Essential to ensuring a healthy campus environment is a community-wide understanding of and commitment to our collective responsibility to adhere to health practices and guidelines that will help keep each of us and those around us safe and well.
Adaptive strategies for health and safety
To best inform our thinking in this area, and to advise our next steps, we have established a partnership with Keeling & Associates—a higher education consulting firm with broad experience in campus health-related issues. Keeling & Associates has been a vital voice in our planning and we will continue to engage with the firm throughout the summer and upcoming academic year. As part of our ongoing consultation with Keeling & Associates, and in coordination with our working groups, we are pursuing a series of measures to help mitigate health risks on our campus, in preparation for a residential fall semester.
Every student and employee will be required to wear a mask or face covering on campus when they are in campus buildings, including common spaces in dorms, or within six feet of another person. Large gatherings where social distancing is not feasible will not be permitted.
Facilities services have been trained in the most recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) cleaning guidelines. They will prioritize cleaning frequent-use and high-touch areas. Community members will be responsible for regularly cleaning their own spaces.
All community members are responsible for monitoring their own health on a daily basis. Checklists for checking your symptoms and guidance about what to do if you have a fever or feel ill will be provided.
The College is developing protocols, consistent with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Health Association, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, for contact tracing and establishing spaces to isolate any student who tests positive for COVID-19. We are also actively developing plans to appropriately quarantine students who have been exposed to COVID-19 to decrease transmission and prevent outbreaks. Various community members across campus have completed training this summer through Johns Hopkins University to learn to conduct contact tracing in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
Prior to returning to campus or coming back to work, employees and students are required to complete an online COVID-19 educational program. The program will provide general information about COVID-19 and guidelines for preventing infection and reducing community spread. Community members will also notice new signage and floor markings throughout campus to help remind all members of our community about our health and safety expectations. Additionally, students will be asked to sign a pledge indicating that they understand and commit to the behaviors required to support community health. Education about COVID-19 and how to limit community spread will be an ongoing part of the fall semester.
More information about hosting visitors on campus, including campus events will be available in July.
Gettysburg College will continue to be guided by the most recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and recommendations for domestic and international travel.
Signage will be hung around campus to encourage proper hygiene, provide health guidelines and reminders, and relay important directional information.