St. Augustine College COVID-19 Safety Statement

 St. Augustine College is fully committed to follow all federal, state, and local directives aimed at preventing the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the appearance of cases of COVID-19 in our community, as part of its broader commitment to providing an environment of care, safety and well-being. In compliance with those directives, the Colleges requires essential protection measures including, but not limited to:

•            Wellness temperature checks

•            Completion of a COVID-19 questionnaire every time any of our facilities is accessed

•            Mandatory use of face coverings while in any of our facilities

•            High-performance cleaning and sanitizing

•            Maintenance of social distancing

•            Frequent handwashing

•            Maximum capacity guidelines applicable to all its rooms and common areas

•            Caution when planning events, meetings, and other gatherings to prevent them from becoming transmission events

The duration of these measures will be determined by the course of the pandemic, and the Safety and Health Committee will be monitoring progress to implement changes as necessary and convenient.

Dear campus community,

Yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced a state-wide order to shelter-in-place.  The shelter in place mandate calls for Illinoisans to stay inside their homes and away from others in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to only leave for essential reasons. By order of the Governor, educational institutions, like St. Augustine College, are partially exempt from this order. Students in Illinois are permitted to travel for purposes of distance learning, but they are not permitted to be on any St. Augustine College campus or at any St. Augustine-owned site until further notice. St. Augustine faculty and staff are allowed to be on campus to deliver and/or support online and distance instruction provided that appropriate social distancing is maintained. Following are directions that I ask you to follow next week. Additional directions will be provided as they are developed.

During the week of March 23, 2020 – March 28, 2020, St. Augustine College will continue to open for essential personnel, even though the majority of students, faculty, and staff will not need to—and should not—come to the Main Campus or any other site. Students will continue their coursework online effective March 30, 2020. Faculty and staff are asked to continue their professional work through telecommuting, if applicable. However, anyone 65 years of age or older and/or who suffers from chronic conditions should not come to the main campus or any of St. Augustine’s off-site locations.

Below are the actions:

  • To make sure that we maintain a secure campus, all St. Augustine College buildings will be closed effective today, March 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. for regular services.  Since the State of Illinois has issued a “shelter in place,” only essential personnel should be in campus buildings
  • The Main Campus will be open and accessible for all essential personnel beginning Monday March 23 – Friday March 28, from 9 AM – 5 PM. Essential personnel are defined as all employees who are involved in the delivery of online education; this includes: facilities maintenance workers, IT staff, faculty, online learning subject matter experts, and online learning support staff. Please expect additional information from your supervisor.
  • Since March 23rd – March 28th is our scheduled Spring Break, faculty have already been asked to use this time to upload their coursework to Canvas, do a trial run course,  and complete all distance learning technology trainings, and workshops required.
  • Non-essential staff (everyone, except facilities maintenance workers, IT staff, faculty, online learning subject matter experts, and online learning support staff) must work remotely and may not enter the Main Campus or any St. Augustine site. Students are not permitted to be on any St. Augustine site at any time until further notice. For questions about facilities’ hours of operations, please contact Facilities.

Faculty continue to develop innovative ways to support student learning in this new environment. Effective March 30, 2020, all classes will be offered online. Faculty will continue to prepare to make this transition.

Students should contact their instructors, advisors, or program coordinator if they have questions or concerns about navigating online learning or are having difficulty balancing schoolwork with other responsibilities. If you have any questions, please consult the St. Augustine website for current information, advisories, FAQs, and resources, and check your email frequently. These are the two main communication channels that St. Augustine will use to keep you updated on how St. Augustine is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Thank you and take care of one another,

Dr. Reyes Gonzalez

President of St. Augustine College

March 13, 2020

Dear members of the St. Augustine College community,

As we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation, we remain committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. We are aligned with other institutions of higher education and the Illinois public schools systems.

Here are the important facts I’d like you to know:

  • Classes at all St. Augustine College sites and Main Campus will be cancelled effective Monday, March 16th.
  • Spring Break, which was originally planned for April 6th – April 11th (Easter Week), has been moved up. Spring Break 2020 for St. Augustine College will now begin on Monday March 23rd. No classes will be held during this time.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students, staff, faculty, administration, and the Office of the President continue to work on providing solutions to ensure your education is delivered uninterrupted. All the college services will be available during the time.

Additional information will be sent to you as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please email the Office of the Dean of Students at odos@staugustine.edu or 773-878-8756. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Reyes M. Gonzalez
President

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MESSAGE FROM CITY OF CHICAGO

Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,

The State’s order for Illinois residents to stay home remains in place until the Governor’s Disaster Proclamation expires on April 7, 2020. When we think about the support families need to manage during this time, access to food – especially for those that are most vulnerable – is a top priority for the City of Chicago.

We have worked with dozens of private and philanthropic partners to ensure residents have food and other basic services. As a reminder, during the stay-at-home order, grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores remain open. And for residents seeking assistance with meals or other necessities, we encourage everyone to visit chicago.gov/coronavirus, call 311 or contact any of these partners:

·    The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) has directed retailers to help support access to groceries and shopping, with more local grocery store chains stepping up and providing special hours for seniors to shop.

·    The Greater Chicago Food Depository has a network of 700 partner agencies and programs, almost all of which remain open. These sites are modifying their distributions to promote social distancing, including offering pre-packaged boxes of groceries. The Food Depository’s benefits outreach team can also help you apply for SNAP and Medicaid and make referrals for other public benefits. You can call their hotline at 773-843-5416 for a free confidential interview Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

·     The Salvation Army’s 19 Chicagoland food pantries remain open to provide curbside service and will continue to serve as a resource for anyone who needs assistance. In addition, the Salvation Army is prepared to serve individuals who are in shelters or quarantine/isolation, as well as first responders. For more information on emergency assistance, call 773-725-1100 or visit salarmychicago.org/coronavirus.

·    Until March 27, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) will provide take-away boxed meals to seniors in need at six senior centers, 15 satellite centers and 30 community sites. Meals will be home-delivered instead of provided onsite. Seniors in need of such supports can call 312-744-4016 any time between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. In addition, Meals on Wheels will continue to operate, and will provide meals to homebound seniors ages 60+.

·    Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., to provide meals (breakfast and lunch). Families can receive three days of meals for each young person in the household. If families have trouble getting to a site, they can call 773-553-KIDS or email at familyservices@cps.edu to make a request for food delivery.

·    The Archdiocese of Chicago offers 120 sites to support residents, which includes schools open for drive-by meal pick up Monday-Friday. Catholic Charities will continue to serve residents at their Food Pantries and Evening Meal Programs. To access other services please call 312-655-7700.

The City of Chicago is committed to fighting COVID-19 and bringing all resources to bear to support our residents, businesses and healthcare system. And remember, stay home, stay safe.

For more information, visit chicago.gov/coronavirus.