COVID-19 FAQ for Santa Fe
Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About the College’s Response to COVID-19
This FAQ was compiled in an attempt to answer the most commonly asked questions related to the college’s response to COVID-19. If you have any additional questions after reviewing the information on this webpage, please email .
Alcohol-based, antimicrobial hand sanitizer will kill the virus, though regular handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the preferred method to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus.
No. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the COVID-19. To read more about U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) tips on the best way to prevent exposure to this virus and others, visit the CDC’s website. Additionally, the World Health Organization has developed an online course to provide general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses.
No. The flu shot will reduce your chance of getting the flu. It will also help reduce the number of people with flu-like symptoms that healthcare professionals need to treat.
Social distancing is a term applied to certain actions that are recommended by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease. These recommendations include keeping physical distance from other people, not attending large gatherings, not sharing food or drink, etc.
College leadership has been in contact with state and local authorities, other college leaders, and higher education organizations during this time. We are working in parallel with other institutions in the state as well, and we continue to closely monitor the situation as it evolves.
You can reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer that contains 60–95 percent alcohol if water is not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.
There is currently no recommendation for the use of masks by the general population in the United States or while traveling. As a result, the college is not providing masks. Individuals may choose to wear a mask as a personal preference for various reasons, for example if they have allergies or a compromised immune system. If someone is wearing a mask, that is not necessarily an indication that they are sick.
On March 10, the college announced that we are committed to providing all of our students, undergraduate and graduate, the opportunity to complete all elements of the Program of Instruction this academic year, remotely if necessary, and that we will provide a comprehensive update on Friday, March 20, regarding plans for our return to classes. Every department of the college is engaged in developing, testing, and implementing the most effective alternative forms of instruction and remote learning available. At St. John’s we are a community of learning above all, and this will be a chance for us to learn and grow, even as we are tested by unprecedented challenges.
In the meantime, students should prepare their next seminar readings, work on their seminar essays or essay topics, and complete any other assignments indicated by their tutors before break. We look forward to continuing all classes, as soon as possible after break.
Please keep in mind that college email accounts remain our official means of communication, and please review and be responsive to all inquiries from administrative offices and the faculty during spring break. If you have any immediate questions on classes or academic policy that are not answered by our March 20 communications, please contact the Dean’s Office by phone at 505-984-6070 or by email at .
Due to the close proximity of living spaces and shared amenities, the spread of the COVID-19 virus presents unique challenges in college and university residence halls. Our foremost concern is for the health and safety of the college community.
Students will continue to maintain their immigration status as the college moves to alternative forms of instruction. This applies only in response to the COVID-19 situation, and the college will await further instruction from SEVP as this situation changes. Updates will be provided as they are available.
The college strongly advises against personal international travel and strongly urges caution with respect to personal domestic travel. Faculty and staff should carefully consider whether or not any travel is advisable in light of the possibility for quarantine upon return and/or unforeseen travel restrictions in the United States or abroad.
We ask that both staff and faculty inform Aaron Young, director of Human Resources, at about upcoming travel plans. As the domestic and global situation changes, you may be directed to self-isolate at home and not return to campus upon your return from traveling.
Please contact your health care provider or the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 hotline immediately at 855-600-3453. They may direct you to seek medical attention from your healthcare provider. As in all cases when you are experiencing symptoms of a contagious illness, you should not report to work.
In such an event, you should notify your supervisor that you are sick. Please be advised you are not required to disclose your health condition and/or provide medical documentation directly to your supervisor. You should reach out to Human Resources to discuss your specific situation. The college reserves the right to request medical documentation.
We understand the news about COVID-19 can be stressful. Please reach out to the college’s employee assistance program (EAP), The Solutions Group, at 505-254-3555 or contact Human Resources.
We want to assure all employees that no one will suffer financially during this period. All employees who continue to complete their assigned work, whether on campus or remotely, will receive their paychecks as usual. Payroll and other employment questions should be directed to your supervisor; they will work closely with the Business Office and Human Resources.
Starting Wednesday, March 18, only essential employees, as designated by their supervisors, will be reporting to work on campus. All other employees who are able to work remotely will do so. Please speak with your supervisor about continuity of services within your department, and expectations about remote work.
Your job and continued income will be protected. If you are unable to work due to illness, please request sick and/or vacation leave and discuss with your supervisor. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to a job-protected leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please contact Human Resources to discuss your specific situation.
Starting Wednesday, March 18, only those employees who have been designated as essential employees, should be reporting to work on campus. All other employees who are able to work remotely will do so. Please speak with your team about continuity of services within your department, and expectations about remote work.
Employees should follow normal college procedures and call supervisors to inform them if they are unable to report to work, either because of their own illness or to take care of an ill family member. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources to discuss your specific situation.
The Dining Hall is closed until further notice.
The Coffee Shop will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you’re on the meal plan, please use your ID card to purchase your meal. If you’re not on the meal plan but want to eat at the Coffee Shop, you are welcome to pay using cash or credit card. Students on a meal plan who choose to swipe for a second time at lunch will be provided a prepared to-go meal for dinner.
The SAC is closed until further notice.
The library is closed for spring break and will not reopen until further notice. Students were urged to check out their materials before leaving on spring break; in addition they have access to the library through online resources. They may email with questions or requests.
Mail and packages will be available to students in the mail room Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Students who are not on campus should refrain from having packages and mail sent to the college until further notice.
The following changes are being made with respect to services:
- Medical Care: Our nurse practitioner will be available for phone consultations only. Students who live on campus can call 505-681-8184, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a consultation. All over-the-counter products will be available at the switchboard. Non-urgent inquiries should be emailed to .
- Psychiatric Care: We will no longer be seeing students for in-person psychiatric appointments and new client appointments will not be accepted at this time. Current clients will receive an email with additional information about how to schedule a check-in appointment with the psychiatrist.
- Counseling: We will no longer be seeing students for in-person counseling appointments and new client appointments will not be accepted at this time. Current clients will receive an email with additional information about how to schedule a check-in appointment with your provider.
All on-campus public events are cancelled through early May. This extends to community events, seminars, study groups, and college-sponsored events held off-campus.
On-campus visits, including the Admitted Student Event, are cancelled for the spring. Your Admissions team is setting up a variety of virtual events, meetings, and tours to connect you with your admission counselor, current students, and tutors while showing you our campus in the best way possible at this time. We are available over telephone, email, or virtual conferencing sites so that you do not miss out on any of the important admission and financial aid steps. Schedule your virtual campus visit today.