Research by the CDC continues to show that COVID-19 spreads primarily through person-to-person contact as respiratory droplets are spread by coughing, sneezing, and even talking. In addition, studies show that there is significant spread of the virus by asymptomatic people who may not know that they are infected, and that viral particles can remain in the air or on surfaces for multiple hours to days. A recent study, conducted at Duke University, rated masks for effectiveness. As we begin to occupy campus, it is our responsibility as individuals, and as a community, to not only protect ourselves but to protect those around us.
Effective July 1, 2020, and continuing until otherwise announced, Landmark will implement the following face covering policy:
- Face coverings may be cloth or disposable; you may use your own covering or one provided by the school.
- Bandanas and masks with vents may not be worn. Buffs/neck gaiters may not be worn.
- Face coverings must be visible whenever you are on campus (on your face or around your neck if outdoors and 6 or more feet away from others).
- Face coverings may be removed when outdoors and at least 6 feet away from others (walking, exercising, or performing grounds and maintenance activities when alone).
- Face coverings may be removed when you are alone in your own office but a window should be open or air conditioner on to circulate fresh air. You should also close your office door.
- Face coverings may be removed when students are in their own dorm rooms or when faculty and staff are in their own Landmark apartments.
- Face coverings may be removed when actively eating or drinking (6-foot physical distancing is maintained and you should refrain from facing others while eating unless a barrier is present).
- Remove your face covering by touching the side loops or ties, and place in a designated area (on a napkin or paper towel when being placed on a table/desk).
- Guests, visitors, vendors, and contractors will be expected to honor these guidelines and provide their own face covering.
- Those who enter buildings without a face covering will be asked to leave.
Exceptions: Individuals who are unable to wear a cloth face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition or disability, may wear an alternate face covering, such as a face shield. Employees, students, or campus visitors who require accommodations should communicate with health services through Jess Fauci, RN, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Shari Gallant, RN, email@example.com.
Again, our health and safety is a collective responsibility. By each of us wearing a face covering, we protect ourselves and others within the community in order to maintain our overall healthiness. We also rely on the community to hold us each accountable. Caring for ourselves and each other will remain imperative as we continue to navigate the dynamics of the virus.