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Saints Strong Fall 2020

Staying Saints Strong


FACE COVERING ADVISORY
Updated 3-3-2021 at 11 a.m.

OLLU has made decisions regarding the university's response to the pandemic based on the advice of the CDC and other health professionals. The guidance of health experts remains consistent: the wearing of masks is the single most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 virus. Therefore, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all OLLU campuses are still required to wear face coverings despite the end of the Texas-wide face covering mandate that occurred March 2. As a private university, OLLU has the right to set its own policies and will continue with the face covering rule.

The university also will maintain current capacity limits in classrooms and meeting spaces, and social distancing guidelines will remain in place.

 

Pandemic Information

Guiding Principles

As the OLLU family continues campus operations, the university values of Community, Integrity, Trust and Service form the decision making.

Decisions being made consider the well-being of our entire community from a holistic perspective: health/mental health, academic experience/progress, fuller access to support services, and maintaining community and spiritual connections.

We are looking to trusted scientific and epidemiological experts to guide our efforts so that we can offer our students the OLLU experience while still protecting the vulnerable.

We are relying on the integrity of all community members to self-report any symptoms of or exposure to the virus, to wear face coverings in communal areas and maintain proper hand washing and cleaning.

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Do Your Part

Measures you take against the virus protect not only you but those around you. Help us all stay Saints Strong by:

Face coverings have been shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All employees, visitors and students coming to OLLU campuses will wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place including classrooms, communal spaces, hallways and restrooms, or where it is difficult to maintain six feet of distance from others.

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When possible, keep at least six feet of space between you and others.

All OLLU students and employees are required to conduct a self-screening using the #CampusClear app before coming onto campus. 

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Do not attend class or work if you are feeling ill or have any COVID-related symptoms or have tested positive for COVID or had known close-contact exposure* to someone who has tested positive for COVID; self-report symptoms or illness by calling the OLLU Reporting Line at 210-431-3949 or by using this online form: Health Self-Reporting .

*Note: Close contact is defined as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated." This is referred to as the 6-15-48 principle.

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Teaching and Learning

To accommodate the wide range of student needs and desires during the pandemic, OLLU has adopted a variety of strategies as appropriate to each discipline. The course schedule was updated with more online options.

Face-to-face classes are meeting in spacious classrooms that allow for generous social distancing. Face masks or shields are required in classrooms.

All instruction is online and prepared using principles specifically for online learning. 

Combines face-to-face classroom instruction with online instruction or activities. 

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Living on Campus

The residence halls are open for the spring semester for students on the San Antonio campus with the same significant adjustments used in the fall semester. To accommodate the need for social distancing in the residence halls, OLLU has adopted the following initiatives:

Following the opening of Lake View Hall, the university took several halls offline. Providence Hall, Pacelli Hall and St. Ann’s Hall have been brought back online and are being utilized for greater social distancing. This greatly increases the availability of single rooms. Our spacious triple occupancy rooms have been converted to double occupancy rooms. There are no more than two residents sharing bathroom space.

Lounges, study rooms and laundry spaces have been adjusted to ensure proper distancing; signage and floor decals have been added as visual reminders.

Social activities in the residence halls involve more virtual and outdoor activities to ensure social distancing.

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Campus Dining

Dining on our San Antonio campus has been adjusted. Community members are asked to social distance or take food to go when possible. Other initiatives include:

The cafeteria is closed between meal times to allow staff to conduct intensified cleaning measures.

Guards have been installed in key areas to prevent the spread of germs.

More Grab-and-Go options are being offered in the main cafeteria and the C-Store to allow community members to take their meals to private spaces.

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Working on Campus

Taking care of our faculty and staff is important. We will work together to create healthy work spaces.

Where possible, supervisors have created rotating and alternative schedules for staff to reduce the number of people on campus at any one time; schedules have been created to ensure that students have access to services both in person, online or over the phone.

Carts with disinfectant cleaning supplies have been placed throughout the campus for use by staff to assist with cleaning their work areas.

All OLLU students and employees are required to conduct a self-screening using the #CampusClear app before coming onto campus. 

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Do not attend class or work if you are feeling ill or have any COVID-related symptoms or have tested positive for COVID or had known close-contact exposure* to someone who has tested positive for COVID; self-report symptoms or illness by calling the OLLU Reporting Line at 210-431-3949 or by using this online form: Health Self-Reporting .

*Note: Close contact is defined as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated." This is referred to as the 6-15-48 principle.

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Campus Changes

You will see some changes on campus and are asked to do things a little differently this academic year.

Depending on elevator size, one to four individuals are allowed at a time. 

Stairs in some areas of campus have been designated up or down to reduce spread of germs from person to person.

Limits have been placed on the number of people allowed in meeting spaces; online/virtual meetings are encouraged.

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COVID-19 Resources

The following resources provide information about the virus, precautions to take to protect yourself, and guidance on services available to the community for dealing with this crisis:

A vaccine to prevent this virus is being rolled out, but the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection right now is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
 
Here are everyday actions you should take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19, a common cold or the flu:

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Everyone is reminded to practice "Clean Hands In/Clean Hands Out" when in high-touch areas  - meaning wash hands before entering these areas and wash hands after exiting.

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