Dear East Georgia State College Faculty and Staff,
When our students arrive on campus next month, each one will receive a cloth face covering with the EGSC logo. This is made possible by private donations. Your leadership will be a critical factor in assuring that these are used widely. That is why I am writing to ask for your help by talking with your students about the importance of protective face coverings; and wearing your own protective face covering.
As faculty and staff of the college, each one of us has the responsibility to provide our own face coverings. However, the college is now in the process of obtaining a supply of protective face coverings which will make it possible to provide a limited number of cloth face coverings to faculty and staff as well. I will update you about these face coverings soon.
COVID-19 has already resulted in more than 130,000 deaths in the United States. As members of the Bobcat family, each one of us has a personal responsibility to do everything possible to take action to bring an end to this crisis. That is why I urge each one of you to carry your face covering with you like you carry your cell phone. When you are inside campus buildings or encounter others on campus or in the community and put on your face covering, it may save the life of a person meet. At this unusual time, any one of us may have contracted coronavirus --- yet not be exhibiting symptoms. When you put on your EGSC face covering , it may save the life of a beloved family member of a person you meet that day. When you put on your EGSC face covering, you may very well save your own life or avoid serious medical complications from the coronavirus. Please join me in protecting our Bobcat family, your own family, the local community and yourself.
Recently, the University System of Georgia (USG) provided the following guidance to all 26 USG institutions:
“Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia (USG) institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.
Face coverings are not required in one’s own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.
Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students.
Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.”
We are implementing this guidance from the USG at EGSC beginning July 15th.
Please be safe and healthy. You are important to me!
East Georgia State College