The SMWC COVID-19 Task Force has been carefully monitoring our progress during these first few weeks of class, and I am pleased with the level of diligence and responsibility our campus community has shown in complying with protocols including, and especially, completing the daily check in on the #CampusClear app.
The information provided from app allows the task force to best ensure the health of our campus community. As we continue to focus on the safety and health of our community, the College will begin publishing a COVID-19 dashboard starting today and on each Tuesday by 8 a.m. on the website for our community and the public. This dashboard is another step in our quest for transparency by providing data we are collecting from the app. The dashboard will provide a weekly snapshot of the number of students, faculty and staff using the #CampusClear app, the number of community members who are being tested and the number of positive results.
The daily check-in allows the College to very quickly make decisions about our community health as it provides data on where individuals are with symptoms, testing or quarantining. I believe that this measure, the daily check-in, is the best way for the College to ensure we do not have an outbreak. By identifying health concerns in real time, we can provide guidance about next steps to care for both the individual and protect our community.
For clarification, anyone residing on campus or coming to campus 1-5 days a week this term, is expected to complete the daily app all seven days. This on-going collection of data, even over the weekends, is again the best way to receive timely information. Our Avenue to Reopening Plan thoughtfully presented a map to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff for successful in-person instruction and a return to campus. I have noticed some students posting messages about how important in-person instruction is to them this fall and they are expressing gratitude for the ability to be on campus and in class. I truly believe that if we are to continue to be successful, it is imperative that we all check-in daily on the app, wear our masks everywhere, maintain physical distance and continue to be respectful of each other.