Weekly COVID-19 Committee Update - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Tuesday, August 18

Below is this week's update on the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including details on a variety of topics related to the community's return to campus. While the committee will provide regular updates by email, please also remember to check the COVID-19 Resources website, which includes the latest campus messages, a variety of resources, and FAQs that are being updated regularly, and to submit your questions to covid19@wlu.edu.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Aug. 10-19: Mandatory Employee COVID-19 Testing in Evans (see below for more information)

Reminders

  • If you haven't already done so, please visit the attestation website at: https://attest.wlu.edu and bookmark the site, review and click to acknowledge the Statement of Community Expectations and the Affirmation and Agreement to Community Expectations, and answer the two daily attestation questions. The daily attestation must be done each day (see below).
  • Personal travel is strongly discouraged at this time. Inform your supervisor or department head of all travel plans. Given the current spread of COVID-19, you should expect a 14-day self-quarantine requirement upon your return.
  • Orders for PPE via the online order form will be accepted through August (until the University Store reopens). Employee order fulfillment may slow down during this period as the store staff shifts to fulfilling student kits.
  • Employee COVID-19 testing is underway through August 22. Participation is mandatory unless you have received an exemption from Anne Remington (Human Resources). If you have not scheduled an appointment, please do so as soon as possible.

Daily Attestation Update

Recent communications have raised questions about expectations for faculty and staff in completing the daily attestation. The COVID-19 Committee is now requesting all employees complete the symptom/exposure check daily as a part of their own regular health monitoring routine, even if they are not scheduled to work or are not coming to campus. This includes employees working remotely.

Everyone in the W&L community has a crucial role to play in helping us make a safe return to campus for the Fall Term. We are relying on every member of the campus community to actively participate in screening, testing, isolation and contact tracing to identify and contain any potential outbreaks. The daily health attestation is a critical part of the university's return to campus plan.

Clarification re: Statement of Community Expectations

As President Dudley stated in his message to the community on July 10, this Fall Term will be different than any we have previously experienced, and if we are to succeed in reducing the risk of illness - and in increasing the likelihood that we will complete the Fall Term on campus - each member of our community must contribute by agreeing to our Statement of Community Expectations.

The statement was developed based upon guidance provided by state and local health officials, to underscore our collective responsibility to keep one another safe. In order to do this effectively, we must all - students, staff and faculty alike - commit to practicing, modeling, and enforcing the behaviors outlined in the statement, both on and off campus, in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our campus and local community.

Mask Recommendations

Two-layer face coverings are more effective than single-layer face coverings at preventing the spread of COVID-19. We recommend all students, faculty and staff wear two-layer face coverings. If you prefer a neck gaiter style face covering, you should either fold it in half, or wear two of them together, to create a double layer. You should also avoid masks with exhaust valves. And don't forget! You should have a mask on your person at all times, in case you are unable to maintain the appropriate distance from others, even outdoors.

Athletic Facilities Update

The new Richard L. Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center will be open for the 2020 Fall Term.

  • Now through Aug. 23, only W&L Athletics staff members are permitted in the facility.
  • From Aug. 24 through Aug. 30, W&L students, faculty and staff who have an academic class in the Athletic and Recreation Center will also be allowed into the facility.
  • Starting Aug. 31, all current W&L faculty, staff and students will be permitted entrance during designated hours. No visitors or family members of employees will be allowed access to the facility per university guidelines.

Information regarding the facility's specific hours of operation and capacity limitations be will communicated in the near future. To help contribute to the health and safety of the community, all users of the facility are expected to adhere to university and public health and safety guidelines, including the use of personal protective equipment and physical distancing at all times. A University ID card is required for building access.

Town Hall Recordings

Recordings of previously held Town Hall Zoom meetings can be found on the main COVID-19 Resources page under Videos.

Student Communications

On Wednesday, August 12, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students and their parents including information about the Statement of Student Life Principles and Expectations, student COVID-19 testing, the daily health attestation, building security and access, and university library operations. Past updates for students, faculty and staff can be found on the main COVID-19 Resources page under Latest Community Updates.