Welcome Back – Important Spring 2021 Updates

Welcome Back – Important Spring 2021 Updates

Dear University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we prepare to return to campus for lab instruction in the 2021 Spring Term, we will continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health department guidelines to align with all recommendations for providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all.

Campus Consistency: Because our campuses are in three states, which may have different approaches to managing the pandemic, USAHS has applied consistent protocols at all locations to keep our campuses safe and healthy. Being on campus is a privilege, and it will take a collective effort in consistently doing the right thing as health professionals and leaders to maintain the welfare of the University and wellbeing of students and employees.

Training and Protocols: We recommend you review the Return-to-Campus Protocols below to ensure a smooth return to on-campus instruction.

What are the requirements to enter campus?

What is the required COVID-19 Safety Training?
COVID-19 Safety Training supports safe and healthy on-campus practices. This required training includes short video modules, takes approximately 25 minutes and covers the following topics:

  • COVID-19 Risk and Symptoms
  • COVID-19 Prevention
  • PPE
  • Health Screening Requirements and USAHS Protocols

This training is required for all students who will be returning to campus, and employees who are coming to campus for the first time. Everyone is encouraged to review the training again, as it has been updated and refreshed. Upon completion of the training, you will be asked to electronically sign an acknowledgement confirming that you have completed all the modules and that you understand the safety and health protocols and the campus environment to which you are returning. You will not be allowed to enter campus until you have completed this trainingand subsequent acknowledgement form.

How do I complete my Personal Health Screening?
A mobile-friendly, online form will be used for your personal health screening that involves taking your temperature and answering questions related to COVID-19 symptoms and any potential exposure you may have had to the virus. Completing the personal health screening is required each day you come to campus and must be completed on that day; the entry code you will receive is only valid for that day. We also strongly recommend that you complete the personal health screening for several days prior to your first day of return to campus. COVID-19 diagnostic testing is not required for returning to campus.

Do I need to bring PPE to enter campus?
A mask is required to enter campus. Be sure to bring a cloth, procedural, surgical, KN95 or N95 mask with you and put it on prior to exiting your vehicle.

  • If you are entering the campus for the first time, a PPE package for lab use, including two reusable cloth procedural masks, gloves and a reusable face shield, will be provided by USAHS and distributed in your first lab session. You will receive procedural masks for instruction once in your lab. Remember to bring the cleaned and sanitized face shield with you to campus for each lab.
  • Returning students should bring the reusable masks and the cleaned and sanitized face shields they previously received. Additional disposable gloves and procedural masks also will be available for subsequent lab sessions.

What is expected of me off campus to keep my colleagues and the campus safe?
Each of us is responsible for our own actions, which bear directly on the health and welfare of the USAHS community. Please consider the activities you are currently involved in as you prepare to return to campus, e.g., outings, restaurants, gyms, events. We depend on each other for our individual and collective health and safety. As health professionals and agents of change, your conscientious behavior before you arrive on campus, when you are on campus and, as important, outside of campus is essential to protecting each other, so that our campuses can continue operating.

Thank you for taking the time to review the protocols and complete the necessary training. I cannot emphasize enough our continued commitment and dependence on each other to create a safe and healthy learning environment.

You will find additional resources, including return to campus video messages, on If you have any questions about campus access requirements, health screenings, etc., please call 1-855-GOUSAHS (1-855-468-7247) or send an email to [email protected]. If you need academic information or class schedules, please coordinate with your faculty advisor.

Remember, what you do matters. Stay healthy; be healthy and model the behaviors and values that will enable our global healthcare community to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

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