To the UC Davis Group:
Extra excellent news from our COVID-19 Dashboard: 2,300 COVID-19 checks administered October 11-17 and 0 positives in our asymptomatic testing program. This program launched September 14 for college students who reside in campus housing and subsequently expanded to incorporate sorority and fraternity homes off campus. Final week we added the campus Police and Fireplace departments, Pupil Well being and Counseling Providers, and Occupational Well being Providers.
Particularly, the dashboard outcomes are from nasal swab checks that we ship to a personal lab for evaluation. We’re administering one other take a look at concurrently, taking saliva samples that we ship to the UC Davis Genome Heart for faster outcomes (again in 24 to 48 hours). It is a pilot mission, and as soon as it’s validated we are going to change to saliva checks completely and begin increasing our program much more with the assistance of a second IntelliQube instrument we simply put in.
We’re trying so as to add roughly 7,000 extra individuals to our testing program within the subsequent week or two — extra college students and workers who’re coming to campus recurrently and even sometimes.
All of us ought to be happy with ourselves for a way issues are going, however we should not be complacent. Please preserve sporting your face coverings, sustaining bodily distance and washing your palms usually. That is what we should do to guard our well being and our neighborhood’s well being.
Incremental progress … that is the street we’re on. Right this moment we take another step ahead with revised steerage on gatherings, in line with actions by the state and Yolo County. Beneath the state’s modified steerage, as much as three households might work together outside. Yolo County has added a restriction of 16 individuals most for any out of doors gathering.
The Davis campus is aligning with the Yolo County guidance. Please go to the Campus Status and Operations page on the Campus Ready website for the gathering steerage particulars.
The instances we’re in
“Unprecedented” is a phrase we see usually to explain this 12 months of COVID-19, social justice points and wildfires — to not point out the presidential election. All of us are affected in a method or one other, college students particularly. That’s why I’m so proud at the moment to assist announce a brand new collection of applications for school and graduate college students who maintain teacher roles, to assist them train and help their college students in ways in which account for the influence of ongoing and rising crises.
Graduate Research, Educational Affairs, the Heart for Instructional Effectiveness and Pupil Well being and Counseling Providers developed the collection to deal with issues holistically, discussing the influence of stressors on each pedagogy and psychological well being, and taking into consideration the totally different roles grad college students play — not solely as college students however, additionally, usually as instructors.
The “Unprecedented” collection consists of three workshops for school subsequent week:
- “And the Winner Is: Supportive Response to the Distressed Graduate Pupil” (October 27)
- “Addressing the Elephant within the (class)Room: The Affect of Crises on Pupil Studying” (October 28)
- “Advising and Mentoring Graduate College students and Students Remotely” (October 29)
Workshops for graduate college students are scheduled as follows:
- “Every part is Not Superb: Supporting College students Throughout Troublesome Occasions” (October 29)
- “And the Winner Is: Supportive Response to the Distressed Undergraduate Pupil” (November 2)
One other useful resource: “Tips for Managing Socio-Political Stress,” created by Aggies for Aggies. As all the time, college students are reminded, if stress begins to intervene along with your every day actions and lecturers, take into account reaching out to a licensed psychological well being skilled. You’ll be able to schedule a no-cost video or cellphone appointment with Counseling Providers by cellphone, 530-752-0871, or Health-e-Messaging. You’ll discover extra data here on how one can make psychological well being appointments.
YMCA Studying Labs for youngsters
We even have a brand new WorkLife useful resource for UC Davis households: Studying Labs for youngsters from kindergarten via sixth grade, to assist with distance studying and supply enrichment actions. These YMCA-run, fee-based applications will begin Monday, October 26, at UC Davis Well being, and Monday, November 2, on the Davis campus.
Youngsters will probably be group by age when potential and can socialize inside a constant group of 12 to 14 kids, limiting interactions with another teams — which helps to attenuate contact and unfold of COVID-19.
The labs will run from 7 a.m. to six p.m. Monday via Friday, and enrollment is by the week — join as many weeks as you desire to. More information, including how to register, is available here.
UC Davis Boards
This 12 months’s UC Davis Forums on the Public University and the Social Good will start Wednesday, October 28, with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of UC Davis ethnic studies programs. Our visitor, Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), writer, lawyer and tribal chief who serves at the moment as president of the Pawnee Nation Enterprise Council, will focus on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Native American Graves Safety Act, and the function of California universities in America’s full realization of the Human Rights Period for Indigenous Peoples. Register here.
Checking in elsewhere:
- Healthy Davis Together — Our campus-city collaboration distributed free face masks to the neighborhood yesterday and is gearing up for a marketing campaign encouraging everybody in the neighborhood to get flu vaccinations.
- Flu shot clinic, Davis campus— Pupil Well being and Counseling Providers and Occupational Well being Providers are operating this clinic for college students dwelling on campus, and any pupil, workers member or tutorial who isn’t capable of get a flu shot via their medical health insurance. See our Campus Ready flu vaccination webpage for data on how one can schedule an appointment. The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to five p.m. Monday via Friday, via subsequent Friday, October 30, in The Pavilion on the ARC.
- Workers survey, Davis campus — There’s simply over every week to go for the Staff Experience Survey, the primary of its sort for represented and policy-covered workers. The deadline is Saturday, October 31. For each survey returned, Human Sources is donating $1 to the Staff Emergency Fund — $3,411 as of 5:15 p.m. Thursday, primarily based on a 45 % response charge. See how your school, college or division is doing. Please take part!
- Workers survey, UC Davis Well being — Likewise, please take part! The deadline for the Employee Engagement Pulse Survey, for all medical and nonclinical workers (besides those that began work after August 12), is Monday, November 2.
- Election — If you happen to’ve already voted, nice! If not, please make a plan! The Davis campus will host an official Yolo County Voter Help Heart, Saturday, October 31, via Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, in Ballrooms A and B of the Actions and Recreation Heart (hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday; 7 a.m.-Eight p.m. Election Day). Go there to drop off your ballots, obtain normal help, get a substitute poll, resolve registration points — you possibly can even register and vote (through a course of often called same-day conditional registration). Want extra details about voting or the California poll measures? Check out Aggies Vote!
I’m happy with how our campus neighborhood is pulling collectively to maintain one another wholesome. Let’s sustain the great work.
Gary S. Could