Return-to-Better

 

Active cases
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
Recovered
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
Total
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
Last updated 9/17/2021

Total: Total number of cases (Active and Recovered) among Students, Faculty, and Staff, both on and off campus, since tracking began for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Active: Positive cases not yet recovered.
Recovered: Able to resume normal activities. 

Return to Better

We are committed to a return to classes on campus and in-person when the 2021-‘22 academic year gets underway.

Our students expect to engage with our outstanding faculty and with one another – both in and out of the classroom – and they expect to do that in-person, in one of the best college towns in America – Madison.  That's why we are committed to teaching and learning in classrooms, and in-person, this fall.

Our Return to Better Task Force is taking steps to make that happen - not to return to ‘normal,’ but to return to better, applying all the lessons we have learned and continue to learn through the experience of the pandemic.

Protocol Update - Masks Required Indoors

August 4, 2021

We are not out of this pandemic. Effective Thursday, August 5, 2021, masks are required inside campus buildings for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. This requirement applies to everyone - those who are fully-vaccinated, and those who are not. As a valued member of the community, you will hear when this latest update to our protocol is no longer necessary. We do this for each other, because from the beginning of this pandemic, we have shown each other and Greater Madison that we live our values of Community and Compassion.

Again - getting vaccinated – for all who are eligible – is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We urge each member of our community to be vaccinated. 

-Dr. Heather Harbach
V.P. for Student Development/Dean of Students

Update

July 1, 2021

As a community we have followed the guidance of our public health professionals since the beginning of this pandemic. The CDC and the Wis. Department of Health Services recommends that all who are eligible be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Therefore, we too are strongly urging each member of our community to be vaccinated.

Students – we have created a simple form for you to update your COVID-19 vaccination status, and have sent you the link via email. You will indicate whether you have been vaccinated, whether you plan to but have not yet, or whether you do not plan to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Please complete this simple form now, and no later than Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

There will be continued updates for students as we approach our fall semester, including some very attractive reasons for completing the form. (Did someone say ‘big scholarships?’ And ‘free parking spaces?’) Please remember to check your email often throughout the summer.

If you have any questions, please email deanofstudents@edgewood.edu. If you need assistance finding a vaccination appointment, reach out, we are here to help! 

Enjoy your summer!

-Dr. Heather Harbach
V.P. for Student Development/Dean of Students

Student, Faculty, and Staff Pledge 2020-21

Preventing the spread

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 2020-2021 Academic Year as a way of minimizing risk of the spread of COVID-19. These protocols are based on guidelines provided by Public Health Madison Dane County.

As a member of this Community, I will…

  • Wash my hands properly and regularly.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes.
  • Comply with posted Public Health Madison Dane County requirements.  
  • Wear a mask covering my nose and mouth while in indoor spaces.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Assist in the use of disinfectant wipes to clean shared public workspaces prior to use.
  • Take reasonable precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19 both on- and off-campus.
  • Avoid public places and minimize interpersonal contacts if I have been exposed or have any symptoms of any illness.
  • Report any potential exposure or symptoms to the College and follow any instructions to seek medical care or to quarantine.
  • Agree to be tested for COVID-19, as prescribed by health care professionals. Agree to be cooperative and flexible as we work together to support one another and give our community the best balance of learning and safety.

COVID-19 Reporting for 2020-21

We tracked positive cases of COVID-19 beginning in August of 2020. Data includes students, faculty, and staff. This data includes both on-campus and off-campus students, faculty, and staff. We reached a peak of active cases (28) on September 19-20, 2020. 

For 2020-21, we managed a total of 171 positive cases. None of those cases are associated with on-campus transmission. No case required hospitalization, and all cases reported as recovered.

 

 

Covid-19 Updates

These pages are a resource for students, parents, and our entire community.

 

Spring Semester Update - A Sign of Things to Come

Dear Students and Colleagues – 

On this date, exactly one year ago, Wisconsin Emergency Order #12, the “Safer at Home Order,” went into effect. One year later, here we are. We have learned a lot about ourselves, our teaching and learning styles, and I hope you’ll agree we’ve gained insight into what is truly important in our lives; our family, our friends, and our communities.

We are all aware of course that the pandemic is not over, and we continue to take the necessary steps to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19. But look at what we have accomplished. We’ve managed the cases in our community, and continue to do so, and avoided significant disruptions to the conduct of this academic year. We are just past midterms for the spring semester, which means we’re heading into the home stretch. I ask you to think for a moment about what you were thinking one year ago on this date. And then fast forward to today and consider all that you have done – and all that your fellow students and colleagues have done – to get us to this spot. I hope that brings a smile to your face. It has not been easy, but getting to March 25, 2021 points to better days ahead.

At the end of last year, the College made the painful decision to cancel Commencement ceremonies. Commencement is the most significant ceremony we have, and that decision was not reached lightly. There were simply too many unknowns. Today, while there are still uncertainties ahead of us, we are committed to an in-person Commencement to celebrate our graduates. Late yesterday I announced the decision that this year’s Commencement will be in-person, outdoors, and on campus. We will continue to adhere to the protocols as defined by our public health officials. That’s a big reason why we’ll be outdoors, and a big reason why we’re staging a total of three ceremonies. Even with the uncertainties of the weeks ahead, we can (and will) control what we as a community can control. There will be limits of course related to how many of us can gather, etc., but we’ll create a day to honor our graduates (including those who were unable to celebrate last May), welcome at least some of their family members to celebrate with us, and we’ll do it right here. And it will be awesome.   

Be well and be safe. Wear your mask, and keep your circles tight. 

Let’s hold each other up as we all turn toward finishing the semester strong, and turn toward the better days ahead.

Cor ad cor loquitur.

-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D.
President