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Preparations for Summer Sessions and Fall 2021 Semesters

SLU-Madrid continues to take measures to keep its community safe and advance the University's Jesuit mission in Spain.

New and Study Abroad Students: SLU-Madrid's admissions and study abroad staff will continue to provide guidance to newly admitted students. Information is available on our admissions page.

Continuing Students: Spanish authorities have declared that non-EU students holding student residence cards or with student visas in their passports will be able enter Spain, provided they are free of COVID-19 symptoms.

Course Registration: Course registration for summer is open; for Fall 2021, registration opens on April 14.

Mode of Delivery: As of March 1, 2021, SLU-Madrid plans to return to in-person instruction for its summer sessions and Fall 2021. Faculty are asked to prepare their courses to accommodate students whose situation prevents them from attending class due to travel delays or health requirements. Students who plan to complete coursework remotely (either online synchronously or asynchronously) should consult with advising staff prior to registering for classes. All faculty have a transition plan in place in case the regional government requires SLU-Madrid to pivot to remote teaching.

On-Campus Protocols: SLU-Madrid's health and safety protocols have been developed in accordance with the guidelines required by national and regional health authorities. Safeguards, which includes mandatory use of face masks and social distancing, will continue in place until further notice.

Face Masks: In Madrid, face masks must be worn in all public spaces – both indoors and outdoors. SLU-Madrid will provide all students with face masks; students, faculty and staff will be required to wear them on campus.

Social Distancing: SLU-Madrid has reconfigured all spaces on campus to promote 1.5 meters of social distancing. In addition, plexiglass screens have been installed in various locations, such as reception desks. Face shields are available for faculty and staff upon request. The number of persons in elevators and restrooms at a given time is restricted.

Symptom Checking: All students, faculty and staff are asked to monitor themselves to see if they have a temperature higher than 37.5º C (99.5º F) or any symptom compatible with COVID-19. If so, they are instructed to stay home and contact the public health services by dialing 900 102 112. Students should also communicate their situation to the Student Life Office (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu); faculty and staff, to the Office of Human Resources (hr-madrid@slu.edu). Periodic temperature screening will be implemented on campus.

Handwashing and Sanitizing Stations: Hand-sanitizing stations with hydro-alcoholic gel are located throughout campus, including at all key entrance and exit points.

Cleaning/Disinfecting: SLU-Madrid has implemented daily disinfecting efforts on campus, with special attention to high touch surfaces. Disinfectant detergent and paper towels are available in all shared offices and classrooms for additional sanitation during the day.

Other Measures: Other efforts in place to ensure the health and safety of the SLU-Madrid community include (but are not limited to) keeping doors open in high-traffic areas, foot pedal installation in drinking fountains and limiting drinking fountains to water bottle refills only, daily ventilation of buildings, and educational signage to promote best practices.

Host-Family Housing: Currently, host-family housing is limited to single-room occupancy only, with family housing more than three students. These measures may change as global vaccination advances. SLU-Madrid has ensured that infrastructure and services are in place to support students if they become ill or need to self-isolate due to exposure to COVID-19. This safety measure requires host families to provide additional meal service and sanitary measures; thus, an additional 15 euros per day will be charged to the student for each day of prescribed confinement. If the host family is affected and/or cannot provide host family services, SLU-Madrid will move the student to a different housing accommodation.                    

Students living with host families will follow the protocols recommended by Spain's health authorities. They must take responsibility for personal care and facilitate the cleaning/disinfection of their rooms and belongings. As on campus, students must follow all protocols, including but not limited to, social distancing, travel restrictions, use of personal protection equipment and possible confinement. In addition, host families may set restrictions on visitors to their homes. Detailed guidelines are available here.

Student Residences in Spain: SLU-Madrid's residential partners have also established health and safety protocols according to the protocols established by Spanish Health Authorities for this type of businesses. For additional information, contact: info@nexoresidencias.com.

Off-Campus Protocols: The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility that requires all students, faculty, and staff to be accountable for behaviors on and off campus. All members of the SLU-Madrid community will be required to follow the directives issued by Spain's health authorities. At present, these include mandatory use of masks in public, indoors and outside. As we have experienced over the past year, the provincial authorities may impose additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including mandatory testing, closures and lockdowns.

Travel to Spain: SLU-Madrid recommends that students from outside of Spain make travel arrangements that permit changes in the event of a need to return home due to unforeseen circumstances. Currently, Spain requires all travelers from high-risk countries to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering Spain, to complete a Health Control Form (FCS) prior to arrival, and to show the QR code to the Border Health Control upon arrival.  Review the Spain Travel Health website for additional information and the documentation needed to travel to Spain.

Sources we turn to for information include the city of Madrid (Ayuntamiento de Madrid), the Madrid Province (Comunidad de Madrid), Spain's National Ministry of Health, the U.S. Embassy in Spain, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

Posted: March 22, 2021