Message on March 6 Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-29) | Benedictine College

Message Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation - Mar. 6

Sent to Benedictine College students, faculty and staff on March 6, 2020.

Hello Raven Community -

We want to keep the campus community updated on issues related to our response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Website for Updates - We have now established a presence on the college website where you can go to check on the latest information and updates on the global coronavirus situation and campus updates.

The link is:

That page has a link to a list of FAQs about the virus, with some related to travel.

Here is a direct link to the FAQs:

Update on Florence - Yesterday, the government of Italy closed all colleges, universities, secondary and elementary schools in the nation for 10 days. Fortunately, we had already decided to close our campus and most students had already left the country.

This week, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced new guidelines for students returning from Italy that require a 14-day isolation period in their homes. All students returning from Italy are going to complete their academics via distance learning and they are required to stay away from campus for 14 days after their return, which is in compliance with the KDHE guidelines.

The Task Force - The Coronavirus Response Task Force has had three meetings and the group is continuing to assess resources and refine existing policies and procedures relating to contagious diseases. For instance, members will meet with representatives of Atchison Hospital on Monday.

College Sponsored Travel - The college continues to assess the situation regarding Mission Trips over Spring Break. Trips are being canceled if there are known cases of COVID-19 in their destination countries. Trips to India and Ecuador were canceled earlier this week, and confirmation of coronavirus in Peru has now caused the cancelation of an additional two mission trips. U.S. State Department and CDC alert levels are being monitored and additional cancelations might be implemented if alert levels change or confirmed COVID-19 cases become known.

Mission Trip Health Screenings - All students going on the remaining mission trips are required to get a health screening at our Student Health Center today as a precautionary measure.

Spring Break Travel - We are again asking everyone to consider where they are traveling and avoid high-risk areas, even in the United States. We strongly encourage students to visit with their parents regarding their upcoming travel plans.

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