Most student services are prepared to move (or remain) remote, while maintaining open office hours with limited staff.
Student support offices such as Career Services, Center for Academic Excellence, Counseling and Health Services, Disability Services, First Year Experience, LEAD, Student Life/Dean of Students, Student Navigation Center, and Wellness have developed easy and clear instructions on how to access their services (Zoom appointment, portal, walk-in, etc.) Webpages and social media outlets will be updated with current contact and access information for each department. Departments are prepared to have staff available to maintain “open” status and service as posted.
Counseling and Health Services
As SSU transitioned to remote learning in the spring semester, counseling and health services quickly pivoted services to telehealth in order to continue to provide care for our students.
For the fall semester, students will be able to access medical and behavioral health care in-person and remotely through telehealth. In preparation, CHS is investing in the expansion of our electronic medical record capabilities to be able to facilitate remote, confidential communication with students. Students can now upload their health and immunization forms remotely, schedule a telehealth visit, connect with a provider, and access prescriptions or follow up without having to step foot on campus. Very limited in-person medical visits are allowed over the summer and must be scheduled in advance for certain high-stakes tests or procedures, including reproductive health.
This fall, most counseling visits will occur over telehealth, while there will be limited in-person visits for students who do not have access to telehealth or who are presenting in an acute psychological state that requires an in-person evaluation or intervention. At least one counselor will be present in the office during business hours, while the remainder of the clinical staff will work remotely to provide telehealth. The largest office will be designated for in-person clinical visits to accommodate physical distancing. We may also create an office where students can access technology to meet with their clinicians via telehealth in case they do not have access to the privacy and technology needed for a therapeutic visit. The counseling informed consent is being updated to include telehealth and the physical distancing protocols for in-person visits.
Any students accessing care, whether it is counseling or health services, will undergo a phone health screening, as well as an in-person screening to make sure that they are not coming into the office with COVID-19 symptoms. Clinicians will be provided with PPE, and students will be expected to wear cloth masks. Please read an important message that was sent to students regarding community standards specifically about COVID-19 safety protocols. Students seeking health care will also be connected to telehealth for the majority of their care. Some visits will be scheduled for in-person care if an evaluation, procedure or sample is required. One office will be designated for this purpose and will have increased air flow and enhanced disinfecting protocols. Additional time will be added to the schedule between patients to allow for cleaning and to reduce potential for interactions or gatherings in the office. Students will not be permitted to bring guests into CHS unless it is an ADA accommodation.
Finding ways to continue to engage students, positively impact retention and retain campus traditions will be important. SSU will deliver programs using four distinct delivery methods:
Passive Programming: Posters, social media, TV screens, chalking, and wall clings connected to various office themes including cultural awareness, leadership and wellness.
Remote Programs: Use of virtual platforms like Zoom and social media to cover topics and conversations consistent with department goals. SSU will continue to offer our popular “do-it-yourself” activities mailed to students’ rooms and homes.
In-Person Programs: Some in-person events that will require registration to ensure the recommended campus capacity is not exceeded.
Large Scale Walk-Through Programs: These programs will be capped in occupancy to ensure proper physical distancing. Large, visible efforts will take place in public spaces like the Central Campus commons, Alumni Plaza and North Campus Quad, where students can walk through and engage in quickly.
While in-person performances are not yet allowed under the Massachusetts Phased Reopening Plan, academic affairs is working with the performing arts departments on how to manage curricular activities prior to the state’s “new normal,” when in-person performances may resume. The Center for Creative and Performing Arts is working with academic department leadership to develop protocols for rehearsals and performances that follow public health guidance and this operations plan. These protocols will be reviewed by the health and safety implementation team and will be shared once approved. Protocols will be updated as additional guidance is released by the state for the next phase.
Starting Monday, August 31, the Berry Library will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday to Salem State students, faculty and staff. Enhanced cleaning, social distancing guidelines, and mask requirements are in place. Salem State members will need to present their ClipperCard to gain admittance and be wearing a mask. Students will tap their card to a Navigate reader; faculty and staff will need to give their name and ID number to the staff member. Staff members will be wearing masks and face shields and will stay 6 ft or more apart during the check-in process.
Members of the general public will not be permitted to use the physical library spaces until further notice, however, members of the public with a NOBLE public library card may request books for check-out online and use Berry Library's contactless book-pickup service. The book pick-up table will be in the learning commons lobby, before the ID checkpoint which is located just inside the main doors of the library. Please contact email@example.com questions about this process.
In coordination with MASCAC, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the fall athletics season, like all of our state sister institutions. Athletics staff and coaches will continue to engage SSU athletes and provide in-person training opportunities as the state, NCAA and institutional guidelines allow. No decision has been made about winter sports, which normally begin in October.
Gassett Fitness Center
The fitness center will be closed to all students, faculty, staff and community members. Any paid memberships will be honored and extended appropriately once the Gassett Fitness Center reopens. Despite the facility closure, programming out of the Gassett, including remote activities at various campus locations including outdoors, virtual group exercise classes, and some in-person classes that require pre-registration.
In-person classes will be held on the rec court and will follow physical distancing and public health guidelines. Caps for in-person activities will be set based on the equipment needed and the class format.