COVID-19: AHU Denver- Fall Trimester Guidelines

AHU Orlando and Denver Campus Access as of 23 July 2021

Last Updated July 23 , 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT

Introduction

Health care providers across the US report a significant increase in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths primarily among the unvaccinated population. The Delta variant is far more virulent than previous strains. The sharpest increases are occurring in states with the lowest vaccination rates. This new reality requires AHU to immediately update our campus guidelines to keep you safe.

What this means for students, faculty, staff, and visitors:

Mask Wearing

  • Everyone regardless of vaccination status is required to wear a mask except when outdoors or while eating or drinking indoors in designated areas like the NESS cafe. A disposable surgical grade mask will be provided at the check-in station. Cloth masks are not permitted.
  • Faculty, staff, or student workers who are vaccinated and working in a cubicle or office space alone and/or social distanced from others are not required to wear a mask while working at that location.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should comply with applicable guidelines when visiting the Orlando or Denver hospital facilities next to AHU or other community locations where faculty and students may go for outside class work.

Social Distancing

  • Everyone regardless of vaccination status should social distance at least 3’ except for brief encounters where it may not be possible, such as in an elevator.

Areas Open

  • Access to some campus areas may be limited until further notice.

Service Departments

  • Most service departments will continue to serve students remotely until further notice. However, some limited services may be available on campus. Before coming to campus, please confirm the specific office hours for when a particular department may be staffed for any in person meetings.

Summary

It is critical that everyone comply with these guidelines. Failure to do so unnecessarily places your colleagues and friends at risk for contracting COVID-19 and may even impact whether the AHU campuses may remain open.

We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated, if you have not already done so. The benefit far outweighs the risks associated with a COVID-19 infection.

These guidelines may be updated to comply with changes made by AdventHealth, state, or federal authorities. Thank you for complying with these new guidelines as we live out the service standard to Keep Me Safe.

Additional sources related to this announcement may be found here:

You may direct comments or questions regarding this announcement to: Lonnie.mixon@ahu.edu


Continuation of Hybrid Active Learning at AHU

The top priority of AHU remains the health and safety of students. All plans for the Summer 2021 Trimester continue to follow the AdventHealth and AHU service standards: Keep Me Safe, Love Me, Make It Easy, Own It.

For the Summer 2021 trimester beginning May 10, teaching and learning at AHU will be delivered via a mix of student experiences in safe, secure learning environments:

  • online, distant, and remote classes
  • on-campus labs
  • interactive breakouts
  • on-campus and online simulations
  • experiential, virtual reality courses
  • live standardized patient procedures
  • procedural technique workshops (e.g., labor and delivery)
  • rescue demonstrations (e.g., infant resuscitation)
  • small online discussion groups
  • video-rich active learning

AHU curriculum designers, content producers, professors, and instructors continue to produce new rich content for active learning in carefully planned digital environments and campus settings. Safety precautions on campus include daily health screenings, medical-grade PPE, appropriate social distancing, and frequent cleaning and disinfection by professional environmental services teams.

Throughout the Summer 2021 trimester, January 11 to April 23, the AHU campus will be open only to faculty and students with assigned Labs and/or Simulations, on the days assigned.

AHU continues to optimize student learning experiences and minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure with a blend of online, remote, distance, on-campus, and clinical learning experiences.

AHU continues to plan for other scenarios as well, including a shift to all remote learning in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19 infections in Florida and/or Colorado.

Labs and Simulations

Guiding Safety Principles

Faculty will use engaging learning modalities to the extent possible (approved virtual platforms)

  1. Only Labs and Simulations that cannot be held remotely to satisfy accreditation may be held on campus.
  2. Require safety procedures for approved on-campus Labs/Sims
    1. Temperature check all individuals; temp of 100+ excludes anyone from entering campus building or attending lab or simulation (use AdventHealth-approved IR scanner, follow with color-coded sticker for the day)

      In Denver, screening questions will be asked per Centura Health requirements

    2. Student group limitations
      1. Small simulation rooms (i.e., GB second floor) no more than 4 individuals, including instructor
      2. Large classrooms and skills labs groups, including instructors, will be determined by COVID-19 capacity standards
      3. Stay with assigned groups in assigned rooms
      4. Cannot congregate in corridors
    3. Requirement for PPE for all in-person activities
      1. Must wear mask (supplied by AHU daily at temperature checkpoint)
      2. Must wear gloves for mannequin/equipment sharing and/or person-to-person contact
      3. Must wear gowns for person-to-person contact
    4. Hand sanitizer will be available; clinical protocols will be followed
    5. Maintain recommended distance between people unless learning requires contact
    6. Disinfect all surfaces between groups per CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM26911
    7. Schedule will accommodate required disinfecting between lab/simulation sessions and more thorough EVS cleaning at least once in 24 hours
    8. Faculty must have plan for students who opt out of in-person due to health risk
  3. Current information for students is available at ahu.edu.
  4. Additional safety measures may be instituted due to ongoing regulatory requirements.

Learning Modalities Used for Simulations

  1. Remote Simulation via Zoom. This will be the safest means to conduct simulation for staff, students, and Standardized Patients (SPs). It is the number one recommendation. Limitations include:
    • Limited to (6) rooms available for use.
    • Potential technology issues (connectivity)
    • (3) SPs per room. If there is more than (1) SP in a room, then they will need to wear a mask. The maximum number of people per room (SPs, staff, students) is (4). This is to practice social distancing.
    • All onsite participants will be screened when entering the facility (temperature + mask).
  2. Small Group Simulation Activity. This is being reserved for hands-on skills laboratories required for accreditation. Limitations include:
    • PPE availability (all students + employees)
    • All students + employees will be temperature screened
    • SPs must be in PPE.
    • Social distancing will be practiced. Size of groups in classrooms depends on COVID-19 standards.
    • Each station will be cleaned (per CDC recommendations) between station rotations.

Parking

  1. Students with labs in the Harvard Park East building should park in the attached parking garage on any level.
  2. Students with labs in the Mile High Building should park anywhere in the parking lot but only enter the building through the breezeway doors at the intersection of the main building and the North Annex where the AHU offices and classrooms are. Do not enter through the main entrance or the middle doors by the flagpole as these areas are being used for pre-surgical COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 Testing

  1. Students without clinicals: AHU has no current plans to test students as a requirement to return to campus. If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, a medical professional must approve the student’s return to campus.
  2. Students with clinicals: AdventHealth and other clinical sites will test students according to their own policies and schedules.

Travel

  1. Guidelines for AHU students

Flu Shots

Due to COVID-19, AdventHealth University is unable to offer flu shots on campus this year.