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COVID-19 Update for Holy Family College Community

Posted On March 12, 2020

To all members of the Holy Family College Community:

Holy Family College has been monitoring closely the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). In alignment with our Franciscan Catholic values, all actions being taken are for the health, safety, and well-being of all members of our College family in the context of our responsibility to deliver a high-quality educational experience for our students.

Our President’s Cabinet has met multiple times (and will continue to meet multiple times each week) to review our Community Health Crisis Mitigation Plan and make decisions regarding our preparations and responses as this situation continues to evolve. Below is a list of what has already been done to date as we continue to follow our plan:

  1. President's Cabinet has met multiple times to monitor and discuss the situation related to COVID-19.
  2. President’s Cabinet has reviewed our healthcare crisis plan as it relates to decisions regarding College-sponsored travel, instruction, on-campus events, and in relation to all daily operations.
  3. Email notification has been sent to students, faculty and staff regarding precautionary measures related to COVID-19.
  4. Posters and signage have been placed in all campus bathrooms regarding appropriate hygiene guidance related to COVID-19 and other viruses.
  5. Our Facilities Team has implemented extra cleaning during spring break of college vehicles, door handles, stairwells, and bathrooms all throughout campus.
  6. In accordance with recommendations from the Diocese of Green Bay we will only receive communion at Mass and suspend any physical contact during the sign of peace.
  7. We have reached out to our sister organization, Holy Family Memorial Medical Center for preparation guidance as the situation evolves.
  8. We have been in communication with Manitowoc County Health Department regarding our current decisions and for maintaining lines of communication as the situation evolves.

We also continue to align our decisions with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other city, county, state and federal agencies.

We are aware that many other institutions have decided to take their instruction entirely online after their spring break and that other institutions have extended their spring break. At this time, we have decided against those options for the following reasons:

  1. There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 at either our main campus or at any of our other teaching locations.
  2. Given that we are already on spring break, many of our students will need to return to campus to retrieve necessary materials to continue their coursework whether face-to-face courses continue or if alternative formats for instruction are implemented at some point in the future (we are currently working on resources for faculty to consider alternative instruction methods to complete courses if the situation changes).
  3. We believe we are prepared to handle the current situation within our current Health Crisis Mitigation Plan which includes the following decisions:
    1. If you have traveled to a Level Three or Two area or you were recently on a cruise ship (you may view the CDC travel health notices at this link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) or you believe you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, we are requiring all to self-isolate for the recommended period of 14 days prior to returning to campus. Students should notify Rachel Fischer, Dean of Students, at Rachel.Fischer@holyfamilycollege.edu if you believe you need to self-isolate. Employees should notify RK Greening, Director of Human Resources, at  RK.Greening@holyfamilycollege.edu if you believe you need to self-isolate. If a residential student who is required to self-isolate cannot return home, you must email Rachel Fischer, Dean of Students, at Rachel.Fischer@holyfamilycollege.edu and she will assist you with on-campus accommodations to do so.
    2. Anyone with a respiratory or other health condition should take all necessary precautions and seek medical advice from a medical professional.
    3. Students should communicate any special health circumstances to Rachel Fischer, Dean of Students, at Rachel.Fischer@holyfamilycollege.edu .
    4. Employees should communicate any special health circumstances to RK Greening, Director of Human Resources, at  RK.Greening@holyfamilycollege.edu . Supervisors are expected to be flexible in allowing those employees with special health circumstances, who are able to do so, to work from home.
    5. On-campus events with 250 or more participants will be cancelled until further notice.
    6. All College-sponsored travel to Level Three or Two areas is suspended until further notice.
    7. Athletic events will continue as scheduled at this time.

 

  1. Our goal, first and foremost, is the safety of all members of our College family. We would ask all to practice the following precautions:
    1. Practice safe social distances: 6 feet or 2 meters.
    2. Avoid shaking hands or hugs (use other forms of acknowledgement instead: wave, nod, etc.).
    3. Wash your hands often (use soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds) especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, prior to preparing or eating food, after contact with animals or pets, and after using the restroom.
    4. Cover your mouth with a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Your cooperation and collaboration will help to ensure an appropriate response to this rapidly changing matter. President’s Cabinet will continue to monitor the situation regularly. Any updates to these decisions will be communicated via email. Please monitor your college email address regularly.

Thank you for your care and concern for each other and for all in our College family as we navigate these unchartered waters together.

 

Peace and All Good,

Dr. Robert B. Callahan
Holy Family College President