughout this crisis, our protocols are in place for the benefit of all students, faculty, and staff in our community. If you are in need of testing assistance, or are experiencing any COVID-19 concerns, please reach out to the Dean of Students office, or to our Human Resources Office as appropriate.
Cor ad cor loquitur.
-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D.
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