SAU Campus Community,
Happy New Year!
We are on the eve of another semester. Like the fall term, the spring semester will bring its own challenges and its own opportunities. Please know that the SAU Health Service Department, the faculty and staff on the Risk Management Task Force, and other administrative offices have been working and planning to prepare for this week ahead.
Our Health Services and Housing Departments have already begun to screen all returning students and to random test about 380 select students as they arrive. This will continue until January 12.
Faculty and staff received an email from Amanda Hanson on January 5 with a link to make an appointment for testing January 8-13. Columbia County is also hosting a drive thru clinic Monday, January 11. I encourage you to take advantage of these testing opportunities.
As we begin our work this semester, let’s become even more vigilant to keep ourselves safe as well as our colleagues and our campus. Please avoid group gatherings! Our experiences last semester showed us that the most common means of spread was through groups (outside of family groups) in apartments, in homes, and in restaurants. From the data we have collected, we were pleased that there was no indication of spread in our classrooms.
For your information, here are our dates for screening and testing:
· Faculty/Staff Testing: January 8-13
· Screening of all Students Living on Campus: January 9-12 – 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – Engineering Bldg.
· Random Testing of Select Student Groups: January 4-12 – Drive thru – Behind Childs Hall – by appointment
· SAU Mass Voluntary Testing: January 18-19 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Drive thru – Behind Childs Hall – no appointment needed
I will be givinprovide additional information about our protocols and procedures for the spring semester at the Faculty/Staff Assembly on Thursday, January 14 at 4:00 p.m. via zoom.
We have all worked so very hard to keep our campus safe these past 10 months. Let’s keep up our care, attention, and work as we move through the next few months.
Thank you so very much!