The College will educate faculty, staff, and students on infection control practices, monitoring their health and recognizing symptoms of COVID-19 to avoid the spread of infection.
- Infection Control Practices
- Buildings and Facilities
- Minoring Your Health: Wellness Checks
Infection Control Practices
Mount Aloysius expects our students, faculty and staff to adhere to the following infection control practices.
Facial Coverings / Masks
Students and employees are expected to wear a mask or face shield when moving across Campus, in hallways, in meetings, and in the classroom. Masks may be removed to eat, in private offices, residential spaces or other areas in which you are alone or with only persons in your family unit on Campus. Masks may be homemade but must not contain any derogatory images, words or phrases toward any person or group of people. The College will have limited supply of disposable masks available for student and employee use. A College-branded mask will be issued to each student upon arrival in August. Additional branded masks will be available for purchase in the Bookstore. Follow CDC guidance for reusable masks.
EMPLOYEES MAY REMOVE MASKS IF you are alone in your office, if the mask impedes your vision creating a safety issue, or a medical condition prevents you from wearing a mask. In such cases, employees must consult with their supervisor.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The College will provide as necessary PPE to students who are participating in off-campus clinical experiences in hospitals and other health care settings this fall. Each clinical site will establish the appropriate amount and grade of PPE for their site.
When conditions require, some Employees will be provided and expected to use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for their job; request replacements when needed; and notify their supervisor of any rips or tears incurred during disinfection or of known contaminated areas or surfaces.
Maintain six feet of social distancing when possible. Greet others with a smile, hello or a wave. Avoid handshakes and physical contact.
- Practice regular hand washing throughout the day. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer when soap and water is unavailable.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Discard used items properly in receptacles.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use water coolers to refill your own bottle or bring your own bottled water. Do not drink directly from water fountains.
- Monitor your health daily for symptoms of COVID-19
- Stay home when sick
Cleanliness and Sanitation of Personal Spaces, Study Areas, Office, etc.
While the College’s Housekeeping team will regularly clean and disinfect common areas and high-touch surfaces like doorknobs and light switches, our team cannot be everywhere all the time.
Even spaces that look clean may contain germs that spread viruses and other infections. Additionally, spaces may have been cleaned just an hour before but another user passed through before you arrived. Therefore, the College is providing sanitizing spray and disposable towels for student and employee use. Doing your part to wipe down surfaces before and after use is another step you can take to keep yourself and others healthy.
Employees are responsible for sanitizing their own work areas on a regular basis including desks, file cabinet handles, printers and other office equipment.
Physical Plant will order supplies for cleaning in bulk. If you need cleaning products, contact the Physical Plant office. Cleaning supplies will be limited to those who are onsite and not provided for teleworkers. Departments should not order their own cleaning supplies.
Buildings & Facilities
Ongoing assessments are done to ensure adequate air exchange. Central building units typically have return ducts high enough to avoid the risk of building occupants coughing or sneezing directly into them. The College is also evaluating options for higher-grade air filters in central units. Additional measures are under consideration for increased ventilation in areas where it is not already present.
Traffic Flow Patterns
The College is reviewing the flow of foot traffic on Campus and may designate certain doors as entry or exit only, and stairs or hallways as one way only. This will focus on areas with heavy traffic flow such as the dining hall, residence halls and narrow hallways or stairwells in other Campus buildings. Flow patterns will be adjusted where feasible to promote social distancing. Signage will be placed to establish new traffic flow patterns where deemed necessary. Such patterns may be reviewed and modified periodically as necessary.
Plexiglas barriers or “sneeze guards” are being installed in some areas as an additional protective measure for employees, students and visitors.
A new phone system was installed this summer to increase College-wide functionality for call forwarding, video conferencing, etc.
Signs have been placed throughout Campus to inform and educate employees and students about mitigating risk and use of infection control practices, i.e., social distancing, handwashing, symptoms of COVID-19, and directional signage.
Limited or Reduced Occupancy
Seating is being removed and/or repositioned where possible to ensure proper social distancing in the dining hall and other designated areas.
Occupancy limits will be established based on square footage and the ability to maintain social distance between individuals. Detailed protocols will be identified for areas such as:
- Hospitality Center
- Student and Employee Lounges
- Meeting Rooms
- Administrative Departments (Admissions, Registrar, Business Office, etc.)
- College-sponsored Events
- Facility Rentals
Monitoring Your Health – Wellness Checks
The presence or lack of a temperature alone is not 100% accurate for establishing illness. You may not have a temperature and still be carrying the virus, only to have a temperature a few hours later.
An elevated temperature may be the first sign of illness. The College has purchased several infrared thermometers and will have Temperature Stations/Wellness Check points at multiple locations to assist students, employees and visitors with monitoring their temperature.
We are in the process of developing additional protocols for wellness checks and temperature screenings.