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Campus Health and Safety Protocols

We Are Committed To Providing A Safe And Healthy Covid-19 Prepared Campus For Everyone At Spring Hill College.

Ensuring the health and safety of the Spring Hill College family is also an integral part of our Jesuit, Catholic commitment here at the College to cura personalis — care of the whole person, mind, body and spirit. By following our campus COVID-19 protocols, we show our care for each other, sets an example and will help to keep our campus active, safe and living our mission, for all.

“Not only ought you continually love and cherish each other but to communicate that love to all.”
― Ignatius of Loyola

Our Spring Hill College Reopening Task Force continues the work of reviewing the COVID-19 data for Mobile and our region. These plans are also based on guidance from experts in the Mobile County Health Department, the State of Alabama and the CDC. We expect an update from the Governor’s office in early July and we’ll of course adjust our plans to meet any new information in order to provide a healthy campus for everyone this fall.

The following protocols go into effect Monday, June 29 and will remain until new guidance is issued by the State of Alabama and the Mobile County Health Department. Please note that June 29 is the beginning of our phased-in approach to our return to campus, allowing for the College to be fully open August 3. Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions or concerns about this plan.

Personal Protection

  • All employees will be required to wear face coverings when not in their own personal office space. This includes hallways and stairwells. When outside on campus, either wear a face covering or have it on hand in case you face a social distancing situation.
  • Please make appointments for meetings with co-workers or meet online. Office drop-ins are discouraged at this time.
  • Any workspace environment physical accommodation or adjustment should be directed to your supervisor or cabinet lead.
  • While our Operations staff will sanitize the campus daily, every office will be supplied with cleaning products to keep their spaces clean throughout the day including tables/desktops, door handles and other surfaces.

Health Protocols

  • We ask that all employees monitor their temperature daily before coming to the campus. If your temperature is 100.4 degrees or above, do not come to work and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Also prior to coming work, we ask that all employees self-screen with the following questions as recommended by the Alabama Department of Public Health:
    • Have you been in close contact* with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
    • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
    • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
    • Have you experienced a new loss of taste or smell?
    • Have you experienced vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” please stay home and contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.

  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home and inform your supervisor. Spring Hill College will keep your health information private, but it is important for the College to engage in contact tracing to help prevent further infections at the College.
  • If you are 65 or older or have heart disease, diabetes, or another chronic health condition, please discuss your working arrangements with your supervisor.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms or have child and/or family care issues related to COVID-19, please contact Human Resources at 251-380-3063 or 251-380-2259.
  • Our First Stop Health Telemedicine provider is available 24/7 to those employees and their families on our Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan. There is no copay. The number is 1-888-691-7867.

Read the Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses from Alabama Public Health

*The CDC defines “close contact” as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/principles-contact-tracing.html)

If you have questions about these protocols, email news@shc.edu, reach out to your supervisor or any of the cabinet members.

Social Distancing

  • The campus will follow the social distancing health protocol that ensures people remain six feet apart whenever possible in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. If not feasible, be sure to have a face covering on hand.
  • Academic Affairs is planning on how this protocol will be managed in classrooms.

Common Areas and Campus Dining

  • Again, social distancing or face coverings should be used in larger campus areas and in the dining spaces when not eating.
  • Both the Student Center and Einstein’s will have specific health protocols displayed.

Athletics

  • Spring Hill is anticipating the return of sports in the fall.
  • The Outlaw Rec Center will reopen in August to students, faculty and staff.
  • There will be a screening process including temperature checks to enter the building.
  • Capacity in the weight room and gym will be limited based on recommended guidelines from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
  • Locker rooms will not be available and you must arrive dressed to workout.
  • The NCAA has reduced the number of games/contests in each sport and the college is developing guidelines for student-athletes which will include a daily screening process and temperature checks.

We’ll add more detail as it becomes available.

Move-in Day and Residence Life

  • All new students living on campus for fall 2020 will be housed in single rooms. Upperclassmen housing will be spaced out as needed to accommodate social distancing and other health protocols.
    • New student Move-In Day is still scheduled for August 17.
    • Badger Beginnings for new students will begin on August 17.
    • Returning students Move-In Day is August 18.
    • Students will receive more information on these Move-In Days from Residence Life.

St. Joseph and Sodality Chapels

Weekdays this summer, both our chapels will be open for prayer and reflection, following the health guidelines established for the campus. Full chapel reopening information for in-person Masses will be shared before the fall semester begins.

Be Prepared for Possible Changes

Our return to campus guidance follows the CDC, State of Alabama and Mobile County Health Department protocols. However, as the pandemic situation remains fluid, we can expect changes in our College guidance as well. We realize this kind of uncertainty may, along with the pandemic itself, be a lot to handle. Please let us know how you are and how we can help you with any challenges as we return to campus. We also realize you have questions. Please email news@shc.edu and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

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