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:
Given that we have a holiday coming up, and it’s a short work week, I wanted to get this weekly update out a bit earlier than has been our previous practice.
The safety protocols established by the Fall 2020 Task Force have passed their first test. Just as our campus is not immune from the virus of racism, we are not immune from COVID-19. We have had two cases – unrelated – of community members testing positive for the virus. In each case the exposures took place off-campus. In one of the cases our community member was on campus on two days in recent weeks. I’m pleased to report that the two individuals have indicated that so far their symptoms are mild.
We have been planning for this; it’s irresponsible to do otherwise. We have protocols in place, guided by Public Health Madison & Dane County, that we followed in these cases. We will continue to follow those protocols. They are available online, and are updated regularly.
The Public Health Madison & Dane County definition of ‘contact’ with an infected person includes being within 6 feet of the person for a total of fifteen minutes or more. No one on campus meets this definition of ‘contact.’ Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, anyone who had any encounter with that community member on campus (regardless of brevity) has been notified by our Human Resources colleagues of the potential for exposure to the virus. If you have not been contacted, you are not at additional risk. I’d like to express my gratitude to both community members for reaching out to healthcare professionals, and to public health officials. The protocols work.
Just this morning, Dane County has issued a new order limiting gatherings, bar and restaurant activity. That order goes into effect at 8:00 am tomorrow morning. We will follow the direction of our public health professionals to the letter. I urge you to do the same.
Next week we’ll get an update from the Academic Task Force. Margaret Noreuil, Interim V.P. for Academic Affairs, is leading that group, which includes faculty, staff in the Office of the Registrar and in ITSO, and colleagues from Facilities. They are working to ensure we maximize our technology, our size, and our expertise in teaching and learning to deliver the best possible learning environment for our students.
Until then - we will continue to wear masks while inside campus buildings (as we do today) this fall. And I ask you to do the same when you go out in public places – this weekend and through the summer.
Edgewood College is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all members of our community. Please remember that any bias or harassment toward community members of perceived Asian descent will not be tolerated. All campus members play an integral part in creating a community that is free from discrimination, harassment, and hate.
If you have been the target of (or have witnessed) an incident of discrimination or of bias, please complete the online form.