Dear Ithaca College Community,
The Ithaca College Public Health Task Force, which President Shirley M. Collado announced in her August 18 message to the campus community, has formally convened. This group will support my work as Director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, building upon the tremendous foundation laid over the summer by the Return to Campus Task Force and its associated subgroups, which prepared the college’s reopening plan submitted to the state in August.
The 17-member task force includes representation from faculty, staff, and students across campus. A primary responsibility of this group will be to advise me regarding appropriate policies and procedures to protect the health and wellness of our college community. This fall, they will provide guidance as the college continues to strengthen its infrastructure to operate in the new reality being shaped by COVID-19. True to our roots in theory, practice, and performance, the task force will explore experiential learning opportunities that may exist for students while navigating our public health response. It will also monitor established warning signs and metrics regarding COVID-19 prevalence and recommend appropriate actions.