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Corvid-19 Student FAQ

COVID-19: STUDENT FAQ

Updated March 18, 2020

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1. What is the best way to reach the crisis team or to ask general questions?

2. Who is making decisions on campus crises and health issues?

3. What is the current CDC guidance for colleges and universities?

4. Am I at risk of contracting COVID-19 by coming to work or to class?

5. Is CBS suspending campus visitors at this time?

6. Where can I find more information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

7. I don’t feel well. What should I do?

8. Can I request a test for COVID-19?

9. How do I self-quarantine?

10. What if I encounter someone who is showing signs of illness?

11. When can I return to work or classes if I have COVID-19 or any contagious illness?

12. Will CBS cancel classes?

13. How will you notify students of any changes?

14. Will the CBS campuses be open even though on-ground classes are cancelled?

15. What resources are available to help students prepare for online classes?

16. What if I need to contact student services, such as academic advising, financial aid, or other services?

17. Is commencement cancelled?

18. What events are canceled or postponed? 

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General Questions

1. What is the best way to reach the crisis team or to ask general questions?

CBS has assigned the following email for all questions and comments related to the coronavirus event:  [email protected].

2. Who is making decisions on campus crises and health issues?

The CBS crisis management team includes the president’s cabinet and other functional leadership. For the COVID-19 crisis, the crisis team follows the recommendations of the CDC, health officials, and local government officials.

3. What is the current CDC guidance for colleges and universities?

The CDC’s Resources for Institutes of Higher Education provides guidance for institutes of higher education regarding administration, cleaning, and attendance.

4. Am I at risk of contracting COVID-19 by coming to work or to class?

The main priority of CBS is the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty. We are monitoring the situation around the clock to ensure we are acting in the best interest of our CBS community. Updates are provided through email, our website, and through our Watchman Emergency Alert System.

5. Is CBS suspending campus visitors at this time?

CBS has cancelled all campus events until further notice to limit the number of visitors to our campuses. Information regarding any changes will be provided through email, our website, and through our Watchman Emergency Alert System as appropriate.

 

COVID-19 Spread, Symptoms, and Quarantine

6. Where can I find more information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

Everyone is encouraged to follow information on preventing COVID-19 by visiting the CDC website.

7. I don’t feel well. What should I do?

If you are ill, contact a doctor and stay home until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing or other symptom altering medicine. Also, if you have been exposed to the virus, please contact CBS immediately. 

Please call a medical professional if, in the last 14 days, you:

  • Have traveled to an affected geographic area, as defined by CDC
  • Have a fever (100.4F / 38C or higher) and signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath), or
  • Were in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have a fever or signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath)
  • When you call, inform them of your symptoms and recent travel or potential exposure before going to the health facility.

As with all contagious illnesses, limit the potential for exposure to other people and do not come to school. Take the following actions:

  • Notify your professor that you are ill and will not be able to come to the campus
  • Isolate yourself to keep from potentially exposing other people
  • Seek medical advice from a medical professional by calling ahead before visiting a health facility.

8. Can I request a test for COVID-19?

Medical personnel, in consultation with the state health department, will determine if an individual should be tested for COVID-19. This test requires a doctor’s order.  

9. How do I self-quarantine?

Anyone undergoing a self-quarantine should follow the CDC's self-quarantine guidelines:

Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread, and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others.  Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places such as shopping centers and movie theaters and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
  • If you get sick with a fever of (100.4F / 38C or higher) cough, or have trouble breathing:
  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your health care provider. 

10. What if I encounter someone who is showing signs of illness?

As with Influenza or contagious illnesses such as colds, maintaining a distance of 3 to 6 feet from the person is a starting point. Do not shake hands or make other physical contact. Offer the individual a tissue and ask the person to cover their mouth and nose if they should need to cough or sneeze. Use an antiviral wipe or spray after the person has left to wipe those areas that the person has touched. 

11. When can I return to work or classes if I have COVID-19 or any contagious illness?

The current message from health care providers and the CDC is to stay home and do not return to work or school until you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Always follow the instruction of a medical professional.

 

Classes and Academics

12. Will CBS cancel classes?  

On-campus class sessions are canceled March 16-21. Online classes will continue as usual. In order to protect our staff and students, all on-campus classes and operations will begin an off-campus format beginning the week of March 23 until further notice. 

13. How will you notify students of any changes? 

Updates will be communicated through email, our website, and Watchman Emergency Alert System. Students will be contacted as early as possible and will be given further instructions.  Students should communicate with their instructor as they receive updates from the instructor for course completion requirements.

14. Will the CBS campuses be open even though on-ground classes are cancelled?

CBS operations will continue. However, if it becomes necessary, all CBS campus operations will transition to an off-campus format. Staff and students will be alerted as early as possible.

15. What resources are available to help students prepare for online classes?

All faculty and students are currently enrolled in an online orientation course.  Among other things, the course also gives valuable information on how to navigate through Blackboard and complete all assignments that are conducted through the system. The Distance Education Department would strongly advise students to complete this orientation if it has not yet been done. Additional resources are available at learn.cbshouston.edu. For help with Blackboard or if you would like tutoring, email the Learn Helpdesk at [email protected].

16. What if I need to contact student services, such as academic advising, financial aid, or other services? 

CBS plans to maintain campus administrative operations as long as possible and will then transition to remote services support throughout this event until campus operations can be resumed. 

17. Is commencement cancelled?

At this point, we hope to be able to hold commencement exercises. A final decision will be made at a later date.

18. What events are canceled or postponed?

All CBS events, including campus tours and visits, are canceled until further notice.

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