COVID Resources, Protocols, Stay Safe Pledge, Monkeypox

COVID Protocols

All protocols & requirements are subject to change at any point during the seminar and throughout the semester. Syracuse Madrid staff will inform you of any changes if they occur.

COVID Protocols: Seminars
COVID protocols will be applied during the seminar.  Since we must follow CDC as well as local requirements, all students, faculty, and staff are required to adhere to these guidelines during the full duration of the seminar: 

  1. REQUIRED COVID TEST BEFORE DEPARTURE FOR MADRID: take a PCR test three days (72 hours) in advance of travel OR an at-home antigen test on the day of departure. Please upload your results in “Covid-19 Test Results Upload” on TDS
  2. MASKS: will be required during all indoor lectures as well as on the bus. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask during indoor site visits. Certain venues and restaurants may also require a mask, in which case the staff will inform you as needed. Please make sure to bring enough masks for the duration of the seminar, although they can also be purchased locally. 
  3. TESTING DURING THE SEMINAR: those students who develop recognized Covid symptoms will be asked to test or can test themselves. The staff will respond based on the results. 
  4. 5-DAY ISOLATION REQUIREMENT: a five-day isolation requirement will be in effect from the date of the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive test if someone is asymptomatic. You will also be required to wear a mask at all times for five days after the isolation period. The 5-day isolation requirement implies that you will have to stay in the city where you test positive, and you will have to miss all visits and activities. The staff will provide you with specific instructions if this happens.
  5. ROOMMATES: it is strongly recommended that you try to room with the same individuals throughout the seminar. This will facilitate contact tracing if your roommate develops symptoms.

Our main goal is to avoid any positive cases during the seminar. Due to the CDC’s 5-day isolation requirement following a positive test, and the fact that our seminar trips change location every few days, it is very likely that you would need to remain in one of the cities you’re visiting while the group moves on to the next one. This also means that you will miss the visits and activities covered during those days. Therefore, it is very important that everybody takes their health and safety, as well as that of others, very seriously by following these protocols.

COVID Protocols: During the semester
COVID protocols will be applied during your semester abroad.  Since we must follow CDC as well as local requirements, all students, faculty, and staff are required to adhere to these guidelines during the full duration of the program: 

  1. MASKSThe use of masks at the Instituto Internacional, inside of our offices and in the classrooms, is strongly recommended, but it is a personal choice in line with government guidelines. Masks will be available at our office for anyone requiring one. Important note: there will be specific instances either in classrooms or on-site visits when you may be required to wear a mask. This will be clearly communicated to all impacted students in advance.
  2. TESTING DURING THE SEMESTER: those students who develop recognized Covid symptoms will be asked to be tested by our Syracuse Madrid Nurse or can test themselves. The staff will respond based on the results. Tests will be available at our office for anyone requiring one.
  3. 5-DAY ISOLATION REQUIREMENTA five-day isolation requirement will be in effect from the date of the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive test if someone is asymptomatic. You will also be required to wear a mask at all times for five days after the isolation period. The staff will provide you with specific instructions if this happens.
  4. ROOMMATES THAT SHARE A ROOM: If two students share a room and one roommate tests positive, the negative student will be offered alternative housing for the 5-day isolation period; however, the negative student has the option to opt out of relocating. Following the 5-day isolation period, the positive student must commit to wearing a mask while in the room for 5 more days. Roommates who both test positive will continue to room together.

Stay Safe Pledge
Stay Safe Pledge – Syracuse Madrid
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Do Your Part.

In this extraordinary time of a pandemic, we’re responsible for ourselves and each other. We will work together. We will rise to the occasion. We will take necessary steps to keep each other safe. And we will not put ourselves or others at risk.

As we welcome students to Syracuse Madrid, we’ll all collaborate in the spirit of solidarity to adapt to new practices for our living, learning, and working environment. We’ll abide by & encourage others to abide by health & safety directives that aim to safeguard the safety, health, & well-being of our Syracuse Madrid community.

As a member of the Syracuse Madrid community, I am committed to keeping myself and others healthy & safe from the spread of COVID-19.

I pledge to take the following actions:

To keep myself safe, I will…

  • Wash my hands regularly.
  • Practice social distancing if possible.
  • Monitor my health and notify Syracuse Madrid’s Wellness coordinator if I exhibit symptoms.
  • Download the Syracuse Madrid Guide and regularly check for push notifications AND regularly check my @syr.edu email for updates on national, local, or Syracuse Madrid health and safety directives.

To keep the Syracuse Madrid community safe, I will…

  • Wear an approved face mask at the Syracuse Madrid center offices and during class if indicated.
  • Not attend classes or participate in extracurricular activities if I have a fever, am awaiting test results, or test positive for the virus.
  • Participate in any testing required throughout the Fall 2022 program.
  • Fully and honestly participate in contact tracing, if required.
  • Adhere to the requirements of quarantine if asked to do so.
  • Encourage others to follow these guidelines.
  • Follow any new directives from the national and local authorities as communicated by Syracuse Madrid throughout the semester and through official channels of communication (@syr.edu email & Syracuse Madrid Guide).Syracuse Madrid will not be responsible for decisions students make independently in the event of a confirmed Covid infection.

The safety of our community is a shared responsibility, and my actions can put myself and others at risk. I understand that whether or not I take this pledge, failure to comply with these directives may result in immediate sanctions, which may include suspension or expulsion from the program without the right to reimbursement, as well as referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) for violation of the Code of Student Conduct, which governs individual and group behavior on and off-campus. Sanctions for violating the pledge may be found on the OSRR website.

We recognize that some students with disabilities, in order to live and learn safely, may need to modify some aspects of this pledge. Students who believe they may not be able to adhere to these protocols for disability-related reasons should contact Angela Roquero (arpostig@syr.edu).

Monkeypox
MONKEYPOX

Monkeypox is a rare infection most commonly found in west or central Africa. Although more people have been diagnosed with it recently worldwide, only a small number of people in the Spain have had monkeypox and the risk to the general population remains low. You’re extremely unlikely to have monkeypox if:

  • you have not been in close contact (such as touching their skin or sharing towels, clothes or bedding) with someone who has monkeypox or has monkeypox symptoms
  • you have not recently travelled to west or central Africa

HOW DO YOU GET MONKEYPOX?

Monkeypox can be passed on from person to person through:

  • any close physical contact with monkeypox blisters or scabs (including during sexual contact, kissing, cuddling or holding hands)
  • touching clothing, bedding or towels used by someone with monkeypox
  • the coughs or sneezes of a person with monkeypox when they’re close to you

Source: https://www.comunidad.madrid/en/servicios/salud/viruela-mono

WHAT ARE THE MONKEYPOX SYMPTOMS?

The first symptoms of monkeypox include:

  • a high temperature
  • a headache
  • muscle aches
  • backache
  • swollen glands
  • shivering (chills)
  • exhaustion
  • joint pain

A rash usually appears 1 to 5 days after the first symptoms. The rash often begins on the face, then spreads to other parts of the body. This can include the mouth, genitals and anus. You may also have anal pain or bleeding from your bottom. The rash is sometimes confused with chickenpox. It starts as raised spots, which turn into small blisters filled with fluid. These blisters eventually form scabs which later fall off. The symptoms usually clear up in a few weeks. While you have symptoms, you can pass monkeypox on to other people.

Source: https://www.comunidad.madrid/en/servicios/salud/viruela-mono

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR MONKEYPOX?

Monkeypox is usually mild and most people recover within a few weeks without treatment. But, if your symptoms are more severe and you become unwell, you may need treatment in hospital. Because the infection can be passed on through close contact, it’s important to isolate if you’re diagnosed with it.

WHAT IF I SUSPECT I HAVE MONKEYPOX?

If you suspect you have monkeypox, you must isolate immediately and e-mail rparenas@syr.edu in addition to calling the Syracuse Madrid Emergency Phone +34 696 413 977 so that we can provide you with guidance. In addition to getting in touch with us, please get in touch with the International Department at the Hospital de Madrid as soon as possible, so that they can provide you with advice on what to do next (international@mail.hmhospitales.com)

IF YOU HAVE CONFIRMED MONKEYPOX

  • You must isolate for 21 days in your room
  • Do NOT use the communal spaces
  • If, for whatever reason, you must leave your isolation in an urgent case, please ensure to maintain proper social distance.

We will assist you as best as we can and will work with you closely to maintain your coursework throughout. Further information on how to isolate can be found on the government’s dedicated Monkeypox page.

WHEN DO I END MY ISOLATION?

You should self-isolate at home until:

  • you have not had a high temperature for at least 72 hours
  • you have had no new lesions in the previous 48 hours
  • all your lesions have scabbed over
  • you have no lesions in your mouth
  • any lesions on your face, arms and hands have scabbed over, all the scabs have fallen off and a fresh layer of skin has formed underneath

If you meet all the points above, you should contact Hospital de Madrid for a consultation. If the doctor feels confident you can end your isolation, then you can return to your classes and end your isolation. You should continue to avoid close contact with young children, pregnant women and immunosuppressed people until the scabs on all your lesions have fallen off and a fresh layer of skin has formed underneath. This is because you may still be infectious until the scabs have fallen off. After your self-isolation has ended you should cover any remaining lesions when leaving the house or having close contact with people in your household. Do this until all the scabs have fallen off and a fresh layer of skin has formed underneath.

Source: https://www.comunidad.madrid/en/servicios/salud/viruela-mono


 

Current Requirements Prior to Arrival in Spain

Travel Health Form:

  • All travelers are required to fill out the Travel Health Form prior to departure (see more info below).
  • For the latest information about travel guidelines and requirements please visit: https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/

To enter Spain, as required by the Spanish Government, you must fill out the Spain Travel Health form to obtain your QR code which you must have either accessible on your phone or printed.  You can find this at https://www.spth.gob.es/.