June 29

June 29 COVID-19 Update

Approved faculty and staff: Report to Hixson-Lied atrium for daily COVID-19 screenings | Cleaning is everyone’s responsibility | Maximizing fresh air exchanges | Flu vaccine required for faculty, staff, students | Course delivery workshops for faculty | Update on the Child Development Center | Quarantine information for international students, travelers | Opus, Davis residents moving in on Wednesday | Questions from campus: Do faculty need to wear a face covering while lecturing? … and more

Daily COVID-19 screenings required

Effective this week, all approved academic-, business- and mission-critical faculty and staff must report to the COVID-19 Screening Station in the atrium of the Hixson-Lied Science Building between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, for each day they are on campus. This includes all mission-critical employees who have been reporting to campus during its closure. The screening involves a survey of symptoms and temperature check. Those with a temperature of 99.9 F or greater will not be allowed to remain on campus.

If you are feeling ill, please do not report to campus or the screening station, and notify your supervisor. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, please also notify Student Health Education and Compliance at CoronavirusResponse [at] creighton [dot] edu.

Cleaning is everyone’s responsibility

Facilities Management is the lead department for campus facilities operations and cleanliness, but a clean and sanitized campus environment is a community effort.

Facilities will clean and disinfect interior common spaces and conduct enhanced and regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, etc. The cleaning and sanitizing of individual desks, phones, keyboards and other office spaces will be the responsibility of the individual occupants.

Fresh air

Facilities Management personnel also are evaluating every building on campus to maximize fresh air exchanges to the fullest extent possible.

Flu vaccine required

Creighton is requiring faculty, staff and students to get a flu vaccine this year. Free flu vaccines will be offered on campus, as supplies last, as part of the traditional “Shoo the Flu” campaign. Faculty, staff and students also can get vaccinated off campus and share that information with Student Health Education and Compliance. Watch for more details to come this fall.

The flu vaccine is being required to …

  • Reduce confusion related to COVID-19 symptoms and resultant isolation/quarantine requirements
  • Help avoid complications that the flu may present to those infected with COVID-19
  • Continue Creighton’s success in minimizing influenza on campus through the “Shoo the Flu” campaign, particularly in this vulnerable year

Creighton will allow exceptions for faculty and staff for approved religious and/or medical reasons. More information on how to request an exception will be forthcoming.

Course delivery workshops for faculty

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) is offering a series of basic and intermediate workshops in July and August to facilitate faculty preparation to teach in various environments. Learn more and register for the workshops on the TLC website.

Update on the Child Development Center

The University continues to review plans to safely reopen the Russell Child Development Center. Additional details regarding the center will be communicated the week of July 6.

Quarantine information for international students, travelers

New and returning international students who already have visas and are coming to study at Creighton for the fall semester must self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the state, according to a Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services directive. That means these students must arrive in Nebraska no later than July 27 in order to complete the required self-quarantine before classes begin on Aug. 17.

Creighton’s Global Engagement Office, the Department of Student Life, Enrollment Management and respective deans’ offices are working to support international students who must participate in self-quarantine upon their arrival in Nebraska due to the COVID-19 pandemic or who may have to remain abroad during the fall 2020 semester and only be able to advance in their academic programs through distance learning.

In addition, faculty, staff and students returning to the U.S. from international travel should stay home for 14 days, monitor their health and practice social distancing, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services directive.

All travelers arriving from international destinations to Omaha are asked to fill out Creighton’s International Arrival Reporting Form before entering any Creighton University facilities.

Please contact the Global Engagement Office at GlobalEngagement [at] creighton [dot] edu with any questions.

Moving in

Juniors and seniors living in Opus and Davis residence halls will begin moving in on Wednesday, July 1. Student Life has communicated directly with these students, assigning specific move-in times to avoid large group gatherings and promote social distancing.

Requesting campus access for mission- or business-critical activity?

Complete the COVID-19 Campus Access Request Form for review and approval. Download directions.

For those approved to come to campus …

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wear a face covering on campus, both inside and outside
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet

Collaborating in the Fight Against COVID-19

As of June 10, CHI Health, in partnership with the Creighton University School of Medicine, had cared for 621 COVID-19 patients at its 14 hospitals in Nebraska and southwest Iowa, and hundreds more at its clinics and ERs. That’s more than any other hospital system in the region. Read the op-ed that appeared in the Omaha World-Herald.

Questions from Campus 

Q: Will faculty be required to wear a face covering while lecturing?
A: The University plans to allow faculty to lecture without a face covering as long as the faculty member can stay six feet or more from every student in the classroom. If the faculty member needs to move around, a face covering will be needed to approach students. Prior to the start of class and once the class ends, the faculty member will need to use the face covering.

Q: Will students be required to attend classes in person?
A: Students will be expected to attend classes according to the method of course delivery, unless they are sick, in quarantine/isolation or have other extenuating circumstances. In instances where a student is sick, in quarantine/isolation or has other extenuating circumstances, they should contact their professor and Student Health Education and Compliance for guidance and assistance.

Q: How do students, faculty and staff request accommodations due to medical reasons?
A: As a reminder, individuals may request accommodations based on any disabilities they may have. Students should contact Disability Services at (402) 280-2195, disabilityservices [at] creighton [dot] edu, and employees should contact Human Resources at (402) 280-2709, humanresources [at] creighton [dot] edu.

Q: Do we know if we will make changes to the spring schedule?
A: At this point, there are no proposed changes to the spring academic schedule.

Q: Will there be any technology platform additions or changes to facilitate engagement of those in the classroom with those not in the classroom?
A: The University will continue to use Blueline as its learning management system and collaborative space for course content and assignments. Please consult the Teaching and Learning Center for online teaching development opportunities. 

Submit questions to CoronavirusResponse [at] creighton [dot] edu.