MBU is dedicated to opening as safely as possible this fall. Below are protocols and procedures that have been set in place by the University to navigate the upcoming school year.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
- All unvaccinated students, employees, and visitors should wear face coverings in indoor spaces except for private living and work areas and specifically designated areas (e.g. showers).
- If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask.
- Since there will be several hundred faculty, staff and students attending chapel and physical distancing may be a challenge, masks will be required for all individuals, including those who are vaccinated. We will monitor the situation as the semester progresses and make adjustments as necessary.
- Keep a face covering with you when on campus will ensure it is available when needed.
Faculty, staff, and students may have their own personal face covering that fits their comfort needs and meets the CDC recommendations.
- Some people are unable to wear a face covering due to lung or other health-related conditions. Students, please contact the Dean of Students Office (DeanofStudents@mobap.edu) or faculty/staff contact the Provost Office (Provost@mobap.edu) if you are unable to wear a face covering for these reasons and need an accommodation. Medical documentation will be requested as the University works to provide the accommodation through an interactive process.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTION PROTOCOL
- Housekeeping staff will clean common areas and workspaces based on CDC guidelines for disinfection.
- Disinfecting supplies have been placed in public spaces (including athletic facilities and computer labs), and cleaning is required before and after individual use.
- When working in offices, building occupants should wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use with products provided by or approved by Campus Operations staff. This includes any shared-space locations or equipment (copiers, printers, computers, A/V or other electrical equipment, kitchen appliances, desks, tables, light switches, door knobs, etc.).
- Electrostatic sprayers are used for electrostatic sanitizing in all residence halls and locker rooms.
SYMPTOM MONITORING AND TEMPERATURE PROTOCOL
Faculty, Staff, and students should complete the Daily Self-Assessment on the Spartan Safe App before coming to campus. The CDC guidelines health screenings help individuals identify potential symptoms and know when to self-isolate and contact a medical provider.
- Do not attend class or report to work if you are experiencing symptoms unless you have already consulted a health care provider (e.g. allergy symptoms), and if you develop symptoms during the day, return to your home or room. In this case, faculty will set up reasonable alternative arrangements for student learning.
- Faculty or staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 or develop symptoms should complete the COVID-19 Tracing Form immediately.
HANDWASHING, HAND SANITIZING AND GLOVE USE
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer is available to each department.
- Food handling, health care activities and other high-risk areas should use gloves, but according to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent spread.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES
- Keeping space between people is one of the best tools to avoid exposure to COVID-19 and slowing its spread because people may be able to spread the virus before knowing they are sick. Physical distancing is important for everyone, especially to protect people who are at high risk for health complications.
- Faculty, staff, students, and visitors should follow these guidelines:
- Stay at least 6 feet from other people at all times
- Wear a face covering when leaving individual workspaces, when indoors on campus and when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained outside.
HEALTH SCREENING, TESTING & TREATMENT OPTIONS
- Faculty, staff, and students must complete the Daily Self-Assessment on the Spartan Safe App before coming to campus.The University will require daily health screening by faculty, staff, and students and all community members must comply with the requirement to health screen in order to work or attend class on campus.
- If an individual begins to feel sick after completing the daily health screening or coming to campus, the individual should re-take the daily health screening and take action as appropriate.
- The University partners with the Mercy Hospital to establish resources specifically for MBU students including telehealth visits, dedicated transition of care, and access to hospitals.
- The University will arrange for availability of flu shots to students, faculty, and staff.
- Contact-tracing plans will be implemented, as well as isolation and quarantine protocols. Residential space is limited and residential students should be prepared to quarantine or isolate at home if possible.
REPORTING A COVID-19 POTENTIAL CASE
For individuals who:
1) have experienced signs and symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 identified in the University’s daily Health Screening,
2) have received information that they were in close or direct contact with someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test result or
3) received a positive COVID-19 test result from a medical provider.
- Complete the COVID-19 Tracing Report Form with as much details as you can recall, which will help the University take steps for you and the University community to maintain a healthy and safe environment.
- Follow the Quarantine and Isolation instructions in the next section (below).
- The University Contact Tracing Team will contact you with information and how to receive approval to return to campus.
QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION
Review symptom monitoring, testing, and screening protocols for additional information. Faculty, staff, or students who are experiencing symptoms as outlined by the CDC should follow the below protocols.
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home
- People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2
- Stay home and monitor your health
- Stay home for 10 days after notification of a positive COVID-19 Status
- Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
- Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- This includes people who previously had COVID-19 and people who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the virus.
- What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
- Stay home and monitor your health
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
- Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
- If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
- Faculty, staff, and students who do not reside on campus should stay home until symptom-free, or until they have contacted a health provider to rule out COVID-19, either by test or another condition (e.g. allergies, other illness, testing negative for COVID-19, etc.).
- Faculty and staff may work remotely where possible upon the approval of their supervisor and absences should be reported through the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Form.
- Faculty and staff in quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 will not report to work until they experience 10 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19 and are without symptoms according to CDC Quarantine guidelines listed above The CDC Quarantine Website provides specific instructions and how to calculate 10 days. Individuals may shorten their quarantine to 7 days after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later).
- Faculty and staff in isolation due to exposure to COVID-19 will not report to work until a negative test has been confirmed or they experience 10 days without symptoms.
- If the individual demonstrates signs and symptoms or a positive test, refer to section below “Positive COVID-19 Test and Isolation Procedure.”
- Students in isolation on campus should:
- Separate from other residents as quickly as possible. Individuals with minor symptoms will be asked to self-isolate. Students with more severe symptoms may be tested for COVID-19 and temporarily relocated to alternate housing.
- Complete the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Form immediately.
- Notify Residence Life if they believe they may have contracted COVID-19.
- Keep track of symptoms in case they become symptomatic of COVID-19 or worsen over time.
- Follow care instructions from a healthcare provider. Telehealth consultation is available through Mercy health providers and students may make appointments with Mercy health providers through MBU’s Mercy Clinic.
- Notify faculty and supervisors in order to make alternative arrangements for class and work.
- Get emergency medical care immediately for the following symptoms:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
- Students in isolation due to exposure to COVID-19 will not report to classes or any other University activity until a negative test has been confirmed or they experience 14 days without symptoms.
- If the individual demonstrates signs and symptoms or a positive test, refer to section below “Positive COVID-19 Test and Quarantine Procedure.”
POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST AND ISOLATION PROCEDURE:
- If a faculty or staff member contracts COVID-19, they will complete the COVID-19 Tracing Form immediately. The University Contact Tracing Team will conduct contact tracing and connect the individual to appropriate resources related to sick leave and health care options. Faculty and staff will work with a medical professional to care for their health and quarantine in their home, and will not return to work until cleared by a qualified health professional. The COVID-19 Contact Tracing Team will conduct contact tracing and work with the appropriate public health department to ensure anyone who has been exposed is notified of isolation precautions.
- If a student contracts COVID-19, they should complete the COVID-19 Tracing Form immediately. MBU will consult with the ill student(s) and with local health officials to determine when, how and where to move ill residents to either temporary housing or recommend going to the hospital for further testing and or treatment. In addition, students will:
- Be moved to temporary housing locations.
- Self-isolate in quarantine housing and monitor for symptoms according to the guidance of local health officials.
- Follow the health directives from the treating health provider and public health agency, to monitor temperature, record symptoms and access emergency medical care if needed.
- Utilize the private bathroom facilities and other supplies provided in each quarantine room, such as: thermometer, sanitizing wipes, tissues, soap, hand sanitizer and toiletries.
- Residential students will utilize meal delivery by the Office of Residence Life, and will follow instructions regarding accessing basic necessities.
- When necessary, students who are directly exposed to COVID-19 may be moved into temporary housing for symptom monitoring and isolation.
- Faculty, staff, students and visitors must be free of a fever and any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 by the following CDC criteria to attend class or work:
- 3 days (72 hours) with no fever AND Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) AND 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
- Ending Isolation (CDC Guidance): Faculty, staff, students and visitors must be free of a fever and any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 by the following CDC criteria to attend class or work:
- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
- Symptoms have improved
- **Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you are tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
- 10 days have passed since test
- **Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”
Notification of Health Officials and Contact Tracing: In accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, MBU will notify health officials at St. Louis County Department of Public Health of faculty, staff and students immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and FERPA. MBU will work with St. Louis County Department of Public Health to inform those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home or in their living quarters and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.