Current as of 6/11/2020
Why are you screening people when they come in the building? The purpose of the screening is to protect the health of the NSL community. The School is following recommendations from multiple sources, including the CDC and Nashville Metro Health Department.
What if I don’t feel well? Do not come to NSL if you are not feeling well, have a fever, or if you know you have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
What should I do if I have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19? Do not come to the School if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 until you have spoken to a School official. The School also asks that any student who has been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has a current positive test to alert the School to enable us to work with local health officials on a plan to move forward.
Will I have to wear a mask when school starts in the fall? Plans for fall procedures have not been finalized. School officials will use the most current data and advice available at the time to determine practices.
Who is requiring that we wear masks? It is School policy that everyone wear a mask for the safety of everyone in the building. Nashville’s Roadmap for Reopening Phase 2, which is the current phase as of June 11, states that “cloth masks should be worn in public.” The School has made the decision based on the number of students, the amount of time students are together, and the confines of the building. Students must supply their own masks.
What measures has the school taken to prevent the spread of the virus? The School has implemented screening of everyone who enters the building, reduced capacity in all spaces, required masks, and added additional cleaning measures – all steps reviewed by Nashville Metro Health Department.
What are my options if I do not wish to wear a mask? You are not permitted to remain in the building without a mask. If participating remotely is available, you should do that. If it is not available, you will receive an absence for the class. Refusing to wear a face mask, particularly after being warned, will be treated as a disciplinary offense.
Where in the building do I have to wear a mask? Anytime you are in a space in the presence of other people. Wearing a mask helps protect others from the spread of the virus. Each person is acting in a sign of respect for others by wearing a mask.
Can I eat in the building? Meals may be enjoyed outside in the courtyard or other spaces. At this time the School is not permitting students to consume food inside the building.
Can we enter the building from the bookstore or courtroom entrance after we have been screened? At this time, everyone entering the building must do so through the library lobby doors. You may leave the building by any exit.
What if my professor says I do not have to wear a mask, or they are not wearing one? Professors have been informed that everyone in their classroom must wear a mask. Professors have the option to take their mask off while lecturing, provided there is ample space between them and students. Before and after lecturing, they are required to wear masks.
What are the ramifications for not wearing a mask? You will be asked to leave the building. If you are attending class, you will not be counted as present for attendance purposes. Also, because every person entering the building must sign a health screening questionnaire that they agree to wear a mask, not wearing one may constitute an Honor Code violation.
What if I can’t breathe or I feel claustrophobic by wearing a mask? If you have any health concerns about wearing a mask, please consult with a member of the administration prior to your attendance at the School to discuss options.
Why do I have to wear a mask? Why can’t I choose to wear or not wear a mask? Wearing a mask is for the protection of your fellow students and others around you. Wearing a mask helps protect others from the spread of the virus. Each person is acting in a sign of respect for others by wearing a mask.
Why are there so many restrictions when I come to school but when I am in my own neighborhood, I am traveling freely to grocery stores, home improvement stores and the like, without having to wear a mask? Everyone has a choice regarding trips to stores and similar outings – which ones, at what times, in what area, etc. Those same options do not exist for school. Because students are required to attend classes and may not have a choice, the School is acting in the best interest of all students, including those that may have greater health risks or concerns.
How do I appropriately answer the questionnaire regarding headaches or shortness of breath, for example, if I suffer from migraines or asthma? These are symptoms of COVID-19, but can be chronic illnesses that are not connected with the disease. The primary concern should be any new or different conditions in the past few days that are not typical for your health, although you will not be permitted to enter with a fever of 100.4 or higher, regardless of the circumstances.
How much time should I allow for screening? Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of class to allow enough time for screening.