Health and Wellness

Last updated: Monday, July 20, 2020

As we prepare to be together safely for fall 2020, Albion College’s top priority is the health and wellness of our students, staff, faculty, and community members. We have made, and continue to make, significant changes to campus in order to ensure that all members of our community can maintain appropriate social distancing as we teach and learn together.

COVID-19 Health Guidelines | Albion Community Commitment

In preparation for reopening, we will be making the following adjustments on campus:

  • Installing auto-opening capabilities on doors.
  • Creating plexiglass barriers, where appropriate, in open spaces.
  • Distributing COVID-19 Starter Kits for each student and employee to aid in reducing the spread of the virus (includes a disposable mask, digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Installing handwashing and sanitation stations throughout campus.
  • Developing a sanitation plan for increased cleaning of common spaces.
  • Resetting many classrooms for smaller group sizes and spacing desks six feet apart for physical distancing.
  • Installing more than 100 cameras and microphones in classrooms to aid in virtual engagement.
  • Collaborating with local health and medical officials to prepare the campus and community.
  • Installing appropriate barriers between the driver and passenger in Campus Safety vehicles to aid in safety during vital transportation.

Over the coming weeks, we will be updating this page regularly as more information about our plans for a safe and healthy fall 2020 becomes available.

What will the College community be expected to do to safely return to campus?

All members of the campus community will be expected to complete a period of self-quarantine, and to self-report health conditions for a defined period prior to returning to campus.

By a date still to be determined in fall 2020, all members of the Albion community will be required to have a flu vaccination unless a waiver is approved. The County Health Department will provide on-campus immunizations when the vaccine is available.

Finally, Albion College will be implementing new resources to help students navigate insurance coverage, and will require that all students provide the necessary documentation for verification of insurance OR Medicaid prior to arrival.

Will personal protective equipment (PPE) be provided by Albion?

Yes, the College will be providing masks and other personal hygiene (PPE and sanitizing) supplies to members of the campus community.

How will Albion handle cases on campus?

We will report cases on campus openly and honestly and have established defined quarantine spaces in the event that a student does contract COVID-19. Further, working with local public health officials, Albion students who are members of the Wilson Institute will be trained to become COVID-19 contact tracers on campus to mitigate any potential spread of the virus.

Who is guiding the Public Health and Safety policies?

Cheryl Krause, BSN, RN-BC, director of health services, has been appointed chair of COVID-19 planning. In this role, Cheryl has assumed responsibility for assisting President Johnson and campus planning teams with managing the policy approval process and with making the medical choices we need to make to be ready for a safe return in the fall.

Cheryl and President Johnson have engaged the counsel of Dr. James Wilson, ’77, a renowned medical scientist and Albion alumnus, as special advisor to the president for medical affairs. Dr. Wilson’s laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania has been identified by national public health experts to assist in the research effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Further, an external panel of medical advisors has been engaged to review policy recommendations for a safe reopening in the fall.

Will Albion College be providing COVID-19 Testing?

Yes, Albion College has partnered with Testing Centers of America (TCA) to provide extensive testing and monitoring of the entire Albion College community, including students, staff, faculty and community members, for the fall.