For higher education

We sat down with Springfield’s four university presidents to discuss the heightened protocols each is taking to ensure the safety of students, staff, faculty, and our whole community as students return to campus. 

How well we navigate this pandemic will depend on the choices that we make. Each of us is responsible for slowing the spread of COVID-19, but it takes a team to fight it at full force.

J. Timothy Cloyd
Drury University President

Carol Taylor
Evangel University President

Clif Smart
Missouri State University President

Hal Higdon
Ozarks Technical Community College President

  1. Guidance for Housing
  2. Guidance for Classrooms


  • Physical distance of at least six feet.
  • Wear face masks.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains, grab bars, hand railings, bathroom stalls, tables).
  • Handwashing stations/sanitizer stations in buildings.
  • Avoid large gatherings/group activities.
  • Consider cancelling all public or non-essential group activities and events.
  • Consider limiting the number of people in an elevator at one time and designating one directional stairwells, if possible.
  • Consider closing activity rooms or restricting the number of people allowed in at one time to ensure everyone can stay at least six feet apart.


  • Suggest that residents keep up-to-date lists of medical conditions and medications, and periodically check to ensure they have a sufficient supply of their prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Make sure that residents are aware of serious symptoms of their underlying conditions and of COVID-19 symptoms that require emergency care, and that they know who to ask for help and call 911.
  • Encourage residents who live alone to seek out a “buddy” in the facility who will check on and help care for them and safely make sure they are getting basic necessities, including food and household essentials.
  • Check the CDC’s Traveler Health Notices for latest guidance and travel recommendations. 
  • Provide students, faculty and staff with guidance of circumstances in which they should avoid returning to in-person classes and activities until they have received medical care (ie: exposure, symptoms). 
  • Set up notification process (ie: email, website, hotline, automated text messaging, newsletters and flyers) to communicate important information with staff and students.
  • Consider planning for a quarantine and/or isolation wing for students living on campus. 

What to do if you have a confirmed case 

  • Encourage students, faculty, and staff who are sick or have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home.
  • Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use these areas until after cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Consider virtual learning options. 
  • Possible stand-up of quarantine and/or isolation wing.

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