W&J is committed to the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff as we return to campus this fall. Incorporating guidance from the federal CDC, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health, American College Health Association, and local healthcare partners, W&J has developed the Six Point Plan to ensure safety in campus buildings and on our grounds.
Prior to returning to campus, each member of the W&J community will sign a Community Responsibility Statement agreeing to monitor one’s health and to follow the guidelines set forth by the College designed to promote safety and security of our collective community. Students, faculty, and staff will be provided with expectations for health monitoring (temperature and symptoms) and management, as well as methods for contact tracing and self-quarantine.
Mandatory Masks & Personal Protective Equipment
Students, faculty, and staff are expected to wear masks on campus, except when they are in private spaces. Faculty and staff will be provided with one W&J branded mask. Disposable masks will also be provided. Other personal protective equipment (face shields, plexiglass shields, etc.) will be available as appropriate. Depending on their work, some employees may also be expected to wear protective gloves.
Those present on campus will be expected to practice social distancing. Appropriate signage, floor guides, and other markings will be placed around campus to assist the community.
Handwashing & Sanitation
Students, faculty, and staff should follow the handwashing guidelines promoted by the CDC. Additional hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout campus. Cleaning wipes will be placed in classrooms and other places around campus. Students will be expected to wipe their spaces at the start of class. Buildings will be cleaned with an increased frequency using EPA guidelines and materials. Electrostatic sprayers will also be used to apply disinfectant, especially in hard-to-reach areas.
HVAC & Air Quality
Several steps are being taken to improve air quality by increasing the amount of airflow in all buildings across campus. These initiatives include promoting the use of exterior air supply and minimizing air recycling for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units. To promote greater air exchange rates, exterior windows will also be opened as much as possible, and door stops will be deployed for interior doors throughout campus. A new maintenance management system is being deployed on June 29 that will be a tool for the Facilities Department to monitor the maintenance of the HVAC systems to ensure that they are well maintained.
If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, they will quarantine at their home. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, we will work with them to provide a place to quarantine in one of the two designated areas that we have made available if needed for isolation. During quarantine they will be provided with support including food delivery and course materials. A student who tests positive may also return home to recover.