Retired Faculty and Staff Association

Volunteers Needed for Isolation and Quarantine Care Calling

University Housing and the Isolation and Quarantine Support Team (IQST) are hard at work responding to and supporting students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When campus residents test positive, the world they know changes. They are reassigned to isolation apartments on campus, typically with students they do not know. To protect community health, they are not permitted to leave their apartments during their ten-day isolation. While many students take these challenges in stride and continue their academic journey uninterrupted, others struggle.

Campus Health & Wellbeing is asking for your help in reaching out to students in isolation, to ensure that no student goes without contact from the Cal Poly community while they recover.

If you volunteer as an IQ Care Caller, you will be assigned a queue of up to ten students to call each day. This is intended as a general check-in to show students that Cal Poly cares as they recover. You will have the training and resources you need to support students and answer their non-medical questions. If questions arise that you cannot answer, you will have access to an IQ coordinator and medical provider to help those students.

Campus Health & Wellbeing is especially in need of weekend volunteers. Without classes, students can feel more alone during this time and fewer folks are available for support. 

Campus Health & Wellbeing expects calls and outreach would involve about an hour each day, and would be grateful if you are able to support students through Winter quarter. To express your interest in volunteering, contact Hunter Simmons, Isolation and Quarantine Coordinator, Campus Health & Wellbeing.

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