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Health & Safety

Everyone (students, employees and guests) is required to wear a face covering on campus when in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.

  • An appropriate face covering must fully cover your mouth and nose at all times unless you are alone in a personal residential or individual office space, are eating in a designated area or are outside and can maintain at least six feet of physical distance from others.
  • NEW: Face coverings may not have a vent or valve as these do not provide protection for others.
  • NEW: Face coverings should be at least two-ply tight-weave fabric or surgical filter paper, fitted snugly around the nose and chin with no gaps.
  • Student athletes will be given additional guidance regarding the use of masks for practice and competition.
  • Fontbonne will provide a limited number of reusable cloth masks to all employees and students prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Individuals must maintain an adequate supply of personal face coverings to allow for washing and daily use.

Fontbonne is implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols throughout campus based on guidance from the CDC. 

Public Spaces 

  • At least twice each day, Environmental Service Department (ESD) employees will use FDA-approved and CDC-recommended products to clean and disinfect all shared spaces, including the lounges, study spaces and informal meeting areas in every building. 
  • To limit disruptions, classrooms, offices and the Jack C. Taylor Library will be deep-cleaned each evening.
  • Residential facilities, including common areas and communal restrooms, will be sanitized at least twice per day.
  • Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 is a shared responsibility, and we expect all members of the Fontbonne community to do their part. As such, disinfectant wipes will be available in all computer labs so students can clean their keyboards before and after each use. CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting can be found here.
  • ESD employees will be available on campus 24 hours per day Monday through Friday. A weekend crew will be present Saturdays and Sundays. 

Potentially Contaminated Spaces  

  • If a Fontbonne community member tests positive for COVID-19, ESD employees will sanitize and disinfect any potentially contaminated offices, residences, or classrooms with FDA-approved and CDC-recommended products.
  • ESD employees will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while cleaning potentially contaminated spaces.
  • Potentially contaminated classrooms may be unavailable for 24 hours prior to cleaning. 
  • Resident students who test positive for COVID-19 will receive instructions and cleaning supplies from ESD employees so that they may properly sanitize and disinfect their own rooms.
  • ESD employees will deep-clean any communal restrooms in residential halls that students who have contracted COVID-19 have used. 

Isolation and Quarantine Spaces 

  • After residential hall rooms used for isolation or quarantine are vacated, they will be closed for 24 hours and then sanitized and disinfected by ESD employees who will wear appropriate PPE.  

ESD employees will not enter isolation or quarantine rooms while they are occupied. Students using these rooms will be instructed to clean and disinfect their spaces with products ESD employees will provide.

We encourage all Fontbonne community members to take the following CDC-recommended steps for COVID-19 protection and prevention: 

  • Avoid travel to areas with increased incidence of COVID-19.  
  • Clean items you handle often, such as cell phones and door handles.   
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, towels, and tissues with others.Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Scrub well, rubbing hands, wrists, in between fingers, and fingernails. Use hand sanitizer when water and soap are not available.
  • Maintain at least six feet of physical distance from others. Avoid crowds, handshakes, hugs, and high fives.
  • Don’t touch your face, and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wear a mask, even when not on campus. Mask use on campus is mandatory.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. If possible, use a tissue, and throw it in the trash.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Try to eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
  • Exercise. If you cannot exercise for 30 minutes, try beginning with 10 minutes at a time three to four times per day. Make an effort to get out of your seat at least once every hour for five minutes to improve circulation. 


  • All Fontbonne community members are responsible for assessing their own health and possible exposure to COVID-19. Starting at the beginning of the fall semester, all students and employees will be screened every morning using the ProtectWell smart phone app, a product of UnitedHealth Group.  
  • Screening through the app requires 30 seconds to complete and consists of a series of questions and temperature readings with a touchless thermometer. 
  • In accordance with applicable privacy laws, Fontbonne will not receive any personal data. 
  • Accommodations will be made for students, faculty, and staff who do not have a smart phone. 


At this time, routine testing of asymptomatic individuals is not readily available. We will continue to monitor public-health guidance and may adjust surveillance testing requirements accordingly.

Students and employees are strongly encouraged to get a flu shot. Updates regarding flu shot availability on Fontbonne’s campus will be communicated at a later date.

According to the CDC, certain persons may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Accommodations, such as work from home or remote learning, may be possible for high-risk students and employees.

Social Distancing & Density Reduction

Everyone should maintain at least six feet of separation from others in all indoor and outdoor spaces on campus at all times. Signs outlining distancing guidelines will be posted in common spaces and some offices. To promote distancing, classroom and office capacity will be reduced; physical barriers will be installed where needed.

Elevator occupancy will be limited; posted signs will indicate capacity. Where feasible, stairwells will be one-way and will be clearly marked. Furniture has been arranged to maintain social distancing and should not be moved.

Fontbonne will limit the number of guests on campus. Employees may host invited speakers or vendors and will be responsible for ensuring they follow our guest guidelines.

Counseling & Well-being

Fontbonne is taking a holistic approach to physical and emotional well-being. While steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are physical, they will undoubtedly have consequences for short-term and long-term mental health. For information regarding how to improve your physical and mental health upon returning to campus, visit our counseling page.

In the Event of Illness

COVID-19 is a contagious illness caused by the Sars-CoV-2 virus. This virus is passed mainly from person to person typically through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking. The primary symptoms may include dry cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell and sore throat. You could have other symptoms in addition to the ones listed above, congestion or runny nose, fever/chills, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

All campus community members need to actively monitor their own health each day and seek medical evaluation and treatment if they have any symptoms affiliated with COVID-19. Students may contact the campus nurse at 314-889-4784 or, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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As we continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and guidance from the CDC and St. Louis County, Fontbonne has implemented health and safety precautions for a return to campus.Learn more about the CARES Act and Griffin Return.