Plan & Response
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and following guidance from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Arkansas State Department of Health. The ACHE Emergency Response Team is actively managing our readiness and response to the coronavirus epidemic. Health and safety continue to be the top priorities in our decisions and support.
This webpage provides and catalogs important updates and information for our ACHE community, but is not intended to serve as a single point of reference about the rapidly evolving situation.
ACHE is continuing business operations for administration, faculty, staff and students.
ARCOM Clinical Rotations
The ARCOM Clinical Medicine Office is in continuous contact with medical students on clinical rotations and is in contact with hospitals and clinical sites where students are rotating. All international and travel abroad for clinical education has been cancelled. All school related domestic travel should be directly related to clinical learning opportunities and may result in requirements to self-isolate/self-quarantine depending on the travel location.
Each Clinical Site has established a student as a Site Leader. This student will serve as the primary contact to facilitate ACHE’s ability to communicate and provide appropriate support. Students on clinical rotations can login to the Canvas Course for more information.
ACHE COVID Forms
Students, faculty, and staff must complete a variety forms when on the COVID campus. Travel farther than 30 minutes away from the greater Fort Smith area requires a Travel Reporting form. Additionally, those receiving visitors from greater than 30 minutes away should also complete a travel reporting form. Those who are ill should complete the appropriate illness reporting form.
Primary Governing & Guiding Organizations
ACHE implemented an institutional COVID-19 Task Force in March 2020. This group of key administrators, campus leadership, and clinical faculty meet regularly to assess educational continuity and campus operations. The ACHE COVID-19 Task Force regularly consulted the following resources in decision making:
- All students, faculty, staff, and visitors to ACHE academic buildings will be screened upon entry. Anyone entering an ACHE campus building with a verified temperature above 101 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed access.
Facial Coverings & Masks
- All students, faculty, staff, and visitors to ACHE academic buildings will be required to wear facial coverings, except when alone in a private room or private vehicle. Residents of campus housing are not required to wear a face covering around their roommates or partners while in their own units, but face coverings should be worn in common areas of campus housing buildings. Face coverings must cover both mouth and nose.
- All students, faculty, staff, and visitors to ACHE academic buildings are encouraged to practice social distancing of at least six feet.
- Student travel will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Student Affairs.
- Employees should consult with their direct supervisor regarding necessary work-related travel.
Isolation & Quarantine
- Any student, faculty, staff who tests positive for COVID-19 or is presumed positive for COVID-19 by his/her health care provider will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Medical release information will be required for return to work or school.
- Any student, faculty, staff who has come in direct contact with one who has tested positive for COVID-19 may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to work or school.
- Building hours for ACHE academic buildings are altered to 6am-8pm each day.
Events & Large Groups
- All event requests and large group activities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Large gatherings are discouraged and may be denied upon request. Online and virtual events are encouraged.
Excused Absences for Illness: Students
- Students who do not feel well should not come to campus. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the excused absence process.
Absences for Illness: Employees
- Employees who do not feel well should stay home. Employees should follow the normal procedure for recording sick time or requesting permission for remote work.