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August 19, 2020
Return to Campus
Welcome back, students! The faculty and staff at the College of Pharmacy have been preparing all summer for a safe fall semester.  With that spirit in mind, we wanted to share some important information regarding your return to campus.  Please find Dean Kelly Smith’s welcome message and some helpful tips here.

In addition, the College has established COLT, a “one-stop-shop” ad hoc committee for all things related to our COVID-19 environmentCOLT will coordinate the additional tasks and responsibilities brought on by the pandemic in an effort to support efficiency and effectiveness at the College. These tasks include: 1) coordinating the response to potential campus exposure, to include exposure notification; 2) adjustment of classroom availability; and, 3) facilities management action. In addition, COLT will triage individual queries from students, faculty and staff about common processes (e.g., daily reporting to campus, symptomatic monitoring, supervisor or faculty notification).  Contact Dr. Duc Do for reporting issues related to students and classroom instruction. Dr. Do is authorized by the Dean to manage pandemic-related instructional and student affairs elements for ALL CoP degree programs.
 
General COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidance
 
UGA has diligently put together guidance on how life on campus will change with COVID-19.  So, if you want to know about busing, housing, dining, face coverings, COVID-19 testing and other things outside of the College of Pharmacy, you can find that here.
 
All students will receive a daily DawgCheck email, which is an online tool to help assess and respond to COVID-19 cases at UGA in an effort to keep the campus community safe. DawgCheck consists of a reporting function which must be used by anyone who has received a positive COVID-19 test result, as well as a symptom checking tool.

Before coming to campus EACH TIME, students are expected to check for symptoms of COVID-19 at DawgCheckPlease do NOT come to campus if you are ill, experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or in medical quarantine due to COVID-19.

Anyone with a positive test will be required to report the test in DawgCheck. Notification of a positive test by a student will alert the UGA Student Care and Outreach team, whose members will work with Dr. Duc Do to help coordinate medical assistance, meal delivery, housing while in isolation, notification to professors, and other assistance. An automatic notification also will be sent to Facilities Management to signal the need for disinfection of specific areas.

Additionally, a useful decision tree for students can be found here. Please use this decision tree to assist you with what to do if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have a positive test, or been in contact with someone who has COVID19. This decision tree is aligned with the UGA and CDC guidelines. It includes reminders about use of DawgCheck, as well as who students should contact at the College for follow up. For questions, contact Dr. Duc Do.
 
What can students do to reduce the risk of getting coronavirus?
  • Bring a face covering (UGA-provided or your own). You must wear a workplace appropriate face covering while inside campus buildings. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for physical distancing. Click HERE for information on how to wear masks correctly. Students should not wear neck gaiters, bandanas, or masks with exhalation valves.
  • Before coming to campus EACH TIME, students are expected to check for symptoms of COVID-19 at DawgCheckPlease do NOT come to campus if you are ill, experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or in medical quarantine due to COVID-19.
  • Always follow safety signage on campus.
  • Keep physical distance from other people (maintain six feet of distance or 2 meters) at all times.
  • Continue to practice good hygiene. Consistent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is recommended. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.  While hand sanitizer is provided near elevators and entrances, we encourage you to bring your own each day to campus for personal use.
  • See CDC guidelines for further information.
COVID-19 Measures at the College of Pharmacy
 

In line with UGA guidelines, the College of Pharmacy has implemented a number of mitigating measures inside our classrooms, hallways and common spaces that you should be aware of.  Specifically, classrooms, hallways, elevators, etc have been extensively marked per UGA social-distancing guidelines. This includes explicit placement of furniture in the common spaces. Please do not move furniture from their designated locations. 

  • Classrooms have been adjusted to identify seats at least 6 feet apart.
  • Desks or tables have been clearly marked to indicate which seats should be used if extra furniture could not be removed.
  • You will also find numerous hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipe stations throughout the buildings.  Be a partner with us to promote a safe environment by heavily using the sanitizing wipes to wipe down your desk area prior to the start of class.
  • Students are encouraged to schedule virtual meetings with faculty/staff, unless otherwise indicated by the faculty/staff.

COVID-19 measures in the College of Pharmacy Classes

To promote social distancing, our maximum classroom capacities have been adjusted to ensure that students remain a safe distance from each other and their instructors. A listing of guidelines that you are required to be followed can be found here. Read it and practice it!
 
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, if there are alterations to these guidelines, a new version will be made available to you. As a reminder, eating is not allowed in PS 101, PS 201, and Wilson 120.
 
Please make sure you consult your course syllabi and schedule book prior to attending class for how COVID-19 measures will impact your specific courses. Please ensure you contact the course coordinators. For questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Duc Do.
In closing,
 
All things with COVID-19 tend to be fluid, and we will update you regularly to ensure all students are informed. Remember that safety is everyone’s responsibility! Students are expected to follow all COVID-19 related policies, procedures and guidelines. Please stay safe, and we look forward to having an enjoyable and productive academic learning year!
 
Student Resources

A full library of information about returning to campus, remote learning, health and wellness, and more can be found at the below links.

COVID-19

COVID-19 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Georgia Department of Public Health
University of Georgia
College of Pharmacy

UGA Health, Wellness, Counseling, and Financial Services

Student Care and Outreach
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
Aspire Clinic
BeWellUGA at Home
Fontaine Center
Financial Hardship
Bulldog Basic (Hygiene Closet)
UGA Food Pantry
Disability Resource Center (DRC)
University Health Center
Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services (RSVP)
 
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