The following safeguards were recommended by Saint Louis University's COVID-19 Recovery Working Group, which includes faculty, staff and students, as well as University public health experts. They have been deemed the most critical to protect the health of all members of our University community, and are based on the best information available to us at this time. Additional safeguards also will be in place for students living on campus.
Safeguards At a Glance
- Wear a face mask.
- Frequently perform hand hygiene.
- Stay 6-feet apart from one another.
- Daily symptom checking and reporting.
Watch an Aug. 5, 2020 SLU Town Hall Meeting for faculty and staff on COVID-19 preparations.
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To manage and avoid additional community spread, we will continue to promote 6-feet of social distancing. Our teams are actively reconfiguring spaces and developing guidance on how to accommodate this requirement, including classrooms, dining halls, meeting spaces and elevators.
We are installing plexiglass in some high-traffic, customer-facing areas as well, such as reception desks in places like the Simon Recreation Center. We are still working through how social distancing will affect housing assignments for students.
The University will provide two washable cloth face masks to each student, faculty and staff member at the start of the semester. More information on that distribution process is forthcoming. Masks or face coverings will be required in public spaces, including those like classrooms, meeting rooms and the library where 6-feet of social distancing is required. A statement about face masks being mandatory will be included in course syllabi.
If any individuals are unable to wear a face mask due to medical reasons, they may contact the Office of Disability Services (students) or Human Resources (faculty and staff) to discuss their individual situations.
Students should contact Disability Services as soon as possible, prior to the start of the semester, and share those accommodations with their professors as far in advance as possible before classes begin in August.
We are finalizing plans to launch a smartphone app and web link for daily health checks consisting of symptom and temperature screening. As we have said before, daily symptom checks are mandatory for everyone who is living, working and learning on campus. Once the system is completed, we will share information about how to download and use the new tool.
Both Employee Health and the Student Health Center will continue screening and testing anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms. Employee Health and the Student Health Center will communicate with the St. Louis Health Department so the city can conduct contact tracing to identify all the people with whom the COVID-19-positive person came in contact.
This fall, we will set aside more than 150 beds to be used for isolation and quarantine housing.
Isolation housing is needed for on-campus students who have symptoms of or who test positive for COVID-19. Students who have symptoms of/test positive for COVID-19 and who need to isolate on campus will have daily attention from Student Health Center personnel, have meals delivered by our campus dining partners, and receive regular outreach from other student support offices to ensure they have what they need. If they feel well enough, they may continue their coursework online.
Quarantine housing is needed for on-campus students who had close contact with a COVID-19-positive person. Typically, they are asymptomatic and need to quarantine for 14 days to be sure they have not contracted COVID-19. Students who need to relocate temporarily to quarantine housing will have regular attention from Student Health Center personnel, have meals delivered by our campus dining partners, and receive regular outreach from other student support offices to ensure they have what they need. Students in quarantine are asymptomatic and should plan to continue their coursework online until their quarantine period ends.
Whenever possible, we will encourage students to isolate or quarantine at their off-campus home. However, we understand that will not be possible for all students who may contract or be exposed to COVID-19.
As mentioned previously, more than 800 touchless hand sanitizer stations will soon be mounted in buildings across our campuses, including key entry and exit points, and by elevators. Bottles of sanitizing solution also will be available to departments.
Maintenance staff members are increasing cleaning and disinfecting efforts in public areas across our campuses. Where possible, we will have spray bottles with disinfecting solution, or sanitizing wipes, available for use by students, staff and faculty in high-traffic areas, like residence hall common or public areas, classrooms, the Simon Rec Center, etc. This will help increase the frequency that high-touch surfaces are cleaned each day, beyond the regular efforts of our custodians. Distribution logistics will be finalized in the coming weeks.