Mac Stays Safer
Our Shared Community Commitment

Our individual and community health depends on our choices and actions. Our ability to stay safer is only as strong as our shared commitment to each other. We are asking each of you—students, staff, and faculty—to be flexible and adopt new behaviors to support the well-being of our community and keep each other as healthy and protected as possible. The elements of our community commitment come from the Minnesota Department of Health and other public health guidance. We each have a role to play in our culture of mutual care, accountability, and safety.

The coronavirus does not differentiate an individual’s particular identities, characteristics, or roles. Inequitable societal structures, however, have led to disparate impacts, resulting in higher burdens of illness among members of BIPOC communities and other historically marginalized groups. Macalester College reaffirms its commitment to creating a community free of any form of bias, harassment, or discrimination.

Community Commitment
As part of this community’s culture of mutual care and accountability, we all will:

  • Always wear a face covering that covers both nose and mouth when indoors, and outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained [1]
  • Maintain a physical distance of six feet with people outside of my pod [2]
  • Wash hands regularly throughout the day or use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t readily available
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with sleeve or elbow
  • Comply with signage and move through spaces as directed
  • Clean shared items and surfaces
  • Use the app provided by the college to conduct a daily health self-check
  • Stay home if ill or experiencing COVID symptoms
  • Seek testing when experiencing COVID symptoms
  • Follow guidelines to isolate, if tested positive, or quarantine, if considered a close contact or awaiting test results
  • Participate in public health measures such as contact tracing
  • Complete the Mac Stays Safer training
  • Follow posted guidance or specific instructions provided by department or programs  (e.g. lab spaces, athletic teams)

This is a living document. As additional information about the coronavirus or public health guidance emerges, we will update this document and share the changes broadly. We all are expected to adopt any new practices.

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[1] Please see the Face Covering policy for more information.

[2] A “pod” is a small group (i.e. people that a person lives with and/or regularly occupies space within six feet of each other and only each other, including intimate or sexual contact).