Dear Campus Community,
The number of COVID cases on campus remains low. In addition to signal testing, we have administered the Vault Health test to first-year students and seniors. We have results back for all first-year tests administered and also for 383 of the 413 senior tests. We have had zero positive cases so far among both the first-year and senior classes. Currently, we have 11 community members in quarantine, none of whom are in an on-campus quarantine space. Because over the last week and a half we will have tested all students using the Vault Health test, this week’s signal testing focused on faculty and staff.
We are working to relax COVID regulations within residential halls. First-year students and seniors who have been tested and received results back are now permitted to socialize in one another’s residential hall rooms. First-year students should keep visitors to 1-2 per room while seniors may have up to 3 visitors at a time. We may relax this more after we have completed testing of sophomores and juniors this week.
Appreciation for seniors who were tested last week. All but 9 seniors showed up to be tested. The senior class has been amazing all year with COVID management. A huge thank you! We need the 9 seniors who didn’t get tested on Friday to do so today or tomorrow. We are working hard to relax restrictions and get to a new kind of normal. We need all students to do their part by getting tested. Not showing up for testing will be treated as a violation of the COVID Community Care guidelines.
Sophomore and junior tests are being administered today and tomorrow in the Slayter tent. All sophomores and juniors received an email from the Wellness Center with a link to schedule a test appointment. If you haven’t done so yet, please schedule your test now. Testing is required, not optional, so please show up for your appointment.
Expectations. Negative test results do not mean that our expectations around Community Care behaviors are lowered. We need to remain diligent with regard to mask-wearing, physical distancing, not gathering in large groups (especially indoors), and hand washing. In addition, this weekend we saw an uptick in some problematic behaviors related to vandalism and alcohol consumption. Continuing to open up campus for socializing is dependent on students’ continued commitment to our Community Care guidelines and Code of Student Conduct.
Next semester planning has begun. A pulse survey was sent to students today to get feedback on this semester and next semester. We plan to have the campus open. More details to come over the next few weeks. Feedback from students is an important part of the planning process.
A huge thanks to the Theatre Department for the live physically distanced performance over the weekend. The production of “So Full I Could Burst” was awesome. It was even more special because it was based on the poetry of Imani Congdon ’20. Thank you so much for this gift to our campus community.