Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-4)
This week’s COVID-19: Caring Well, Staying Well summer update includes:
- a Q&A with Loren Reno about our return-to-campus planning approach,
- when you can expect to hear about changes to the fall academic calendar,
- cancellation of the Washington, D.C. Semester,
- Recreation Center opening today,
- protocols should a COVID-19 case be suspected or confirmed on campus, and
- a new video showing the progress on the Chick-fil-A, new residence hall, and civil engineering building.
Caring Well, Staying Well: Cedarville’s Planning Approach – As Cedarville continues to prepare to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus for fall semester 2020, Loren Reno — who has been coordinating the University’s COVID-19 response since March — recently answered important questions about the philosophical approach that is guiding Cedarville’s preparation. Read the Q&A now.
Fall Semester – Next Monday (June 8), we expect to make an announcement on changes to the fall academic calendar. Our faculty leadership team is currently providing input to proposed changes, and we are also reviewing the calendar plans of other major universities to ensure we are following best practices. For Cedarville, our priorities for any update to the fall calendar include ensuring the same number of instructional days/minutes so the academic experience is equivalent, providing for the community events and experiences that our campus family so enjoys, reducing travel costs for students, and building in flexibility in light of COVID-19 uncertainties. Lord willing, we will share the updated fall calendar with you next week.
D.C. Semester Canceled for Fall – Due to challenges associated with COVID-19, the D.C. Semester study opportunity has, unfortunately, been canceled for fall 2020. Students who were planning to register for the D.C. Semester should work with their advisors to register for fall classes on campus and contact Residence Life to sign up for campus housing. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Mark Smith.
Fitness Center and Doden Field House Reopening – The Fitness Center and Doden Field House are reopening today. Crews have been hard at work installing plexiglass partitions and signage to protect guests and staff members. As a reminder, new protocols will be in place for the foreseeable future, including requiring sign-in, disabling drinking fountains, wearing masks, and limiting numbers at the facility. Learn more.
Response Plan in Place – Although there have been no known COVID-19 cases at Cedarville University, it is important for you to know that we have a plan in place for responding quickly, caring well for those affected, and limiting any spread. Adapted from our longstanding Pandemic/Flu Outbreak Response Plan, these five protocols reflect the best advisement of our own University health experts as well as regional and national public health authorities:
- Triage – Engage with affected individual via telehealth; quarantine the individual and confirm the COVID-19 diagnosis; continue to monitor symptoms.
- Test – Provide testing for close contacts of the affected individual.
- Tell – Notify the Greene County Health Department and alert the campus community.
- Tend – Ensure the affected individual is properly isolated and monitored; properly sanitize any potentially infected spaces.
- Trace – Work with county health officials to properly contact trace.
This Response Plan website will also be used to track cases, should that become necessary in the future.
Getting Ready for Fall – Although campus is quiet right now, construction crews are busy putting the finishing touches on the new residence hall, civil engineering building, and the Chick-fil-A. All are on schedule to be ready for fall semester when we welcome new and returning students to campus.