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StayHealthy@Guilford: COVID-19 Information


StayHealthy@Guilford

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View and/or download the Guilford College Notice of Steps Taken to Protect Against the Spread of COVID-19.

The Guilford College Health and Safety Task Force continues to closely monitor all relevant developments related to COVID-19. A healthy campus environment begins with a shared commitment to the health and safety of all College community members. The College has implemented mitigation measures and made changes to campus operations to promote healthy practices and continues to remind all community members that health and wellness is a shared responsibility.

  • On July 30, the taskforce announced StayHealthy@Guilford, the College’s comprehensive health and safety plan, outlines details for safely reopening campus in fall 2020.
  • On. Aug. 11, 2020, the College published the Notice of Steps Taken to Protect Against the Spread of COVID-19, which will be posted across campus.
  • Fall classes are set to begin Aug. 19 and will consist of a combination of remote learning, hybrid courses, and face-to-face instruction.
  • Students moving into on-campus living are welcome to start moving in on Thursday, August 13. Students will sign up for a check-in time slot to minimize the number of students who are moving in a particular spot at one time and allow orderly processing through the initial COVID testing.
  • Students will remain on campus until Thanksgiving break, after which they will remain home to complete the semester online.
  • The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) has postponed conference competition and championships for fall and winter sports through the end of the 2020 calendar year (December 31).

The task force continues to provide regular and reliable communications to the Guilford community; coordinate preparation and responses across campus and all divisions of the College; and assess and react to information from public health professionals in ways that will benefit the College community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of North Carolina, and the Guilford County Department of Health continues to provide the most up to date information on  COVID-19 numbers.


    Resources

    Please see the links below for updates and informative materials for faculty, staff, and students. More details will be added as they become available.

    Questions? Contact Guilford College's COVID-19 Taskforce at taskforce@guilford.edu


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    Messages from the President, Task Force


    Guilford College's Health and Safety Task Force and the President of Guilford College are committed to providing timely updates to the entire College community throughout the course of this pandemic.


    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Who makes up the Health and Safety Task Force?

    Chair: Jermaine Thomas, Director of Public Safety
    Suzanne Bartels, Director of Hege Library and Learning Technologies
    Frank Boyd, former Provost and Academic Dean, current Professor of Political Science
    Erin Brownlee Dell, Chief of Staff
    Roger Degerman, Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment
    Kyle Dell, Associate Academic Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science
    Ben Durant, CFO and VP of Administration
    Stephanie Flamini, Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Women's Administrator
    Brett Hacker, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management
    Shmeika King, Office Administrator
    Abby Langston, Director of Marketing
    Barbara Lawrence, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator
    Michele Malotky, Professor of Biology/Director of Public Health
    Steve Mencarini, Dean of Students
    Alfred Moore, Registrar
    Alisa Quick, Director of Human Resources and Payroll
    Ara Serjoie, Vice President for Advancement
    Kathryn Shields, Associate Professor of Art/Associate Academic Dean
    Jarrett Stull, Associate Vice President for Philanthropy
    Gloria Thornton, Interim Director of IT&S
    Kristie Wyatt, Assistant Director of Accessibility Resource Center

    What is essential to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to protect myself, others?

    Guilford College recommends all members of our community get their information on COVID-19 from official public health organizations and health information sources. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a reliable source of information that the College is using to respond to the challenges of the virus. 

    Prevention
    The CDC says that older adults and those with serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are at the greatest risk of experiencing serious illness from COVID-19. However, everyone should be diligent in following these best everyday health practices, as recommended by the CDC, to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the virus, which include:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. See here for more on frequent and effective hand washing.

    Symptoms
    According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    If you are experiencing these symptoms and believe you may have been exposed to the virus, you should contact a medical provider immediately.
     

    How is Guilford coordinating with other local public health officials, organizations and government agencies?

    Guilford College has been seeking information from official public health and government agencies on best practices associated with preparing our campus for disruptions associated with the virus. Officials from Guilford have been partnering with official local public health professionals, attending meetings to coordinate efforts, and sharing information on our own Task Force.

    I’m a faculty member — how can I learn more about preparing my courses should there emerge a need to deliver them online?

    The COVID-19 Task Force is working with partners in Hege Library, IT&S, and Faculty Development to support the continuity of instruction in light of possible disruptions and restrictions associated with the virus.

    I’m concerned about an incident that I have experienced that reflects personal or institutional bias, racism or xenophobia associated with the COVID-19 virus. What should I do?

    At Guilford College, diversity and inclusion is grounded in our core values. Guilford’s perspective on diversity is broad-based that requires affirming and emphasizing the identity and experiences of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, and encompassing race, religion and spirituality, age, class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sex and sexual orientation, immigration status and national origin.As a community, we join with the efforts of those around the world that seek to challenge any personal or institutional bias, racism or xenophobia associated with the virus. 

    Guilford College supports any member of our community in reporting any bias incident using this resource. Additional support and programming is available through the Intercultural Engagement Center at Guilford College. Please also consult this CDC resource for preventing any stigma associated with the virus.