The College is actively working to enhance campus safety and health by the time we return for fall 2020 semester. The safety and health of our community is of paramount importance.
- Each student and employee will receive an SMCM drawstring bag containing enough masks, gloves, and sanitizer to last throughout the entire fall semester, as well as an individual thermometer for daily personal temperature readings.
- Infrared thermometers will be used to monitor temperatures of employees returning to work on a daily basis.
- The College will require ongoing self-monitoring of symptoms for residential and commuting students and employees who will be on campus at any point during the semester.
The College will:
- Assist students and employees with securing COVID-19 testing and treatment in conjunction with local health care providers designated at an official testing facility.
- Isolate residential students who contract COVID-19 and isolate those who are exposed.
- Coordinate contact tracing with the St. Mary’s County Public Health Department.
A symptom screening process (testing) will take place for all residential and commuting students who will be on-campus.
- All students will be required to take a COVID-19 training and education campaign before returning to campus, or if already on campus, complete the training to stay on campus.
- All students will be provided a kit containing essential PPEs (masks as face coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer) and a digital thermometer for the semester.
Following guidance from the St. Mary’s County Health Department and the Center of Disease Control, the use of face coverings can potentially slow the spread of COVID-19 by preventing people who may have the virus but are asymptomatic from transmitting it to others.
- Students must wear face coverings while on campus, this includes buildings, grounds, classrooms, shared laboratory areas, conference rooms, elevators, hallways, etc. Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose at all times, except when eating, or alone in a private room or private vehicle.
- Students who cannot wear a protective mask due to a medical issue, like trouble breathing or the inability to remove the cover without assistance, should contact Accessibility Services for accommodations.
Social Distancing Rules
- Maintain at least six feet of social distance from others whenever possible.
- Follow any signage or instruction regarding the use of common spaces, hallways, or pathways through campus.
- Report locations or examples of social distancing congestion to the Office of Public Safety (240-895-4911) to assist with identifying potential problem areas.
General Health and Hygiene Rules/Face covering guidelines
- Refrain from visiting campus or facilities whenever you are sick or have symptoms of respiratory illness.
- Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, preferably with soap and warm water, particularly after coming into contact with high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, handrails, and commonly used equipment.
- Cough/sneeze into sleeves, preferably into the elbow. When using a tissue, discard it properly and clean/sanitize hands immediately.
- Avoid touching your face — particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth — with your hands to prevent infection.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call the Wellness Center to arrange for testing on campus or testing through the St. Mary’s County Health Department at St. Mary’s Hospital. While residential students are awaiting their test results, they must self-isolate in designated on-campus housing. Commuter students should remain at home pending the test results. Testing for any community member will initiate an investigation of direct contacts. Plans have been developed to both support the student and their direct contacts (who will be placed in quarantine) while awaiting results or should the results be positive for COVID-19. Positive cases will be communicated to the campus in a manner consistent with federal and state guidelines.
St. Mary’s College will continue to work with the St. Mary’s County Health Department and make the determination to shift to a non-residential experience should that become necessary.