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Healthy at Thomas More
-The Spring 2021 Plan-

Update history:

January 4, 2021 – update to quarantine procedures for international travel.

January 6, 2021 – update to quarantine guidelines for household members of COVID positive individuals

Wear Masks When Around Others

Facial coverings are required for all students, employees, contractors, and visitors on campus. Facial coverings must cover the mouth, nose, and chin. Facial coverings must be worn at all times except in the following cases:

-when eating and six feet away from others

-while alone in a private space such as an office

-when exercising six feet away from others and not facing anyone

-when resident students are in their own room or bathroom

-when outside and six feet away from others

-when participating in official athletic programs

Eating, drinking, or other activities that require removal of a facial covering are not permitted in classrooms or computer lab spaces. All community members must have a facial covering with them at all times so it can be worn when needed.

Disposable masks will be available in Campus Safety as needed.

Violations of this policy by students will be referred to the dean of students in accordance with the Saints Community Standards. Violations of this policy by employees will be referred to the Office of Human Resources in accordance with employee policies. Contractors and visitors in violation of this policy will be referred to Campus Safety.

Avoid Close Contact and Contact Trace

We have reduced density and rearranged our spaces to allow six feet of distance between people. All individuals are expected to follow directional and floor signs to maintain proper social distance. Faculty are required to, and will, keep seating charts in all courses. In addition, all community members will be expected to track their close contacts for 48 hours so we are able to quickly identify those who may have been exposed. Close contact refers to interactions that are within six feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

Monitor Your Health Daily

Everyone is required to self-monitor for symptoms daily. If symptoms appear, contact Campus Safety immediately at 859.341.4867.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

-Cough

-Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath

-New onset of loss of taste or smell

-Fever of 100.4 or greater

-Any two of the following:

-Chills

-Muscle aches

-Runny nose

-Congestion

-Sore throat

-Nausea

-Vomiting

-Headache

-Abdominal pain

-Diarrhea (3 or more, looser than normal, stools in 24 hours)

Sanitation and Campus Cleaning

All individuals on campus have a responsibility to wash their hands and clean up their spaces. Classrooms and high- touch areas will be equipped with wipes that should be used before leaving. Additional hand-sanitizing stations will be placed around campus. In addition, Thomas More has enhanced cleaning protocols across campus in accordance with the standards established by National Resource Management for their campus clients.

Social Gatherings

Students may not attend or host in-person gatherings or events with more than 10 people. This does not include courses and activities planned by the university in accordance with the Healthy at Thomas More guidelines. Any violations will be referred to the dean of students in accordance with the Saints Community Standards.

Symptom monitoring, quarantine, and isolation are used to keep individuals who are sick or might be sick away from others. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact within 48 hours with an individual who has tested positive or experienced COVID-19 symptoms, call Campus Safety at 859.341.4867. 

CLOSE CONTACT

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.

SYMPTOM MONITORING

Individuals who are a close contact of an individual who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are required to monitor their symptoms, minimize their contact with others, and track their close contacts.

  1. If you have been in close contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call Campus Safety at 859.341.4867.

-Individuals are recommended to minimize contact with others, always were a mask when around others, and track all close contacts.

-Resident students may remain on campus and must complete daily wellness checks and track close contacts.

 2.  While being monitored for symptoms:

-The Campus Health Center will provide specific instructions.Individuals are required to submit daily check-in of symptoms.

-Athletes must follow athletic protocols.

-If the symptomatic individual tests positive, you will immediately begin quarantine and must provide your close contacts.See procedures under quarantine.

-If you develop symptoms, you will immediately begin isolation and must provide your close contacts.See procedures under isolation.

3.  Individuals may discontinue symptom monitoring if the symptomatic individuals tests negative and you are not experiencing symptoms

QUARANTINE

  1. Individuals are required to self-quarantine if they have traveled internationally or are a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals in quarantine are to monitor their symptoms and stay away from others. Begin quarantine, contact your medical provider, and call Campus Safety at 859.341.4867.

-Individuals who have tested positive within the last 90 days are exempt from quarantine as a close contact or due to travel.Documentation must be provided to the Campus Health Center.  These individuals will be monitored for symptoms.  If symptoms develop, individuals will begin isolation.

-Individuals are recommended to quarantine at home or their permanent residence to limit exposure to other community members.

-If it is determined by the University that a resident student cannot go home, they may quarantine in the residence halls.  Quarantined students must be separated from non-quarantined students and must immediately be tested for COVID-19.   Resident students who maintain quarantine on campus will follow specific procedures.

  1. All student information will be sent to the Campus Health Center, dean of students, and Athletic Department to plan for housing and course needs, provide student support, and begin contact tracing.All employee information will be sent to the director of human resources for employee support and contact tracing.
  2. If a student does not have a medical provider, they will be referred to a health care provider and local testing site. The student will need to have an insurance card and ID with them.
  3. While in quarantine:

-The Campus Health Center will provide specific instructions for quarantine. Students will not attend on- campus courses or participate in campus activities.

-Monitor your health – watch for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 and notify your medical provider.

-Stay home and stay away from others.

-Resident students who maintain quarantine on campus will follow specific procedures provided. This will include delivered meals, daily wellness checks, assigned restrooms, no visitors, and other measures to ensure health and prevent spread.

-If you develop symptoms, you must immediately begin isolation.See procedures below.

  1. Individuals may be released from quarantine by the Campus Health Center. The following principles will be followed with modifications if needed for specific cases:

-If quarantine was initiated due to being a close contact of an individual who tested positive and you do NOT develop symptoms while in quarantine:

• 14 days after your last contact with that person OR

• 10 days after your last contact with that person and a negative test taken on or after 7 days after your last contact.

• Quarantine begins after your last contact with the person who is positive, even if this person is a household member. If you remain in close contact with a household member during their COVID recovery, you must continue quarantine for 14 days after their 10 day isolation ends OR 10 days after their isolation ends with a negative test taken on or after 7 days after their isolation ends. If you test positive, follow the isolation procedures below for positive individuals.

• In addition to the above criteria, while students may return to campus activities, resident students must have a negative test result to return to housing. Athletes must follow athletic protocols to return to participation.

-If quarantine was initiated due to international travel and you do NOT develop symptoms while in quarantine:

•14 days after arrival in the US OR
•10 days after your arrival in the US and a negative test taken on or after 7 days after your arrival in the US.

ISOLATION

Individuals will isolate if they experience COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. People in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or receive a positive test result for COVID-19, call Campus Safety immediately.

  1. All individuals will immediately begin isolation.

– A resident student who has tested positive for COVID-19 symptoms will be required to go home.

– Residents with symptoms who have not tested positive may be permitted to isolate on campus depending on space availability and the severity of symptoms. Resident students who maintain isolation on campus must be tested immediately and will follow specific procedures.

  1. If a student does not have a medical provider, they will be referred to a health care provider and local testing site.
    – According to the Healthy at Thomas More Employee and Work-Site Expectations, any employee with COVID-19 symptoms must be tested by a health care provider for COVID-19 within 36 hours, unless cleared by a medical professional.
  2. The individual will be asked to provide a list of close contacts from the last 48 hours.
  3. All student information will be sent to the Campus Health Center, dean of students, and Athletic Department to plan for course needs, provide student support, and begin contact tracing. The Campus Health Center will provide specific instructions for isolation. Students will not attend on-campus courses or participate in campus activities. Students who isolate on campus will be provided with a care package and required to follow specific procedures including delivered meals, daily wellness checks, no visitors, and other measures to ensure health and prevent spread.  All employee information will be sent to the director of human resources for employee support and contact tracing.
  4. Isolation may end when released by the Campus Health Center based on CDC guidelines. The following principles will be followed with modifications if needed for specific cases:

-If isolation was initiated due to symptoms:

• Symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication AND

• At least 10 days have passed since initial onset of symptoms or a doctor’s note that indicates an illness or condition that is not related to COVID-19.Those who were also close contacts of positive individuals may not use a doctor’s note to be released early.

• In addition to the above criteria, while students may return to campus activities, resident students must have a negative test result to return to housing. Athletes must follow athletic protocols to return to participation. According to the Healthy at Thomas More Employee and Work-Site Expectations, any employee with COVID-19 symptoms must be tested by a health care provider for COVID-19 within 36 hours, unless cleared by a medical professional.

– If isolation was initiated due to a positive COVID-19 test:

• Symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication AND

• At least 10 days have passed since initial onset of symptoms or date of first positive test.

• In addition, athletes must follow athletic protocols to return to participation.

Any student or employee traveling out of the country must self-quarantine for 14 days and report this travel to the dean of students (students) or Human Resources (employees). Follow state and local travel restrictions. Any student or employee traveling within the US and its territories to areas of high risk may be requested to quarantine for 14 days. For travel guidance and for the latest information on high-risk locations within the US, check the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination. While you are traveling, it is possible a state or local government may put into place travel restrictions, such as stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures.

The spring semester will begin on Monday, January 11. The Spring 2021 course schedule in MyTMU has been adjusted to reflect the specific course delivery. Courses are designed to ensure students continue progress in their educational goals and meet student learning outcomes, while continuing timely progress towards their program completion. Courses may include both on-campus and online components as indicated on the schedule.

-on-campus – delivered face-to-face indicated by a specific day, time, and room location

-online – no set time: course is delivered online with no scheduled meeting days or times

-online – with set time: course is scheduled with a meeting day and time students need to be online

All students should review their course schedule as there may have been changes to it since registration. For any questions regarding spring courses, students should be in touch with their advisor (if they are unable to reach their advisor, please contact the Registrar’s office). Finals for the spring semester will take place the last week of April 2021. Please note that spring break has been canceled to ensure that we meet the federal requirements for credit hours.

For spring dates and deadlines, CLICK HERE to view the academic calendar

To ensure the safety of students and faculty while upholding social distancing policies, classes will now be held in additional buildings and classrooms across campus. For a campus map and walking directions, CLICK HERE .

Learning Support

All financial, advising, health, and student support services are available both remotely and in-person. Contact the specific office for details. Visit thomasmore.edu/covid-19/continue-learning/ for resources to continue learning, including technology support, internet and computer access, tips for online learning, tutoring, help with course materials, and learning tools.

Student Activities and Events

Proper safety and a vibrant campus life will co-exist at Thomas More. In an effort to do this, all student-facing activities will be approved through Student Life and provided with guidelines and supplies necessary to hold a
safe event. All student groups (clubs, student leaders, student organizations, etc.) must follow these guidelines as required by Student Government Association and Student Life. All staff and faculty areas hosting non-class events for students will also follow these guidelines. Events open to the public must be approved two weeks in advance by the area vice president.

Athletics

The Athletic Department will follow all guidelines put in place by the University to take every precaution to keep the community safe. The University has protocols in place (and is continuing to update protocols) based on information and guidelines given from the University and our sports medicine team, the Mid-South Conference, the NAIA, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local health officials, and the Governor of Kentucky. The athletic department will stay up to date with protocols and expects all student-athletes to be mindful that their actions may have an impact upon others in our community. For more information about guidelines for student-athletes and actions taken by the Athletic Department, visit thomasmoresaints.com or contact the department at 859.344.3536.

Residence Life

Housing capacity has been reduced on campus to ensure single housing options, more physical distance, and rooms should someone need to quarantine. The move-in process will take place over a series of days. Additional information has been provided to resident students regarding items to bring, expectations, and policies. Contact housing@thomasmore.edu if you have any questions regarding the residence halls or move-in. To ensure the health of our community, no outside guests (non-Thomas More students) will be allowed in the residence halls. Any resident students who experience symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate and go home. Isolation rooms will be available in the interim or if that is not possible.

Campus Dining

Our dining facilities will follow the Healthy at Thomas More guidelines as well as Aramark’s safety protocols.

-Many convenient pre-packaged items will be available at all locations, and each service station will include a meal, salad, and dessert option to more efficiently move individuals through the service line.

-Reduced capacity seating to promote physical distancing will be monitored in accordance with state guidelines. Additionally, outdoor seating on patio next to the Villa will also be available.

-To-go boxes will be available and encouraged.

-Clear signage will be installed to direct the flow of traffic in and out of the dining facilities, and contactless transactions at point-of-sale will be utilized and encouraged as much as possible.

-Increased surface cleaning will occur regularly throughout the meal periods, and regular sanitization will occur between meal periods and at the end of the day.

-Eating is not permitted in classrooms or computer lab spaces.

All guidelines and safety protocols will continue to be monitored, adjusted, and communicated as changes are needed in order to maintain the safest levels of compliance for our Thomas More community. We suggest planning your meal ahead of time by viewing the updated menus at thomasmore.campusdish.com. For questions about dining or special requests, contact General Manager Jeff Pearce at pearce-jeffory@aramark.com.

-If you have COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, or have interacted within 48 hours with an individual who has tested positive or experienced symptoms, contact Campus Safety at 859.341.4867.

-Disposable masks are available at Campus Safety. Cloth masks are available for sale in the More Store.

-Visit thomasmore.edu/covid-19/continue-learning/ for academic resources and information.

-Center for Disease Control and Prevention

-Team Kentucky source for information regarding COVID-19

If you have any further questions please contact the necessary department

The COVID Response Team is chaired by Kelly French, Vice President for Strategy and Impact

Members include:
Theresa Behan, MS, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer
Antwone Cameron, Dean of Students
Terry Connor, Athletics Director
Laura Custer, Director of Human Resources
Joey Etheridge, Director of Facilities
Jeff Hetzer, Associate Athletic Director
Jay Langguth, Associate Provost and Professor
Dennis Lehmkuhl, Director of Campus Safety
Tori Myles, Assistant Dean of Students
Tammy Schatzman, RN, Director of the Campus Health Center
Rebecca Stratton, Director of Communications and Public Relations
Noah Welte, Legal Counsel

Thank you in advance for making Thomas More a safe campus for everybody and for taking on the responsibility of your own well-being as a first step towards the well-being of the whole community. We will, together, aim to have a productive and safe academic year.