Help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Following this guidance is important to your health -- and to the health of everyone in your community. Please review these resources and follow the safety guidelines on these pages.

 

Overview of Safety Measures

The latest public health guidance indicates that preventing spread of the coronavirus includes the following approaches. Click the links on each topic to see detailed information on how we are implementing these approaches and what expectations we have for members of our community while on campus:

Daily Health Screening
Before you come to campus or leave your resident lodging each day, complete the daily health screening at healthform.webster.edu. The screening includes a temperature check, so you’ll want to have a thermometer. In Webster Groves, those who cannot complete the self-assessment may instead do so at the Public Safety office.

Social Distancing: Six feet, always
Remember, masks are not a substitute for social distancing and social distancing is not a substitute for a mask. But you can still see your friends! You’ll just need to see them, and anyone else, from six feet away. To support social distancing, we have:

  • Reduced the density of work spaces, residence halls and classrooms;
  • Added social distance and directional signage across campus;
  • Reduced occupancy in elevators and other places where people gather or line up;
  • Installed Plexiglas barriers like those seen in grocery store checkout lanes;
  • Added instructional signage throughout campus to maintain social distancing.
  • Updated Sept. 16: The policy for safely planning events and gatherings (outside of class and course delivery) is posted here. This policy limits and requiring communication of protocol to any event attendees. The limitations on events and gatherings originally announced Aug. 13 has been extended indefinitely. 

Masks/Facial Coverings
Everyone on campus must wear a m ask covering their nose and mouth while on campus, indoors and outdoors, except when alone in an office, cubicle or residence. These requirements are covered in the Facial Covering Policy. We encourage you to review the latest CDC guidance on how to select, wear and treat facial coverings, which is updated frequently.

Forget your mask? Disposable mask dispensers are also available at all academic building entrances, and sanitizers will be prevalent throughout campus.

Frequent Hand Washing and Hygiene
Frequent hand washing should be practiced throughout the day. Effective hand washing is practiced by using soap and water and scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, apply hand sanitizer to your hands, rub the sanitizer into your hands until your hands are dry. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be provided throughout campus.

Frequent hand washing should be practiced throughout the day. Effective hand washing is practiced by using soap and water and scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, apply hand sanitizer to your hands, rub the sanitizer into your hands until your hands are dry. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be provided throughout campus.

Hands should be washed:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After using the toilet
  • After practicing disinfection procedures on all shared surfaces
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

Increased Sanitization and Disinfection Procedures

The virus has been found to live on various surfaces. Webster faculty and staff will ask students to participate in the cleaning and disinfection of shared surfaces when the student has finished using various items such as:

  • Common area furniture such as tables, countertops and desks
  • Electronics, printers/scanners, and office supplies
  • Drinking fountains and vending machines
  • Door handles, light switches and faucets
  • Disinfection materials such as wipes and sprays are available throughout the University buildings and in common shared areas.

Common shared areas in buildings are frequently disinfected by our commercial cleaning crew. They will also perform professional disinfection procedures to quarantined areas that were identified to be used by a faculty, staff or student that tested positive for COVID-19.

Access to Buildings: What you need (and which doors) to enter

On the main campus, there are designated entry points to each building (see details below), and access will be restricted to students, faculty and employees with a valid ID. You’ll want to keep your Webster ID on you at all times:

  • Your ID card (to swipe for access) and daily health screening are required to enter on-campus buildings;
  • Personnel will staff each entry point and verify that you have passed your daily health screening;
  • Guests and visitors to campus are allowed, by appointment, if they have a business purpose, but must first report to Public Safety for a health screening. 
  • Guests and visitors are not allowed in the Housing & Residential Life areas. Students who do not reside in a building will not be granted access to that space.

Designated Entry Points in Webster Groves (each is marked with signage. ALL doors serve as exit points.):

  • Webster Hall – Main entry at the circle drive and rear entry off of Lot D (ADA entry)
  • Loretto Hall – Main entry at the circle drive, courtyard entry (ADA entry) and Marletto’s entry (ADA entry)
  • Visual Arts Studio – Main entry at Big Bend (ADA entry)
  • Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building – Main entry at Lot K (ADA entry)
  • East Academic Building – Main entry at Garden Ave (ADA entry) and entry at Lot K/courtyard (ADA entry)
  • Library – Main entry at Edgar Rd and quad entry (ADA entry)
  • Sverdrup Complex – West atrium quad, east atrium Big Bend (ADA entry)
  • University Center – Entry at quad (ADA entry)

 For orientation, see the campus map here.

Staircases:

  • In Webster Hall, the west staircase is designated as UP and the east staircase is DOWN. Please remember to practice social distancing on all other staircases on campus.
  • In the East Academic Building, the staircase in the Centene Lobby is UP and the staircase from the Edward Jones Commons is DOWN.
  • Other staircases on campuses are bi-directional, so remember to wear a face mask and practice social distancing when on the staircases. 

In-Class Expectations

  • Everyone in a classroom will be required to wear a mask at all times;
  • Maintain social distance in classrooms, including with seating and while entering and exiting;
  • Food and drink will not be allowed in class;
  • Feeling sick? Do not go to class.
  • You will be asked to disinfect the items you used during class or labs before leaving the room.

Dining Services

Seating in the dining facilities on the Webster Groves campus has been reserved for students only, until further notice. However, to facilitate contactless food pickup and social distancing, students and employees may use the Bite app to order food ahead of time for pick-up.

Response to Positive or Suspected Cases, Protocols for Students, Employees

These include steps for quarantine/isolation and other safety measures relating to a case:

[Protocols for Students| Protocols for Employees | FAQ for Deans and Faculty]

The full process and instructions are outlined in the above protocols, but in general:

  • Commuter students should contact the Student Health Services Department by phone 314-246-7422 or email health@webster.edu if they have been diagnosed with and/or identified as being a close contact to a person who has COVID-19;
  • Residential student should notify Housing and Residential Life staff if they have been diagnosed with and/or identified as being a close contact to a person that has COVID-19. Housing & Residential Life is prepared to execute isolation housing plans for these individuals – including the potential of relocation (based on where they reside), dining service delivery, and other essential items.
  • Fully online/remote students: Even if you have not been on a Webster campus, we request that you inform your local campus if you test positive for COVID. St. Louis-area students who are online or fully remote and have not been to campus should email health@webster.edu. Please include details about where you had your testing and when. Also, if you have not already done so, we encourage you to notify your instructor of your COVID status.  
  • Employees should contact Human Resources.

Monitoring Community Conditions

Webster will continue to monitor health conditions in our communities, adapt policies in accordance with local guidance and the COVID-19 Health Protocol Policies for students and employees, and take actions as appropriate. Factors we are tracking include community information, such as positive case and hospitalization trends, and Webster-specific information, such as positive test trends and ability to obtain appropriate PPE, masks, and other supplies. 

If conditions warrant further action, Webster steps could include: 1) advanced or heightened policies on social distancing, including further restrictions on gatherings; 2) temporary closures of buildings; 3) temporary move of some or all classes to remote learning; 4) a full transition to remote learning.   

CDC Help and Resources

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides important information regarding transmission and prevention of COVID-19 and other viral diseases:

Managing Stress and Anxiety, Reducing Stigma

The CDC has some helpful tips on these topics:

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Missouri has established the “Show Me Hope Line” for those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. The phone number is: 1-800-985-5990; you can also text ''TalkWithUs” to 66746. More information can be found at: https://dmh.mo.gov/disaster-services

Social Distancing Policy 

The following Social Distancing guidelines apply to faculty, staff and students as it relates to the prevention and control of communicable diseases. “Social distancing” is a public-health protection measure meant to reduce and slow transmission of disease. 

  • All individuals are required to maintain at least a 6-foot (2 meter) social distance from others.
  • Social distancing will be maintained in shared spaces on campus (e.g., elevators, conference rooms, kitchens, copy rooms, restrooms, etc.).
  • High density, shared work areas have been identified and plexiglass dividers are being installed.
  • All meetings are encouraged to take place in an online format.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited per St. Louis County guidelines.

For the latest and most detailed information on global response and prevention to the coronavirus outbreak, visit the CDC's COVID 19 page and their COVID 19 FAQ, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the WHO's coronavirus 2019 pagewhich are updated frequently.