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August 19, 2020: Working Together to Remain on Campus

Message from ESU President Allison Garrett

August 19, 2020

Good afternoon, Hornets!

Our first week of classes has gotten off to a good start, and it’s great to see students back on campus.

Since we closed campus last spring, we have spent tens of thousands of hours planning and preparing to re-open, as did many universities across the United States. We now are seeing some of them already shutting down again because of COVID-19 outbreaks on their campuses.

We do NOT want that to happen at Emporia State. If we work together, think of others and follow best practices, we can stay on campus for the fall semester:

  • Set a daily reminder and conduct a daily self-assessment. We have one at If you don’t feel well, do not go to class or to work.
  • Wear a mask! We all should be wearing masks in all ESU campus buildings and outside when we cannot social distance. Both Emporia State and the City of Emporia require masks because evidence has proven their effectiveness. #WearAMask
  • Practice social distancing. Keep 6 feet between you and other people, whether chatting in a hallway or a sidewalk or sitting on benches.
  • Avoid gathering in large groups.
    • It doesn’t matter whether you are in public or in private, avoid being in large groups. This includes off-campus parties or in your or a friend’s apartment/house.
    • Even in small groups, wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.
    • When you are with friends outside, remember you still need to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.
  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette.

If you wonder how this general guidance applies to more specific situations, please consult our newest online Frequently Asked Questions.

This afternoon, we began sharing this video on our social media channels to reiterate the message of this email. Please help all of us stay on campus by sharing it through your own channels.

We know this is a big adjustment for many, especially if you were able to spend your summer in communities without community spread of COVID-19. You may have been just fine without wearing masks.

Today, the best practice is not to wonder about whether masks are required where you are. Wear them everywhere to keep yourself and others safe.

With Hornet Pride,

Allison D. Garrett