Follow-up to March 12 Message Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-29) | Benedictine College

Message Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation - Mar. 12 Follow-up

Sent to Benedictine College students, student parents, faculty and staff on March 12, 2020.

Hello Raven Community -

The coronavirus situation continues to present an ever-expanding number of challenges for us all. Benedictine College knows well the value of educating within a community of faith and scholarship and will be monitoring the situation on a week to week basis with an eye to returning to regular classroom education as soon as possible. Working together as a community, we will be able to weather this storm.

Following up on today’s earlier communication, we want to give some more specific information on what to do in the coming weeks. We are asking for your cooperation in the following ways:

Self-Screenings – As a precaution, the college is asking all students to self-screen for symptoms of the virus (fever over 100.4, cough, shortness of breath) at home before returning to campus. If you have any of these symptoms and have traveled to a high-risk area (see below), DO NOT RETURN TO CAMPUS for 14 days. Nobody wants to risk exposing others on the Benedictine campus to the virus. You should self-isolate at home and contact your personal physician for further direction immediately. NOTE – Once you are ready to return, please bring a doctor’s release to the Office of Student Life showing you are allowed to return to campus.

Students Who Need to Be on Campus – We are encouraging students to stay home during the extended Spring Break. We recognize that there are a variety of life or logistical circumstances that may make this situation challenging, so students who would like to return to campus to retrieve personal belongings or to stay in the residence halls prior to March 22 must complete the Request to Return to Campus form.

Athletics – We are monitoring athletic activities and will make decisions in the best interest of our student athletes and fans in consultation with the Heart of America Athletic Conference and the NAIA.

Compromised Individuals – Benedictine College is spending the next week working to make online learning available for all classes. This is especially important to those with existing health problems or compromised immune systems who may want to limit exposure to the general campus population. Anyone who may feel uncomfortable about returning to campus can choose to stay home as well. The college and its faculty will be communicating with students as we prepare for online learning.

Again, it is our intention to return to regular, in-person classes as soon as we can.

Calling the Student Health Center – Once students have returned, health officials have asked anyone who feels ill to call their health provider before going into a clinic. This includes the Student Health Center. Please call the Center at (913) 360-7117 to do a phone screening before entering the waiting room.

Preventive Measures – Standard measures to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus include frequent hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (into elbow or tissue), and avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness. In addition to hand washing, disinfecting hands using hand sanitizer gel containing at least 60% alcohol and using bleach wipes to clean surfaces is effective. You can also protect your immune system with proper rest, exercise and nutrition. When you return, please bring your own cleaning products. The college will have hand sanitizer and wipes around campus but does not have cleaning supplies for personal use in students' residence hall rooms.

Helpful Links

High Risk Areas

Hong KongColorado
JapanState of New York
South KoreaState of Washington