Health protection measures
Health Protocol Update
In order to protect the health and wellbeing of our community and guarantee safety on our campus, we have reinforced our health protocol with measures that go beyond current health regulations.
Our strategy in managing the pandemic is based on the following:
safe environmentCreating a safe environment on campus
Creating a safe environment on campus. We have adapted the infrastructure and academic activity to guarantee strict access control and a low population density.
monitoring of rulesmonitoring of hygiene and physical distancing rules
Strict monitoring of hygiene and physical distancing rules on campus, including the mandatory use of a mask, all of which we count on you for your collaboration.
Identification of positive casesEarly identification of possible COVID-19 casesProactive screening to detect asymptomatic cases
1. Anyone accessing campus for the first time must take an antigen test. Both tests can be taken at the infirmaries on the Madrid and Segovia campuses. If you already have access to campus, there is no need for you to take an antigen test unless you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, have been in close contact with a positive case, or have been exposed to a high-risk situation (see section 3).
2. All members of the IE community must update the IE COVID-19 Tracer Web App every day regarding:
- Possible compatible symptoms
- Possible close contact with a COVID-19 case
- Possible exposure to high-risk event off campus
3. If someone reports having symptoms compatible with COVID-19, close contact with a COVID-19 case, or exposure to high-risk events, they will be asked to take an antigen test within 24 hours at the infirmary on the Madrid or Segovia campus. If the test result is positive, the following individuals will be tested within the next 24 hours:
- close contacts identified by the epidemiological survey conducted by the medical team.
- casual contacts, specifically anyone who has shared an academic session with the infected person.
In order to preemptively identify positive cases, we will also periodically screen various class sections and/or areas of the campus with antigen tests. Our goal is to proactively detect, isolate, and provide the necessary medical attention to positive cases. The procedure will be as follows:
1. We will inform the students and professors in the chosen section or area about the screening. Students will receive an antigen appointment, to be taken at the campus infirmary, compatible with their academic schedule. During this time, the section’s classes may be delivered exclusively online.
2. Upon evaluating the test results, we will confirm the date of return to campus and resumption of face-to-face classes. Students may need take a second antigen test at the campus infirmary the day prior to resuming face-to-face classes.
Monitoring of positive casesMonitoring the health of positive cases
The medical team monitors the evolution of positive cases while the IE University COVID Support Office (CSO) provides individual attention including alternative accommodation to the infected person, if necessary, to guarantee their isolation.
Generating awarenessGenerating awareness
Generating awareness within the IE community in order to reinforce compliance with health measures off campus.
Guidelines for campus activity during 2020-2021.
RULES THAT GUARANTEE HEALTH SAFETY
The IE University community is required to make a daily self-assessment of COVID-19 compatible symptoms before accessing the campus, wear a protective mask at all times, follow the WHO hygiene recommendations, practice physical distancing of more than 1.5 meters, and follow classroom rules.
SELF-ASSESSMENT OF COMPATIBLE SYMPTOMS AND DAILY LOGIN ON THE COVID-19 WEB APP
Each member of the IE community is required to make a daily self-assessment of COVID-19 compatible symptoms before accessing the campus.
MANDATORY USE OF FACE MASKS
Every individual accessing the campus must wear a protective mask at all times.
WHO´s hygiene recommendations should be followed both on the IE University campus and throughout the day, in any environment. To facilitate hand hygiene, hand sanitizer will be distributed for personal use. Hand sanitizer dispensers have also been installed on campus.
The concentration of people in small spaces is a risk factor for transmission during an infectious disease outbreak, especially when it is transmitted by respiratory droplets as is the case here. The existence of group transmission of the infection is exacerbated by patients who have no or only very mild symptoms. Therefore, physical distancing of more than 1.5 meters is recommended to reduce the risk of contagion.
- Enter the classroom in an orderly manner.
- Crowding must be avoided and blocking entrances is strictly prohibited.
- Each student shall sit down and remain in his/her seat until the faculty member arrives. Faculty members shall be the last to enter the classrooms and the first to leave and no student will be allowed to enter in between.
- Any queries that have not been answered during the session will be resolved online.
- Both the faculty member’s and the students' desks must be cleared after each class.
NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THE RULES
All the rules of conduct set out by IE University are mandatory to ensure that community members make an ethical commitment to the health of others.
We ask those students, faculty, and staff returning to campus to fill out a questionnaire regarding their health, including history of COVID-19 infection and whether they or the people they live with have any vulnerable conditions.
The questionnaire has five parts and includes questions regarding the following:
1. Evidence of infection/contact with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and relevant prior medical tests.
2. Other illnesses.
3. Cohabitation with vulnerable people.
4. Current symptoms associated with the COVID-19 disease.
5. History of symptoms.
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Individuals with no compatible COVID-19 symptoms
1. Active infection: Individuals need to self-isolate at home where they should temporarily follow course programs online and telework. In these cases, access to the campus will not be permitted and the medical service will activate an individual tracking protocol until the infection disappears and the patient is medically cleared.
2. Test is negative and there are no compatible COVID-19 symptoms or when the infection has gone into remission: Individuals will have full access to the campus. Each day before accessing the campus, all individuals who receive this recommendation must take a daily self-assessment of symptoms and log the results in the University’s COVID-19 Web App.
3. Individuals who are not infected and do not have compatible COVID-19 symptoms but have prior medical conditions: Individuals are advised to continue their program or their work remotely.
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Individuals with compatible COVID-19 symptoms on the date of the serological test
People with compatible COVID-19 symptoms on the date of the antigen test, are considered “suspected cases” by the medical service and will be monitored individually.
• The medical team will perform a test to detect viral RNA by real-time PCR (RT-PCR).
• These people will also be instructed to self-isolate at home until the COVID-19 diagnosis is medically cleared.
• Continue their programs online and telework.
PROTOCOL FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO PLAN TO ACCESS CAMPUS
1. Register with the COVID-19 Tracer Web App 15 days prior to arrival on campus.
2. Complete data regarding health and symptoms status on the Web App, including the daily symptoms questionnaire.
3. Between 7 and 4 days prior to arrival on campus, individuals must take an antigen test in a clinical laboratory.
4. If it is impossible to carry out an antigen test before arriving in Madrid or Segovia, the IE University Medical Service will obtain an appointment with an accredited laboratory.
5. Day 1 on campus: We look forward to welcoming you! You are expected to arrive with the following:
- Antigen test results uploaded to the COVID-19 Web App,
- No COVID-19 compatible symptoms, and
- A mask.
COVID-19 Tracer Web App
- Centralize all data from the questionnaire, information from the antigen test completed by the health services, and symptoms data.
- Inform the student and IE University of the type of recommendation issued by the medical service regarding access to the campus.
- Include a symptom form that each user must complete in order to monitor and re-assess their individual situation.
- Collect and provide access to relevant information about the COVID-19 virus, as well as the rules of coexistence on campus and health recommendations.
PREVENTIVE MEASURES OFF CAMPUS
All the recommended hygiene measures become useless if they are not also applied outside the IE University campus. Thus, it is important to constantly maintain these measures throughout the day, no matter the situation and environment.PREVENTIVE MEASURES OFF CAMPUS