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Message to EGSC Students

Message to EGSC Students

by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 17, 2020
Last Edited: August 17, 2020 by Katelyn Moore

Dear EGSC students,

   Welcome to Fall Semester. We are excited to have our Bobcat family together again.

Protective face coverings will be distributed at all three campuses

   The college is providing three free protective face coverings for each employee and student. 

   In Swainsboro protective face coverings will be distributed under the covered front entrance just outside of the JAM student center
   Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

   At EGSC-Statesboro, designated pick up areas will be marked.
   Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

   At EGSC- Augusta, designated pick up area will be Galloway Hall, Room 201 
   Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Reporting of COVID-19 Cases is a Shared Responsibility of All Members of EGSC Community

   “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?
   “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.

   “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.”

   Request for Reasonable Accommodation: Students who are unable to wear a face covering meeting the above definition due to medical reasons must request an accommodation by filling out the  Voluntary Declaration of Disability form and providing supporting medical documentation to East Georgia State College’s Counseling and Disability Services.  The Counseling and Disability Services will review and verify the medical condition and communicate this verification to the student. Counseling and Disability Services will notify the student via mail or email of the results of this review indicating whether the student does or does not meet criteria to receive accommodations based on their current documentation. If an accommodation is granted, students will be given a letter outlining their accommodation for an alternative face mask and the student’s instructors will be notified of the accommodation.  Students are required to present this letter to any EGSC faculty or staff member who requests to see it. 
   Enforcement: Enforcement of face coverings for students will be the joint responsibility of faculty, staff, and the Office of Student Conduct.”  

   Please stay healthy and safe.

   Bob Boehmer
   President
   East Georgia State College