This spring, when local residents line up for their COVID-19 shots, students in the School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science will be there to administer the vaccines. The partnership between TCNJ and the Ewing Public Health Department is one of the ways the college and the township are working together to protect community health in the midst of a global pandemic.
Later this month, TCNJ President Kathryn Foster and Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann plan to go door-to-door to talk with local residents about the roles they can play in keeping the community safe. The visits precede the February resumption of some in-person classes at the college. This spring, roughly 25 percent of courses will be offered in flex mode (students may attend either in-person or remotely), while 75 percent will only be offered remotely.
The college has put in place a number of safety measures to protect the health of members of the TCNJ and Ewing communities. These include: mandatory weekly COVID testing for students, robust contact tracing protocols, mandatory social distancing and mask wearing, and daily self-health checks. The college has also enacted a new health and wellness policy that would revoke campus access to those who repeatedly and willingly disregard these rules.
“[I’m] excited to start welcoming the community back to campus in 2021,” wrote President Foster in a December message to the TCNJ community. “While the coronavirus promises to be with us at least through the winter months—and until the time of widespread vaccination—we believe that the safety protocol and physical modifications we have put in place make way for a healthy campus experience.”