Brescia University Coronavirus Response Plan

Brescia University COVID-19 Dashboard

DateActive Positive CasesCumulative Positive Cases (since March)Those in Isolation at Home With Negative Test Results*Those Isolating On Campus with Negative/Pending Results*
October 16th1 (Isolating at home)12 (Eleven recovered)20

Note: To protect the privacy of individuals, Brescia University is not disaggregating the information according to the categories: faculty, staff, and students.

*These individuals have tested negative but identified by contact tracers as having been exposed. Out of an abundance of caution they remain isolated for two weeks after exposure.

 

A Letter from President Fr. Larry Hostetter – July 23, 2020.

As we get closer to the beginning of the semester the usual emotions are in play: excitement and joyful anticipation as we welcome students back to our campus and their second home. Without a doubt this year brings emotions not characteristic of a new school year: uncertainty, anxiety, and even trepidation. That’s not surprising as this is a situation none of us has ever faced.

While I cannot guarantee a problem-free semester or promise to eliminate all risk, I do think that we are prepared to deal with whatever challenges we might encounter and have done our best to minimize risk. Faculty, staff and administration have taken the last few months to construct a plan that tries to anticipate problems and to provide enough flexibility to pivot in response to unanticipated difficulties. Is it perfect? No, it’s not possible to create a completely leak-proof plan. But, I do think it is an outstanding plan and I’m grateful to all who have worked so hard in its creation and who will be involved in its implementation.

It is important that we keep the communication lines open over the next few months. As you know we have already made a change about masks/shields in the classroom based on input from faculty. There will be unexpected challenges moving forward and I hope everyone will feel free to share those challenges through the usual channels of communication. To make sure that I understand some of those challenges, I’ve asked to teach a mixed enrollment class for this semester. I usually try to teach a class every couple of years, but I think this year it will be especially helpful to experience this semester’s challenges first hand. 

As in all things we fulfill our educational mission in the spirit of St. Angela Merici. I continue to be inspired by her use of the words from Daniel: “Those who teach others in the way of justice shall shine like stars for all eternity.” In our tumultuous world, undergoing incredible social change, our students need us and we need them as they take their Brescia education to create a more just and compassionate world. Thank you for all you do as staff and faculty in bringing this vision to fulfillment.

In the Spirit of St. Angela

Fr. Larry

To read the entire Brescia University COVID-19 Institutional Plan, please click here

Overarching Principles

  • While we do not know what this fall will bring, we do know that we will continue to navigate each challenge with the Brescia Difference at the forefront of our minds and hearts, particularly Respect for the Sacred, which commands that we treat each member of the Brescia family, whether they be students, faculty, or staff with the utmost care for God’s creation so that they may grow to their fullness in Christ.
  • Our faculty and staff will continue to do what they do best: care for and teach each student in response to their unique situation, to remove obstacles to learning and to foster growth and education.
  • Each decision will be made to mitigate the interruption to students’ learning while placing utmost importance on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
  • Our community will continue to practice resilience. Resilient describes “a person able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.” That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but together, with combined skills and talents, and God’s grace – we got this. #BresciaResilience

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Physical Distancing Guidelines

Physical distancing helps to reduce the risk of infection. At Brescia University there are a number of common areas both in the residence halls and academic buildings.

 

Please use the following guidelines for physical distancing:

  1. Stay at least 6 feet apart from others. 
  2. Separate work stations by at least 6 feet or use physical barriers (e.g., shields, curtains).
  3. Avoid large gatherings (greater than 10 people) when feasible.
  4. Eliminate physical contact with others (shaking hands, embracing, etc.).
  5. Avoid and report those who appear to be demonstrating symptoms (coughing, sneezing or stating they feel like they have fever/flu-like symptoms).
  6. Avoid touching common surfaces (where possible) and ensure frequent washing of hands.
  7. Allow only infrequent and intermittent passing within 6 feet.
  8. Follow capacity signage for elevator use.
  9. Minimize the number of people in a work area at the same time.

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Students

These uncertain times can cause a number of mental health conditions, or heighten existing conditions.  Brescia University prioritizes the mental health of our students and will continue to make arrangements for students who are in need of counseling. 

Brescia will monitor students’ mental health by surveying students and having intentional conversations with students, faculty and/or staff to provide understanding and support regarding their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., lost loved ones, have had or had a family member or friend that had COVID-19, sense of isolation, etc.) in an effort to:

  1. Normalize the challenges of COVID-19 experiences and help-seeking behaviors.
  2. Help students understand how to be a healthy community by checking in on and demonstrating care for others.

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Academics

All meeting rooms, classrooms, tables, and seats will continue to be disinfected after each use.

In preparation for the beginning of the semester, faculty have been asked to develop their classes in a mixed enrollment format. Students enrolled in the courses may participate in any of three ways:  

  1. Attend face-to-face (following social distancing guidelines, wearing masks, practicing healthy hygiene).
  2. Participate virtually through live streaming of the face-to-face session.
  3. Utilize a recording of the face-to-face session to complete coursework.

The Ursuline Center for Teaching and Learning (UCTL), in coordination with Vice President of Academic Affair’s office, has created multi-format trainings to address any and all pieces of course design and delivery related to mixed enrollment format. The UCTL will offer personalized group sessions and individual sessions, following the rules for physical distancing.

Tutoring: Tutoring services will continue to be offered utilizing Microsoft Teams. Increased effort will be made to prepare students and tutors for the technology and psychology of online tutoring.

Advising: Advising will continue to be offered in a streamlined and virtual manner.

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Academic Calendar

8/10-8/14 – Online classes start

8/18 – On-ground classes start

8/25 – Drop/Add semester class

9/11 – Mod 1 Withdraw deadline with transcript “W”

10/3 – Mod 1 Ends

10/5-10/9 – Mod 2 Begins

10/19 – On-ground Withdraw deadline with transcript “W”

11/6 – Mod 2 Withdraw deadline with transcript “W”

11/28 – Last day of classes

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Accommodations

Below is information on requesting accommodations through the Office of Disability Services because of COVID 19. 

Note that on-ground students who plan to attend classes online DO NOT need to request accommodations in order to take courses completely online.

On-ground students will email their instructors (once Moodle access opens for students) and inform your instructor if you will attend courses completely online.

For any other accommodation requests, please follow the guidance below.  If you are unsure, please contact the Office of Disability Services at [email protected].

COVID-19 Accommodations

Students may request accommodations for COVID related issues (i.e. immunocompromised, high risk for COVID based on CDC guidance, and/or diagnoses covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act). 

Students will email the Office of Disability Services [email protected] to request a review for COVID related accommodations. Students will follow instructions from their assigned Disability Services officer in submitting appropriate documentation and paperwork.  Disability Services officers will follow their policies and procedures for notifying faculty and staff with a need to know.

Any student who is required to self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test must notify the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students (Dr. Joshua Clary) and the student may choose to request accommodations through the Office of Disability Services.

 

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Athletic Guidelines

Per NAIA guidelines student athletes can begin practice after August 15th and games can begin after September 5th.

Athletes will self-screen and coaches will take temperature before practice. Athletes will also need to wear PPE before and after practices, but can remove masks during practice.

Practice Procedures

  1. Students are required to self-screen one hour before practice.
  2. Student temperatures will be taken by coaches at practice field.
  3. Students will wear face masks to and from practice, including during any locker room use.
  4. Students can remove masks during practice, but need to put them back on as soon as possible after practice is over.
  5. Coaches will keep a supply of masks in Athletic Trainer bag.
  6. Lockers that may be used will be marked for social distancing.
  7. Showers will not be used after practices, but will for games, especially visiting team.
  8. Coaches must disinfect and clean locker rooms immediately after use.
  9. Temperatures will be taken by coaches before any travel.
  10. Travel for athletic competitions will be scheduled in adherence to travel restrictions set by CDC and state and in conference with the local health department.
  11. Coaches and students will wear masks while in travel vehicle.

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Dining Hall Information

Fresh Ideas and Brescia University are working together to continue to provide meals to students in the safest way possible.  O’Bryan’s Dining Hall and Barney’s Café will both open in a clean, sanitized environment that meet with CDC and state guidelines.

Meals will be served, rather than self-serve, at stations with expanded carry out options available. Serving time will be expanded to 11 AM to 2 PM.  O’Bryan’s will have a dine-in option up to 33% capacity, and outdoor seating options have been added.  Students may also utilize other large gathering areas such as the Cat’s Den and Merici Lounge for eating.  Face Coverings do not need to be worn when eating or drinking, but need to be worn while moving through the line for traveling to seat and eat.

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Housing

Residence Life has a safety policy for the sanitation of the residence halls.

Housekeeping: Housekeeping staff will focus on cleaning and sanitizing rooms in preparation for the fall semester, additional training has been provided to housekeeping staff for best practices in sanitizing living spaces and combatting blood borne pathogens and COVID-19.

Visitation: Visitors will be restricted to other Brescia students only. Each student will only be allowed to check in one guest at a time.

Residence Hall Guidelines are as follows:

  1. Extend move-in days to meet social distancing guidelines.
  2. Minimize gatherings and promote a clean environment.
  3. Implement visitor restriction policies.
  4. Educate residence hall staff on state/CDC guidelines.
  5. Provide healthy living starter kit – hand sanitizer, wipes, masks – in residence halls

 

Move-in: Move-in days have been extended to meet social distancing guidelines. To allow for a safe and healthy return to campus, we plan to ask students to self-select a move-in appointment online with an extended schedule starting August 14 for new students and August 15 for returning students.

  1. Move-in appointments will be scheduled uniformly regardless of the size of the residence hall with social distancing as a priority from Monday, August 3 through Monday, August 10 (or a comparable time frame to allow for coordination with potential New Student Orientation activities).
  2. Move-in schedule is adaptable based on the final academic calendar but will need to provide adequate time to prepare student rooms. Also, if the move-in schedule is condensed, additional considerations of available unloading space, as well as lobby and elevator space, for social distancing will need to be addressed.
  3. No unloading assistance will be provided by Brescia employees, in an effort to promote social distancing and prevent handling of students’ personal items.
  4. Check-in procedures will allow spacing that accommodates social distancing at each checkpoint.

Cleaning: Residents will clean their own personal space, including shared in suite bathrooms, following guidelines and training given prior to moving in.

Social Distancing in Residence Halls

  1. When applicable, spaces will be clearly marked and/or moved for use and for social distancing to help students comply with best practices (removing furniture, spacing seats appropriately distanced from each other or visually marking spaces to stand or sit).
  2. Students will be expected to wipe down spaces when entering and leaving.
  3. Protocols will be developed and communicated to address personal use of kitchens, laundry rooms, elevators, lobby areas, hallways, stairwells, entrances and exits and courtyards.
  4. Students need to understand that in the event of an emergency it is appropriate to evacuate immediately as a group.
  5. Staff members are expected to wipe down the front desk area before and after every shift, including counters, keyboards, phone, equipment, etc.
  6. Plexiglass barriers will be installed at all front desks (or the front desk will be blocked off) to keep students/visitors at least six feet back.
  7. Only the staff member working the desk shift should be behind the desk, when possible.
  8. All processes will be made as touchless as possible.

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Student Sickness Protocols

As part of routine communications, students will receive an email providing information on how to request accommodations secondary to COVID-19. 

Students can email [email protected] to request accommodations secondary to COVID-19. 

Accommodations will extend to include caregiving for any individual with COVID-19 or if asked to self-isolate. 

On an individual basis, accommodations will include individuals who self-identify as high risk. 

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Events and Campus Visits

Visitors and groups of ten or less will be allowed to visit campus but must follow all safety guidelines and complete the Visitor Screening. Visitors must be approved by the supervising Cabinet member.

 

For events, the following safety practices will be in effect:

  1. Participants must wear a mask.
  2. Participants must follow room/space capacity guidelines.
  3. Participants must follow physical distancing guidelines.
  4. Participants will answer the visitor health screening questionnaire.
  5. Event hosts must coordinate the sanitization of the area they utilized.
  6. Participants must follow all signage and capacity indicators on campus.

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Screening and Testing

It is essential for all members of the University community to conduct daily COVID-19 self-assessments, not only for one’s own health and safety, but to mitigate the spread of the virus to protect those members of the Brescia community who are at high risk.

Faculty and staff have been asked to conduct a self-assessment screening each day before coming to campus. Students will be asked to begin a daily self-assessment screening once back on campus. All members of the Brescia community are strongly encouraged to monitor for fever through daily temperature checks and self-assessment of COVID-19 signs and symptoms.

To facilitate self-monitoring and assessment, Brescia University will provide hands-free temperature screening systems in several locations across campus.

All on-campus programs should include attendance lists.

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Campus Updates

UPDATE FROM DR. JOSH CLARY, August 17, 2020, 4:18 PM

Student Affairs COVID-19 Update: On-Ground Student Parties and Social Gatherings

 

Good afternoon,

Now that most almost all on-ground students have returned to campus, or will by tomorrow for the first day of classes, I want to address the topic of parties. 

Brescia University  has partnered with Kentucky Wesleyan College, in enacting no visitor policies on our campuses.  Brescia students are not allowed on KWC residence halls, and KWC students are not allowed in Brescia residence halls.  Both campuses do not allow outside guests in residence halls.

We are taking these steps to mitigate any community spread of COVID-19.  Both colleges will be enforcing these policies strictly.  Brescia students who violate the No Guest policy at Brescia, or at KWC, will face Student Conduct sanctions, which may include removal from campus housing or suspension.

Current state executive orders from the Governor do not allow social gatherings of more than 10 people (Executive Order 10 or Fewer People).  The order does not count approved gatherings, such as classes, team meetings or practices, club meetings, or any other University sponsored activity.  The order covers private social gatherings such as parties or backyard bar-b-ques, as a couple of examples.   

Any student who is found to violate the executive order limiting social gatherings to 10 or fewer people will face Student Conduct sanctions, which may include removal from campus housing or suspension.

These are not just Brescia’s rule, but those that the Governor and the local health department have required Brescia  follow in order to have an in-person experience. 

Many, many people have worked tirelessly since March in order to prepare for an in-person Brescia education and experience for you.  The greatest threats to the in-person experience are: not wearing a face coverings and social gatherings of more than 10 people.  The evidence in Kentucky bears out that the vast majority of cases in college aged students (18-24) come from social gatherings, in particular those events where face coverings are not worn.

I ask you for cooperation this semester in not gambling with you and your classmates educational experience by attending parties on or off campus.  As a warning to us, earlier this afternoon, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill suspended in-person courses due to spike in cases of COVID-19 on campus. 

We can have the best plans and good intentions for our actions on-campus and in the classroom, but it can all be squandered by engaging in risky behavior during a pandemic.  We do not want to have to transition to fully online classes like we did in March, but if we don’t all do our part, the environment and experience we have created will fall apart.

 

Peace,

Dr. Clary

 

Joshua R. Clary, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Title IX Deputy Coordinator

 

UPDATE FROM DR. JOSH CLARY, August 12, 2020, 9:43 AM

On-Ground Students: State Travel Advisory UPDATE PLEASE READ

 

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share an update and good news with you regarding the State Travel Advisory issued by the Governor last week, which I described in the email below.  In working with the local health department and evaluating each state and territory, students from the following states/territory may now travel to campus without isolating for 14 days:

  • Arizona, South Carolina, Nevada, Georgia, and Puerto Rico

These states have dropped below the 15%  positivity rate threshold the state of Kentucky is monitoring.  As I stated last week, this situation was and will remain fluid.  Please continue to monitor the situation in your state using this link: Johns Hopkins Testing Positivity

The following state has moved back above the 15% threshold:

  • Texas

Any student from Texas who is not already on campus, or isolating in another location not on the Travel Advisory List, are not allowed to come to campus without either:

  • Isolating in a state not on the Travel Advisory List; or
  • The rate of positive infection drops below 15%

We are watching these rates closely and working with many of you to make arrangements on your travel to campus.  I want to thank those of you have reached out with questions and suggestions for solutions given your individual situation.  We will continue to work with you one-on-one, within the parameters given to us by the state and local health department.  We will update again next week after reviewing with the local health department.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and I will answer as best I am able given the fluidity of the current situation in Kentucky.

 

Peace,

Dr. Clary

 

Joshua R. Clary, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Title IX Deputy Coordinator

 

UPDATE FROM DR. JOSH CLARY, August 11, 2020,  6:57 PM

Student Affairs COVID-19 Update: Residence Life Policies and Procedures

Hello Bearcats!

In addition to the Residence Life Move-In procedures which were previously sent out, below are some general Residence Life COVID policies, procedures, and updates. Please read this email carefully as there is important information for all resident students.

Residence Life

Students are expected to be responsible for their conduct at all times. This includes compliance with CDC regulations to maintain a safe and healthy environment. Healthy protocols are encouraged for all students. This includes but, is not limited to, frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds; the use of hand sanitizer; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and the practice of social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet apart) at all times.

  • Face masks are MANDATORY anytime you are outside of your personal living space (room in Merici/Saffer/St. Ann/Greenwell/Reisz/Philby; apartment unit in Young/Trustees).
  • Roommates/suitemates/apartment mates are encouraged to interact with each other as they do with their families while thoughtfully practicing good healthy habits.
  • Visitation is restricted to only one guest (Brescia student) per resident in all facilities to limit social gathering; no more than 8 students may be in one apartment unit at a given time.
  • No outside guests are permitted for visitation in residential facilities.
  • Visitation hours have been adjusted to create a healthier climate — (Mon-Thurs: 4 pm-10 pm; Friday: 4 pm-12 midnight; Saturday: 12 noon-12 midnight; and Sunday: 12 noon-10 pm).
  • Residents will complete a revised roommate agreement in which they are able to share any concerns and agree upon conditions related to Covid-19. With the space in the room, residents will be able to social distance with the understanding that they may come in contact with their roommate – which will be considered a member of their household or family unit.
  • In residence halls with common bathrooms, students will be assigned to use designated bathroom to reduce cross contamination. Signage will be posted in Merici and Saffer Halls designating which rooms are assigned to which bathrooms.
  • The cleanliness of residential spaces will be essential for a safe and healthy living environment. Housekeeping will provide additional cleaning shifts in all common access bathrooms in Merici and Saffer Halls. Other common use locations will be cleaned at least one time daily. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed at the entrances of all facilities including residence halls. Residence Life staff will perform safety checks weekly to assure students are maintaining a safe, clean living environment. It is everyone’s responsibility to help maintain the cleanest environment possible.
  • Room Changes will be limited to only health/safety related issues only for the Fall 2020 semester. Room changes may be requested before the start of the Spring 2021 semester. 

Daily Expectations

  1. Take your temperature. Thermometers are provided to all resident students in their Res Life COVID Kit upon check-in.
  2. Complete the Daily COVID-19 screening survey.

As a student we expect you to be responsible for you actions and to love and protect your Brescia family. It is through this sense of responsibility that you will be required to take your temperature daily before attending class or entering campus and follow the Daily COVID-19 Screening instructions.

As ith all COVID related policies and procedures, these are subject to change pending the current situation and recommendations from the local health department.

Peace,

Dr. Clary

 

Joshua R. Clary, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Title IX Deputy Coordinator

 

UPDATE FROM FR. LARRY HOSTETTER AUGUST 10, 2020 5:49 PM

Governor’s most recent recommendation

Many of you will have watched Governor Andy Beshear’s daily press conference today. If so, you know that he is recommending that public and private K-12 school systems wait until September 28 to go to face-to-face instruction. Some have already inquired what this means for Brescia University and our plan to welcome students back to campus this weekend and begin mixed-enrollment classes next week. The Governor stated that this recommendation did not apply to higher education, so, for now, we expect our reopening to proceed as planned. As we have been doing, we will continue to consult with local and state public health officials along with the Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). If circumstances warrant a change in our plans, I will let you know immediately.

So, as stated,  we will proceed as planned. What this recommendation highlights is the critical importance that we all follow the social distancing, masking, and hygiene rules that we have put in place. If we make the sacrifice now of following these rules, we will be able to bring this pandemic to an end. However, if we don’t then I worry that we will remain in a state of uncertainty for the foreseeable future. Let me thank you now for your adherence to the pandemic rules. We are in this together and only when we work together as the Brescia family will we defeat this virus. This is part of the resilience that is unique to you as Brescia Bearcats. You should hear from me again in the next couple of days for further confirmation of our plans, but for now, unless you hear from me otherwise, we will proceed as planned. Thanks.

 

In the Spirit of St. Angela,

Fr. L.

 

Rev. Larry Hostetter, S.T.D.

President

 

UPDATE FROM DR. JOSH CLARY, August 6, 2020,  3:21 PM

Student Affairs COVID-19 Update: On-Ground Students Daily COVID-19 Screening

Greetings Bearcats!

Today’s COVID-19 topic is daily COVID-19 screenings.  There is a lot of information to share today, so please read this email closely in its entirety. 

BU Online and all Graduate students, who rarely, if ever, come to campus,  will use a different method for daily screening which will be sent next week.

Daily COVID-19 screening surveys for on-ground students will begin on August 7, 2020.  Please read below for more information.

All on-ground students are required to complete the daily screening survey (described below), whether you come to campus that day or not.  There are a few reasons for the daily requirement:

  1. Good Habits– we all need get in the habit of completing the daily screening so we do not forget.  A good rule of thumb is that for a new practice to take hold in our lives is that we do that task for 24 days straight. The daily COVID screening must become part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth in the morning.  The screenings begin on August 7, 2020 to provide time for all of us to practice and develop the habit of completing the screening before we arrive to campus.
  2. Awareness of our Bodies– by completing a daily screenings, we spend a few moments reflecting on our own physical well-being every day.  As an example, I have seasonal allergies.  Every day I cough some, but this does not mean I have COVID.  We have to reflect on what are normal aches, coughs, or other symptoms, and distinguish from what is an atypical feeling for you that day.  Being in tune with our bodies is critical during this time of pandemic.  All resident students will be provided a thermometer with your move-in kit so you can easily take your own temperature.

Daily Screening for students will be primarily completed via text notifications using the system Healthy Roster.  If you have not yet sent in your cell phone information, please use this form to submit your information: Cell Phone Survey

First, I want to describe what will happen if after a screening a student needs a COVID-19 test.

Students who require a COVID-19 test will be instructed to on their next steps, which may include:

  • Going home after being tested for COVID-19, if practical. The health department recommends that any student who is test of may be positive for COVID-19 go home as a first option, if at all possible.  I recognize that for students from a distance, International Students, or students who have immunocompromised family members may not be able to go home. Brescia will provide isolation housing for students who need it. Students will continue their course work virtually.
  • Students who are placed in isolation housing MUST NOT leave their housing unit cleared by Student Affairs staff.
  • Students waiting for test results staying on campus will be moved to isolation housing assigned by Residence Life.  Meal delivery will be arranged and instructions on what to bring with you will be given.  Students will continue their coursework virtually.
    • If a student tests negative and no longer has symptoms, they will be allowed back into their original housing unit.
    • If a student tests negative but still has symptoms may be required by the health department and/or Brescia to continue isolating until cleared. Each student will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
    • If a student tests positive, they will be required to isolate for 14 days from the date of the positive result and/or until cleared by the local health department and Brescia Student Affairs staff.  Some cases require longer isolation periods based on lingering symptoms.
    • If a student tests positive, they may return home to isolate until cleared to return to campus by the health department and Brescia Student Affairs staff.
  • Again, while in isolation students will continue coursework online, and if staying is isolation housing on-campus, will have meals delivered.
  • In all instances of testing, students will cooperate with the health department with contact tracing.  Refusal to cooperate with local health officials may result in Student Conduct sanctions.

The daily COVID-19 screening survey and notification will be sent out each morning at 6am Central Time (for some fall sports athletes who practice early, you will receive the survey at 5am Central time).  If you do not have a cell phone or a US cell number, you will receive an email notification at your Brescia email. The notification looks like Image 1 below:

 

  • Students will follow the link provided and complete the brief screening, which should take 1 minute or less.
  • Students should complete the survey by 8am Central Time, or before you enter campus if you need to enter campus prior to 8am Central Time.
    • Entering campus means: leaving your residence hall for any reason (going to the Dining Hall, Computer Lab), going to athletic practice or training (on-campus or off, i.e. Kamuf Park or other location), arriving for in person classes, or any other reason that brings you onto Brescia property
  • The survey will auto populate your name every day.  You will be asked to answer two questions and list any symptoms you have that are unexplained:
    • Unexplained symptoms are those like muscle or body aches, but you did not work out prior to screening, or congestion or runny nose not associated with seasonal allergies.
  • If you are unsure, please select you symptoms and staff will reach out to discuss your with you.

When you complete the screening with no symptoms, you will receive the following notification seen in Image 2 below:

  • Please keep your clearance notification every day.  You will not have to show your clearance notification every day, but you may be asked to display it by a University official.
  • The Link provided will also display your clearance.

If you complete the survey and have Critical symptoms (fever over 100.4, exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or a combonation of symptoms) you will receive the message seen in Image 3 below:

  • Please stay home or in your residence hall if you receive this message.  Student Affairs staff will be notified of all Critical screenings and a desiganted staff person will reach out to you.
  • Staff will discuss your symptoms and provide information on COVID hotlines so you can speak with medical professional to triage your symptoms to determine if a COVID-19 test is required.
  • Students will not enter campus until cleared by Student Affairs staff.
  • Students may be given isntructions from Residence Life on moving to isolation housing, pending symptoms. 

Student affairs staff will be monitoring the daily COVID screenings and will be contacting students who do not complete their daily screenings.  Repeat offerenders who do not complete their COVID screenings will be subject to Student Conduct sanctions, including possible suspension from the Residence Halls or suspension from campus.

The daily screening and your particiaption are vital elements in keeping each other safe, healthy, and in contiuning on-ground classes and co-curricualr activites.  As I have said before, the actions we take to protect ourselves and others are acts of love and a tangible way we demosntrate the Brescia Difference.

 

Peace,

Dr. Clary

Joshua R. Clary, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Title IX Deputy Coordinator

UPDATE FROM DR. JOSH CLARY, August 4, 2020,  1:06 PM

Student Affairs COVID-19 Update: Testing Information

Greetings Bearcats,

Today’s COVID-19 topic is testing.  This email will contain information on how to obtain a COVID-19 test once you are back on campus.  If you need information on testing sites in your area, please check with your local health department.  Please note that testing site information does tend to change, so please always confirm with the health department.

Brescia University, upon consultation with the Green River Health District, and guidance from the state of Kentucky and the CDC, is not requiring students to obtain a COVID-19 test before returning to campus.  Students may get a test, if they choose, before returning to campus.  Note that if you are tested before returning, you should isolate until you receive test results. 

I also ask that students avoid large groups and follow other guidance for social distancing, isolating as much as possible, before returning to campus to lower your chances of catching COVID-19.  Always wear a mask if you leave your house.

All resident students and guests will be screened and have their temperature taken when they move-in.  All on-ground students will receive information later this week on how to complete daily COVID-19 screenings.

Student athletes will be tested prior to return to competition, as required by the NAIA.  Saint Camillus Urgent Care will provide these tests for student athletes on-campus, at a later date to be arranged with each athletic team.

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must notify the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, Dr. Joshua Clary ([email protected]).  This includes BU Online students.  We want to provide assistance, as we are able, to all Brescia students who contract COVID-19.

 

Testing Sites in Owensboro Area

Saint Camillus Urgent Care: 3600 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301                   Phone – (270) 684-0023

Saint Camillus provides “walk-in” COVID-19 tests.  Anyone needing a test calls the clinic, and they will provide information on when to arrive at the clinic.  Tests are performed in your vehicle so you do not need to enter the clinic.  Saint Camillus does take insurance, and as long as you have health insurance, a COVID-19 test is free.  There is a small fee if you do not have proof of insurance.

Saint Camillus is open 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday, Saturday 8am-12pm, closed on Sunday.

Green River District Health Department:                                        Phone: 1-800-722-5725 (state COVID-19 hotline)

The Green River District Health Department schedules COVID-19 tests by appointment. Check their website (see the blue link above) for information on drive-up test sites and dates.  These test sites change every few weeks, so please always check their website or call the state COVID-19 Hotline for testing locations in our area 1-800-722-5725.

Owensboro Health (hospital):                                                                                  Phone: 1-877-888-6647 (24-Hour Hotline)

Owensboro Health has a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (see above) where a nurse will answer questions or refer you to a physician if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Note that Owensboro Health only provides COVID-19 tests with a note from a doctor, unlike Saint Camillus which will take “walk-in” patients.  If the triage nurse determines that you should seek medical care, they will give you instructions on where to go and what to do.

Other testing sites may pop in our area, so be on the lookout for more information as it becomes available.

Transportation: Please note that if you are sick with COVID-19 or think you may be sick in need of a test, Brescia University will not transport you to a testing site.  This is protect the health and safety of Brescia employees.

If you need transportation to a testing site for COVID-19 or are sick with COVID-19 and need transportation, the only service in Owensboro that will transport you is Owensboro Lyft.  The only requirement from Lyft is that passengers are required to wear a mask while in the vehicle.  While not required, Lyft asks that you notify your driver of your health status so they know to properly sanitize their vehicles.  Using the Lyft app is required to use their service.

In emergency situations, local EMT will transport patients with COVID-19, but this 9-1-1 services should not be used for routine testing or doctor’s visits.  If you would not have called for an ambulance prior to COVID-19 for your health condition, you should not call just because you have COVID-19.

 

Peace,

Dean Josh                                                       

 

Joshua R. Clary, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Title IX Deputy Coordinator

 

UPDATE FROM DR. JOSH CLARY, July 28, 2020,  8:30 PM

Student Affairs COVID Updates: Move-In and New Student Orientation

Hello everyone,

By now you have received Fr. Larry’s email notification about the delayed start of the fall semester.  I know that together we will have a great start to our semester and show our resiliency.

Below are some updates from the Office of Student Affairs:

  • Move-In for new students is pushed back 1 week.  New students will keep their assigned times for move-in on August 14-15.  For example if your assigned time was Friday, August 7 at 11am, your assigned move-in time will be Friday, August 14 at 11am (all times Central).  New students are limited to two guests to help you move-in and are limited to two hours.  All new students and guests will undergo COVID screening and temperature checks upon arrival at campus.  The guest limit, time limit, and screening protocol are required by our health department.
  • New Student Orientation will begin with the same schedule, simply moved back 1 week.  New Student Orientation will officially begin at 1pm on Saturday, August 15 and continue virtually and in small groups through Monday, August 17.  There will be no large group gatherings during New Student Orientation.
  • Move-In for returning students is moved back 1 week.  Returning students will keep the times for move-in that registered for previously, just moved back one week.  Similar to new students, if your move-in time was Saturday, August 8 at 1pm, your new time will be Saturday, August 15 at 1pm (all times Central). Returning students are limited to two guests to help you move-in and are limited to two hours.  All returning students and guest will undergo COVID screening and temperature checks upon arrival to campus.  Again, the guest limitations, time limit, and screening protocol are required by the local health department.
  • International students can keep their original arrival times to campus as coordinated with Residence Life.  Please use this link to confirm your flight arrangements: Travel Update Form
  • Mixed enrollment classes start on Tuesday, August 18 for on-ground students
  • For student athletes, the NAIA has released plans for Fall sports championships to be played in the spring semester. We are meeting with our conference this week to determine when and what conference play will look like moving forward.  We will communicate to your coaches and you as soon as we receive updates.

Peace,

Dean Josh

 

Joshua R. Clary, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Title IX Deputy Coordinator

 

UPDATE FROM FR. LARRY HOSTETTER JULY 28, 2020 8:03 PM

Our Resilience Continues

As many of you know, yesterday the Governor of Kentucky asked all schools to wait until the 3rd week of August to reopen. Today, we consulted with the local health department to determine how this impacts our reopening, given that we are scheduled to begin our fall semester during the second week of August. The officials at the health department advised us to delay reopening by one week to be in compliance with the Governor’s recommendation. As a result of these conversations and in the interest of the health and safety of all, Brescia will delay our reopening by one week. To that end the dates for reopening are now as follows:

New students arrive August 14-15. As planned they will arrive over two days to avoid a concentration of people on campus at the same time. Each student is limited to 2 family members for the move with a limit of 2 hours to move in. Orientation would begin for new students on August 15 and end on the 17th.

Returning students would arrive August 15, 16, and 17.

International students should keep their travel arrangements and return to campus as you have communicated with Residence Life.

All classes would begin August 18th in the planned mixed-enrollment format.

The end of the semester remains the same as planned. (We will still have 15 weeks of instruction.)

This will not affect the start date or any of the BUOnline schedule.

More detail will follow from the respective departments as we draw closer to the start, but in the meantime please direct any questions about student affairs to [email protected] and about academics to [email protected].

At the beginning of the pandemic I noted that we are Brescia will get through this with resilience and patience. I know that these changes pose a challenge for everyone but I believe they are in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety. We have been continuously guided by the principle that we will do what we can to keep folks as safe as possible with a minimal disruption to the educational experience of our students. For that reason, we have been in constant contact with health officials and our higher education counterparts. All decisions have been made on the best information that we have to mitigate risk and provide a meaningful and substantive educational experience. I want everyone to know that our faculty and staff have worked incredibly hard all summer to make this fall semester successful. I know that they will continue to do so as we make our way through these historically unprecedented times. The Brescia spirit of resilience is strong and vibrant and I know that will translate into the experience of the next few months. Because of this incredible planning, the educational experience will be of the same high quality to which our students are accustomed. It will certainly be different but there was no decrease in the amount of work and dedication that our faculty and staff put into its design and implementation.

 

In the Spirit of St. Angela,

Fr. Larry

 

Rev. Larry Hostetter, S.T.D.

President

 

UPDATE FROM DR. JOSH CLARY, July 28, 2020,  3:46 PM

On-Ground Students: State Travel Advisory UPDATE PLEASE READ

Greetings everyone,

I wanted to share an update and good news with you regarding the State Travel Advisory issued by the Governor last week, which I described in the email below.  In working with the local health department and evaluating each state and territory, students from the following states/territory may now travel to campus without isolating for 14 days:

  • Nevada, Georgia, Texas, and Puerto Rico

These states have dropped below the 15%  positivity rate threshold the state of Kentucky is monitoring.  As I stated last week, this situation was and will remain fluid.  Please continue to monitor the situation in your state using this link: Johns Hopkins Testing Positivity

We are watching these rates closely and working with many of you to make arrangements on your travel to campus.  I want to thank those of you have reached out with questions and suggestions for solutions given your individual situation.  We will continue to work with you one-on-one, within the parameters given to us by the state and local health department.  We will update again next week after reviewing with the local health department.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and I will answer as best I am able given the fluidity of the current situation in Kentucky.

Peace,

Dean Josh

 

Joshua R. Clary, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Title IX Deputy Coordinator

 

UPDATE FROM DR. JOSH CLARY, July 22, 2020,  10:49 AM

On-Ground Students: State Travel Advisory PLEASE READ

Students,

As we prepare for the start of the fall semester, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you an update on travel to campus.  Note that this update, at this time, pertains to out-of-state students from select states, but all of us should be aware and follow updates in our own states regarding COVID-19.

On July 20, 2020, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) issued a travel advisory for Kentuckians, or other travelers, who have traveled to states reporting high numbers of COVI-19 cases.  The advisory recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers who went to any of eight states reporting positive testing rate approaching, equal to, or greater than 15% positivity rate for COVID-19 testing.

States were identified from data reported to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center. They include Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, and Puerto Rico.

After consulting with the Green River District Health Department (GRDH, the local health department with jurisdiction over Owensboro, KY, and thus Brescia University) about the feasibility of asking all impacted students to quarantine for 14 days, we will follow the recommendation of GRDH and students coming from states listed on the advisory should not travel to campus until the advisory is lifted for your state.    

Know that the situation is fluid and the Governor’s Office and the Kentucky Department for Public Health will be regularly updating this list, so your state may come off the list, or your state may be added.  Brescia will provide updates as we approach the start of the semester and receive them from state and local authorities.

So what does this mean for students who cannot come to campus at the start of the semester? Here are a few of the ways Brescia will help accommodate you and help continue your education:

  • Students who cannot enter the state and campus because of state or local restrictions will be able to begin their coursework online.  Faculty and Academic Affairs staff have been working hard all summer to create flexible course delivery, for just this scenario. 
  • Residence Life will hold your housing placement for the Fall semester. 
  • Residence Life staff will coordinate a move-in time for you once the advisory is lifted for your state.
  • If applicable, your Brescia University Athletic scholarship will remain intact.  Questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Each student’s room and board charges will be reviewed on an individual basis pending when you are allowed to travel to campus, and will be pro-rated accordingly. 

I recognize and empathize that this situation is not ideal or how to best start your semester.  However, out of an abundance of caution we believe following the health department’s recommendations keep you and our community safe.  As I stated above, I will provide regular updates to students so you can make appropriate travel arrangements.  Additionally, you will begin to receive updates on other COVID policies and procedures as we approach the start of the semester. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and I will answer as best I am able given the fluidity of the current situation in Kentucky.

Peace,

Dean Josh

Joshua R. Clary, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

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