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 10/21/2021

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.

 

Fall 2020 Update - Thanksgiving

Dear Students and Colleagues – 

Congratulations, you’ve just about made it. As of this morning, we have only three days remaining of in-person classes, and it seems our “Halloween Spike” in COVID-19 cases has peaked and is beginning to taper off.  Given the scheduling of this semester, some of you have already had your last in-person class. We’ve made it this far because of you – your commitment to this community and to each other. The news of the pandemic is simultaneously gravely serious and encouragingly promising. The progress on the development of multiple vaccines gives us reason to realistically hope that we could see the end of the pandemic before summer, yet we know many more will suffer and die before we get there. Realizing that a vaccine being available to us is still months away, let’s continue to focus on what we can control: wear your mask, wash your hands, maintain physical distance, and tighten your social circles. These steps are crucial, and will remain so over our well-earned break next week. Let’s keep it up. 

Earlier this year I referred to the two viruses we face: COVID-19, and systemic racism. Neither are going away soon enough, and while the pandemic captures a lot of attention this fall, our work to become a community of equity and inclusion remains at the top of our shared goals. The Board of Trustees completed an exercise this fall of a shared reading of Me and White Supremacy, by Layla Saad. Yesterday’s meeting of the Board was at times a gut-punch as the lived experiences of several of our Trustees were shared. The work of our Dismantling Racism Task Force continues, as does our Board’s, as we learn the steps we will take together to walk the talk, and become the Edgewood College that our mission and values demand. 

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love getting together with extended family to enjoy a meal and conversation, and I love the idea that our nation has collectively set aside a day to give thanks. This year will be different, of course, with a lot of those extended family conversations happening via Zoom or Face Time. I will try to not be disappointed by these pandemic adjustments, but instead to be all the more appreciative of the people we miss and wish we could be with. There’s a good deal of research that suggests being thankful and expressing gratitude makes us happier, healthier, and more productive. I try to be mindful of things for which I am grateful every day. One of our professors personifies that very approach this week. This faculty member was in-person, and on campus for their classes for the entire semester. Their message? Gratitude. Gratitude for our students, for our faculty and staff, and for this community. You have all worked hard to get this community to this break. I will miss the physical presence of this community during Advent, which begins for Christians on Sunday, November 29 and goes through Christmas Eve. But I will be Thankful knowing that we remain connected, fulfilling our mission and looking forward to being together again in 2021.  

Be well, and be safe. Drive carefully and wear your mask.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Cor ad cor loquitur.

Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D.
President