Off-Campus Activities (Clinical, Teaching, Internships)

Off-Campus Activities will resume beginning July 1, 2020 and will continue to expand at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester.

Participation in Off-Campus Activities

Off-Campus Activities will resume beginning July 1, 2020 and will continue to expand at the beginning of the fall semester, 2020.

Individuals participating in UTRGV off-campus education activities will:

  • Arrive in the Rio Grande Valley, if traveling from a location outside of the RGV, at least two weeks prior to their first day of face-to-face activities to allow at a minimum for a14-day self-isolation period.
  • Self-screen daily for symptoms associated with COVID 19 by using the UT Health RGV Screening Questionnaire or as required by the facility.
  • Follow facility guidelines for screening at the time of each entry
  • Wear a face covering when entering a facility as required by facility
  • Wash their hands immediately upon entering the facility and prior to departure

 

Best Practices for Community Education Sites

  • Education sites and community partners should have a master plan in place to resume activities with UTRGV students which includes:
    • Safety protocols and processes for staff, UTRGV students, and all other UTRGV representatives participating in education programs
    • Use of face coverings and other personal hygiene and safety procedures at the off-campus site
    • Access to sanitation stations and availability of cleaning supplies within spaces
    • Educational design which will prevent students from interacting with presumptive COVID 19 individuals
    • Identification of sanitary location(s) for students, faculty, and/or staff to store personal items and food.

 

Individuals Participating in Direct Patient Care Activities

In addition to the above requirements, those learners participating in direct patient care activities at clinical sites will:

  • Be tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative result within one week prior to the first day of on-site clinical activity. Any individual with a positive test will not be allowed to join clinical activities until they are symptom-free, test negative twice in diagnostic tests taken at least 24 hours apart, and are cleared by UT Health RGV personnel, either in-person or through a telehealth visit.
  • Sanitize any devices or equipment brought into a clinical education facility on a daily basis.
  • Participate in educational/safety training prior to participation in clinical education activities.
    • Up-to-date COVID 19 information
    • Safety protocols and procedures (i.e proper hygiene, social distancing basics, etc.)
    • Use of respiratory protection and other PPE
    • Donning and doffing of PPE, especially in the context of their current and potential duties
  • Require masks of all faculty, staff, and students during appointments

 

Best Practices for UTRGV Clinical Education Sites

  • UTRGV clinical education sites should modify physical spaces and revise protocols to ensure safety of all individuals participating in learning activities at UTRGV student-facing and/or client-facing clinical spaces. Modifications should include:
  • Installation of physical barriers to limit student/client contact (i.e. sneeze guards)
  • Reconfiguration of patient/client spaces to allow for appropriate social distancing
  • Screening of clients prior to entering the clinical space
  • Requirement of clients to wear face masks inside of the clinical space
  • Limitation of number of clients in the clinical space at one time
  • Implementation of appropriate social distancing in waiting rooms or spaces
  • Provision of supplies such as tissues, no-touch trash cans, hand soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol, disinfectants, and disposable towels 
  • Requirement for faculty, staff, and students to hand wash and/or hand sanitize regularly
  • Disinfection of client areas between appointments
  • Provision of PPE to faculty, staff, and students when appropriate
  • UTRGV clinical education sites will also conduct educational/safety training for faculty, staff, and students participating in clinical activities, including:
  • Up-to-date COVID19 information
  • Safety protocols and procedures (i.e proper hygiene, social distancing basics, etc.)
  • Use of respiratory protection and other PPE
  • Who needs to use protective clothing and equipment, and in which situations specific types of PPE are needed
  • How to put on, use/wear, and take PPE off correctly, especially in the context of their current and potential duties