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Oct 15

Special Notice Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

Roaring Return

For important updates on Lindenwood University campus safety precautions and associated information from public health officials, please visit our Roaring Return page and the CDC's COVID-19 site. Complete the Initial Assessment Survey to report symptoms, exposure, or positive test results of COVID-19.

The health and well-being of our campus community is essential, and we must each do our part in this effort to Protect the Pride. The following protocols are to be applied to the entire Lindenwood community. A method will be implemented for stakeholders to confirm understanding and compliance of these protocols. Anyone who does not comply may be required to leave campus.

ALL CAMPUS PROTOCOLS

  • Wear a MaskWear a mask: All students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear a face mask on campus. Lindenwood will provide every student, faculty, and staff a washable, reusable mask upon return to campus. Read tips for best practices to wear and wash your mask.
  • Physical DistancingPhysical distancing: Observe 6-foot distancing in all campus spaces, including offices, classrooms, and meeting rooms.
  • Avoid having close contact with people who are ill or who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Immediately wash your hands again after touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wash Your HandsWash your hands: Frequent hand washing will reduce the spread of germs and help keep you and your fellow community members healthy. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer stations have also been added in many locations on campus. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover sneezes or coughs with tissues, if possible, or else with a sleeve or the inside of your elbow. Immediately wash your hands after coughing and sneezing.
  • Small GatheringsSmall gatherings: Limit gatherings to 10 or fewer. Help protect your fellow Lions.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Comply with all posted signage and occupancy requirements.
  • Daily Self-MonitoringDaily self-monitoring: All campus community members will be responsible for taking their temperature and monitoring their health, prior to leaving their residence each day. We’ve purchased digital thermometers for all residential facilities to help our students in this effort.
  • Stay at your residence when sick or feeling unwell except to receive medical care. It is an expectation that all students, faculty, and staff will self-monitor for potential symptoms.
  • Comply with all university-required screening protocols. 

ALL EMPLOYEE PROTOCOLS

Lindenwood University’s expectations for all employees include:

  • Follow assigned individual or small group work expectations.
  • Follow assigned flexible work hours (staggered shifts).
  • Increase physical space requirements between co-workers while at work (6-feet distance recommended when possible).
  • Wear masks at all times while present on campus with the exception of being alone in an individual closed office space.
  • Wash hands with soap and water per CDC guidelines in the workplace. If soap and water are not readily available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be provided. If hands are visibly dirty, soap and water should be chosen over hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid handshaking and unnecessary touching.
  • Human resources developed new policies specific to reentry during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will implement communication and training on these new policies.

Perform regular environmental cleaning and disinfection:

  • Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace.
    • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • For disinfection, the University will provide EPA-approved disinfectant for use against the virus that causes COVID-19.
    • Employees should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
  • Employees should not use other employees’ phones, or work tools and equipment, when possible. If necessary, clean and disinfect items before and after use.
  • The University will provide disinfectants or disposable wipes so that common areas and high touch surfaces (for example, doorknobs, desks, other work tools and equipment) can be wiped down by employees before and after each contact.

STUDENT PROTOCOLS

Students are expected to comply with the general safety protocols above. Specific protocols for students are developed at the division level based on the area (i.e. Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC), residence hall, dining areas). If a student tested positive, was tested for COVID-19, potentially exposed to a person who tested positive, or is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, you must immediately contact the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@lindenwod.edu or (636)949-4985.

Student Screening Protocols

  • Recommend daily health screenings for residential and commuter students:

    • Students should complete a daily health screening before leaving their residence. This involves taking your temperature and self-evaluating any symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
    • The CDC defines a person with a fever as someone who has a measured temperature of at least 100.4 °F [38 °C].
    • Students living in the houses, who do not have a personal thermometer, should have temperature checks at the Area Coordinator housing office (2207 Charbo) or in one of the other designated health check stations.
    • Designated health check stations will be located at Spellmann Center, Evans Commons, Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC), and Student-Athlete Center.
    • If a student has a fever, the student should return to their residence, contact the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@lindenwood.edu or (636) 949-4985, and contact the Student Health Center (636) 949-4525 to discuss their symptoms.

Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions

Lindenwood University is taking the necessary precautions and being proactive when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting the spaces used by our students, faculty and staff. Here are the steps we're taking at the University to clean and sanitize all of our locations to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

What are we doing to keep our University clean?

Lindenwood hired WFF Cleaning Services to handle all cleaning needs. WFF is a national company that specializes in higher education cleaning and provides services for many schools in the St. Louis region. The cleaning staff are cleaning spaces following their normal protocols. Additionally, the cleaning will be followed by an application of disinfectants, using an electrostatic fogger. Bactericidal and virucidal commercial cleaners are used regularly by the cleaning contractors.  High-touch points like handrails, door handles and light switches are receiving increased attention.

What is an electrostatic fogging or spraying? Is it safe around electronics?

This cleaning equipment allows WFF employees and Facilities Department employees to spray a specific disinfectant in any room that will kill the COVID-19 virus and other viruses. This fogging equipment will be used when the Operations Department is notified of specific areas a confirmed COVID-19 positive person has traversed. The room must be vacated before spraying. Once the room has been sprayed, an additional 10 to 15 minutes must be allowed to let the chemical dry on surfaces. Electronics and other sensitive items identified by personnel will not be directly sprayed.

What happens as people return to the University?

The University increased the frequency of deep cleaning and sanitizing campus property on a continuous basis since April. EPA-registered products as recommended in the CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines are being used. As employees return to work they will be asked to sanitize their own electronic equipment, which includes their telephone, computer, keyboard, monitor and mouse / mousepad. Also, they are encouraged to wash any personal items like coffee mugs that have been left out. The Facilities Department have issued cleaning supplies to departments so employees can disinfect their workspaces. Every employee will be responsible for assuring their workspace is cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. WFF cleaning employees will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in public spaces including but not limited to building entrances, door handles, lobby furniture, stair handrails, elevator buttons, vending machines, light switches and restroom surfaces and fixtures in all academic and administrative buildings. WFF cleaning employees will complete a deep cleaning of all classrooms each morning before classes begin. During the day, these employees will continue to clean the common areas and community restrooms in the residential halls. Students are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their assigned living spaces and shared restrooms.

Do I need to wipe down the area after the electrostatic fogger/sprayer is used?

No. The commercial disinfectant used does not require rinsing or wiping after application. Personnel are encouraged to wash any personal items such as coffee mugs prior to use.

What cleaning products are being used to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces?

Cleaning staff use CDC/Environmental Protection Agency recommended cleaning products according to CDC guidelines. All WFF cleaning staff received extensive training in the appropriate and effective use of these products and are provided with PPE appropriate to their job. The Operations Department is working with vendors, distribution partners and suppliers to try to ensure an uninterrupted supply of PPE supplies. Please note there are PPE items the University remains on a waiting list to receive. When this occurs, the Operations Department has secured other types of supplies to meet the University needs.

How can University faculty and staff keep shared workspaces clean and safe?

Employees should wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use. These include shared-space equipment such as copiers and printers, desks and tables, light switches, door handles, coffee makers and break room tables and appliance doors. EPA registered cleaning solutions have been provided for this purpose.

Every classroom on campus and classrooms used at extension sites have a large bottle of hand sanitizer which contains 80% alcohol (CDC guidelines recommend hand sanitizer contain at least 70% alcohol). Paper towels will also be provided. Faculty should instruct students to pump sanitizer on a paper towel to wipe down their chair and table/desk before each class period. Plexi-glass shields were placed in each classroom. These shields are on rollers to allow faculty to move the shield for ease of instructing behind it.

Workstations throughout campus that may have difficulty meeting the six feet social distancing guideline have a desk Plexi-glass shield for the employee to work behind. The Plexi-glass provides a safe barrier and an added layer of protection in addition to the university issued face masks. Finally, alcohol wipes will be placed in each computer lab. Students and employees should use a single wipe on the keyboard and mouse after each use. Please be aware some cleaning supplies are very difficult to obtain. The University currently has necessary supplies on hand and will continue to obtain these supplies to the extent possible.

Any student or employee may quickly check their temperature at any academic/administrative building or at the Spellmann Center and Evans Commons Dining Halls. Infrared monitors are located near the entrances of these buildings and will read an individual’s temperature within seconds of standing in front of the monitor. Users should keep their face mask on while checking their temperature. Hand sanitizing stations are located within all academic buildings. Hand sanitizing stations should NOT take the place of properly washing your hands with soap and water on a frequent basis.

If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, close off the area used by that person and notify the proper supervisor.  If the work area is an office, the door should be closed, and no one should go into the office until the employee returns. This will allow the virus to die on surfaces. The employee can wipe down the office upon their return. Should the infected employee work in an open area that cannot be closed off, the Operations Department should be notified to arrange specialized cleaning to disinfect the area exposed to COVID-19. The specialized cleaning is only required in instances of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Are campus residence halls being cleaned and disinfected prior to the return of students to campus?

Yes, student housing including residence halls and houses were cleaned and disinfected prior to student move-in, in accordance with CDC guidelines.  Hand sanitizing stations are located within all residential halls. Hand sanitizing stations should NOT take the place of properly washing your hands with soap and water on a frequent basis.

Should I be concerned about COVID-19 exposure from transmission through campus building HVAC systems?

Current CDC guidance does not identify HVAC systems as a means of transmission, but does provide recommendations related to indoor air quality, including fresh air ventilation and air filtration. The University is taking a layered approach to protection with physical distancing, face mask requirements and enhanced cleaning protocols being primary defenses, but will also address HVAC systems to assure they are operating as designed.

Does my campus building have adequate fresh/outdoor air ventilation?

Most buildings on campus are supplied with fresh air through the HVAC system. Fresh air requirements are based on occupant density and space function, and campus buildings are designed to minimum ventilation rates as established by the mechanical codes. There are a few buildings remaining on campus that have limited or no fresh/outdoor air ventilation. The University installed GPS bipolar ionization technology systems within these buildings. This technology attacks and kills viruses, mold spores and bacteria. The ions steal away hydrogen from the pathogens, leaving them to die, and leaving the building with clean and healthy indoor air.

Is it possible to increase the outside air ventilation in my building?

Many campus building systems are designed to increase outside air ventilation during favorable weather conditions, which typically occur during the milder spring and fall seasons. The ability to increase outside air ventilation is limited in some of our buildings during summer and winter months due to the capacity of the building HVAC systems. The University and TRANE outside contractors inspect the building ventilation systems for proper operation and will seek ways to increase outside air ventilation when appropriate and as weather conditions allow. Building occupants should not open windows, as this can increase the load on HVAC systems and/or create uncomfortable or unfavorable building conditions including introduction of mold and allergens into the buildings.

Can departments continue to place maintenance work orders through FAMIS?

Yes, the Facilities Department continues to respond to all FAMIS work order requests. Response times may vary and could be extended due to reduced staffing and additional responsibilities related to the University pandemic response needs. Please be patient as the Facilities Department staff prioritize safety requests first. Safety issues requiring immediate attention (i.e disinfecting requests due to a positive COVID-19 test) should be directed to Campus Operations immediately by contacting Joyce Norman (636-949-4922).

Is it safe to use the water fountains?

Water fountains should not be used due the possible spread of COVID-19. The water fountains that include bottle fillers will be available to fill bottles. The Facilities Department will install appropriate signage and will cover water fountains that do not have bottle fillers. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to academic and administrative buildings.

Roaring Return - Department Specific FAQs

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