Embracing the Measures that Keep Us Safe: Daily Life on Campus

Whether on a micro or global scale, the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the critical difference that fidelity to healthy individual habits can have on safeguarding the well-being of others. We at Beacon affirm that our safety on campus is largely dependent upon the consistent, preventative actions we take individually. In essence, every citizen of the Beacon community is as responsible for the protection of those with whom we share Beacon’s campus as we are for our own health and safety. In a COVID-19 world, we will abide by the following:

The Daily Responsibilities of Beacon Citizenship in the COVID-19 Era:

  1. Daily Self-monitoring: Ask yourself the Key Safety Questions each day (in the Key Questions section that follows).
  2. All students and employees must wear a cloth face mask at all times on campus, unless they are alone in their room in their campus residence (for students) or their private work space (for employees). If necessary, students may purchase masks at the College bookstore.
  3. All members of the community must practice social distancing by maintaining at least a six-foot distance from others with no handshaking or other personal physical contact.
  4. Good hygiene is especially important in safeguarding our health, including frequent handwashing (preferably for 20 seconds with soap and hot water), refraining from touching faces and eyes, and regularly cleaning personal work and living spaces.
  5. It is strongly encouraged that students carry all necessary academic and personal items that they will need while on campus during the day (e.g., pens, pencils, paper, calculators) so as to minimize the need for sharing these accessories between parties.
  6. All resident students will be required to remain on campus at least for the first month of the semester, unless approved for a supervised activity such as necessary shopping or doctor’s appointments.
  7. All members of the community should immediately report any COVID-associated symptoms or exposure to a person who has recently tested positive for COVID-19. Undergraduates should remain in their residence or home (if a commuting student) and to report your concerns either on the MyBeacon App or via a phone call to the College Health Office, a residential staff member, or one of Beacon’s Life Skills Educators. Employees should remain at home and inform your immediate supervisor directly by phone or email.

By taking ownership of what we each control and our own actions, we, collectively, will make a notable impact on our community’s public health and well-being.

Protect Yourself — Daily Self-Monitoring Using the Key Questions:

The College has followed, and in many cases exceeded, the CDC and state public health guidelines to create as safe a campus environment as may be feasible during the COVID-19 era. Central to the protections recommended by the CDC is daily self-monitoring framed by a series of key questions. All students and employees must ask themselves the following and report any items of concern if you believe that your response is in the affirmative:

Self-Monitoring Key Questions for COVID-19 Symptoms

    1. Have you had any symptoms of illness (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, gastrointestinal upset, etc.) in the past 14 days?
    2. Has anyone in your immediate household or student residence had any symptoms of illness in the past 14 days?
    3. For residential students: Have you traveled anywhere off-campus without authorization of the Beacon staff in the past 14 days?

      For commuting/off-campus students: Have you traveled anywhere beyond a 25-mile radius of the College in the past 14 days?

      For employees: Have you traveled anywhere beyond a 25-mile radius of the College in the past 14 days?

    4. Have you been in contact in the past 14 days with anyone suspected, or confirmed, as having COVID-19?
    5. Has anyone in your immediate household or student residence in the past 14 days been in contact with anyone suspected, or confirmed, as having COVID-19?

As noted in item #7 in Daily Responsibilities, should you feel ill or respond affirmatively to any one or more of the preceding key questions, you are required to take the following action:

All members of the community should immediately report any COVID-associated symptoms or exposure to a person who has recently tested positive for COVID-19. For undergraduates, you should remain in your residence or home (if a commuting student) and to report your concerns either on the MyBeacon App or via a phone call to College health officials (i.e., the College Health Office, a residential staff member, or one of Beacon’s Life Skills Educators). Employees should remain at home, and please inform your immediate supervisor directly by phone or email.