It will take the entire campus community working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 this fall semester. To help with that effort, the University will distribute a Carolina Together Care Kit to students, faculty and staff.
The kit includes community protective equipment and essential health information. The kits have been available for students moving into residence halls this week and will be available for undergraduates living off-campus from Aug. 8-14.
“We want to ensure that students have an initial supply of health and safety tools that help them adhere to the Community Standards,” said Desirée Rieckenberg, Carolina’s dean of students. “We also want to make sure that students who may not have ready access to these types of supplies will be able to access them without any additional hardship.”
Each student care kit includes:
- Two cloth face masks
- Hand sanitizer
- A thermometer for health monitoring.
- A no-contact key to help keep hands clean when using frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, toilets, keypads, ATM keypads and elevator buttons.
- A Community Standards informational card
Employee and faculty care kits will contain the masks, hand sanitizer, a thermometer and the Community Standards informational card.
The community protective equipment in the kits will help Tar Heels adhere to the University’s new Community Standards and Guidelines, which were developed alongside Carolina’s renowned infectious disease and public health experts.
“Advice from our infectious disease experts is unequivocal: masks make an incredible difference in preventing the probability of getting COVID-19 or infecting someone else,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert A. Blouin, who serves as the executive director of the Roadmap for Fall 2020. “Our commitment to Community Standards and University Guidelines, and specifically to mask-wearing, is critical to making our campus safer for everyone.”
Undergraduate students living off-campus can schedule a time to pick up their kits at Academic Services Building-North. Students will need their OneCard to pick up their kit at one of the three locations.
The final day for off-campus students to pick up a Carolina Together Care Kit will be Sept. 30.
Graduate and professional students will receive their kits through their academic departments. For faculty and staff, the care kits will be distributed by their individual units’ Community Protective Equipment coordinator beginning Aug. 10.