Today's Update: Monday, January 25

January 25, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, Happy first day of in-person classes! It’s hard to believe we are already in week three of spring semester.

Quick reminder: We still have slots open for “The Doc is In” session this week: Wednesday, January 27, at 1:30 p.m. I’m really looking forward to it! You can sign up online: go.osu.edu/TheDocIsIn.

I wrote recently about trying to support a de-densified campus, while also ensuring our students are well-supported. This means that on any given day, some of us will certainly be on campus. If that includes you, please don’t forget to do your daily health report.

As a reminder, a daily health check to report body temperature and health status is required for all students, faculty and staff each day they come to campus or work in the community on behalf of the university. A green check means you are cleared to be on campus, while a red X means you should stay home.

You complete your health report through the Ohio State mobile app or compass.osu.edu.

It can be hard to remember, so I keep my thermometer on my sink so it’s the first thing I do in the morning. I also carry a thermometer in my purse so I have it with me if the sink trick doesn’t work. I also find it helpful to pause in the morning to really, truly consider the questions that the health check asks – sometimes we can get too busy to listen to what our bodies are telling us. The health check is a good opportunity to practice self-care as well as to contribute to the health and safety of the campus community.

There are a couple of changes to how the health report is being used this semester. First, anyone accessing recreational facilities on any campus, including for academic classes and appointments with other team members, will need to show a green status from their daily health report to proceed through the access control point.

If you do not have a smart device, you can visit the RPAC Welcome Center or facility front desk to complete the health report on an iPad, which will include having your temperature taken, before you will be allowed to access the facility.

Second, the daily status for students will take into account testing compliance. Beginning Sunday, January 31, students who do not complete their weekly testing will automatically be given a red X that won’t be changed until they complete their test, even if they report no fever or symptoms.

We are not done with this pandemic, and we must stay vigilant. The daily health report is another Scarlet and Great way we can beat COVID-19.

Melissa