March 2, 2020
ASU-Beebe Chancellor Dr. Jennifer Methvin
“As you may already be aware from coverage in the national media, the number of reported cases for COVID-19, or novel Coronavirus, is growing in a number of countries, including the United States.
While the Arkansas Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention report no diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas at this time, we are continually monitoring updates from state, federal, and international health organizations. The risk to our campus community is minimal at this point; however, this can change if the number of reported cases in the United States continues to increase.
I want to assure everyone that the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are of the utmost importance. We will communicate promptly should conditions warrant. In the meantime, I ask your cooperation as we implement the following precautionary steps.
Though travel is an important part of the learning experience for many of our students, out of an abundance of caution, I am suspending all ASU-Beebe sponsored international travel for students and employees until further notice. College sponsored travel within the U.S. will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Faculty or staff who have upcoming travel or student travel experiences should contact his or her vice chancellor immediately.
I remind everyone that we are in the midst of the cold and flu season in Arkansas. The best practices for the prevention of the spreading germs are the best actions individuals can take to prevent the spread of any infectious disease, including the flu and COVID-19. Please help us keep the Vanguard Community healthy by practicing the actions suggested by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/prevention.htm):
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
IF YOU ARE SICK
- Please stay home if you are sick. Students who are ill should contact their instructors as per the course syllabus directions.
- Students with a flu diagnosis confirmed in writing by a medical facility should provide that diagnosis to the Vice Chancellor for Academics. (Diagnosis can be for the student OR the public school age dependent children with whom the parent would need to stay home until child is cleared to return to school.) The diagnosis may be shared via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Calls may be made to the Office of Academics at 501-882-8830 or 501-882-4536. The Vice Chancellor for Academics will inform the instructors in whose class(s) the student is enrolled of the confirmed flu diagnosis.
- Involved instructors will provide alternative methods by which students may stay current with their class work. Students will follow the instructor’s plan of alternate instruction.
- As long as a student follows the instructor’s alternative plan of instruction, absences accumulated during the time of influenza illness will not be counted against the student in the calculation of final grades.
- Residence hall students who have a confirmed flu diagnosis should notify a professional housing staff member (Zackery Tucker or Stephanie Shepherd) and return to their home until cleared by a physician.
I understand that news regarding an emerging illness can be unsettling. At the same time, I want to reassure our campus community that ASU-Beebe’s administration is committed to monitoring developments related to the coronavirus outbreak.
We will continue to provide updates as needed to our campus community to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information and resources needed to stay healthy and safe.”
For additional information regarding novel Coronavirus, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage on the virus, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me: email@example.com or 501-882-8956.