BSG Presidents and the BSG Social Working Group on wearing masks
As we practice Self Care is Community Care on campus this fall, we will be wearing masks.
To: The Beloit College Community
As we get ready for campus to open in the fall, BSG and the BSG Social Working Group strongly believe that wearing a mask is an essential tool to curb the spread of the coronavirus. As stated by the guidelines laid out in the return to campus plan, masks are required in all public indoor spaces and especially in classroom settings, where students, faculty and staff will be together for longer periods of time. Masks will also be essential when social distancing may not be possible and when entering spaces and buildings.
We recognise that certain members of the Beloit community are more vulnerable to the effects of this disease. As an institution that values each and every member of our community, we must collectively take precautions so that vulnerable members of our community are protected.We commit to the statement that ‘Self Care is Community Care.’ Furthermore, Beloit Student Government strongly believes that members of the student body wearing masks as a precautionary measure to protect themselves and one another is only a small giveaway to being able to operate on campus.
We recognise that some members of the community may not agree with the concept of wearing masks, but since the health of the whole community is at risk we must wear masks in order to minimize the spread of coronavirus, as it has been proven that carriers of the coronavirus can spread the infection without showing any symptoms. N-95 respirators, surgical masks and cloth face coverings have all proven to reduce the chances of transmission. It is therefore important to use a mask irrespective of its kind. We would also like to highlight the fact that there are arrangements being made by the college that will make reusable masks available to students at no cost.
BSG Social Working Group recognises and applauds the fact that a number of staff and faculty members are putting their health at risk in order for us, the students, to be able to have an on-campus college experience. If for no one else, we owe it to these faculty and staff members to take precautions and wear masks.
BTYB: BSG Social Working Group