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 - Faith and Reason

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.

Be well.

Cor ad cor loquitur.

-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D.
President