Fall Break 2020
It’s hard to believe that we’re just a few weeks away from Goldfarb’s fall break, which begins on November 25 and will conclude on December 1, 2020. As you prepare for this much-needed break, I’d like to reinforce some of the most critical points to remember, and ask that you please stay aware of the guidelines and developments related to COVID-19:
General Precautions for All Students
• Wear a cloth mask and practice social distancing.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Stay home when you are sick.
Students Traveling for Fall Break
• Research reputable sources of information on COVID-19 for the areas you plan to travel.
• Have plans to minimize exposure by wearing a cloth mask, practicing social distancing, frequent handwashing and using hand sanitizer.
• Continue these best practices throughout your trip.
• Stay current with COVID-19 developments and travel advice found on the Center for Disease Control website.
• Because information regarding COVID-19 can change rapidly, continue to monitor reputable sources not only while you are away, but even as you plan to return to the area and/or to campus.
Possible Exposure to COVID-19 During Fall Break
Upon your return, if you begin experiencing symptoms or been have exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID, please take the following steps:
• Do not come to the college to be screened.
• Notify your faculty/ supervisor about your concern.
• Call the Occupational Health COVID-19 Call Center at 314-362-5056.
• Please go to the testing site as directed by Occupational Health for a COVID-19 test.
• Do not return to campus until you receive approval from Occupational Health.
• Occupational Health will notify you of your test results--usually available within 24-48 hours.
• Occupational health will notify your supervisor/faculty regarding when you can return to work/school.
• While awaiting testing and results, you should isolate yourself at home.
• It is best to avoid contact with any household members as much as possible and stay in your home without leaving, except to receive medical care.
I am grateful to you for your cooperation, especially during this unprecedented time. I wish you a relaxing, enjoyable and most importantly, safe fall break!
Nancy Ridenour, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Maxine Clark and Bob Fox President and Professor