How Roanoke is Prepared

General cleanliness and health monitoring measures

Ramping up cleaning and disinfecting protocols

In addition to five-day cleaning and sanitizing in all buildings and restrooms on campus, cleaning personnel will receive daily temperature checks and the correct PPE (masks, gloves, or gowns) before starting daily activities.

Cleaners from Aramak Corporation will clean and disinfect spaces and high-touch areas in the morning before student arrival and residence hall cleaning by mid-morning. They will use Virex, the CDC-approved disinfectant that generally kills germs in between two and four minutes. The College has obtained a contract for electrostatic disinfecting machines that quickly disinfect large areas more quickly than manual hand cleaning. Additional sanitizers, both wipes and spray bottles, will be made available in classrooms for self-service use and shared self-sanitizing responsibility.

Dining areas will close down operations at various times between meals to clean and disinfect all the larger serving and seating areas. Guidelines issued by the CDC and the VDH will be followed. Tables and chairs will be disinfected after each use per the current guideline.

Using technology to monitor health conditions to detect infection

The College developed a self-assessment tool, called COVID Tracker, that will be available as a web form and compatible on any device. All faculty, staff, and students will complete the assessment each day. Positive responses will be sent to Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) for follow-up. Once the self-assessment is completed, individuals will receive a confirmation email. This confirmation serves as proof the assessment was completed and potentially used as an “admission ticket” to gain entrance to classrooms and work spaces.

SHCS will use Quidel SARS-CoV-2 point-of-care antigen testing for symptomatic students. Faculty and staff will be encouraged to utilize personal health care providers or local urgent care centers to obtain testing unless they were identified as a direct contact of a person under investigation (PUI) or an individual who has tested positive. In this event, faculty or staff members would receive appropriate testing and support.

PyraMED Health is an electronic health record software utilized by SHCS. The web portal allows students to securely communicate with providers, electronically submit pre-entrance health forms, view and print immunization history, receive lab results, and schedule appointments. 

The College will use a testing model which provides a symptom screening and testing as indicated before arriving on campus. Students in special risk categories such as athletes and choir members will be asked to submit evidence of a negative test before participating in related activities.

Making hand sanitizer readily available all over campus

Hand sanitizers with high alcohol content, both wall-mount and some free-standing units, have been ordered and will be installed in the lobbies of all the buildings nearest the entrance elevators so that hand disinfection can take place before entering the main parts of the buildings, classrooms or elevators. There are plenty of bathrooms in and around campus buildings where frequent handwashing will be encouraged and expected.

Limiting the sharing of supplies

In laboratories and studios where equipment is normally shared, new practices have been instituted so that sharing is minimized. Many materials will be dispensed so that students do not need to share common supplies. Shared equipment and keypads will be sanitized between users. Sanitizing wipes will be placed appropriately. In some cases, disposable gloves will be used. 

In laboratories and computer centers where equipment is shared, there will be sanitation stations with disinfectant wipes, spray or pour spout bottles, and disposable paper towels for one-time use on a self-service or self-help basis. 

In dining areas, napkin dispensers and salt and pepper shakers will be removed from the tables. All condiments will be served at the stations. Silverware will be distributed to the students in bags. Touchless napkin dispensers will be available for use. For locations that are using disposables, touchless disposable silverware dispersers will be used. Items that can be reused will only be used for a single guest and then must be cleaned and disinfected before use again.

Residence hall changes

Limiting entry to residence halls

Residential students only have cardkey access to their assigned residence hall. No outside visitors are allowed in the residence halls. Residents may not entertain other residents of the same residence hall in their room; however, they can meet in the hall lounges

Reconfiguring living areas

Residence hall lounges and bathrooms are clearly posted with their maximum capacity. Bedrooms have a maximum capacity of the residents assigned to live there. Additionally, bedrooms are set up to maximize space between residents.

Dining hall changes

Reconfiguring dining areas

Floor markers and directional signage will be installed in all locations to promote social distancing. Tables and seating are being modified to meet VDH guidelines. Designated entrance and exits will be created with barriers to separate and reduce the risk of potential exposure. 

Once we move to different phases that will allow for more seating, or groups of people to sit together, we will modify tables with additional chairs while still maintaining the 6 feet of distance between tables.

Including take-out food options and eliminating self-service stations

The use of take-out will be an option and encouraged for our customers as we continue to enforce the social distancing guidelines. Depending on staffing and the availability of student labor, the plan is to implement a campus delivery program. We would deliver various menu options around campus in clean and sanitized containers that would be touchless until the customer receives their order. Payment would be made online before delivery so no contact for payment would be received.

Closely monitoring occupancy in dining halls

Occupancy levels in all locations are modified and have significantly fewer seats. The cashier in each location will be monitoring seating and holding guests at the cashier stations until appropriate seating is available, been cleaned and disinfected. We are looking to install crowd counters in the operations with a display screen outside the areas that would show the customer the capacity, seats available and potential wait times. 

Campus recreation changes

Changing recreation protocols

Occupancy at the Belk Fitness Center will be limited and monitored by staff. Equipment is spaced to permit 10 feet of separation. Spotting at weight stations will not be permitted unless the participants are from the same household. Personal training sessions will not be permitted inside the Belk Fitness Center.

The number of people in the game room and group fitness room will comply with occupancy guidelines, and the College may require advanced sign-up for specific timeslots. Game areas and workout areas will be spaced so physical distancing can be maintained. Staff will monitor participants.

The College will be adding virtual intramural offerings, such as fantasy football, that can be played online. Additionally, the College will consider offering golf, tennis, pickleball, and other sports where the participants would infrequently come within six feet of each other. Team sports that involve close play, such as flag football, basketball, and soccer will be on hiatus until further notice.