Dear friends of East Georgia State College,
Fall semester has started very well! Starting any new academic year is a challenge. This year, however, we have asked everyone to face unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. We have set new standards for social distancing and protective face coverings and have placed many additional responsibilities on faculty and staff to conduct classes and provide student services in entirely new ways. Faculty, staff and students have responded well.
I know you have read news stories about how colleges and universities are meeting the challenge of identifying students, faculty and staff who have COVID-19, exhibit symptoms or are exposed to COVID-19. One step we have taken at EGSC is to implement new COVID-19 Self-Reporting form and procedures.
A link to this form is located prominently in the bright yellow bar at the top of the college’s home page www.ega.edu:
Here is what I told the students today about using this form:
“This form should be used if you now tested positive for COVID-19, are now experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have just been directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19. If any of these things happen now, please don’t wait. Fill out the online form right away. A college representative will call you shortly to discuss. All information disclosed by you will remain confidential.
Why fill out this form? It is part of our shared responsibility to keep our entire college community healthy and safe. For example, all of us have heard over and over that it is possible to transmit COVID-19 to someone else (perhaps a roommate, one of your professors, an EGSC staff member, or a member of your family) even though you don’t show signs of COVID-19 (i.e., you are asymptomatic). Using this quick form will enable you and the college to reduce risks to others.”
Please help us by encouraging students you know to be informed about this process and to use it when necessary.
Thanks for all you are doing to keep our entire Bobcat family healthy and safe. You are appreciated.
I hope fall semester brings the opportunity to see you at EGSC!
East Georgia State College