For a full overview of this plan, see the Distance Learning Plan
In the event it was deemed necessary for Wesleyan to move to an entirely off-campus learning model, the reimagned distance learning introduced in June would go into effect.
This option only seems likely if the Department of Health were to declare an outbreak on our campus. In our on-going communication with the Department of Health, there is not a specific number or percentage of cases that would lead them to determine that there is an outbreak at Wesleyan and therefore, recommend that we shut down. Here is what they have provided us:
“An outbreak in a school is identified as "two or more laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff with illness onsets within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically linked (e.g., have a common exposure or have been in contact with each other), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing."
In layman’s terms, this means a school “outbreak” is defined as two or more lab-confirmed cases who are linked to a school but are not considered close contacts (exposure of more than 15 consecutive minutes at a distance of 6 feet or closer).
If these conditions are found to exist, and an outbreak was declared, that does not automatically lead to a closure. It will depend on the context of those cases. Cases could be isolated to a grade level, a division, a team, a bus route, or any other group in which smaller groups of students may have to stay at home, but the overall institution could remain open. The Department of Health will work with us, in partnership, to advise us on the best course of action. That does not necessarily mean closure, but it could.