Saturday, August 22, 2020
Dear Albion Community,
Every day we hear news of schools who have been forced to switch to remote instruction. If we want to protect in-person instruction, we need each member of our community to step up - and stay vigilant.
Through our testing protocol, we have learned that two members of our community have tested positive for the virus. They are in isolation and remain in our thoughts as they focus on recovery.
As required by law, we continue to maintain confidentiality and have shared their identities with the Calhoun County Department of Public Health who, along with our own campus health officials, are reaching out to inform close contacts of the need to quarantine. If you receive a call, we encourage you to respond truthfully.
To protect in-person learning, which 90% of students said was a priority, we must follow established protocols more rigorously. We need to work as a community to remain healthy and safe. There will likely be more positives over the next two weeks as the incubation period for COVID-19 runs its course and we continue to identify asymptomatic infections that may have begun before students arrived or been passed from student to student in the first few days on campus. Vigilance over the next 28 days is exceptionally important.
Student Testing Moving Forward: We plan to take additional steps to ensure the health and safety of students living on campus in the weeks ahead through intensive testing by residence hall or fraternity house.
Protocols for Students Beginning Monday:
If we all do not follow our protocols, we will be forced to move to remote learning. As a reminder:
We look forward to coming together safely as a learning community in the weeks ahead. All of us must make a commitment to this goal in order to be successful. I am confident Brits can do this — and I look forward to a productive, fun, healthy and safe fall semester.