COVID-19: Preventative Measures and Protocol For Fall Semester 2020
Please see the CDC guidance on confirmed and possible unrecognized exposures to COVID-19. You should alert your supervisor if you have symptoms.
As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Practice social distancing where possible (maintain 6 feet distance with others).
- Wear a face covering in public places
- Stay home when experiencing symptoms of illness.
- For further guidance, please consult CDC; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/community-mitigation.html; also see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/ihe-testing.html.
If you have any illness – common cold, flu, cough – please stay home and take care of yourself until you are better. If you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus:
- Students should contact Student Health Services at (706) 233-7278.
- Faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician.
In preparation for the fall semester the following guidelines are in place:
- Students, faculty and staff may have their temperatures checked randomly. Temperature checks will be available in three locations: the Dining Hall, the Coffee Shop (Livingston Library), and the Winthrop-King Centre. Should a student have a fever, he or she will be directed to Student Health Services or the Athletic Trainer and then referred to Floyd Urgent Care for testing. Should faculty or staff have a fever, he or she may be directed to their primary care physician. While awaiting test results, students, faculty and staff will be either sent home or required to enter quarantine in designated areas on campus.
- Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to carry a mask at all times.
- Masks will be mandatory in classrooms, on the shuttle, and in areas where social distancing is not possible.
- For students living on campus, the visitation policy may be updated to reduce contact with other students or campus visitors. Guests will not be allowed to stay overnight. To ensure sound hygienic practices, health and safety checks will be conducted by the Resident Assistants.
- For both formal and informal gatherings, students, faculty and staff are asked to meet in smaller groups or in larger rooms where social distancing is feasible.
- All dining procedures will be in compliance with the Georgia Health Department standards which include: employee temperature screenings, mask usage, elimination of all self-service stations, safe table distancing, and limitations on the number of patrons allowed in the dining hall at one time.
- Please refer to the Shorter University website (www.shorter.edu) for updated recommendations.