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1.3 Mitigation Measures

5 August 2020, Emil Spago

All students and staff will be expected to follow the prescribed guidelines and transgressions of the guidelines will be treated with great strictness as this will impact the safety of the individual and others.

Current Mitigation Measures for Conduct in the Residences 

  • Residence visitors restricted to essential visitors only
  • Temperature and symptom checks to be carried out every morning and evening
  • Early check-ins to be instituted as per requirement
  • Residence lockdowns to be put in place as per instructions from the local health authorities
  • Extra care to be taken by students cooking in the residence kitchen – especially cleaning up of the vessels used and the kitchen
  • Avoid clutter in the student rooms for ease of cleaning
  • Bedding and linen to be provided by the college and sent for laundry each week (at least for this term – can be reviewed later)

Current Mitigation Measures for Conduct in the Rooms:

  • Only students assigned to a room are permitted to enter a room
  • Room arrangements to maximize physical distance
  • Minimal belongings in the rooms to facilitate daily cleaning
  • Only college bedding on beds; bedding to be washed bi-weekly by housekeeping (for the first term and then will be reviewed)
  • Daily sanitizing by students of frequently-touched surfaces in the rooms as well as regular garbage and recycling removal
  • Gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant provided for proper room cleaning
  • Twice a day cleaning of common spaces, toilets and bathrooms (increased frequency)
  • Training for housekeeping staff for pandemic specific sanitization and cleaning

Current Mitigation Measures for Conduct in the Academic Buildings

  • Prior to coming into Academic buildings for the day,  students and staff are asked to do a self-assessment /personal health check (with support from parents for students from Mostar)
  • Sanitizers will be available in all buildings and should be used
  • Disinfectants will be available in the classrooms and students should use them to disinfect their table etc at the start of each class
  • Additional cleaning stations will be available where students and staff can source materials (e.g. alcohol-based cleaning wipes)
  • Maintain required social distancing in the corridors, classes and outside the buildings too
  • Plexiglass dividers/shields to be fixed in offices where staff work in close proximity
  • Twice a day cleaning of common spaces, toilets and bathrooms (increased frequency)
  • Training for housekeeping staff for pandemic specific sanitization and cleaning
  • Hygiene stations with sanitization material

Current Mitigation Measures for Conduct in the City

  • Students not permitted to leave Mostar other than for essential purposes (e.g.visa appointments in Sarajevo etc)
  • Student permission to leave Mostar must be approved by the Director of Student Well-being
  • Students and staff to follow extra protocol (err on the side of caution) while going about the city, going from residence to classes, CAS etc and back, socialising with friends, peers in the community in cafes etc, shopping in the city.
  • Students must only use open spaces in cafes etc instead of closed spaces

Current Mitigation Measures for Staff

  • In-person meetings should be minimized.
  • Staff members should follow all safety guidelines even while they are at home and in the city for the safeguarding of our community.
  • Whenever possible, the work-from-home option should be used.
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