Hastings College updates, coronavirus information

September 16, 2021 — Campus Update

Dear Hastings College Community,

As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and especially the Delta variant, we want to continue to do what we can to stay on campus and keep our campus and our community safe. Thank you for your work keeping the transmission rates low on our campus, however, the transmission rate is fairly high in Hastings and Adams county.

Hastings College remains in GREEN on our Guideline Matrix. The COVID Planning Team is extending our indoor mask requirement through October 22. We ask that all members of our community continue to wear a mask when indoors. This includes all buildings on campus including HSU, Residence Halls, and Performance Facilities. We will continue to evaluate our recommendations based on CDC guidelines, the transmission rates of our community, and recommendations from the South Heartland District Health Department. Masks may be removed when eating, when alone or with your roommate in your dorm room or apartment, and during performance practices.

At this time, testing for students will be done locally in coordination with the COVID Case Manager. If you are experiencing symptoms or know of any students who are experiencing symptoms, please encourage them to complete the COVID Symptom Tracker to schedule a test.

All of the College’s COVID-19 resources and planning documents are posted at hastings.edu/return.

We are Broncos; we are one campus and one community and I know we will continue to care for ourselves and for one another.

Dr. Annette M. Vargas
Vice President for Student Access, Enrollment and Performance

Previous Campus Announcements

Dear Hastings College Community,

Congratulations to an amazing start of the 2021-2022 school year! As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and especially the Delta variant, we want to continue to do what we can to stay on campus and keep our campus and our community safe. Thank you for your work keeping the transmission rates low on our campus, however, the transmission rate is fairly high in Hastings and Adams county.

Hastings College will remain in GREEN on our Guideline Matrix, but the COVID Planning Team is extending our indoor mask requirement through September 20. We ask that all members of our community continue to wear a mask when indoors. This includes all buildings on campus including HSU. We will continue to evaluate our recommendations based on CDC guidelines, the transmission rates of our community, and recommendations from the South Heartland District Health Department. Masks may be removed when eating, when alone or with your roommate in your dorm room or apartment, and during performance practices.

New Hastings College cloth masks have arrived. We will be distributing them to all students and employees on Monday, August 30, outside of HSU from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Please stop by on Monday to pick up yours.

At this time, testing for students will be done locally in coordination with the COVID Case Manager. If you are experiencing symptoms or know of any students who are experiencing symptoms, please encourage them to complete the COVID Symptom Tracker to schedule a test.

We are Broncos; we are one campus and one community and I know we will continue to care for ourselves and for one another.

Dr. Annette M. Vargas
Vice President for Student Access, Enrollment and Performance

Dear Hastings College Students,

We know it’s important to you to remain as actively involved in your college experience as possible. We believe that by working together, we’ll create a campus community that will allow everyone to attend classes, participate in campus and co-curricular activities, engage in meaningful work, and have a fulfilling social life while limiting the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

As a reminder, with students coming from several dozen states and more than 20 countries, we have made the decision to require masks indoors for Block 1 (through August 31). While a COVID vaccine is not required for students at this point, we do encourage all students and employees to get vaccinated — and are hosting a vaccine clinic August 26 on campus.

COMMUNITY HEALTH

Hastings College is a conscious community that takes seriously both personal responsibility and the care of others. During the 2021-22 academic year, we will continue to monitor research, all CDC recommendations, and all directed health measures. Based on the information available, we are asking each person to do their part to maintain the healthiest community possible.

  • We ask that you engage in active self-monitoring:
  • Take your temperature each day using the thermometer you’ll bring to campus with you so you know what your regular, healthy temperature range is on that thermometer.
    • Monitor for symptoms.
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
REMINDERS FOR CAMPUS LIVING

We encourage all students to have access to a few important health related items. These items include:

  • Masks – All Hastings College students will be provided one cloth mask, but consider having enough for laundering and daily use (one mask per day);
  • Thermometer that you are familiar with (and extra batteries);
  • Over-the-counter COVID-19 relief items such as:
    • Acetaminophen and ibuprofen (allowing you to rotate between the two if appropriate), cough drops or other symptom-relieving medications;
  • Facial tissue and hand sanitizer for personal use;
  • Anti-bacterial/viral cleaning supplies for your personal use; use cleaning supplies will be provided in public spaces, residential halls and in classrooms across campus;
  • Personal supplies for academic work such as highlighters, dry-erase markers and other items you might use in a classroom or study session;
  • Outdoor items such as insect repellent, sunscreen, a camp chair and an outdoor blanket. These will be useful as you physically distance yourself from others and participate in activities.
TESTING

At this time, testing will be done locally in coordination with the COVID Case Manager. Complete the COVID Symptom Tracker to schedule a test. Currently, we will no longer have access to on campus testing.

ISOLATION/QUARANTINE PLAN

There’s no way we can completely remove the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Plan ahead as to what you will do in the event that you are experiencing symptoms. Per the July 29 CDC Guidelines:

  • Vaccinated:
    • If you are fully vaccinated, you do NOT need to isolate or quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19, unless you have symptoms.
    • If you have symptoms, fill out the COVID Symptom Tracker, and the COVID Case Manager will be in contact.
  • Unvaccinated:
    • If you are NOT vaccinated, you WILL need to isolate, fill out the COVID Symptom Tracker, and the COVID Case Manager will be in contact.
    • If you are not vaccinated and experience COVID symptoms you will have to quarantine.
DEFINITIONS
  • Isolation: a separation from others when one has symptoms and is waiting for test results or has tested positive.
  • Quarantine: a separation from others if a person is not showing symptoms but has been exposed, or believes they may have been exposed to coronavirus.

Hastings College will have limited spaces available for isolation and quarantine. It is encouraged for students and family members to have a quarantine and isolation plan for off campus as well.

Please continue to check your email and hastings.edu/return for further updates about COVID-19 guidelines. If you have any specific questions about this information or other concerns, please contact any of the individuals below.

Can’t wait to see you all very soon. Go Broncos!

Dr. Annette Vargas
Vice President of Student Access, Enrollment and Performance
avargas@hastings.edu

Skyler Good
COVID Case Manager
covid@hastings.edu

Candi Kennedy, RN
Campus Nurse
healthcenter@hastings.edu

Dr. Lisa Smith
Student Engagement
studentexperience@hastings.edu

Brian Hessler
Housing Office
housing@hastings.edu

Dear Campus Community,

Updated Return to Campus Protocols
Welcome back! We are excited to get our fall semester started. As we monitor the impact of COVID 19 and especially the Delta variant, we want to be sure we start our semester by safely integrating all our students and employees back on campus.

We will continue to update our policies and planning documents at hastings.edu/return. I am grateful for the work of the College’s COVID Planning Team led by Dr. Annette Vargas, Vice President for Student Access, Enrollment and Performance; and Skyler Good, COVID Case Manager.

While transmission rates are low to moderate in our area, we will welcome students from all over the country during move-in. So, starting Monday, August 9, we will institute an indoor mask requirement on campus for everyone, whether or not you are vaccinated for COVID 19. This updated policy will stay in place through Block 1, August 31.

We are taking this extra precaution to ensure that we can keep all students and employees safe and learning as we start the fall term. Please know that we will continue to monitor and evaluate our campus realities as well as guidance from health care experts.

Vaccine Clinic
We know that getting vaccinated for those who are eligible is simply the best path forward.

To assist with vaccinations, our area Health Department will host a clinic at HC on Thursday, August 26, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in HSU Room C.

We will continue to offer weekly raffle drawings ($100 in Bronco Bucks or Downtown Hastings Dollars) and a grand prize drawing ($1,000 in Visa Gift Card or tuition waiver) for vaccinated individuals through the end of September. Please take the time to enter even if you’re not interested in the prizes so we can get an accurate count of our vaccinated population on campus. (Students can enter here; employees can enter here.)

We are Broncos; we are one campus and one community and I know we will continue to care for ourselves and for one another.

Dr. Rich Lloyd
Executive President
o: 402.461.7326

For March 2020-May 2021 COVID-19 information, view this archive page.

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