Safety Guidelines for Interior and Exterior Spaces

The Development and Application of On-campus Distancing and Safety Guidelines for All Interior and Exterior Spaces

The College’s COVID-19 Task Force has continuously focused on the safety of Beacon’s interior and exterior campus spaces and places. By so doing, the College is trying to provide both a learning and living environment where healthy students and employees can enter common venues where health risk has been mitigated. Prominent among the College’s efforts in this regard are:

Interior

  1. Hand-sanitizing stations are distributed widely throughout all campus buildings and will be maintained to assure their full operation regularly each day.
  2. All academic spaces, including classrooms, the Fogg Library, the Weiner Writing Center, Math Lab, and the Center for Student Success, assure proper cleaning and sanitizing instructions provided to those responsible for supervising any of these interior spaces during the academic week.
  3. Sodexo Dining Services, the College’s food service partner, has created a “safety first” dining environment. In addition to following all the protections required by the Beacon College COVID protocols, the food service staff have brought to bear the resources and knowledge of Sodexo International in setting up the protocols by which our students and employees will be served. These protocols include extended hours, traditional and to-go dining, and an outdoor dining area for those wishing a more open setting. Sodexo will also use the resources and services of the Navigator Café to supplement and add flexibility to Beacon’s dining options for students and employees; and
  4. Employing the resources and knowledge of our Sodexo Facilities partners, the College has instituted proper industry-specific cleaning and disinfecting protocols aligned with CDC guidance that attend not only to the cleanliness of the surfaces, but also to the quality of the interior atmosphere in the College’s buildings. As proper for public spaces, including classrooms, Beacon has available HEPA filter air purifiers and air scrubbers, and will as well air out all indoor facilities at regular intervals. Sodexo Facilities staff will continuously replace HVAC air filters to help eliminate contaminants and to support the best possible air quality.

Exterior

  1. Beacon has created tented areas on campus to provide: (a) outside classroom space for faculty who want this teaching environment, and (b) open social and student event venues offered by the College on weekdays and weekends; and
  2. All recreational activities organized and delivered by the Department of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation will offer the protections that define the College’s safety protocols for interior spaces. As necessary, these departmental activities may be changed to promote COVID-related safeguards. The staff has created a second intramural athletic field to accommodate a full range of programming. All equipment, whether in- or outdoors, will be spaced to allow for proper distancing, with all items cleaned and sanitized after use or handling by any individual.