Saint Mary’s announces policies and procedures for fall semester
Observer Staff Report | Thursday, July 9, 2020
In an email to the student body Thursday, College President Katie Conboy outlined policies and protocols for a safe return of students to campus this fall, including COVID-19 testing and mandatory mask wearing.
Prior to their arrival on campus, all students will be required to complete an online training course which covers the newly established health and safety guidelines. In addition, all students attending in-person classes, including those living off-campus, will be required to complete a COVID-19 test. Any student who does not report their test results prior to their arrival will be tested upon arrival and placed in quarantine until the results are known.
Once on campus students will partake in a daily wellness check and will be required to “have a mask on their person at all times, that they wear a mask in indoor public spaces and that they wear masks outdoors when physical distancing is not possible,” according to the email.
Regarding physical distancing, all interactions with any persons outside a roommate group must take place from six feet apart.
The Health and Counseling Center will continue to operate Monday through Friday, in addition to a new COVID testing center which has been established on campus. A 24-hour telehealth service will also become available to students starting this fall.
“We have partnered with LabCorp to provide the gold standard in COVID testing, and we will pursue contact tracing to protect community members who may have been exposed to someone with an active COVID infection,” Conboy said in the email.
In an effort to promote wellness, the Angela Athletic Facility will continue to operate with normal hours with the implementation of capacity restrictions to ensure the health and safety of community members.