Fully restoring campus operations requires patience, careful consideration and deliberate implementation. As the situation is still fluid, some of these details may change. We will update these pages accordingly.
Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Thank you for your cooperation as we have navigated through this semester. We all can agree that it’s been difficult and exhausting, and yet we are surviving! Because you have tried your best to wear face coverings, be patient, and consider others, we have been able to stay face-to-face up until this point. Through focus groups, informal polling, as well as a signed petition, students have told us face-to-face is their preference. This was our promise to students as we started the semester (acknowledging we may have to change), and this week our student body president reported to the Board of Trustees that this consistency – keeping our word to students – is very important.
As previously announced, classes will be remote on November 23-24, and Wednesday will be a remote work day for staff. The college is scheduled to be closed on November 26-27 for the Thanksgiving break. This schedule allows us to have a ten day “circuit breaker” that is least disruptive to our students’ academic experience. The circuit breaker – which is designed to limit contact among the on-campus population and bring the number of cases down – will only work if we each do our part. That means we must continue to wear face coverings wherever we are, and we must follow the governor’s guidelines for social gatherings. We know it isn’t convenient, but it is necessary if we plan to continue the face-to-face experience.
When face-to-face classes resume on November 30, we will have some testing available for students and employees. We have requested tests from the state, but we have not yet received any kits. When they do arrive, we have certified staff in place to administer the tests. Any student or employee who desires may be tested as long as testing kits are available. Pending regular, weekly delivery of tests, we will have required testing in place when Spring Semester begins on January 11. Details of this testing plan (including logistics, enforcement, legal issues, supplies, etc.) are being finalized.
Students, if face-to-face classes are a concern for you, please work with your faculty members to finish the semester remotely. They are prepared to work with you and help you continue to have a positive Snow College experience, and we will be here to support you.
For all of you, please know we are doing everything we can to keep our college community safe and healthy. Rules and regulations continue to change often. We appreciate your patience as we make the best decisions we can with the information we have. We acknowledge there are strong feelings associated with this emotional issue, and you are invited to contact any one of us to address any concerns, questions, or compliments you may have.
Stay 6 feet apart when possible and do not congregate.
Limit face-to-face interaction and campus footprint as much as possible.
Move quickly and observe social distancing in hallways.
Face coverings are required in campus facilities (Exceptions: private work areas, ADA restrictions for face coverings, etc.).*
Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and be properly removed, cleaned, stored or disposed of, to avoid contamination of self, others or the environment.
Wash hands frequently and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your face, eyes, or nose.
Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Limit number of participants per college requirements, depending on safety plan phase.
Practice social distancing during meetings and allow a remote option.
Keep meetings minimal and reserved for critical activities.
Clean and disinfect all table surfaces, chairs and computer equipment before and after each on-campus meeting.
All employees and students are expected to follow College safety guidelines.
Any person not wearing an applicable face covering when required, or abiding to social distancing requirements, may be asked to leave the facility.
*If you are unable to wear a face covering, please visit the ADA office (students) or HR (employees) for appropriate accommodations.
The CDC says those with COVID-19 report a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
If you are tested for COVID-19, you may continue to work from home, if possible, while in quarantine and/or self-isolation. If you test positive for COVID-19 you are not permitted to return to campus until you fulfill the state’s self-isolation or quarantine requirement.
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