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Regional government requirements

Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties and the city of St. Petersburg require all individuals above the age 18 to wear a mask/ face covering inside any business or establishment with open access to the public where 10 or more people are present or people inside are unable to remain 6-feet apart. This means students and families will need to bring masks to visit any indoor attractions or businesses in Pinellas County. Please prepare accordingly.

Self monitoring and reporting

All students living on campus will be required to download a symptom monitoring application to their mobile phones and log in their conditions daily. The College may request to review the app records during times of heightened awareness on campus. Community members will be asked to self-report recent known exposure to or current symptoms of COVID-19 to the on-campus health clinic. Medical professionals will provide instruction. Being honest in self-reporting allows us to make sure a student receives appropriate medical care, protects the broader community from possible spread, and  serves as a model for other communities on how an interconnected society operates on shared responsibility.

COVID-19 Testing

Bayfront Health will provide on-campus coronavirus testing in the health clinic. Symptomatic or recently exposed students, faculty and staff should self-isolate and call ahead to 727.864.8326 to schedule an appointment.

Plans for isolation and quarantine

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 or are otherwise determined to require isolation will be housed on-campus in a designated residence hall. The College will provide wrap-around services that include daily check-ins from a case manager and food delivery. If tracking and tracing identify other students who may have been exposed, staff will individualize the quarantine or isolation protocols based on the level of exposure and the students’ individual living situations.

Dining

Serving protocols, pedestrian flow, and indoor seating within Dining Service outlets will be modified to ensure social distancing. Additional outdoor dining seating will be added to all dining areas. Read an excerpt from Bon Appetit’s plan for Fall 2020.

Cleaning

Residence hall common areas will be cleaned by staff on rotating, around-the-clock schedules. All other communal areas will also receive multiple, daily sanitizations. A complete list of the College’s cleaning and disinfections products, protective equipment and protocols is available for review.

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