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SAFETY COMMITTEE UPDATE
Working together to stay safe!

Safety Policy changes were made by the AOMA Safety committee and participating faculty members. The changes were made in consideration of COVID surges in Texas and in the US that will likely continue due to holiday gatherings

 

1. Decision for Clinics regarding face shields–

Anyone in the Clinics must wear proper mask (minimum surgical mask) and face shield. This includes staff. 

If outdoors and on break it is permissible to take off mask and face shield to eat and hydrate, but physical distancing must be maintained. Good to avoid doors and walkways so you don’t unintentionally come close to someone else while unmasked. 

 

2. Re-evaluation of classroom safety for Hands on courses in light of clinic safety–

The practical classes prepare students for clinic, so it makes sense that clinic safety rules should start in the classroom. Therefore, the safety rules for Clinic will be same in classroom for those classes requiring hands on work. Instructors must reinforce that these practical classes are preparing students for clinic.

If outdoors and on break it is permissible to take off mask and face shield to eat and hydrate, but physical distancing must be maintained.  When outdoors and unmasked, good to avoid doors and walkways so you don’t unintentionally come close to someone else while unmasked. 

 

AOMA has been able to well mitigate the spread of COVID because everyone is doing a great job adhering to our safety rules. Much gratitude to everyone for this! Let’s continue to be vigilant as cases in our community and state continue to rise.

Important Communication and Connection During COVID-19

Navigating COVID-19 and the challenges of 2020 can feel overwhelming.  We've created multiple avenues to stay connected.  Moreover, there is an ongoing safety committee who meets regularly to address the ever changing landscape.  If you have any questions or concerns around safety, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Mary Faria and/or Michael Jewell at MFaria@aoma.edu and MJewell@aoma.edu, respectively.  Please be mindful with travel and other risk factors.

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Campus Safety Protocols

Rules for Clinic will be same in classroom for those classes requiring hands on work. Instructors must reinforce that these practical classes are preparing students for clinic.  Check the CAMS portal for more expanded protocols for clinic.

 

For classes, note that implementing these protocols requires the following:

  • Students must wear a surgical mask or better and a face shield.

  • If outdoors and on break, it is permissible to take off mask and face shield to eat and hydrate, but physical distancing must be maintained.  

    • When outdoors and unmasked, good to avoid doors and walkways so you don’t unintentionally come close to someone else while unmasked. 

  • Class size is limited to 8 students maximum but faculty must monitor that proper distancing is maintained

  • The number of  massage tables in a classroom is limited to 4.

Please also note the following rules for campus overall: 

  • Your first responsibility is to be Screened. If South, you screen in Building B entering through the door closest to the DOJO/Clinic. A band will be placed on your wrist indicating that you have screened. You cannot enter other AOMA building without screening. If North, you screen in the Clinic main patient waiting area.

  • Wear an approved Mask at all time (Handkerchiefs, Stretch Gaiter/Buff Types, etc. are Not Allowed). Surgical masks are safest and mandatory in the Clinics. AOMA can provide these to you.

  • If you are a student, supervisor, or professional practicing in our Clinics, face shields are to be worn at all times while inside the Clinic.

  • Wash your Hands Well and Often

  • Use Sanitizing Gel in between your frequent Hand Washings

  • Always maintain Physical Distance (at least 6 feet) , whenever possible (Pulse Reading, Patient Interaction, etc.)

  • Be mindful of traffic flow in buildings

  • You are responsible for Wiping Down Your Classroom or Treatment room Area including all equipment, furniture, containers, door knobs, etc., after each class

  • Restrooms:

    • If you are in Classrooms E-2 and/or E-4, use the Restroom in Building E

    • If you are in Classrooms E-1 and/or E-3 use the Restroom in Building B, entering into Building B from the entrance closest to the DOJO/Clinic and exiting into the Courtyard

    • There is a designated restroom for students and staff in the N. Clinic.

    • Use the “Vacant/Occupied” sign to ensure one person at a time while using the Restroom. Restroom should be wiped or sprayed before you leave the room.

  • If you experience any unusual symptoms not allergy related or not typical for you, don’t come to campus

 

Safety after Travel:

Self-Quarantine for 10 days if:

  • You have traveled by Air, Train, Bus, etc.

Personal Car Travel is allowed but you must notify our Safety Team in advance (notify by email, Michael Jewel or Mary Faria). The following will be considered when determining if you will have to quarantine: 

  • You have had any Flu-like Symptoms in the Past 10 Days

  • Someone you’ve been in contact with during your travels has Flu-like Symptoms or has been exposed to COVID 

  • Your Temperature has been above 99.5 in the past 10 days

 

  • If you have been exposed to COVID while off campus or tested positive, notify me, Michael Jewell or an Academic Leader at AOMA immediately

We must take care of one another by doing all the right things during this Pandemic. We are entering a third surge of the virus internationally, nationally, and locally so we must all be very vigilant to keep each other safe. Thanks so much for doing your part!

Family Members in Healthcare?

There are many questions regarding students or students with spouses or family members who work in healthcare or other professions where exposure risk is high. We are evaluating these on a case by case basis. What we look for in the evaluation are the following:

  • Precautions that the individual or the individual’s family member or spouse’s employer takes to mitigate exposure

  • Precautions the family takes to mitigate exposure

  • How successfully the student passes screening in consideration of the previous two bullet

 

The safety committee takes each case and asks the student to complete a questionnaire, additional questions may also be asked. The COVID situation is very complex thus decisions regarding quarantine are situational. We very much appreciate the wonderful attitude of safety and compliance by all our students! It has been most impressive.

 

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Fridays at 8am

 

Support During COVID-19

  This time has been overwhelming for many folks.  If you find yourself in need, please remember we are keeping a small food bank going.

 

If you wish to donate a bag of nonperishable items, please contact Michael Jewell at 281-832-8743

 

Students can also reach out to Financial Aid by contacting 
Estella at EProctor@aoma.edu
and Natalie at NGarrett@aoma.edu.

 

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