COVID 19 Information as of 6/25/2020
Safety in the Edgewood College Residence Halls is of vital importance to our community. A holistic approach will be imperative for a successful residential experience this year. Mitigation efforts in the residence halls at Edgewood College fall in to the four CDC recommended areas: maintaining healthy operations, maintaining healthy environments, promoting behaviors that reduce spread and responding when someone gets sick. All members of our community will need to remain aware of how their own decisions and actions affect the greater good.
We plan to operate and open all of the residence halls with students living in singles and doubles in each hall. We will not have triple occupancy spaces and may move students to singles upon request and as space is available.
Once freshmen room assignments have been finalized, we will solidify our fall move-in plans and share those with residents. We still plan to move most freshman in on Sunday, August 16 with fall athletes moving in the week prior. Undergraduate classes will begin on August 19 and will transition to fully online on the Tuesday preceding Thanksgiving Break, November 24.
Dining Services is currently working on a multi-pronged approach to serve students this Fall including: eliminating self-serve stations, increasing carryout options and posting signage in dining spaces to allow for proper social distancing.
Maintaining a healthy environment is key and will include additional cleaning of community spaces (bathrooms and lounges) and high touch surfaces as well as increased availability of hand sanitizer at all residence hall entrances. We will also provide residents with instructions on proper cleaning of personal spaces. Extra cleaning supplies for common areas will also be available.
Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread
An important piece to protecting our residence halls this fall lies with the residents themselves. Education in multiple formats will be provided and policies for personal wellness checks, wearing of masks outside of personal spaces, social distancing, and reduced capacities and visitation will be put in place.
Responding when Someone gets Sick
While we will do all we can to prevent illness in the halls, we are developing protocols and have reserved vacant spaces with private bathrooms to utilize in the event that a resident develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. Before moving in, all residents will identify a safety plan for potential illness and we will ensure protocol is in place for isolation and contact notification.
More information will be released as it is available. As always, if you have general questions, you can reach out to the Dean of Students Office firstname.lastname@example.org