Salesian College, Sonada-Siliguri

COVID-19 Policy

INTRODUCTION

Salesian College is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, the top priority remains health, safety, and well-being of the community, on and off campus. The college is planning for several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research mission. The college campus, facilities, and offices are restricted or closed to the public till further orders. However relief services are being carried out in a limited way by some of our students and staff members. The college remains open, mostly in a virtual format, and is committed to the well-being of all its staff members with their families and students.

Part 1:  Wellbeing and Health

The health of the community is the top priority. Everyone is aware of the extraordinary social distancing measures and the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19 which are incredibly challenging. It is essential that all continue to adhere to local government and department of public health stay-at-home orders. It is necessary that each one remind him/herself — every day — to practice and promote good basic hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; If unable, use alcohol sanitizer wipes or lotions. Further information and guidelines visit: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

 

Social Distancing Protocol

1. Keep 6 feet away from others.
2. Don’t share water bottles, food, towels and anything that is used by one person
3. Don’t shake hands.
4. Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
5. Throw away used tissues and disposable items in a waste bin with lid.
6. Frequently clean touched surfaces with household disinfectant leave slightly wet and allow to air dry for best disinfection.
7. Wearing face mask and surgical gloves is mandatory. These should be washed every day.
8. Don’t touch one’s face, nose, and mouth, especially with unwashed hands
9. Respectfully stay away from the sick
10. When sneezing or coughing, use the crook of one’s elbow or Tissues.
11. Avoid going to large public venues such as theaters or sporting events.
12. Stay home as far as possible especially when sick.
13. Social distancing norms will be implemented once faculty/support staff or students start coming to the college.

Self-isolation/Quarantine Guidance ( follow the above and the following)

1. Stay in one’s room and out of public spaces.
2. Do not go to work, events, or other social or religious gatherings.
3. Limit contact with others – including persons living in your house/PG.
4. Always wear a face mask. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
5. Wash/sanitize after coughing/sneezing directly into the hands or after handling used tissues.
6. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
7. Avoid sharing household items.
8. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items as long as one is in self-quarantine.
9. Keep the surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that are shared with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces with a standard household disinfectant.
10. Wash hands after cleaning the area. Monitor oneself for signs of possible infection, including fever (Normal: 5–37.5 °C (97.7–99.5 °F), measured twice a day, coughing or shortness of breath.

Seek medical attention if illness becomes worse. Worsening symptoms include difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to rouse, bluish lips or face.

Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Fear

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Everyone needs to practice good self-care: Drink water and eat a balanced diet. Sleep, nutrition, and exercise promote immune system capacity. Take up reading, painting, gardening, etc. Salesian College, Counselling Services are active to deal with stress, anxiety and fear related problems. Online weekly survey is also conducted to understand the reality.

Contact
Sonada: 9002371615 / Siliguri: 9609408050

For further help visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?
For guidelines to manage stress and anxiety one may contact the Psychology Department of the College and the College Counsellors as well.