Before Coming to Campus

Your Role in Mitigating the Spread

Whether you’re a student or member of the faculty or staff, we all have a role to play to help mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Before you come to campus, you’ll be responsible for completing a mandatory training course to enhance your understanding of the expectations of you while on campus, making a community commitment to do your part to mitigate the spread, check your symptoms, and take your temperature.
 
Each student, faculty, and staff member will receive a personal safety kit consisting of the daily symptom checklist, five face masks, and a thermometer. Students living in the residence halls can pick up their kits upon arrival. For faculty, staff, and students living off-campus, there will be distribution tables in 280 building, Sharp Building, and the Maclean Center.

Training

To understand your role in mitigating the spread of the disease on our campus, all SAIC community members were required to participate in mandatory training by September 2. Students were emailed a link, and staff and faculty will be emailed a link from Bridge the week of August 24. If you don’t receive an invitation, please reach out to saic-envsafety@saic.edu

Community Commitment

Each SAIC community member will be required to make a Community Commitment to help mitigate the spread of the disease. The commitment will be available when you complete the training module, which will be shared in the coming days. 

By making the Community Commitment, you agree to adopt behaviors that advance our collective ability to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. You agree to uphold our shared responsibilities to protect our health and the health of others, and to do your part to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Specifically, you agree to:
 
Monitor my health

  • Check myself for COVID-19-related symptoms, including checking my temperature before I leave home and before I enter an SAIC building
  • Whenever I feel ill, stay home and seek medical care
  • Be tested for COVID-19 as directed by SAIC, as necessary throughout the school year
  • Follow SAIC’s instructions on isolation and/or quarantine
  • Fully and candidly cooperate in contract tracing when asked by SAIC or other contact tracers, sharing information to help identify those who may have been exposed to the virus
  • Report to SAIC if I test positive for COVID-19
  • Participate in occupancy tracking, including by participating in taking attendance
  • Follow federal, state, and local requirements regarding quarantining after domestic or international travel

Maintain physical distance

  • Keep a distance of at least six feet from others whenever and wherever possible
  • Follow guidelines for campus de-densification in all campus facilities; directions, signs, and guidance of security personnel and lobby ambassadors; and travel guidelines
  • Follow protocols for group gatherings both indoors and outdoors both on and off campus
  • Not host or participate in any gathering, on campus or off campus, that exceeds limits set forth by SAIC or the Chicago Department of Public Health

Cover my face

  • Wear an appropriate face covering that covers my mouth and nose whenever I am on campus unless I am in a private office or my personal residence hall room with the door closed

Practice hygiene

  • Wash my hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Disinfect shared workspaces and frequently touched surfaces before and after I use them, including all studio supplies and tools; and disinfecting all shared resources, like phones, switches, pens, handles, and buttons

Remain informed

  • Complete SAIC’s health and safety training program
  • Keep up to date on resources SAIC provides for my safety and well-being by referring to the Make Ready website, reading all emails with subject titles that begin with “Make Ready,” and agreeing to comply with all updated health and safety protocols, as conditions change and public health guidance is refined

Take care of one another

  • Act with a mindset of mutuality, conscious of how my actions impact other members of the SAIC community
  • Acknowledge that we are a diverse and inclusive campus where everyone belongs, agreeing not to ostracize any member of our campus community, complying with SAIC’s Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, and understanding that viruses are no one's fault
  • Follow protocols to limit exposure established by the Chicago Department of Public Health, out of respect for the health and safety of the greater Chicago community

During your training, you will be asked to affirm your commitment. If you are unable to meet this Community Commitment, you will remove yourself from campus and complete the semester remotely. If you do not take this step yourself, you understand that you have forfeited the privilege of remaining on campus and, in order to promote health and safety for everyone in the campus community, SAIC may take administrative action to prohibit you from participating in any in-person campus activities, including living in the residence halls.

Daily Symptom Check

As part of our return to campus, all students, faculty, and staff are required to conduct a personal daily symptom check before coming to campus. Before you leave your home and before you enter an SAIC building, check the following:

  • In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19? 
  • Are you experiencing a new onset of any of the below symptoms that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
    • Fever or chills (temperature of 100.4℉ or greater)
    • 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
    • Diarrhea

If you answered yes to either of the above questions, you should stay or return home. Students should contact Health Services at healthservices@saic.edu or 312.499.4288 and employees should contact their primary care provider and then reach out to Human Resources at SAIC.covid.report@saic.edu.
 
In addition to completing the above daily symptom screening, all members of the community must follow SAIC’s Shared Responsibilities and should be in compliance with the Community Commitment.
 
Please seek emergency medical care immediately if you are experiencing:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

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Daily Temperature Check

Following guidance from public health expert Dr. Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, SAIC will not check temperatures at building entrances because of medical efficacy, resources, and congestion issues; instead, it is critical for every SAIC student, faculty, and staff to take their temperatures before leaving their homes to come to campus or before leaving their residence hall rooms and entering common spaces. 

SAIC worked with medical supplies distributor, Medline Industries, to secure digital thermometers for those who will be living, learning, teaching, and working on campus. Checking your temperature daily is an important step in mitigating the spread of disease and thermometers will be included in a personal safety kit, along with five cotton face masks and a daily symptom checklist.

Flu Shots 

All SAIC community members are strongly encouraged to receive an annual flu vaccination this fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises getting a flu vaccination between September 1 and October 31 to optimize immunity for the entire flu season.

A flu vaccine provides several individual health benefits, including keeping you from getting sick with the flu, reducing the severity of your illness if you do get the flu, and reducing your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization. A flu vaccination is especially important for the 2020-2021 flu season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but they can help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the population and thus lessen the resulting burden on the healthcare system during the pandemic.  

At this time, there are no planned on-site flu immunization clinics for students or employees due to challenges in maintaining social distancing. Students may obtain a flu vaccine from Health Services, a retail pharmacy such as Walgreens, or their primary care provider. Flu vaccines are covered by most insurance plans. Students should note that the SAIC-sponsored health insurance plan for students does not cover CVS Pharmacy, which includes the pharmacies located in Target stores.

Employees may obtain the flu vaccine from their primary care provider or a retail pharmacy. SAIC insurance-covered employees may obtain more information about the flu vaccination locations by contacting the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Health Advocate Team at 855.418.9393.