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Safety and Wellbeing

As a reminder, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to verify they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning to campus for the fall semester. More details can be found on the Vaccine Information page.

Good Hygiene Practices | Self Monitoring | Facilities | Community

Good Hygiene Practices

Even when fully vaccinated, good hygiene practices are an essential part of supporting the health and wellbeing of our community members. 

  • Hands should be washed regularly throughout the day for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap, especially before eating.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow and wash hands promptly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Self-monitoring

Students are expected to monitor any symptoms during the weeks prior to their arrival on campus, and daily while on campus; however, they are not required to document their symptoms through the student health portal. If a student develops symptoms, they are required to inform the Student Health Center for evaluation

Employees should monitor their health before coming to work. If the staff member’s temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or if they have any Coronavirus symptoms as described by the CDC, they are not permitted to access College facilities and should contact their medical professional before returning to work in-person. The staff member must also inform their supervisor and Human Resources. 

Facilities

Please contact workbox@swarthmore.edu if you have questions about specific spaces.

Office Cleaning 

Offices were not cleaned during COVID protocols, as we redirected EVS resources to more frequent and comprehensive sanitation efforts. EVS is returning to regular office cleaning schedules and will have all faculty and staff offices cleaned by July 26.   

HVAC 

Since the start of COVID protocols, the College has followed the guidance of and implemented the recommendations of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for the College HVAC systems. This includes:

  1. Upgraded air filtering from MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) 8 to MERV 13 filters throughout the campus.  
  2. Increased outside air mix with recirculated building air through air handlers (recirculated air passes through MERV 13 filters).
  3. Increased number of air changes in spaces per hour. This includes a complete air change in the morning before buildings open and a complete air change after buildings close.

Sense of Community

While vaccination has shown to be the single most important determinant of whether one contracts COVID-19 and its severity if contracted, the practices to mitigate against its spread – like masking, the avoidance of contact, and distancing – have become second nature to many of us. The spread of the virus continues to wane and the number of those vaccinated continues to rise in the U.S. Still, these next several months will test everyone and are probably best considered as a time of transition. This is a moment to remind ourselves of good workplace boundaries: We encourage you not to hesitate to ask others about greeting preferences or permission prior to entering a colleague’s office or work space. As we move back into former routines and establish new habits, our community’s culture of mutual respect and kindness will smooth the way.