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Campus Health and Safety Protocols

Spring Hill College Overall COVID-19 Campus Health and Safety Protocols

Spring Hill College is engaged in a variety of testing protocols to help keep the community safe through asymptomatic and symptomatic testing.

Entry Testing – is conducted through the GuideSafe™️ program for residential students arriving for Spring classes. This is a free testing program to identify any positive cases among residential students.

Sentinel Testing – involves testing a random sample of Spring Hill’s students, faculty and staff weekly to help monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 on our campus. Every week, we will randomly test 15 percent of our on-campus population. The randomized testing is to help monitor levels of COVID-19 and identify potential outbreaks.

BinaxNow Antigen Testing – is a rapid COVID-19 test with results available within 15 minutes of the test being administered. Spring Hill will use the rapid antigen tests in athletics, student life and other high-transmission activities to monitor any community transmission.

Symptomatic Testing – students experiencing symptoms can be tested at Greater Mobile Urgent Care, Old Shell location. Spring Hill College will assist students in covering any co-pay or COVID-related testing cost. Please present your Spring Hill College student ID in the clinic when you arrive.

Flu Vaccine – Spring Hill College is encouraging every community member to receive a flu vaccine this year due to the similarities in symptoms between COVID-19 and influenza. We strongly recommend that faculty, staff, and students receive a flu vaccine.

Guidesafe™ Healthcheck Assessment Tool For Spring Hill College

The GuideSafe™Healthcheck tool is part of Spring Hill College’s plan to ensure a safe and healthy campus for our entire College community.

GuideSafe™Healthcheck is a web-based COVID-19 assessment tool that allows users to report COVID-19 symptoms and exposure history.

You can access GuideSafe™ Healthcheck on a phone, tablet or computer by visiting https://www.shc.edu/healthcheck

Make your check-in quick and easy. Pin GuideSafe™ Healthcheck to your phone’s home screen:

GuideSafe™ Healthcheck consists of a set of questions that assess symptoms and exposure to COVID-19. An initial set up survey is performed the first time you access Healthcheck. This assessment only takes about 20 seconds to complete.

After that, you are encouraged to complete GuideSafe™ Healthcheck daily but Spring Hill College requires you to complete the assessment at least every three days. You can even set up reminders through the GuideSafe™ Healthcheck tool. However, if you ever develop new symptoms – don’t wait for a reminder – report them immediately through Healthcheck.

Through GuideSafe™ Healthcheck, you report whether or not you have had symptoms or exposure to anyone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Based on your responses, GuideSafe™ Healthcheck will assign you one of three categories: Least Risk, May be at Risk, or Greater Risk. If you receive a red or yellow screen, please email badgershealth@shc.edu for immediate clarification for how to proceed. Do not come to campus until you receive further guidance. BadgersHealth will follow-up as necessary to monitor your progress.

All responses are private.

Guidesafe™ Healthcheck Faqs

What is GuideSafe™ Healthcheck?
GuideSafe™ Healthcheck is a web-based COVID-19 assessment tool for Spring Hill College faculty, staff and students that assesses the existence of any current COVID-19-related symptoms, exposure history and testing history. The required assessment will help us all return to campus safely and help our community beat COVID-19. GuideSafe™ Healthcheck is used to manage large groups and reduce the risk of further exposure to COVID-19. GuideSafe™ Healthcheck informs College health officials about emerging symptom hot spots before these areas have widespread consequences. It also helps our College health officials prioritize participants who might need COVID-19 testing.
How does GuideSafe™ Healthcheck work?
Spring Hill College faculty, staff and students log on regularly to share symptoms – even if you are feeling healthy – to ensure a safe campus. The initial survey takes about 20 seconds to complete. Subsequent surveys take about 10 seconds to complete. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to complete GuideSafe™ Healthcheck daily.
Spring Hill College requires faculty, staff and students to complete the assessment at least every three days.
If the survey responses indicate the user is symptom-free and has no close exposure to someone with COVID-19 illness, the individual is cleared to re-enter campus. If GuideSafe™ Healthcheck responses show the user is currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the preceding month, the user will not be permitted to re-enter campus until medically cleared. If you have symptoms, email badgershealth@shc.edu for immediate clarification on how to proceed. Do not come to campus until you receive further guidance. BadgersHealth will follow-up as necessary to monitor your progress.
How do I access GuideSafe™ Healthcheck?
You can access GuideSafe™ Healthcheck, a password protected system, on a phone, tablet, or computer by going to www.shc.edu/healthcheck.
It is mobile-enabled so that it can be easily viewed on your phone. The site can be pinned to your smartphone home screen so that it appears as an app.
Will I receive notifications or reminders to fill out GuideSafe™ Healthcheck?
There will be an option for you to receive reminders to report how you are feeling.
Why do I have to report my symptoms so regularly?
Because COVID-19 symptoms are a report at a single slice of time, students and employees should report their symptoms daily and are required to complete GuideSafe™ Healthcheck every three days to confirm how they are feeling.
I’m not cleared to re-enter campus. Should I be participating in GuideSafe™ Healthcheck?
Continue to use GuideSafe™Healthcheck. BadgersHealth will be in contact with you for your next steps.
Why is Spring Hill College recommending we use GuideSafe™ Healthcheck?
GuideSafe™ Healthcheck, a COVID-19 assessment tool, informs College officials about emerging symptom hot spots before these areas have worsening consequences. It also helps College health officials prioritize participants who might need COVID-19 testing.
Is GuideSafe™ Healthcheck secure? Is my privacy protected?
GuideSafe™ Healthcheck is a HIPPA compliant platform. GuideSafe™ Healthcheck does not in any way track you as a person. It is a tool for you to report COVID-19 symptoms and any exposure. It does not track your location. BadgersHealth will receive the information to ensure those coming on campus are not showing symptoms.
Will I remain anonymous? Who gets my HealthCheck assessment when it’s sent?
BadgersHealth and Human Resources will receive your information, but everything will be kept private.
I need more information. Who can I talk to?
Send your questions to badgershealth@shc.edu

Spring Hill College Sentinel Testing 2021

Sentinel testing will begin the week of January 25 for students, faculty and staff through GuideSafe™️. It is a free, mandatory testing program.

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our campus, we are continuing this component of our health and safety plan in partnership with GuideSafe™️.

What is Sentinel Testing?

Sentinel testing involves testing a random sample of Spring Hill’s students, faculty and staff weekly to help monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 on our campus. Every week, we will randomly test 15 percent of our on-campus population. The randomized testing is to help monitor levels of COVID-19 and identify potential outbreaks.

How Will the Testing be Conducted?

Each day, randomly selected individuals will receive an email from Verily (healthy@verily.com) directing them to sign up for a testing appointment on campus during the next seven days. Please check your Spring Hill College email regularly to see if you have been selected as part of the randomized testing. If you are randomly selected, you will be prompted in the email to log into your Verily account and request a test.

You must be registered for a Verily account in order to be included in the randomized sample. If you have not registered for a Verily account, please visit healthy.verily.com to register.

Sentinel tests are intended for individuals who are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. As part of scheduling your test through Verily, you will be asked to report if you are experiencing symptoms. If your responses show you are symptomatic, you will be asked not to test through this program, but to contact badgershealth@shc.edu about alternative testing options.

Exceptions to the testing include: If you are COVID-19 symptomatic, if you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test within the last 12 weeks (provide documentation of test result to Spring Hill College to badgershealth@shc.edu), anyone who is fully online or outside the reasonable distance to likely travel to campus.

On Your Testing Day

On the day of your testing appointment, you will arrive at Price LeBlanc Hall in the Barter Student Center at your appointment time and check in with your ID and appointment email.
Please wear a mask as directed by our campus policy.

After check-in, you will be given a test kit including a nasal swab that you will self-administer at the appointment. The swab process takes less than a minute. There are observers available on-site to help guide you through the process. After you have completed your self-swab, you will seal your sample in the included test tube and storage bag and turn it in to a member of the collection team at the testing location. The sentinel testing process typically takes 5-7 minutes from arrival to departure.

Each testing day, samples are delivered to the laboratory for processing. Results are typically provided within 24-48 hours from arrival at the lab.

Results will be delivered to Student Affairs. If you test negative for COVID-19, results will be emailed within 36 hours of testing. If you test positive for COVID-19, participants will receive and email from badgershealth@shc.edu or a call from Student Affairs.

Can I Refuse Testing?

The testing is mandatory. Many COVID-19 cases present as asymptomatic, so your participation is vital to get the timely, appropriate data on COVID-19 cases at our College.

Also a reminder: please log on to GuideSafe™Healthcheck for your daily health reporting. This is an equally vital step for everyone at Spring Hill College.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Affairs or badgershealth@shc.edu

Thank you for your participation in this valuable sentinel testing program.

Personal Health Protocols on Campus

Face Coverings

All students, faculty and staff are required to wear face coverings.. This includes:

  • Inside our buildings when a six-foot distance from others is not possible in hallways, stairwells, offices, classrooms, etc.
  • Outside on campus when a six-foot distance from others is not possible.
  • The only times face coverings are not required for students are: 1) when students are in their bedroom or apartment with only their roommate 2) while actively eating.
  • The only times face coverings are not required for staff and faculty are: 1) when alone in an office or classroom 2.) when eating.

Spring Hill College will provide students with one cloth face covering at no cost. Students should visit the CDC website for recommendations on wearing and cleaning a cloth face mask.

Mask Washing

Masks should be washed after every use. Spring Hill College is following the CDC guidelines on mask washing as part of our College’s protocols.

Faculty, staff, and students may contact the Badgers Health at badgershealth@shc.edu if they need additional masks. Limited quantities are still available.

Physical Distancing

Students will be expected to practice social distancing at all times on and off campus in order to help prevent exposure and spread of COVID-19 on campus. The CDC guidelines call for six feet distance from any other person as appropriate social distancing.

The College has developed recommendations for each space and outdoor areas on campus and students, faculty and staff are expected to adhere to the occupancy developed for each space. During any approved gatherings on campus, there must be six feet of distancing and face masks must be worn. This includes events and campus meetings that can’t be done virtually.

Spring Hill College has made adjustments to classrooms, dining hall and other campus spaces to help encourage physical distancing.

Personal Hygiene

As important as it is to wear a face covering, it’s equally important to follow these guidelines, directly from the CDC COVID-19 web resources:

  • 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, or sneezing. (And if you use a tissue, be sure to throw it away, don’t put it in your pocket or purse.)
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your cloth face covering
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Underlying Medical Concerns

Students with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk of severe COVID-19 illness are encouraged to contact Center for Advising and Academic Support (casa@shc.edu) to discuss necessary accommodations for the course work.

Faculty and staff with underlying medical conditions that increase a person’s risks of severe COVID-19 illness are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 251-380-3063 or to speak with your supervisor.

The CDC has identified the following specific conditions that can negatively impact the severity of COVID-19 illness:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
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