The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways that we never could have imagined. From social distancing to wearing face masks, we have had to adopt new habits to keep ourselves and others safe. In response to the pandemic, James Madison University (JMU) has implemented the “Stop the Spread” agreement to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff.
The Stop the Spread agreement is a commitment that all JMU students, faculty, and staff must make to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 on campus. The agreement outlines several measures that must be taken, including regular hand washing, wearing a face mask, social distancing, and staying home if feeling unwell. By signing the agreement, everyone at JMU agrees to take personal responsibility for their health and the health of others.
One of the most important aspects of the agreement is the requirement to wear a face mask. The face mask must cover both the mouth and nose and be worn at all times when inside campus buildings or in outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. This includes classrooms, walkways, and communal areas such as dining halls and residence halls.
In addition to wearing face masks, the agreement also emphasizes the importance of hand hygiene. Regular hand washing or sanitizing is recommended, especially before and after eating, using the restroom, and touching shared surfaces such as doorknobs and light switches.
Social distancing is also a crucial part of the Stop the Spread agreement. Everyone at JMU is expected to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others whenever possible. This includes in classrooms, hallways, and other public areas.
Furthermore, the agreement requires that individuals stay home if they are feeling unwell or if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Students who exhibit symptoms or who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive are encouraged to contact the university`s health center for guidance on what to do next.
By adhering to the Stop the Spread agreement, JMU is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. However, it is important to remember that everyone has a role to play in keeping the community safe. By practicing good hygiene, wearing face masks, and social distancing, we can all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.