Friday, Oct 16, 2020 - Keep the windows open!
October 16, 2020
Dear PNCA Community,
As Week Seven of the semester comes to a close, I just want to take a moment to reflect on a remarkable statistic -- to date, there have been no known positive COVID-19 cases in the PNCA community. This is a testament to the diligence and care you are taking every day.
We need to keep up the good work, keeping in mind that despite all of our precautions, we are likely to have some cases in our midst. We will also see an uptick in seasonal colds and flu as we head inside to avoid the wet, chilly weather. Please do not come to any PNCA facility with any symptoms. Stay home until your symptoms completely subside without medication.
And speaking of chilly weather, one aspect of our COVID-19 prevention strategy is to keep the windows in the 511 Building open. This allows for the frequent exchange of fresh air throughout the building. As the temperatures outside drop, wear an extra sweater to work and please do not close the windows!
- And a quick reminder of current precautions and practices:
- Stay physically distanced - at least six feet!
- Wear your mask indoors at all times (unless you are alone in an office or studio with a door or curtain)
- Wear your mask outdoors if you can’t stay six feet away from the nearest person
- Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer
- Stay home if you feel sick -- even a sniffle!
- Comply with all occupancy limits and traffic patterns in the buildings
- Do not bring guests and visitors into PNCA buildings without permission
- Do not close the windows
The Facilities Team is doing a great job keeping surfaces and common areas sanitized. If you use a classroom or surface, such as a table in the Atrium, please take a moment and wipe it down with the appropriate sanitizer before you leave. For additional safety, wipe it down before and after use.
Thanks, all, for your commitment to PNCA and to each other. This is an historic time at the college, and we are on track for a bright future. Together, we will keep each other safe and healthy, and enter 2021 with hope and resolve.
Love and Peace,
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