SRS COVID-19

Safety Guidelines for Students and Providers

SRS COVID-19
Safety Guidelines
for Students and Providers

SRS recognizes the importance of having a plan in place to prevent the infection and should any student or provider be infected by a virus such as COVID-19. SRS Management consistently reviews the following for updates, regulations and requirements and requires all students and providers to adhere to any guidelines set by the following government agencies: US Center for Disease Control (CDC), State Health Department, County Health Department, Local and City Health Department, the World Health Organization, and DHS - ICE. Students also need to adhere to any guidelines set by their school.

The following guidelines are taken from the CDC and will be updated regularly as new data and guidelines are released. All SRS students and providers are required to adhere to the following guidelines.

Provider Cleaning Guidelines:

The CDC provides guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home. Providers must agree to clean thoroughly between student guests before the start of a booking as well as regularly and thoroughly clean common areas.

Clean:

Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.

Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. High touch surfaces include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Disinfect:

Disinfect with a household disinfectant

Keep surface wet for a period of time (see product label)

Use Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product

Soft Surfaces:

For carpets, upholstered sofas, and upholstered chairs, clean and disinfect the affected area, vacuum as usual.

For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes.

• Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.

• Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. OR

• Disinfect with a household disinfectant.

Laundry:

For clothing, towels, linens and other items.

• Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.

Student Guidelines for Arrivals:

SRS requires all students to follow CDC recommendations for travel to the homestay/housing location. Including the following:

  • Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Provider and Student Guidelines to Protect Yourself and Others:

The CDC recommends the following for guidelines to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid Close Contact - Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home if you are sick or showing symptoms of being sick.

Common Signs of Infection:

Center For Disease Control (CDC) states that common signs of infection include:

  • Fever or chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

*This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC continues to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.

If you are sick:

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

  • Isolate if you are sick - People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
  • Stay home except to get medical care - Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit common areas.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people including members of your household.
  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home.
  • If possible, you should use a separate bathroom.
  • If you are sick, wear a mask over your nose and mouth if you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items. Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. Wash these items thoroughly after using them with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom; wear disposable gloves. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but you should clean your bedroom and bathroom, if possible.
  • Tell your provider/student, and close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone.
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, someone from the health department may call you. Answer the call to slow the spread.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

When to seek emergency medical attention:

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19.
If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

Trouble breathing

Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

New confusion

Inability to wake or stay awake

Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

For additional and updated information on COVID-19 please refer to CDC website.