August 4, 2020 12:00 PM
Office of Communications

See campus facilities improvements in progress; read the COVID-19 testing plan

Obie Safe Weekly: Caring for Our Community. (The squirrel mascot is wearing a mask.)

Classroom with a piano and desks spaced far apart
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

Facilities improvements support a safe campus

College staff have been busy modifying facilities across campus to support a safe campus environment. Improvements include de-densification, plexiglass shields, sanitation stations, wayfinding signage, and more.

See some of the changes on campus

COVID-19 testing overview

Last month the college announced its COVID-19 testing strategy, which is one of the most intensive aspects of the approach to a safe campus. The broad-level testing results will be shared with the community each week in the ObieSafe Weekly email.

Testing will take place at the Williams Field House on campus. Faculty, staff, and students will be tested upon their arrival in August, beginning with faculty and staff during the first and second week of the month.

For more on the testing process, read the communication from President Ambar.

Policy on remote work for student employees

The Department of Human Resources released a policy on remote work for students. Due to the compliance complexities of remote work that exists outside of Ohio, the college has determined that it will maintain work for students only within Ohio.

Read the human resources policy

A woman working at a sewing machine
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

Oberlin costume shop produces face masks

The COVID-19 quarantine put theater and opera theater on hold, but Costume Shop Manager Heather Brown has kept her sewing machine running.

Read about Brown’s efforts

Questions we’ve been asked

Q. Will students be allowed to leave campus during the term, such as for a family obligation, or even just a trip to Cleveland?

A. Yes, however safety guidelines and recommendations must be followed.

Read more fall reopening FAQs

Watch a recording of the Cleveland Clinic webinar

In case you missed it—watch a webinar featuring panelists from the Cleveland Clinic that answers questions about safety, health, and the reopening of campus for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Watch the webinar

Get in touch with the ObieSafe team

Have something to share in a future issue of ObieSafe Weekly? Email obiesafe@oberlin.edu with story ideas or information you’d like to have considered for publication.


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