SAu Tech’s response to the coronavirus
SAU Tech Coronavirus Response Team
Updated- July 23, 2020
SAU Tech is preparing for online and in-class delivery of education for fall 2020. The semester will start on August 19, 2020, and end at Thanksgiving.
Southern Arkansas University Tech (SAU Tech) developed this plan through a committee planning process to respond to the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines are reflective of the recommendations for higher education institutions set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), guidance from the American College Health Association, and the Arkansas Department of Health. SAU Tech is following the Arkansas Department of Health Directive for re-opening of businesses that were updated on June 15, 2020.
Prevention of the spread of COVID-19 starts with recognizing the signs and symptoms of the virus. The College acknowledges the (CDC) Centers for Disease Control's List of Symptoms for COVID-19: Most frequent symptoms associated with COVID-19 (other signs and no symptoms are possible) that develop 2-14 days after exposure:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Some people may experience some or all of the listed symptoms, and some of the population will exhibit no symptoms (asymptomatic). The CDC also states that other signs may present in addition to the ones listed above.
At-Risk People Groups
From the CDC- Persons at risk from COVID-19:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
Prevention & Sanitation
Prevention efforts by SAU Tech include:
- Health Assessments for employees, students, and campus visitors
- Social Distancing
- Sanitation of work and classroom high-touch areas, and personal hygiene
Students (Future and Current)- Please make an appointment before coming to the campus for assistance in Financial Aid, Admissions, Advising, or taking an exam. Go to www.sautech.edu for further instructions. Advising appointments can be made at https://www.sautech.edu/advising/.
- Health Assessments: Students coming to campus in the summer or before fall classes begin, go to the Administration Building Room 132 for a health assessment. Additional student procedures are included in the College’s internal COVID-19 procedures.
- Masks: Students are asked to wear masks in common areas such as hallways, bathrooms, and when visiting offices on campus. Students are required to wear masks during classes at SAU Tech.
- Social Distancing: Students are required to stay at least 6 feet apart from other students in hallways, classrooms, and other campus spaces. Housing students follow the COVID-19 guidelines set forth in their housing manuals.
- Sanitation: Students practice good personal hygiene by cleaning their hands multiple times a day and using hand sanitizer available in offices and on the campus. The College's water fountains are not available for use during the pandemic.
Things to know before the semester begins:
- Bring masks with you to the campus and wear them as directed above.
- All students are required to get a student ID and wear it on a lanyard while on the campus. Get your student ID in the Rocket Success Center/Library.
- If you live on campus, the housing director will provide more instructions before your arrival. Check your school email.
- Any changes in meeting times in your classes or change in locations will be communicated to you by your course instructor. Check your emails frequently.
- SAU Tech is going to start the semester with a normal class delivery. This may change at any time. The changes will be communicated through your SAU Tech student email, the College's website, and by your course instructors.
- Sign-up for RAVE alerts. This is the system we use for emergency communications (weather, campus incidents, electrical outages, etc.) Use your school email to set-up your account. We share the system with SAU Magnolia, and your email identifies you as an SAU Tech student so that you receive the correct messages.
- All visitors must enter the campus through the Administration Building and take a health assessment before proceeding to offices or other buildings on the campus.
- Persons visiting SAU Tech or providing services to or at the College must wear a mask when entering buildings.
- Persons eating in the Tech Diner must wear a mask when in common areas of the Student Center, and while selecting and purchasing meals. Diners are asked to practice social distancing when eating (masks are removed).
- Visitors are asked to call first before coming to the campus for business purposes to ensure that social distancing can be maintained. The main number for the campus is 870-574-4500.
- Health Assessments: Employees self-assess each day by taking their temperature before coming to work. Anyone exhibiting symptoms or fever at 100.4 or higher, will contact their supervisor and HR immediately.
- Masks: Employees wear masks in common areas such as hallways, bathrooms, and break rooms. They also wear masks when they cannot social distance the required 6 feet from other people. Employees who serve students or prospective students in their offices wear masks if they cannot maintain a distance of 6 feet or more.
- Social Distancing: Employees make every effort to social distance during the workday. When social distancing is not possible, a mask is worn.
- Sanitation of Workspaces: Employees sanitize work areas in addition to regular janitorial cleaning. Employees serving students clean their desk areas in between appointments with students. The faculty clean classroom areas between classes in addition to door handles, and any high touch areas. Typical office and classroom areas include door handles, glass doors, desktops, copiers, printers, keyboards, mouse, etc. Employees also practice good personal hygiene by cleaning their hands multiple times a day.
For enrolled students, parents, faculty, and staff, additional information can be found in the College’s portal (mycollege). You can access it under the quick links at www.sautech.edu or go to this link https://mycollege.sautech.edu/ICS/COVID-19_Response__Plans.jnz
SAU Tech continues to follow the direction of the State of Arkansas as it relates to business operations and resources are available at https://arkansasready.com/.
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