Dear friends of East Georgia State College,
Since we moved to wholly online instruction in mid-March of this year, EGSC faculty and staff have all been working towards a return to campus. Fall classes are finally here! All of us appreciate your support which has made this return possible.
Protective face coverings will be distributed at all three campuses
The college is providing three free protective face coverings for each employee and student. A substantial part of the cost of these face coverings has been made possible by private donations. Thank you for helping us to stay safe!
Reporting of COVID-19 Cases is a Shared Responsibility of All Members of EGSC Community
Another key aspect of safety this fall is the reporting of illness, exposure to COVID-19 and positive testing for COVID-19. We have created a reporting system to track this information daily. I thought you would be interested in knowing about this system. Here is a quick summary:
“A safe campus environment is a shared obligation. It is essential that every member of the campus community do their part by following the EGSC health and safety protocols. It is the personal responsibility of all persons on campus to follow the protocols for the health and safety of themselves and others on campus.
As part of the EGSC COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan, EGSC has created a simple online form for faculty, staff and students to report a positive test, COVID-19 symptoms, or close contact with individuals with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms.
If any of the above apply, please fill out the form, do not come to campus, monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms and contact your healthcare provider. All information submitted in the online form will remain confidential and you will be contacted within 24 hours for further guidance.
The EGSC COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form will be located at the top of the EGSC home page beginning today, Monday, August 17, 2020."
Where Do I Find More Information About EGSC’s COVID-19 Response?
Please visit our COVID-19 page at http://www.ega.edu/covid19
What Type of a Face Covering is Required at EGSC?
As you know from my prior letters, protective face coverings are required inside buildings at all USG institutions. Many have asked what constitutes and appropriate face covering. At EGSC, we have adopted policies to make this clear for both employees and students. Here is how we define an appropriate face covering:
“A protective face covering is appropriate if it covers both the mouth and nose of the individual, fits over the chin, fits snugly against the sides of the face, is securely attached to the individuals face, is made of cloth or other tightly woven fibers or similar materials, and significantly limits the aerial transmission of respiratory droplets from the wearer’s mouth or nasal cavities to others in close proximity to the wearer. A face covering with a vent or valve is not acceptable.”
I share this information with you, as friends of the college, because I want you to know how seriously we have taken our obligation to make every effort to keep our college community safe. Thank for your interest and for your support of our efforts to assure a healthy and safe environment.
I hope fall semester brings the opportunity to see you at EGSC!
East Georgia State College