Communications

Weekly Student Communication (SPS) | February 24, 2021

Hello,

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and finding time to take care of yourself.  We are just past the halfway point of Session I.  Don’t forget to utilize the tools and resources that are available via the Center for Student Success, including academic support & tutoring.

Thank you for your continued support of adhering to the health and safety measures that WPU has implemented on campus. Masks, social distancing, and washing your hands are proven to be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

COVID Corner with Dr. Scott, WPU University Physician

Q: Why is it that the sports teams can practice even though many of the campus outbreaks in the fall were on the sports teams? 

A: It is important to note that we did not have a single case of transmission through athletic competition but rather social gatherings of athletes and non-athletes. WPU athletic teams are following guidelines and protocols set forth by William Peace University, the NCAA and by the USA South Athletic Conference. In addition, student athletes are being tested very regularly (in addition to the random testing being conducted for the student-body overall). There were clusters in November involving athletic teams, necessitating a temporary shutdown of athletic activities. But subsequently, no further outbreaks have occurred amongst teams, and current infections within the student body mirror existing athlete/non-athlete ratios.

As always, it is important for everyone in our community to remember to practice social distancing, wash their hands frequently, and wear their mask properly.  Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and notify Health Services immediately if you notice symptoms. 

The NCAA has provided significant guidance to ensure the safety of all and WPU is in full compliance and has also elevated all recommendations. 

Ask the Expert: Submit your COVID related health questions to Dr. Scott and questions will be answered in future communications. SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: How are YOU taking care of yourself each day?

For more information on how to care for yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/stress-coping/care-for-yourself.html

We will continue to send out weekly emails to include updates and highlights of timely information to ensure a successful semester. These communications will continue to be added to covid.peace.edu/communications.

Thank you,

Lori H. McClaren, Ph.D. | Executive Director of the School of Professional Studies