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July 16, 2020: COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Updates | 07.16.2020

As the College fully re-opened July 13, we have continued to be vigilant and ready to adapt and evolve to keep our community safe and healthy.

The SMWC COVID-19 Taskforce continues to follow the progression of the pandemic and monitor the ever-changing situation in our local area as well as the country. As Indiana remains in Stage 4.5 of Indiana’s Back on Track Plan, we are following advice from Governor Holcomb as the state implements the #MaskUpHoosiers campaign to help slow the spread of the virus.

Therefore, the taskforce has elected to move from recommending masks to requiring masks to be worn in all public areas throughout the college at all times. Employees and students may remove masks when in their office spaces or residence hall rooms and when eating in a dining area. This will take effect immediately and last throughout the fall semester or until further notice. A mask may be provided to you if you do not have one. 

Campus students will receive more details from Dr. Aimee Janssen-Robinson, Associate Vice President for Student Life regarding the specifics of how residential life is being adjusted this fall. Please watch your emails for this important information and move-in details.

As always, keep following the SMWC COVID-19 safety protocols to do your part in keeping our SMWC community safe and healthy.

  • All employees are asked to stay home when sick or having been notified of contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Use proper social distancing and do not congregate in public areas in buildings.
  • Wear a face mask in public spaces specifically in public areas and in other spaces where social distancing is not possible or may be difficult to maintain.
  • Employees will be required to wear masks during all College-sponsored events.
  • Disinfect common or shared equipment such as printers and copiers before and after use.
  • Limit sharing of paper documents.
  • Limit in-person meetings by utilizing technology.
  • Employees complete the COVID-19 Weekly Screening Form at the start of each week (or following two or more consecutive days of being away from campus) beginning May 26 until further notice.

Employees who exhibit symptoms, have been tested or who believe they have been exposed to the virus by a person who has tested positive are required to complete the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form. (All personal health information will be confidential and HIPPA compliant.)

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community healthy!

Janet R. Clark, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs