Oct. 7 - To the Salve Regina community: Reminders for fall break

Dear Salve Regina community,

The first long weekend of the academic year is on the horizon. As a reminder, our residence halls, dining locations and campus facilities will remain open throughout fall break. This is an excellent time to catch up on well-deserved rest and to enjoy the beautiful outdoors around Aquidneck Island.

Below please find some information and resources to keep in mind as we head into the weekend and the remainder of October.

Travel During Fall Break

If you are planning to travel for fall break, remember that travel heightens your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and, by extension, the spread of disease on campus. Remember to minimize your stops, delay your travel plans if you're feeling sick and consider wearing your mask in indoor public settings.

Members of the Salve Regina community who travel during fall break should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after travel. If you develop symptoms, isolate at home away from others and get tested right away.

On-Demand Testing

Salve Regina does not offer on-demand asymptomatic testing at this time. To find local testing sites and schedule an appointment, visit covid.ri.gov/testing.

Undergraduate students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should utilize on-campus testing by calling Health Services at (401) 341-2904 Ext. 3 during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday) or Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 during evenings and weekends.

Students and employees who test positive at an external site must notify the University so that contact tracing can be implemented immediately. Students should call Health Services at (401) 341-2904 Ext. 3 during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday) or Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 during evenings and weekends. Employees should call Human Resources at (401) 341-2137.

Close Contacts

Close contact is still defined as being within six feet of a COVID-positive individual for a total of 15 minutes or more, regardless of wearing a mask. If you are identified as a close contact of a positive case at Salve Regina, we will always notify you. Notification typically happens within 24-48 hours of that case being identified.

Please keep a daily log of your activities to aid in contact tracing should the need arise. Personal information is not shared with close contacts during the identification process.

Indoor Mask Requirement

Salve Regina's mask requirement for all indoor public spaces on campus remains in effect. This includes classrooms, the library, recreational facilities and residence hall common areas, including hallways. You are also encouraged to wear a mask while indoors in public spaces off campus.

Masks must be worn over the nose, mouth and chin. Masks with two or more layers of a washable, breathable fabric are recommended. Gaiters and face shields are not recommended. If you choose to wear a disposable mask, please dispose of it properly.

Being a Good Neighbor

Hosting or attending large gatherings off campus comes with health risks and potential consequences. Salve Regina will respond promptly to complaints from neighbors or law enforcement and will follow up with appropriate disciplinary action.

Although they may not violate city ordinances or laws, behaviors such as public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, loud music, etc. do not meet our good neighbor expectations and will not be tolerated.

Residence Hall Protocols

Remember that occupancy in residence hall rooms is limited to double the room residency (i.e. two in a single, four in a double). While resident students are permitted to have non-Salve Regina visitors, all guests must follow University policies on masking and social distancing. Students who are temporarily living in quarantine/isolation housing may not have guests under any circumstances.

We wish you continued health and safety this semester. As always, you are encouraged to submit general comments, questions or concerns to coronavirus@salve.edu.