Health and Safety
With safety as our foundational priority, it is expected that these protective measures will be practiced by everyone to help safeguard our community.
- Wearing masks or face coverings
- Physical distancing in all spaces
- Limiting gatherings of any size
- Daily symptom monitoring
- Enhanced cleaning protocols
- Getting seasonal flu shots
- Paying attention to personal hygiene, such as frequent hand washing and staying home if you don’t feel well
Masks and Face Coverings
Davidson College has adopted new public health standards, many of which reference masks or face-coverings. Some employee tasks require specific personal protection equipment (PPE), and supervisors will provide the necessary training and equipment for those individuals. All other students, faculty, and staff are required to use appropriate face-coverings, which can include either commercially produced or homemade cloth face-coverings, provided it fully covers the nose and the mouth, fits snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps, can be secured to prevent slipping, and does not have a valve or vent that releases exhaled air.
Students must wear face coverings in all indoor spaces except a) when they are alone in an enclosed room where they do not expect to be disturbed, or b) in a private living space, or c) while eating in dining facilities. Students must wear face coverings outdoors on campus.
When instructing in person, from the front of the room, and 6 feet or more away from students, faculty have the option of wearing a clear face shield instead of a mask. Students, faculty, and staff must wear face coverings outdoors on campus.
The college will provide two, washable cloth masks to each student, and two masks to each faculty and staff member. Additional masks are available for purchase in the Davidson College Store. The college will provide one clear face shield to each faculty member.
Accommodations for Masks and Face Coverings
Students with disabilities who would like to request accommodations should contact Beth Bleil, Director of Academic Access and Disability Resources, at email@example.com or 704-894-2129. Employees with disabilities who would like to request accommodations should contact Kim Ball, Director of Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-894-2213.
Daily Symptom Tracking
A Symptom Tracker Application has been developed for daily use by all students and on-campus college personnel to monitor the health of the community. The app complies with health information privacy laws. Information entered into the app will be viewed by a health care professional who works for the college. All personally identifiable information gathered by the app will be deleted and discarded at the end of the semester.
Testing Before Return to Campus
Students will be asked to take a COVID-19 test seven days before they are scheduled to be on campus. The test will be shipped through FedEx and students will be sent a tracking number. Students will submit the completed test through next day air FedEx. Students will be notified of the results by text, phone or email. Read the FAQs for more details.
Symptoms of COVID-19
- Muscle aches
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
What to Do If You Are Sick
Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you have been exposed or are sick, students should contact the Center for Student Health and Well-Being and faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider.
In general, you should:
- Get lots of rest
- Stay hydrated
- Take over the counter medications such as acetaminophen to reduce fever
- Stay away from others and use a separate bathroom
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid sharing personal items
- Monitor your symptoms and seek emergency medical care immediately if you have:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent chest pain or pressure
- New confusion
- Bluish lips or face
- Inability to wake or stay awake
Steps to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
- Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm’s length) away from other people
- Cover your cough with a tissue and then throw it in the trash and wash your hands
- Wear a mask or face covering over your mouth and nose
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Student Health and Well-Being Services
Health services, counseling services, and nutrition services are currently operating under their regular summer services model, which is largely for administrative planning and preparation for the fall semester. At the current time, all service departments are offering limited and remote case management and consultation services while working toward planning and preparing for a hybrid model of services for the fall 2020 semester. Please visit the Counseling & Health Services Related to COVID-19 site for updates.
Beginning this fall, 2020, the Health Center will be seeing students by appointment only. Students will be triaged and be directed to be seen at either the health center or through a telehealth visit from the new Health Annex located in the Sparrows Nest. If COVID testing is indicated, the student will be directed to an off campus site for testing.
Campus Cleaning Standards
Cleaning staff will clean common spaces multiple times throughout the day. For classrooms and many other common spaces, disinfecting wipes will be provided for occupants to additionally self-clean between corporate cleanings.
Cleaning supplies in common spaces will be provided for students to additionally self-clean the common element between corporate cleanings. Cleaning supplies will not be provided for individual student rooms. It is recommended that students obtain their own materials for cleaning individual rooms.