April 1, 2020: Social Distancing - What it Means and How it Works

Here are some visual resources that show the math behind how social distancing works, and gives an overview of what should be avoided and what is still ok under the guidelines of social distancing. 

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March 30, 2020: Coping with Stress 

Part of staying safe and healthy means maintaining your mental health as well, especially in these stressful times. There are a variety of resources online to help you cope with the stress, anxiety, or loneliness you may be experiencing during the COVID-19 outbreak. We've put together a few from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Please click here for the full announcement.

March 27, 2020: Campus Access Restrictions Extended through May 3 

Campus buildings will remain closed to students, visitors, faculty, and staff until Monday, May 4, to align with Governor Baker's Wednesday announcement regarding an extended suspension of K-12 public schools. Classes and business operations will continue to run remotely. The task force will reassess this date on a regular basis and update as necessary. 

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March 24, 2020: 2020 Commencement Update from President Hsu

"After careful consideration, I have decided to postpone May 2020 commencement activities to the fall. All graduates who wish to participate in a formal ceremony will have the opportunity to do so once it is safe to hold large gatherings."

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March 20, 2020: Wellness Tips and Resources

As we all continue to practice social distancing to keep healthy physically, be mindful of the toll it can have on our mental health and wellbeing. To that end, we have compiled a list of tips and resources below to help you. Some of these suggestions are links to resources for those of you with little ones at home. We hope you will find them useful.

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March 16, 2020 Update: Campus Restrictions for Students and Visitors, with Faculty/Staff Working Remotely

For your safety and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the campus is no longer open to students and visitors effective Tuesday March 17Most faculty and staff will be working from home. All courses are still online, and faculty and staff members will be supporting you remotely. A list of department contact information is provided in the announcement. 

Please click here for the full announcement and list of departmental contact information.

March 13, 2020 Update: Community Update from the President 

Click here for the message to students from Dr. Lily S. Hsu, President of Labouré College.

There have been no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 within the Labouré community.

March 11, 2020 Update: Classes moving online

Labouré College is remaining open, with all classes moving to an online format beginning Thursday, March 12 through Thursday March 26 (this date will be reassessed by the task force on a regular basis). Campus and business operations will continue as usual. 

As a reminder, there are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 in the campus community.

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March 6, 2020 Update: Travel Advisory

According to the CDC, traveling outside of the country can pose a health risk. All students, faculty, and staff planning to travel outside of the country must notify the task force via email at alert@laboure.edu to determine if there is a need for self-quarantine or potential medical clearance prior to returning to class or clinical.

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March 3, 2020: Community Update

The health and safety of our students and campus community is our highest priority. As COVID-19 (a respiratory illness previously referred to as coronavirus) continues to be a health concern in Massachusetts and around the world, Labouré College is monitoring all appropriate health channels for developments. 

Updates will be posted here and sent out to our campus community from alert@laboure.edu

Frequently Asked Questions
Is the College closed?

The College is not closed, but access to the campus is restricted through May 3rd, with a plan to resume normal operations on Monday, May 4th. Students and visitors are not allowed access to campus until then, and most staff will be working remotely.

Student services will remain available online. This includes financial aid, admissions, student accounts, registrar, advisors, tutoring, and access and support services.  

The Library will be closed; however, library resources are accessible online through my.laboure.edu

If you need assistance, please contact the faculty or staff member you would normally contact, or use the department list below and we will work with you to determine if a call or online meeting would work best. 

Admissions:
 
admissions@laboure.edu (617) 322-3575  

Financial Aid:
financialaid@laboure.edu (617) 322-3517 

Registrar: 
registrar@laboure.edu (617) 322-3517 

Student Accounts:
studentaccounts@laboure.edu (617) 322-3517 

The Welcome Center: 
welcomecenter@laboure.edu (617) 322-3517  

Student Success Center and Academic Advising: 
studentsuccess@laboure.edu (617) 322-3579  

Communications and Development: 
communications@laboure.edu (617) 322-3524 

IT Helpdesk:
(617) 207-3625 
helpdesk@laboure.edu or 1-877-322-7748 for 24-hour support 

Can I come to campus?

For your safety and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the campus is no longer open to students and visitors effective March 17 through May 3. 

Most faculty and staff will be working from home. All courses are still online, and faculty and staff members will be supporting you remotely. 

I don't have internet at home. How can I access my class?

Many internet providers are offering no-cost internet and WiFi access to students who need to stay connected. 

In Boston, call 617-635-4783 for information about City of Boston's Free Wicked-Free WIFI 

Comcast is offering two free months of their Internet Essentials package.
 
AT&T is offering two free months of their Access plan. 
 
Spectrum is offering a 60-day package for households with K-12 or college students who need to complete coursework (check site for service map).
What if I have trouble connecting to my online class?

You can reach the 24-hour helpdesk at 1-877-322-7748 or visit https://it.laboure.edu/c/Students for helpful information and guides. 

Is my clinical cancelled?

If there are any changes to your clinical rotation, you will receive updates directly from your instructor. 

If your clinical site sends you information directly, please forward it to alert@laboure.edu. Clinical instructors are in constant contact with sites regarding any restrictions, and will relay that to students as appropriate. 

I usually take tests on campus; how will I test now?

Your instructors will be in touch with you regarding any scheduled tests. 

What is social distancing and social isolation?

Social isolation means the separation of a person or group reasonably believed to be infected. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local health order. 

Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.

Both are important in reducing the spread of the virus throughout your community.

How will I receive updates?

Updates and developments that affect the Labouré College community will be shared here on this website, through your College email account, and – in the event of an immediate need – through the campus text alert system.

To sign up for text alerts, text LABOURE to 79516.

What does it mean to self-monitor or self-observe my symptoms?

Self-observation should be done if a person believes they may have been exposed but cannot confirm travel to an affected area or close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 exposure. Self-monitoring should be done in the event of

“Self-observation means people should remain alert for subjective fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. If they feel feverish or develop cough or difficulty breathing during the self-observation period, they should take their temperature, limit contact with others, and seek health advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or their local health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.

Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing.” (Source: CDC)

What precautions can I take against infection?

Prevention is key! Wash your hands, disinfect or clean frequently touched items or shared surfaces, avoid touching your face, and avoid contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. Don’t share food or drinks, and if you do cough or sneeze, make sure to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Refer to the Prevention is Key section for more details.

How concerned do I need to be?

As with any health advisory, you are advised to exercise caution and take preventative measures against illness or infection.

Make sure you are getting your information from reliable sources such as those linked in our resource section.

Continue to practice social distancing to help keep you and your community safe. 

Who is most at-risk?

Please refer to the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on risk.

As of 3/5/2020 the risk assessment stated:

  • For most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
How can I get information about becoming a Labouré student?

Our Admissions Team is happy to meet with students remotely! Please contact them at admissions@laboure.edu or (617) 322-3575 to set up a phone call or video call. 

You can read more about admission to Labouré College here. 

Resources

Please visit the following official websites for the most up-to-date, official information about COVID-19 (coronavirus):

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WorldAware's COVID-19 Site

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Who Do I Contact?

Students should notify alert@laboure.edu if they have questions or concerns. 

Staff or Faculty should notify human_resources@laboure.edu if they have questions or concerns.

Prevention is key

Similar to preventing the flu virus, practices recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include: 

  • Stay home if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms. Please notify your supervisor or instructor or use the contact information in the Who Do I Contact section below. 
  • Practice social distancing. Social distancing means maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
  • Careful and frequent handwashing. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also a good choice if no soap and water is available. 
  • Careful disinfecting and cleaning of frequently touched items such as doorknobs, phones, keyboards, faucets, staircase or escalator railings, elevator buttons, or countertops.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. 
  • Don't share food, beverages, lip balm, water bottles, smoking materials or any instruments with a mouthpiece. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay healthy with proper rest, nutrition, and hydration. Your body needs strength to heal with you are sick or exposed to illness.

COVID-19 Information

Who is at risk for the virus?

  • Individuals who have traveled to high risk areas in the past 14 days. 
  • Individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has been positively diagnosed with the virus. 
  • Healthcare workers who are treating those with COVID-19.


What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may appear between 2 - 14 days after exposure, and include: 

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath


How is the virus spread?

  • Person-to-person via saliva or droplets in the air when someone coughs or sneezes.
  • It may be possible to become infected by touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on it, and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes. 


How is the virus treated?

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.
  • Treatment includes rest and plenty of fluids.