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 - Let's Build it Now

Dear Students and Colleagues –  

Students – you’ve received an important communication from Angela Salas, V.P. for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean, regarding the opportunity to convert the letter grade in one of your Spring 2021 courses to a Pass/Fail notation. Review carefully that information Dr. Salas sent and ask if you are unsure about how to proceed. Your faculty instructors and/or your Academic Advisors will assist you with questions about your particular situation. Dr. Salas, in consultation with faculty and other faculty leaders, is taking this step in support of students – both undergraduate and graduate level – who have worked hard under these difficult circumstances. This is not a “one size fits all” approach; if you have questions about your grades or academic standing please ask. 

Even as we move closer to the end of this semester, we also look ahead to a Return to Better this Fall. An important piece of that is the health and well-being of our community as a whole. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is an excellent way to support that. I encourage all who are able and eligible (in Wisconsin, that’s ages 16 and older) to get a vaccine. Recently we’ve seen some questions and issues raised in the public sphere about the ethics of the vaccine, especially in the context of the Catholic Church. This week, I received a communication from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (we’re a member) that provides information about the available vaccines. I encourage you to review these resources, and I remind each of us of the importance of acting with an informed conscience.

We have started to make small adjustments to our on-campus protocols, based on the success of Dane County’s vaccination efforts, and our own efforts to keep the spear of Covid-19 in check. While these changes are minor, they represent real progress. When outside, masks are no longer required as long as we keep the six-foot rule in place. Keep six feet apart from each other, and you can forgo the mask while outside. And we’ve made the decision this week to resume use of the hymnals at Mass on Sundays in St. Joseph Chapel. Each step forward (however small) gets us closer to a Return to Better

Last August, I identified the two viruses we face: COVID-19, and a living legacy of racism. Many of us are keeping up with the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, accused in the murder of George Floyd. And as we approach the first anniversary of Mr. Floyd’s death, we were again shocked and saddened to learn of the death of yet another unarmed African-American, Daunte Wright, at the hands of police. The protests over Mr. Wright’s death continue as of this writing. Just as we must not let our guard down in our efforts to combat the invisible virus, we will never turn a blind eye in our commitment to become a truly anti-racist Edgewood College. We do that through study, reflection, and action – action that builds a more just and compassionate world. And we do that together, through active engagement in our community. 

Be well, keep going, and hold each other up. A more just and compassionate world need not wait. We can build it now with our study, our hearts, and with our lives. 

Cor ad cor loquitur.

-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D.
President