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

Whether on a micro or global scale, the COVID-19 pandemic 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. For the Spring semester 2022, 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. Mask Wearing: It is mandatory for students and employees to wear a face mask throughout the Spring 2022 semester while inside, and in confined spaces, such as shuttle buses.
  3. 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.
  4. 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) to minimize the need for sharing these accessories between parties.
  5. All members of the community should at once 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 their 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 continues to follow the CDC and state public health guidelines to create as safe a campus environment as may be possible 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 should 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, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, body aches, headaches, etc.) in the past 10 days?
    2. Has anyone in your immediate household or student residence had any symptoms of illness in the past 10 days?
    3. Have you been in contact in the past 10 days with anyone suspected, or confirmed, as having COVID-19?

All members of the community should at once 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 report your concerns either on the MyBeacon App, or via a phone or other contact with College health officials (i.e., the College Health Office) or a residential staff member or Beacon’s Life Skills Educator. Employees should remain at home and inform your immediate supervisor directly by phone or email.