Vigilance and sacrifice by our students, faculty and staff made it possible to be together for the fall semester. We saw no evidence of transmission in the classroom or dining hall when our COVID-19 protocols were followed. We believe our continued attention to these protocols will help protect the campus community into 2021.
Many of the same guidelines and protocols that served us well this fall will carry forward into Nebraska Wesleyan University’s spring semester.
- We will continue to require face masks in all campus buildings and outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
- We will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing on campus.
- We will continue to conduct our own contact tracing to minimize the spread of coronavirus and quickly connect students to the important academic and personal resources they need while in quarantine or isolation.
- We will follow the CDC’s newly revised definition of close contact as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- We will not allow visitors in campus housing.
Over this break, we encourage families of residential students to discuss preferences in the event your student needs to quarantine or isolate during the spring semester. Last semester, we asked students to return home, if possible. However, we recognize that option isn’t available to everyone due to the impact the potential exposure may have on your household. The university will provide housing accommodations to students who need it.
Finally, the spring semester will include many athletic competitions. The winter sports season begins in January, followed by our spring sports season, which will also include football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.
We will strictly adhere to all NCAA and American Rivers Conference protocols in all sports for COVID-19 testing in order to compete safely during this pandemic. We will base attendance at athletic events on local directed health measures.
Be sure you and your student check email over break for further updates.