The three Ws. “Wear. Wait. Wash.”
As students returned to campus in early August, safety was a priority. COVID-19 protocols were key.
Wear a face covering.
Wait in line at least 6 feet from the next person.
Wash your hands regularly.
Through social media, through signage in buildings and along sidewalks, via emails, through video, the campus community was reminded again and again. As Chancellor Gilliam told the students as classes began, “More than ever our shared success this year depends on you, each and every one of you. And you have to do your part. Wear a face covering when you’re on campus in class and in the community. Wash your hands frequently. Keep your distance on campus and off campus. Your actions matter. We have to work together wherever we are to keep each other safe.”
As of the print deadline for this magazine, Sept. 25, the precautions have kept illness from spiking. No clusters of COVID-19 in the campus community have been detected. A COVID-19 online dashboard kept the community informed. The largest number of new positive COVID tests for students so far is 18, reported the last week of August.
The chancellor continues to note that everyone needs to be flexible. We don’t know the future. But the actions of each member of the Spartan community brought the opening of the school year cause for hope – that this will remain an impactful, on-campus experience for our students.