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 Look Ahead, Near and Far

Dear Students and Colleagues –

On Monday this week, at a special session of Faculty Association, I announced our commitment to teaching and learning in classrooms, and in-person, when we return to campus next fall. We are taking steps now to make sure we can honor that commitment. Next week, the Fall 2021 Task Force will hold its first meeting.  That group is charged with returning Edgewood College to better (not “normal”), applying all the lessons we have learned, and continue to learn, through what we all hope and pray are the final months of this pandemic. We’ll continue to follow the direction of Public Health Madison & Dane County, as we have for much of the past year, and we can’t let our guard down. But, come fall, we will be on campus, and in-person.

Last week we saw some of the “why” we chose to pursue higher education at this place on the shore of Lake Wingra, and we see more this week, too. “The Theory of Relativity,” delivered via livestream, was outstanding, even viewed through a screen with a weak sound system at home. Next year, those students who performed will be back in the Diane Ballweg Theatre, with a live audience. “A Winter Wonderland,” might be back – and will join our traditional Winterfrost. Our first-year Men’s Volleyball team won its first match ever this week, and our Men’s Basketball team won Wednesday night in thrilling fashion with a buzzer-beater in the first round of the Conference Tournament. Our Women’s Basketball team – already co-conference conference champions – are set for their first tournament game even as I write this. I can’t wait to be able to experience all these things live again, and will certainly never again take in-person event attendance for granted.

Speaking of in-person live events, we continue to work on our plans for a live, safe, in-person commencement ceremony this spring. There are still logistical details to work out, but we are going to do everything we can to make that happen. Related to this, I encourage all students to check their email for a link to a survey about December commencement. We are considering the return of that tradition if there is sufficient student interest. So, please take a moment to share your opinion through the survey, the link to which will arrive in your inbox shortly.

Each of us has a story, and the common thread of all those individual stories is our shared community – engaging both in and out of the classroom, stage, art studio, concert venue, court, field, whatever – because we value the relationships that spring from our brand of teaching and learning; relationships that in many cases last lifetimes. So, let’s use our energy this semester to continue to shape a healthy and vibrant (and better) Edgewood College.

By this time next week, some of you may be traveling for spring break. If that’s the case, and you miss next week’s update, I’ll ask you now to be well and be safe. Wear your mask, and keep your circles tight.  

Cor ad cor loquitur.

-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D.
President