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Saint Leo University’s Response to COVID-19

Latest Communication Updates

Saint Leo University extends timeframe for current COVID-19 guidelines

While the number of positive COVID-19 cases is now declining rapidly, the Saint Leo COVID-19 Incident Command Team has decided to extend the university’s current prevention guidelines for an additional week. This means that all students, faculty, and staff should continue to follow the guidance outlined in the current Stage 4 Framework for Supporting the Pride guide until February 7.

Flexibility with the delivery of courses will continue as previously shared, and employees who have received approval from their supervisors to work from home may continue to do so until February 7. Students should look to their instructors for guidance on their course delivery format.

Beginning February 7, the university will update its COVID-19 prevention guidance to reflect the following changes listed here:

  • All In-person classes at University Campus and Education Centers will resume. Course flexibility will be discontinued, and class will be held in the classroom as scheduled. Masks will be required by all individuals in the classroom, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Employees working from home will return to the workplace. Employees currently on temporary work-from-home arrangements will return to on-site work beginning Monday, February 7.
  • Indoor events of 50 or more participants will require COVID-19 ICT approval. With the exception of Athletics, events with 50 or more attendees must receive permission from the COVID-19 Incident Command Team to ensure good protocols are in place for the health and safety of all guests. Masks will be required at all indoor events.
  • Masks will be strongly encouraged for all individuals while indoors. This guidance will take effect regardless of vaccination status.
  • In-person meetings may resume. The use of Zoom is still encouraged.

The university will send an additional communication once the new guidelines in the Stage 4 Framework for Supporting the Pride have been published.

Students, faculty, and staff should continue to monitor their health and refrain from being around others or coming to a university location if they have COVID-19 symptoms. All members of the university community are strongly encouraged to pursue vaccination and a booster as they have proven success in reducing the severity of illness and are a critical part of managing this pandemic.

Please check your university email and the Saint Leo website regularly for additional updates.

Saint Leo University extends timeframe for current COVID-19 guidelines

After examining the latest COVID-19 case data, the Saint Leo COVID-19 Incident Command Team has decided to extend the university’s current prevention guidelines until January 28. This means that all students, faculty, and staff should continue to following the guidance outlined in the current Stage 4 Framework for Supporting the Pride guide.

With this update, flexibility with the delivery courses will continue as previously shared and employees who have received approval from their supervisors to work from home may continue to do so until January 28.

As a reminder, the university’s current guidelines highlights the following protocol:

  • Indoor university events with more than 50 people will be held remotely, postponed or canceled. Outdoor events may continue with masks highly recommended. Exceptions to the guidelines include Athletic competition and events hosted by external organizations which will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • Masks will be required by all individuals while indoors. This guidance is required regardless of whether the individual is vaccinated.
  • The university is strongly encouraging meetings by Zoom when possible. Small in-person meetings are still permitted as needed.

The university will continue to monitor the guidance of professional health organizations and may issue a new update should conditions change. Please check your university email and the Saint Leo website regularly for additional updates.

Saint Leo University provides flexibility in class delivery due to pandemic

In response to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and in consultation with faculty, Saint Leo University has made the decision to allow flexibility in class delivery for all on-ground locations, effective January 18 through January 28.

To help prevent the spread of the virus and keep our community healthy, classes may be offered in one of the following formats during this time period:

  • • In-person classes in the classroom
  • • A/B rotation (a mix of in-person classes and classes held via Zoom)
  • • Fully on Zoom

Students should check their Saint Leo email and LionShare for information from their instructors about their course delivery plan. Masks will be required by all students attending class in-person, and students should avoid being around others on campus if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

While the flexibility in course delivery approach is temporary, Saint Leo University will continue to monitor the data and guidance of professional health organizations and may issue a new update should conditions change. Please check your university email and the Saint Leo website regularly for additional updates.

COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

Saint Leo University is strongly encouraging faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. See how our community is making process.

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What to do if you think you are sick

If a campus student in residence is experiencing symptoms of illness and is concerned about possible COVID-19 infection (fever over 100.4, other symptoms of illness), they are asked to immediately self-isolate and contact the Health Center in DeChantal Hall at (352) 588-8347. After hours, they can contact University Safety at (352) 588-8432 for the on-call nurse. Online and education center students, are asked to immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider and notify your center director or advisor of your illness. Staff and faculty should do the same and also contact their supervisor and human resources business partner.

Video Updates

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Town Hall - August 14, 2020

 

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