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.

 

Spring Semester Update - An Email from Edgewood Central

Dear Students and Colleagues –

Sometime next week – likely earlier than later – all students will receive an email from Edgewood Central, inviting students to apply to Edgewood College for Emergency Relief Funds. I referred to these in last week’s Update. It is important that all of our students—undergraduate and graduate, part-time and full-time—apply for these funds, which are available to offset costs and hardship brought on by the pandemic. Again - this is for all students who are enrolled here. Please take the simple step of filling out the brief application. We want all of our students to continue to reach for and achieve their academic goals. Watch for that email from Edgewood Central, follow the instructions and apply for Emergency Relief Funds, and let’s keep going!

Earlier this week I “attended” (via my laptop) the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. In addition to meeting with elected officials and their staff members, I also heard from Dr. Michelle Cooper, Acting Undersecretary of the Dept. of Education. Dr. Cooper shared the top higher education priorities of President Biden and Vice President Harris. Here are some highlights from the (imperfect) notes I took: expanding Pell Grants to reach more students and to double the maximum amount granted; supporting college students so their education is not interrupted by COVID-19; investing in graduate programs in teaching, health care professions, and STEM areas; reinstating DACA fully and recognizing the vital role of Dreamers by making some types of federal financial aid available for them; and creating new grant programs for colleges that serve high proportions of Pell Grant students, with some special considerations for veterans and single-parents. That’s encouraging information coming from our federal government, to say the least.

Closer to home this week, our public health professionals issued Emergency Order #13, [link] which eases some requirements related to how many of us can gather in groups. I’ll leave it to you to read the fine print. Bottom line? We’re not there yet, but the numbers are trending in the right direction. Some students are receiving communications about Commencement, which we plan to hold in person, in May of this year. We plan for that because this community has come together and has stayed together. The best way to predict the future – even in a pandemic – is to create it.  When we keep our circles tight, wear masks when we need to, and follow the protocols we have in place, we’re doing the hard work of creating the future I trust we all want.

Be well.

Cor ad cor loquitur.

-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D.
President