Important Information About COVID-19

2020 Commencement Information

 

 Message From President Thompson:

 

Ringling College of Art and Design continues to closely monitor news and information related to COVID-19. We are pleased to confirm that there are no known cases of coronavirus on our campus at this time. In an ongoing effort to minimize the risk to our students, faculty, staff, and local community, Ringling College is currently taking all recommended precautions set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Florida Department of Health, and Sarasota Memorial Health Care.

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News & Updates:


March 30th Update:

Dear Ringling College Community,

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your continued understanding and support during this evolving and difficult time. The patience and flexibility you have demonstrated in the face of immense change and uncertainty has been astounding and inspirational.

We understand that many of you have questions surrounding Commencement and our celebratory end-of-year activities. Unfortunately, the current reality is that gathering together in large groups for any of these events is not in the best interest of the health and safety of our community, nor aligned with current guidelines from the state and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although we are not able to gather in-person, we WILL still celebrate! We are harnessing our collective creativity to deliver an exciting and vibrant online Commencement ceremony that will honor our amazing seniors and their important achievement - graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design. Because we will not be in a venue together, we have decided to move the Commencement ceremony to Saturday, May 9 at 1:00 PM EDT to make it easier for all family members to experience graduation together.

In addition to Commencement, we are planning on exciting ways to celebrate Best of Ringling and the Senior Shows online. As we develop these plans and have more details about them and about Commencement, we will be sharing those specifics with you.

We know that our deserving students and their families will be disappointed and we are all deeply saddened by the need to move to online events. Please know that these decisions have not been made lightly. Despite our not being able to experience these activities as expected, we are committed to creating experiences that will recognize the talent, growth, and accomplishments of our students and that celebrate our graduates, the Class of 2020!

Larry Thompson

President 

 

March 16th Update:

Information Sessions
Given recent changes with the CDC Guidelines to not have groups over 50 gather, we have changed the Information Sessions about COVID-19 to ZOOM ONLY.  This is important as well to keep instruction and other staff as safe and healthy as possible to deliver the continual services and support.

March 16

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - 3rd and 4th year students

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - 1st and 2nd year students
 

March 17

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. - All years if missed other sessions. 
 

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March 14th Update:

3 student sessions have been set up this week to provide information concerning the closing of the residence halls and remainder of the semester, as well as provide answers to questions you may have. 
The information sessions are as follows:

Third- and Fourth-Year Student Session

Monday, March 16, 2020
2:00 p.m.
Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall

First- and Second-Year Student Session

Monday, March 16, 2020
3:15 p.m.
Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall

Makeup Student Session

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
12:00 p.m.
Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall

We do plan to stream all of these sessions using Zoom and will send out links to this in a future email for those who are unable to join the session on campus.

 


March 13th Update

IMPORTANT STUDENT INFORMATION - COVID - 19

Dear Students,

We know that the announcement from Dr. Thompson about Ringling Colleges decision to move to on-line or other means of alternative instruction beginning on Monday, March 23 and to close the residence halls, is a big change in how you/we have been experiencing your learning and the wonderful art and design community at Ringling College that we all hold so dear. I want to encourage you to be calm and patient throughout this time period as we know that we will move through these changes together.

It is with heavy hearts that we have made these decisions and changes. These have not been easy decisions as this outcome poses numerous challenges. Our top priority is to keep the members of our campus community as safe as we possibly can, while working to ensure that you are able to complete your coursework for this semester and that those that teach you and support you are able to continue.

Please read this information carefully.

On-Campus Resident Students

All campus residence halls, houses, and apartments including Indian Beach will officially close for all students at 12:00 pm (noon) on Sunday, March 22.  All resident students should have their belongings moved completely out of their campus housing assignment by this time.  If your circumstances make it impossible for you to be out by the closing time of 12:00 pm Sunday, March 22, please email reslife@ringling.edu and request an extension.  Be sure to include all details relevant to your request.

Given the extension of Spring break for the coming week, it will be helpful if you can complete this form indicating what time/date you plan to vacate your space once you finalize your plans.  This will help staff to be available in case any assistance is necessary.

For your convenience, we have placed a key envelope specific to your current assignment into your campus mailbox. Once you have completed moving all of your belongings out of your residence hall space, place your key(s) into the envelope and drop them in the drop box adjacent to the Residence Life Office in Goldstein Hall. You certainly may also use your own clearly marked envelope. 

More information about how to forward mail will be sent in the coming days.

Housing and Dining Refunds

It is our intention to provide pro-rated refunds for housing and dining. Additional information will be provided to those students that are residential and/or on a meal plan.

Student Support Services

It is with every intent that we are planning to continue as many support services as possible, just with a different means of delivery and access. Additional information relative to the Student Learning Center, Access Services, Advising and Registration Services, Health Services, International Student Affairs, Career Services, Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Student Life will be forthcoming in another communication.

Student Employees

Student employees are not expected to report to work.  Additional information will be forthcoming.

Computer Labs 

All computer labs will be closed. 

Major Campus Events

We know these decisions have implications for end of year major campus events including Best of Ringling, Senior Shows and Commencement and related programs and activities. Additional information will be forthcoming specific to these events.

For Questions

If you have any questions or concerns, there are a number of areas of support depending on the issue. As such, please contact:

reslife@ringling.edu Housing related questions.

advising@ringling.edu Academically related questions.

studentlife@ringling.edu All other types of questions.

We certainly hope that everyone is able to stay healthy and safe during this very unusual time.

 


March 13th Update

Important Update Regarding COVID-19

To our Ringling College Community, 

I am pleased to confirm that Ringling College of Art and Design has not had any known cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on campus. Nonetheless we are obviously very concerned about this situation. So, in an effort to maintain the paramount health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community, we have made some difficult, yet preventive, decisions that I would like to share with you. 

As we now know, the key to preventing the spread of this virus is reducing high-density social interaction. The problem is that this is the very environment that we work so hard to create at Ringling College and what makes us so special. 

To be vigilant in mitigating the potential threat of the virus, we have decided not only to extend Spring Break by one week (March 16-20), but also to close all Residential Housing buildings and move to online course delivery for the remainder of the semester beginning Monday, March 23. Additional details about courses will be forthcoming from Academic Affairs. We will make every effort to ensure that seniors graduate on time and to have all students continue to make progress toward their degrees.

For this decision to be effective, all students will need to be fully checked out from their campus housing by NOON on Sunday, March 22. We understand that this requirement is a difficult one. Students who have concerns should contact Resident Life (reslife@ringling.edu) to discuss their individual situations. The College has decided to give a prorated refund for room and board costs for the remainder of the semester. 

You should know that I am personally distressed that we need to take this step because I believe so strongly in the irreplaceable experience of having the on-campus interaction between students and faculty and among students themselves. I assure you, however, that our faculty and staff will implement this plan with a complete focus on our promise to provide an exceptional art and design education to you. Given the commitment of our faculty, advanced technological infrastructure and with the full support of our IT Department, we feel confident about the College's ability to deliver remote instruction at the highest level. 

To help ensure continued delivery of instruction and services, Ringling College offices remain open. Staff should expect to report to work as usual. Staff with questions should contact HR (HRmail@ringling.edu). 

This unexpected crisis is the time to harness the power of our creativity and collaboration. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and understanding as we work hard to ensure the health and safety of our college community. We will continue to communicate with the college community as the situation continues to evolve.

Very truly yours,

Larry R. Thompson, President

 


Notice - Accepted Students Day Cancelled

In light of the continually evolving situation relative to coronavirus, Accepted Students Day on April 4 has been cancelled. We are certainly disappointed that we will not be holding this celebratory event, but believe that our decision is important for the health and safety of all as much travel is involved for participating in this day. We look forward to celebrating your acceptance and welcoming you to the Ringling College community and to the class of 2024 in other ways in the near future.
 


March 11th Update
Important Information: Extension of Spring Break

The Emergency Response Team has been regularly monitoring the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), and takes the health and safety of our campus community very seriously. We presently know of no cases within the Ringling College community. However, given the evolving nature of confirmed cases internationally, within the United States and Florida, Ringling College has decided to extend Spring Break for an additional week Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22, 2020. This will allow us time to continue to gather information to make decisions about how best to keep our campus community healthy and safe. 

Students, if you are presently at another location, we encourage you to stay home or return home and not to travel back to campus yet. Students presently here living on-campus or living off-campus in the local community, we discourage additional travel during this time. Should you choose to travel, practice appropriate safeguards and be sure to take your computer with you so you can access your work if need be. Additionally, be sure to save all digital project files to the Google Cloud or external drive and have your passwords with you. 

Please be aware that Dining Services will continue next week in Hammond Commons and will change to a breakfast, lunch and dinner schedule.  The Fitness Center will be closed and there may be alterations to lab access. 

If you are a student employee on campus, you will not be penalized for choosing to not work during this time period.

For any on campus residents, student housing will be closed to all guests.

Please check your email regularly throughout this period as we will be updating you with additional information for coursework continuation after this Spring Break extension.

Expect the next update on Friday, March 13.  For questions, please contact studentlife@ringling.edu.

 


March 5th Update #2
Important Coronavirus Update in Preparation for Spring Break

As we prepare to enter Spring Break, we wanted to share some important information to review including monitoring student’s travel over break, and keeping campus healthy (including effects on class attendance) once classes resume.

It is also imperative to remember the principles that define our Ringling community.  In particular, that “we respect the dignity and humanity of each other and work to treat each other with civility.”  Our students are already experiencing stress related to COVID-19 as it has affected several communities, family members, and friends around the world.  We will not tolerate discrimination, bullying, or taunts surrounding individual’s concerns, fears, and personal choices to feel safe and secure.  If a student is concerned this is happening to them, please report it.

Travel over Spring Break:

Please use prudence in making final considerations regarding travel, both internationally and domestically.  The rate of spread for the COVID-19 outbreak is uncertain, and the CDC is updating its list of high-risk countries on a daily basis.

- There are currently no travel restrictions within the United States.  This may be subject to change.

- High-risk countries are being added daily by the CDC.  We strongly encourage students to reconsider international travel at this time.  If a student travels to a high-risk country, or becomes aware that they may have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person, the student may be asked to self-isolate and not return to campus within a 14 day window.  This will be determined by school and Sarasota Memorial personnel on a case by case basis.

- Students, regardless of domestic or international travel, are being asked to complete the Spring Break 2020 Travel Plans questionnaire to help facilitate the school’s contact with students who may have traveled to a high-risk area.

For students staying on campus over spring break:

- There are several events and activities planned for students who are staying on campus over break. All activities are still scheduled to happen.

- Facilities will continue the cleaning and disinfecting protocols for high traffic areas and shared spaces such as labs over break and continuously as classes resume.

- The Hammond Commons will remain open offering brunch 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and dinner 5-6:30 pm if a student feels more comfortable remaining on campus during break.

-  Medical services also decided to remain open during break, and hours will be posted Monday, 3/9.

Considerations when classes resume:

- If you are feeling ill including fever, cough, and shortness of breath please see a healthcare provider immediately. Students are asked to first call the Health Center (941.309.4000) to discuss symptoms and travel with our medical provider and next steps in one’s treatment plan will be collaboratively discussed before a student comes to the Health Center in person.

- If a student, faculty or staff member is ill, which may include but not be limited to fever along with cough and shortness of breath, you are asked to remain at home until fever free without medication for at least 24 hours.

- Faculty will work with students on a case by case basis if a student is not feeling well, seeks an evaluation of their symptoms, and the Health Center advises them to stay out of class. Students are still required to keep up with coursework and assignments. If a student has contacted the Health Center, and is advised to stay home, then these absences will not count against their grade.

As a reminder, we will continue to note everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including:

· Washing your hands is the best prevention! Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based (60%) hand sanitizer. 

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Stay home when you are sick.

· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

· Get a flu vaccine.

· It is only recommended to wear a mask if you are sick.

 

If you have questions, please reach out to medical@ringling.edu or 941-309-4000, to speak to our Sarasota Memorial medical personnel, or you may call the general Health Center line at 941-893-2855.

As new and pertinent information evolves, communications will be sent out accordingly.

We hope you have a healthy and restful Spring Break!

 


March 5th Update #1

The College takes Coronavirus 2019 seriously and wants to make sure the information is clear for all students. Therefore, we have translated this email into your language in order for you to be fully informed on the most current information from Ringling College and the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

The following information comes from Ringling College.

As you finalize plans for Spring Break, please consider the following information:

  • Students, regardless of domestic or international travel, are being asked to complete the Spring Break 2020 Travel Plans questionnaire to help facilitate contact with students who may have traveled to a high-risk area.
  • There are no travel restrictions within the United States.
  • High-risk countries are being added daily by the CDC. We strongly encourage student to reconsider international travel at this time.
  • If a student travels to a high-risk country, the student may be asked to self-isolate and not return to campus within a 14 day window. This will be determined by College and Sarasota Memorial personnel on a case-by-case basis.

If you are feeling ill, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please see a healthcare provider immediately.

  • Students are asked to first call the Health Center (941.309.4000) to discuss symptoms and travel with our medical provider.
  • The next steps in one's treatment plan will be collaboratively discussed before a student comes to the Health Center in person.
  • Do not attend class if you are feeling sick.

Facilities is following disinfecting guidelines set by the CDC in efforts to reduce risk of infection which includes regularly disinfecting surfaces in all shared spaces. It is still important that you disinfect work spaces and wash your hands regularly.

The following information comes from the U.S. CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention).

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

Ringling is working with our Healthcare provider, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, to ensure we are following best practices and are taking all preventive measures possible at this time. We will continue to be in regular contact as this event continues to evolve.

If you have questions, please reach out to medical@ringling.edu or 941-309-4000, to speak to our Sarasota Memorial medical personnel, or you may call the general Health Center line at 941-893-2855.

If you or someone you know has high distress that does not seem to be lessening, talk about it with others and come to Peterson Counseling Center. Your campus community is here to help!

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March 3, 2020 Update

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did confirm two positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida. One individual is being housed at Doctor's Hospital in Sarasota. The CDC noted while, "the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is very high, to the United States and globally, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. This virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States."

As travel plans for Spring Break continue to be solidified, please note the following as we diligently want to preserve the health of our community:

  • There are no travel restrictions within the United States.
  • High-risk countries are being added daily by the CDC. We strongly encourage students to reconsider international travel at this time. If a student travels to a high-risk country, the student may be asked to self-isolate and not return to campus within a 14 day window. This will be determined by College and Sarasota Memorial personnel on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students, regardless of domestic or international travel, are being asked to complete the Spring Break 2020 Travel Plans questionnaire to help facilitate contact with students who may have traveled to a high-risk area.

We do want to proceed with prudence and an abundance of caution including monitoring student health, maintaining a clean and disinfected campus, and discussing class attendance for students who are showing active viral symptoms.  

If you are feeling ill including fever, cough, and shortness of breath please see a healthcare provider immediately. Students are asked to first call the Health Center (941.309.4000) to discuss symptoms and travel with our medical provider, and the next steps in one's treatment plan will be collaboratively discussed before a student comes to the Health Center in person. In addition, if a student, faculty, or staff member has a fever along with cough and shortness of breath, you are asked to remain at home until fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours.

We ask faculty during this time to work with each unique student situation on a case-by-case basis with consideration for their well-being and to incorporate methods whereby students can achieve course competencies, even if absent from classes due to illness or isolation. Information that is more specific will be shared by this Friday.

Facilities is following disinfecting guidelines set by the CDC in efforts to reduce risk of infection which includes regularly disinfecting surfaces in all shared spaces. It is still important that you disinfect work spaces and wash your hands regularly.

We continue to note everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • It is not recommended that you wear a mask, unless you have symptoms of illness yourself.

We are working with our Healthcare provider, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, to ensure we are following best practices and are taking all preventive measures possible at this time. We will continue to be in regular contact as this event continues to evolve.

 

If you have questions, please reach out to medical@ringling.edu or 941-309-4000, to speak to our Sarasota Memorial medical personnel, or you may call the general Health Center line at 941-893-2855. 

 


 

March 2, 2020 Update

We have become aware of two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida, one in Hillsborough County and one in Manatee County. There is speculation that one individual has been isolated at Doctor’s Hospital in Sarasota. Ringling College is closely monitoring this case and still awaiting for the final testing results to be released from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please note, cases in the United States are overwhelming travel-related, and not through person-to-person spread. Therefore, while we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of our community, we are also confident there is little concern of spread in our community.

We do want to proceed with an abundance of prudence. If you are feeling ill including fever, cough, and shortness of breath AND have travelled outside the United States in the past two weeks, please see a healthcare provider immediately. Students are asked to call the Health Center (941.309.4000) to discuss symptoms and travel with our medical provider and next steps in one’s treatment plan will be collaboratively discussed.

We strongly recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine
  • It is not recommended that you wear a mask, unless you have symptoms of illness yourself

We are working with our Healthcare provider, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, to ensure we are following best practices and are taking all preventative measures possible at this time. We will continue to be in regular contact as this event continues to evolve.

If you have questions, please reach out to medical@ringling.edu or 941-309-4000, to speak to our Sarasota Memorial medical personnel, or you may call the general Health Center line at 941-893-2855.

 


 

Updated 2/25/2020
 
Ringling College of Art and Design continues to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus very closely and would like to provide an update.  It is important to note the virus, now named Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), is NOT currently spreading in the United States according to up-to-date Center for Disease Control reports. We do understand that the virus ranges from mild to severe effects, and that there is significant worry for family and friends outside the United States in areas which are directly being impacted.
 
What is the Coronavirus?
Human coronaviruses are common around the world and often cause mild to moderate illness. Coronavirus also is common in some animals, and in rare cases, have infected and spread between humans. Recent examples of this include Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV), and now the 2019 novel coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. All three are known to cause severe illness. 
COVID-19 is now determined to spread from person to person. The CDC is working with state and local governments across the country to provide pandemic guidance to proactively prepare for a response plan to reduce the spread and impact of the virus.
The most common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 
 
General Precautions:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Currently there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Should you feel ill with any of these symptoms, students should contact the Student Health Center and Faculty/Staff should contact their healthcare provider.
 
Precautions for Travel:
The CDC has issued travel precautions for China, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong. There is also an advisory to avoid cruise ships traveling in Asia. Parts of Italy have travel restrictions in and out of currently affected areas, although there has not yet been an international advisory against travel there. 
 
As we prepare for spring break, be conscious of healthy travel tips as many people may be flying and visiting other areas of the country. Please remember to:
  • Wash your hands, 
  • Bring sanitizing wipes for airplane arm rests and seat back table surfaces,
  • Drink bottled beverages,
  • Make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations and get your flu shot,
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes,
  • Make self care a priority including healthy eating, sleep, exercise, and relaxation.
  • Enjoy your time away and have fun!
     
Current Health Center Response and tips for managing concerns about the coronavirus:
 
The Health Center continues to work closely with our medical provider, Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The Health Center is following protocols set forth by the CDC, and the health of our community is of upmost importance.
We also want to ensure that our students' emotional well-being regarding anxiety surrounding COVID-19 is acknowledged and addressed. Please know the Peterson Counselling Center is open Monday through Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM and students can walk in during those hours and speak to a therapist without an appointment. In addition, students can access MySSP, a 24 hour international therapy service which can provide services in several different languages including Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, French, Arabic, and English. 
 
News reports about the coronavirus, together with concerns that the virus could become more widespread, is raising a number of concerns and making some people anxious. Here are some tips to help you put information and concerns in perspective, manage your anxiety, and maintain a positive outlook. 
 
Tips include: 
  • Seek accurate information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), and limit exposure to social media and news reports that provide no new information or inaccurate information. 
  • Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that the number of confirmed infections in the U.S. is extremely low. The fact that there is a great deal of news coverage on this issue does not necessarily mean that it presents a threat to you or your family. Pay attention to positive news instead of only focusing on negative and fear-producing reports. 
  • Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties. 
  • Maintain your normal day-to-day activities and keep connected. Resist withdrawing and isolating yourself. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. Feel free to share useful information you find on governmental websites with your friends and family. It will help them deal with their own anxiety. 
  • Follow the prevention and protection tips given by medical professionals such as the Ringling Student Health Services, national medical authorities and your own community medical doctor. 
  • Practice calming rituals: Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening. 
  • Seek supports & use campus resources. If you or someone you know has high distress that does not seem to be lessening, talk about it with others, contact the Peterson Counseling Center, or the Student Life Office. Your campus community is here to help! 
     
If you have questions, please reach out to medical@ringling.edu or 941-309-4000, to speak to our Sarasota Memorial medical personnel.  
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