Weekly COVID-19 Committee Update - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Thursday, September 10

Below is this week's update on the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please remember to check the COVID-19 Resources website for the latest campus messages, resources, and FAQs that are being updated regularly, and to submit your questions to covid19@wlu.edu.

Reviewing Students' and Employees' Daily Attestations

In addition to doing one's own daily attestation, it's an important safety measure for faculty and supervisors to check their students' and employees' attestations daily. To check others' attestation status, log into the attestation webpage at attest.wlu.edu. Click on the Faculty/Staff link at the top of the application and review each individuals' status in the Attest column.

  • A green check box means they have attested and answered no to the questions. They are cleared to work or attend class and no action is necessary on your part.
  • The word "No" in the Attest column means they have not yet completed the day's attestation. You should reach out to that student or employee using the built-in reminder e-mail template to send them an email reminding them to complete the attestation before attending class or beginning the workday. Please do not allow students in your class who have not attested.
  • A red check box means they have attested and answered yes to one or more of the questions. The student or employee should NOT attend class or come to campus. After attesting "yes," the student or employee will have received a notification advising them to stay home and contact either Student Health Center (students) or their healthcare provider (employees) to discuss next steps. If the student or employee attempts to come to class or campus, you should inform them they must stay home and call either the SHC or their healthcare provider.

For more information and detailed instructions, visit the Daily Attestation How-To Website.

Student Conduct Data

COVID-related student conduct data are being made available to interested faculty and staff. The data, along with information about how COVID-related charges are being handled, will be updated regularly and can be found on Box in the file: Student Conduct at W&L During COVID. For questions, please contact Tammi Simpson.

Flu Vaccines

During the pandemic, public health authorities stress that it's more important than ever for people to get a flu vaccine. CVS will be on campus administering flu vaccinations for faculty and staff on September 23 and 24, in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room. Flu vaccines will be offered by appointment only. See this week's Campus Connection post for information on how to schedule an appointment, and for a link to complete the CVS forms.

Travel Reminder

All personal travel is strongly discouraged. Inform your supervisor or department head of all travel plans, regardless of location. Given the current spread of COVID-19, you should expect a 14-day self-quarantine requirement upon your return.

Ongoing Testing Reminder

As a reminder, testing for COVID-19 is occurring in a number of ways, on and off campus, to help maintain the safety of the W&L community and the surrounding Lexington/Rockbridge area. Ongoing testing includes:

  • Diagnostic/Symptomatic Testing: Employees with possible symptoms of COVID-19 are advised to stay home, contact their healthcare provider or local urgent care center for assessment/indicated testing, and self-isolate while the test result is pending. If you receive a positive test result, report it immediately to Anne Remington in Human Resources.
  • Asymptomatic Contact Testing: Employees who are identified as close contacts and who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 may be tested on campus at weekly testing clinics, held each Monday, on referral from Human Resources. Contact Anne Remington to discuss testing authorization.
  • Surveillance Testing: ongoing, weekly surveillance testing conducted at W&L's on-campus clinics, or in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health if needed for outbreak investigation. If you are selected for surveillance testing you will receive and email from covid19testing@wlu.edu with instructions for scheduling your test.

Testing data can be found on the W&L COVID-19 Dashboard.

Student Communications (as information)

  • On Sept. 3, the weekly update to undergraduate students included information about personal travel, COVID-19 testing, study space and wi-fi connections, building access, and athletic facilities operations.
  • On Sept. 4, the weekly update to law students included information about personal travel, the COVID-19 testing, athletic facilities operations, and room and meeting space reservations.
  • On Sept. 4, President Dudley wrote to W&L students, faculty and staff about the university's initial weeks back on campus for the Fall Term.
  • On Sept. 4, the COVID-19 Committee wrote to undergraduate students and law students with details about the university's revised visitor policy and ongoing COVID-19 safety precautions.
  • On Sept. 5, Student Affairs and the COVID-19 Committee sent a reminder to undergraduate students and law students about current restrictions in place regarding residential visitors, physical distancing, face coverings and gathering sizes.
  • On Sept. 8, Advancement sent a message to the parents of undergraduate students reminding them that Parents and Family Weekend is being held virtually this year, making them aware of the current COVID-19-related restrictions and related sanctions, and strongly discouraging them from coming to Lexington during that weekend.