COVID-19 has certainly altered our typical way of life, and colleges around the country (and the globe) have had to change policies, accommodations, and instruction methods to maintain student safety. Hilbert College was no exception. Upon converting to distance learning in the spring and every day thereafter, we have been working towards a way to welcome students back this fall to a safe and supportive atmosphere.
While so much is still unknown about COVID-19 and data and recommendations from the State are ever-evolving, here are a few things you can expect when you return to campus in August.
For starters, you’ll be required to wear a mask at all times.
All students will receive a Health Kit when they arrive on campus, which will include two Hilbert College branded reusable face masks and sanitization items. Employees, students, and visitors to Hilbert College are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their face coverings.
Students with hearing impairment should contact Accessibility Services so that provisions may be made in the classroom to assist in speech recognition.
Hilbert will now be a 6-foot campus.
Social distancing is one of the most critical practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our classrooms and common areas have been redesigned to accommodate these new guidelines. In addition, you will notice new signage and floor markings with directions for safely navigating public spaces on campus.
Personal hygiene is a must.
Maintaining healthy habits such as frequent hand washing, proper disposal of tissues, and utilizing hand sanitizer stations when necessary. Good hygiene (specifically hand washing) is a critical shared responsibility.
If you’re sick, please stay home.
Gone are the days of struggling through class or work when you’re feeling under the weather. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete regular Health Screenings prior to arriving on campus. Monitoring symptoms and making the Wellness Center aware of any ailments are crucial in protecting our precious Hilbert College community.
There are sure to be many questions that arise as we all become accustomed to this “new normal”. To learn more about the ins and outs of campus policy in the midst of COVID-19, please read through our Returning to Campus Guide as well as the Fall 2020 COVID-19 Response Manual (as submitted to NYS on July 20, 2020) at hilbert.edu/COVID19.