Dear Southern Parents,
As you are aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that it expects the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to spread across the United States, as the number of cases continues to grow worldwide.
Maintaining the health and safety of our students is of paramount importance – therefore, while the immediate risk to the American public and to our campus community is believed to be low at this time, I want to assure you that Southern remains diligent in monitoring the most up-to-date information. Collaborating with the CSCU System Office and guided by our Emergency Management Plan -- https://inside.southernct.edu/emergency-preparedness -- we are prepared to respond quickly and appropriately, should the situation escalate.
Our Office of International Education, following CDC and U.S. State Department protocols, is working to ensure the safety of all our students abroad – and determine when they may need to return home. Returning students will not come back to campus until after an appropriate period, as determined by CDC guidelines. Further student study abroad in affected countries has been suspended.
In addition, with Spring Break approaching, it is important that you and your student are informed about their potential travel plans. You’ll find health and travel tips and other items of particular interest to the Southern community at: https://inside.southernct.edu/health-services/coronavirus
On campus, we have advised members of our community to take everyday preventative actions that help stop the spread of germs:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Additional information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and preventative measures may be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Again, please be assured that we will continue to take proactive steps to ensure that Southern remains a safe and healthy learning environment for your student. I will continue to provide you with updates and helpful information as this situation evolves.