We are so excited you are furthering your education by participating in the fall 2020 semester with the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences! Whether you’re joining us virtually or in-person, we want to assure you that your professors, department chairs and College leadership have all carefully and critically evaluated numerous options to ensure that our students will have a rich academic experience. We have looked at the broader landscape and worked to creatively address how we can create unique opportunities for students in each of our programs. Our faculty and staff are excited and ready for a unique and impactful semester.

As some of you will return to campus, we want to reinforce the guidelines of the University and underscore additional expectations for those in the College of Health Sciences. If we want to have the privilege of in-person experiences, we each need to do our part to keep everyone safe.

  • The scientific evidence is clear: Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. This is why face coverings are required for all University employees, students and visitors. In addition to classrooms, laboratories, and common areas, face coverings are required in outdoor community spaces where physical distancing isn’t possible. Examples include parking lots, UD shuttles, bicycle racks and sidewalks.
  •  Maintain social distancing whenever possible. Put 6 feet of distance between you and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for hand washing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Monitor your health.
  • Additional guidance on how to keep yourself and others safe can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
    and https://www.udel.edu/home/coronavirus

As current/future professionals in the health field, we must be especially diligent with limiting our exposure. With that in mind:

  • Be responsible by limiting your participation in off-campus gatherings. 
  • Limit any non-essential travel, especially to areas with high transmission rates.
  • If you think that you may have been exposed or have COVID, please be proactive in
    getting tested.

We encourage you to continue to be informed. Get information from reliable, science-based sources. Follow guidance from any professional organizations that you are either currently affiliated with or will be, based on your intended profession (APTA, ASHA, ANA, APHA, etc.).

Those in the College of Health Sciences lead by example. We provide an essential service to people in a time of crisis and we must be leaders regardless of what others are doing or what other behaviors we are seeing.

Keeping our campus safe and facilities open and keeping our clinics open and our students out on clinicals requires that we all do our part! Thank you for leading and creating a bright future for all of us.

 

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