Help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Following this guidance is important to your health -- and to the health of everyone in your community. Please review thes Transition and Adaptability Policy (updated June 1, 2021) and follow the safety guidelines on these pages.
Note: The daily health screening form will no longer be required, effective June 1, 2021.
Overview of Safety Measures
The latest public health guidance indicates that preventing spread of the coronavirus includes the following approaches. Click the links on each topic to see detailed information on how we are implementing these approaches and what expectations we have for members of our community while on campus:
- Social Distancing
- Facial Coverings/Masks
- Controlled Access to Campus Buildings
- Personal Hygiene
- Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Reporting Illness/Positive Cases
- Monitoring Community Conditions
When unvaccinated, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we can implement to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Staff who are not vaccinated or others who are instructed for self-protection and are at work on-site must follow these social distancing practices:
- Always stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups of 10 or more.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
Fully vaccinated members of our community will no longer be required to wear masks while on a Webster location in the United States. Employees and students at international locations outside the United States will need to follow the guidelines set by their local authorities.
Unvaccinated students and employees will still be required to wear masks and/or face coverings and practice social distancing, but may remove masks when inside University facilities while participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking or playing a musical instrument or singing as part of work/academic duties. This guidance applies to classes and classrooms.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face, including your eyes, nose and mouth. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Then throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Maximum occupancy of restrooms will be limited to the extent allowed for appropriate social distancing.
Housekeeping teams will clean office and workspaces based on CDC guidelines for disinfection. Facilities Management will also maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances, elevator stops and high-traffic areas. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, ventilation and monitoring systems will be assessed and readied prior to reopening of buildings. Employees should wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use with products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers). The use of personal or disposable utensils is recommended for meals.
Students, staff and faculty will continue to access buildings with their ID cards. On the main campus, faculty and staff have building access from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days/week; student access is 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday. Housing & Residential Life will be in contact directly with on-campus residents about COVID-related expectations for resident students in the near future.
For orientation, see the main campus map here.
Anyone who contracts COVID-19 must report their status and those who are unvaccinated and who are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 must also report their status.
Employees must report their status in these cases to Human Resources. Students must report their status through Student Affairs.
Webster will continue to monitor health conditions in our communities, adapt policies in accordance with local guidance and the COVID-19 Health Protocol Policies for students and employees, and take actions as appropriate. Factors we are tracking include community information, such as positive case and hospitalization trends, and Webster-specific information, such as positive test trends and ability to obtain appropriate PPE, masks, and other supplies.
If conditions warrant further action, Webster steps could include: 1) advanced or heightened policies on social distancing, including further restrictions on gatherings; 2) temporary closures of buildings; 3) temporary move of some or all classes to remote learning; 4) a full transition to remote learning.
CDC Help and Resources
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides important information regarding transmission and prevention of COVID-19 and other viral diseases:
- Symptoms to watch for
- Prevention and treatment
- What to do if you're sick
- CDC Frequently asked questions and answers about COVID-19
Managing Stress and Anxiety, Reducing Stigma
The CDC has some helpful tips on these topics:
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Missouri has established the “Show Me Hope Line” for those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. The phone number is: 1-800-985-5990; you can also text ''TalkWithUs” to 66746. More information can be found at: https://dmh.mo.gov/disaster-services
- Managing Stress & Anxiety (CDC resource)
- Reducing Stigma for people different populations, and those emerging from quarantine (CDC resource)
For the latest and most detailed information on global response and prevention to the coronavirus outbreak, visit the CDC's COVID 19 page and their COVID 19 FAQ, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the WHO's coronavirus 2019 page, which are updated frequently.