On July 6, the halls of JWU Providence’s Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence will once again be bustling. Roughly 600 students will be returning to campus to resume their culinary labs — but this time, the faculty, staff and students will be wearing masks, and the labs will look a little different than they did before the arrival of the coronavirus.
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“This is going to be the new normal. We want to make sure that as we’re bringing you back to campus, we’re all on the same page.”
It’s a lot of change, but all of the protocols have been put into place to ensure a smooth, safe, and healthy transition as the campus slowly returns to life.
Bridget Sweet, who serves as JWU Providence’s executive director of food safety, recently gave a video tour of the culinary facilities as a way to help familiarize and demystify the new protocols — and to emphasize how easily they can be integrated into the campus’ already stringent food safety protocols that all culinary students follow.
“Campus is not the same without you. We really just can’t wait to see you,” she explains. But, she adds, “We do recognize this is different, and a little bit scary, so we want to take a couple of minutes and really explain what we’ve been doing since you’ve been gone in March.”
She frames the changes as an extension of the university’s gold standard protocols for food safety. “Food safety is paramount. ... So the Gold standard [for food safety] will be our baseline when we return to campus. So you’re already prepared to deal with some of these changes as you come back.”
“Campus is not the same without you. We really just can’t wait to see you.”
Here are her top 5 commandments of COVID lab safety:
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“This is going to be the new normal,” explains Sweet. “We want to make sure that as we’re bringing you back to campus, we’re all on the same page.”
Above all, she notes, “We’re going to be a resource for you. We want you to be comfortable to ask us these questions, and in terms to related to all of your peers as well, because we want you to feel comfortable when you come back. We cannot wait to have you back on campus!”