No changes to last semester’s COVID-19 safety precautions

By Katherine Sullivan, Staff Writer

For students returning to campus this semester, concerns regarding COVID-19 as well as safety protocols remain the same.

“Our greatest concern has been and remains to keep health and safety preeminent on our campus,” Dean of Students Christine Schneikart-Luebbe said. “We want to work together to ensure we can preserve in-person learning.”

Newman community members are expected to maintain social distancing, continue wearing face coverings in public spaces at all times, wash their hands, and sanitizing surfaces in common areas upon arrival and departure. Students, faculty and staff are also expected to complete the self-screening tool each day prior to arrival on campus. The link for the self-screening form has been emailed to community members and can be found on the Newman website on the “Return to Campus” webpage.

“This important tool is used to help us mitigate the spread of the virus on campus,” Schneikart-Luebbe said. “The completion of this daily self-screening will help us protect everyone.”

Merlini Hall will continue to be used for students in need of a place to isolate.

The COVID Education Team will continue to hold meetings throughout the spring semester. Students interested in providing another perspective and participating in these meetings should contact the Student Affairs office.

“We appreciate the commitment everyone on campus is making to work as a community to protect each other,” Schneikart-Luebbe said. “It takes the grace of a village and we have been grateful to all who have helped us achieve our goal of in-person instruction.”

PHOTO: Courtesy Photo, Newman Advancement