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Oct 6, 2022
CC Residential Living
Chapel Hall 102
Modified residential life protocols are dependent on student vaccination rate.
Private rooms have been assigned, to the greatest extent possible.
Considerations for particular common use areas.
Physical modifications have been made to residential spaces to help keep you safe.
New move-in times and procedures to lower density.
Create and post age-appropriate safety signage and graphics.
Replace drinking fountains with/restrict fountains to bottle filling stations.
Ensure common spaces allow for adequate distancing.
Establish one-way or separated traffic flow patterns, designated entrances and exits.
Install hand sanitizing stations at building entrances/exits and common use spaces.
Install physical barriers to protect front desk staff who will interact with residents / visitors.
We cherish our commuter students’ presence on campus. For safety reasons, we need to limit and create safer ways for commuter and dorm students to interact. We are allowing interactions in classrooms, during athletic practices and games, and during lunch in the cafeteria – all with social distancing. If we increase the number of interactions, it will come with an increased risk of COVID exposure. Increasing the number of contact points increases the complexity of any contact tracing efforts in the event we do have a positive case, so we are looking to reduce both risk of contact and increase our ability to protect everyone. We are mindfully balancing the need for student interactions with overall community safety.
Gallaudet students are vaccinated as a requirement for in-person attendance, with allowances for religious or medical exceptions. We still have a good number of unvaccinated students at MSSD, which means we must be more restrictive with our interactions in order to protect every member of our community.
Staff and teachers have already been fully cleared and are either fully vaccinated or have religious or medical exemptions. The exemption rate campus wide is very low – less than 3%. All staff and teachers are held accountable for following campus safety protocols and are committed to following CDC guidelines to protect all members of the Clerc Center community. Our employees are bound by rules and guidelines for community safety, and are held accountable for any violations.
Our dorm safety culture needs to be run similar to a household. Visitors, like teachers and staff, are required to be masked full time, without exception. Teachers and staff are not allowed to be in high-risk settings where students need to be maskless. There are exceptions to the mask-on rule for dorm residents in specific activities, and a number of those activities will be done in closer proximity to each other. If we allow students to go home, they will engage in unmasked activity in their home (taking care of personal hygiene and at mealtime, etc.) which increases the risk of transmission, both at home and in the dorm, if a student is found to have been exposed to and is carrying the virus at any other time or location. Our policies and practices are all designed to maintain the integrity of the dorm as a household.
We believe our families are also committed to a culture of community safety, but unfortunately we do not have a way to monitor or enforce safety measures or behaviors with families like we can with our staff and teachers. In order to achieve the maximum level of safety, we must operate with limits that support student safety, which includes limiting interactions outside of the school environment. This combination of restrictions on both students and teachers and staff is designed with this safety in mind.
Clerc Center COVID-19 Information
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