COVID-19 - July 30 Update - Flyers Promise & Acknowledgement

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COVID-19 - July 30 Update - Flyers Promise & Acknowledgement

Published: July 30, 2020.

We are just about a month away from the start of the Fall semester, and we continue to prepare for a healthy and productive year.  On Tuesday, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) released revised guidance for institutions of higher education, and though there are not significant revisions to their recommendations, our Campus Continuity Task Force and related work groups are reviewing the revised guidelines and making recommendations as we continue to learn and adapt to new information about the pandemic.  

We continue to prepare our campuses for the fall semester, including significant changes to classrooms, public spaces and residence halls, and we will continue to communicate in detail about these preparations in multiple formats over the next couple of weeks.   

In addition, we each need to make preparations as individuals as we get ready to engage in the 2020-2021 academic year. As members of the Lewis University Community, we must all take extraordinary steps to stay healthy and protect each other on campus and in the community during this unique and uncertain time.   With this in mind, I’m announcing the Flyers Promise.  Consistent with our Lasallian Mission and the belief that our campus is a sacred space - a Sanctified Zone – faculty, staff, and students are asked to make the Flyers Promise by pledging responsibility for their own health and well-being and helping to keep all members of the Lewis University community safe. In the spirit of solidarity inspired by our Mission value of Association, we are called to act with great care, civility, and profound respect for each other.  

Consistent with new guidance and in the spirit of the Flyers Promise, I have the following updates:  

Health, Safety, and Social Responsibility Orientation for Students 

Before Monday, August 31, all students are expected to read and sign the Flyers Promise and Student Acknowledgement of COVID-19 Information and Protocols for Fall 2020.  

Health, Safety, and Social Responsibility Orientation for Faculty and Staff 

All employees are expected to work remotely unless the task of the day requires their presence on campus. If they must come to campus, they need to abide by our Phase 4 Return to Work Guidelines.                 

Quarantine and Isolation Measures 

  • Any student who has traveled internationally or may have come into contact with an individual who has COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days before attending classes, athletic practices, or any on campus activities. Current CDC guidelines for returning from international travel can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html 
  • Out of an abundance of caution, we are strongly recommending that any student who has traveled from a “surge state” included in the Chicago Emergency Travel Order to self-quarantine for 14 days. (https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html) Space in the residence halls is available for students who wish to come early to quarantine before the beginning of the semester, but students are not required to change travel plans.  Students may attend classes and engage in other campus activities remotely while quarantining after arrival. Instructions for students needing to quarantine or self-isolate are available in the Student Acknowledgement of COVID-19 Information and Protocols for Fall 2020 form
  • Employees who travel need to be aware of the current CDC guidance for travelers and follow the appropriate actions upon return.   Similar to guidance for students, we are recommending that individuals who have traveled from a surge state self-quarantine for 14 days as a proactive measure. 

Testing and Contact Tracing 

  • At this time, Lewis University is not requiring students or employees to submit a negative COVID-19 test before arriving on campus.  
  • Health Services clinical staff and athletic trainers are trained in contact tracing and will apply the training to collect information for the university and collaboration efforts with the Will County Health Department. Individuals who might have been exposed to COVID-19 will be contacted by the health department as part of the public health’s official contract tracing process.  

Athletics 

Earlier this week, the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced that its Council of Presidents voted to postpone the majority of the 2020 fall intercollegiate athletics season until the spring semester, due to ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This decision primarily impacts the seasons for men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball.  More updates to the Flyer Athletics program will be posted as they become available on https://lewisflyers.com/

Thank you for living in Association with our Lasallian community to promote a healthy community. We’re all in this together!

 

 

 



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