Symptom Monitoring

 

Each day, prior to coming to campus, all members of the RIT Croatia community must check to confirm that they are free of any symptoms related to COVID-19. These symptoms are based on the guidelines provided by the Croatian Public Health Institute, and currently include:

  • New cough or change in existing cough
  • Chills or fever of 37.2⁰ or higher
  • New or worsening shortness of breath (difficulty to breathe)
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Sore throat (not due to allergies)
  • Fatigue or muscle ache
  • Unusual headache or eye pain
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

In addition, all students, faculty and staff are required to sign a compliance document, as required by the Ministry of Science and Education and Croatian Public Health Institute, by which they pledge to take responsibility for daily symptom monitoring.

Although students, faculty, and staff are expected to check their temperature prior to arriving on campus, contactless thermometers will be available at the Student Services desk. All members of the community are encouraged to use them daily to monitor their temperature.

If students experience any of the above symptoms, they should contact their doctor’s office, or the doctor’s office they are using while attending RIT Croatia, and their designated academic advisor. Further steps will be determined on an individual basis based on the doctor’s recommendation, the information on exposure to infected individuals, and evaluation by their designated academic advisor. If at any point in time during the day a student begins showing signs of COVID-19, or any illness, they should go to their home or residence immediately, and contact their doctor’s office, as well as advise their academic advisor. Student employees also need to follow the regular guidelines for reporting illness/absences from work.

 

If faculty or staff member experience any of the above symptoms, they should contact their doctor’s office, and advise their department head. Further steps will be determined on an individual basis, and will be based on the doctor’s recommendation, the information on exposure to infected individuals, and evaluation by their designated academic advisor and/or ombudsperson. If at any point in time during the day a faculty or staff member begin showing signs of COVID-19, or any illness, they should go to their home or residence immediately, and contact their doctor’s office, as well as advise their supervisor. Faculty and/or staff also need to follow the regular guidelines for reporting illness/absences from work.

 

All individuals arriving from abroad are required to comply with the self-isolation guidelines as issued by the relevant authorities. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 they will be required to follow the required quarantine procedures, and report accordingly.

 

If an individual resides with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 they will be required to follow the required quarantine procedures, and report accordingly.

 

In the event of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, in collaboration with the local health department, RIT Croatia personnel may interview the student and determine if there are additional individuals who need to be placed in isolation/quarantine.

 

Any individual who has been informed by a contact tracer that they have been in close contact with anyone for more than ten (10) minutes who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, will, in the case of students, immediately notify their academic advisor, and in the case of faculty or staff, immediately notify their department head.

 

Upon finding that a student or faculty or staff has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, notifications will be made to appropriate RIT Croatia departments, detailing the facilities used, or potentially used, by the individual. This will be done to enact enhanced cleaning protocols in those areas and to safeguard other members of the RIT Croatia community. Information will only be disclosed on a need-to-know basis, consistent with applicable policies (GDPR, FERPA, etc.).