To help Baylor families stay current on developments surrounding the COVID-19 situation, a Community Page has been created in myBaylor. All parents and guardians have been enrolled as members of this community. The page can be found under the Groups tab – it is called “COVID-19 Information and Updates.” We will use myBaylor for updates. We will also continue to share relevant parent news and information in the weekly BNews, and will use eText alerts as needed.
These will be the primary communication platforms with Baylor families on COVID-19. It is critically important that you partner with us in ensuring that you are using myBaylor and are properly set up to receive eText alerts.
As more cases of the coronavirus continue to be reported in the U.S. and internationally, the Heath Center staff would like for the Baylor community to know that we are prepared to identify, isolate and inform the State Health Department about potential cases of COVID-19 should there be a need on Baylor’s campus.
We are staying updated on the rapidly evolving situation in conjunction with the information provided to us by our local Health Department. Baylor’s current absence rate due to illness is consistent with what we normally see this time of year. Even so, we would like to remind parents to keep your student home for at least 24 hours if he/she:
- Has vomited in the last 24 hours.
- Has had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the last 24 hours.
- Does not have a fever but is exhibiting flu-like symptoms (body aches, chills, etc.)
- Is receiving regular administration of fever-reducing medications to maintain comfort.
Baylor is following CDC preparatory recommendations which include:
- Having alcohol-based hand sanitizers accessible that contain at least 60% alcohol.
- Routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Displaying visual alerts/reminders about respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
Parents can partner with Baylor by reviewing the CDC recommendations that individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:
- Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of it in the trash receptacle.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- No handshakes.
- Clean phones, iPads and computer keyboards at home each night.
Our priority and emphasis in the Health Center is on the health and well-being of the Baylor community. We seek to be responsive to concerns that families, staff and students might have during this period of heightened awareness due to illness, especially related to COVID-19. We are available to answer questions and receive information by email at email@example.com or by phone at (423) 267-8506 ext. 239.