Healthy Eagles

Updates & Notifications

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Where is the Back-To-Campus Guide?

You can download the Guide here.


If you need help: Local Crisis Lines

Kansas City, Missouri Area Crisis Line (Jackson, Johnson, Cass, Lafayette, Platte, Clay and Ray Counties) 1-888-279-8188

Kansas City, Kansas Area Crisis Line (Johnson and Wyandotte County) 913-268-0156

Lawrence, Kansas Area Crisis Line 785-843-9192

St. Louis, Missouri Area Crisis Line Toll Free: (800) 811-4760 Local: (314) 469-6644

National Crisis Lines
National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Crisis Text Line 741-741

Trans LifeLine: translifeline.org
“Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.” 877-585-8860 – 24/7 365

Trevor LifeLine (Crisis line for LGBTQ youth) – 1-866-488-7386
TrevorText – 678-678 thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/

Kansas City Metro Area Warm Lines
Nami Warm Line: Not necessarily in “crisis” but still can use someone to talk to? “Warm” lines are specifically designed to provide added support for individuals experiencing any level of mental distress. 
1-800-374-2138; Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm

Mental Health America Of The Heartland: Compassionate Ear mhah.org/find-support/
“Our Warmline is a peer-run listening service that provides non-crisis supportive listening, coping strategies, information, and a reprieve from loneliness or isolation.” 913-281-2251 – 4pm to 10pm Daily including Holidays

St. Louis Area Warm Line, The Friendship Line Toll Free: 1-866-525-1442 Local: 314-652-6105

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some insurance companies offer urgent care, telehealth appointments to their members on an as-needed basis. Please see the information at the links below. Please note you must be a member to access these services.
Mindful By BlueKC (Blue Cross Blue Shield): mindfulbluekc.com
Cigna: www.cigna.com/health-care-providers/resources/body-mind
United Healthcare/Optum: liveandworkwell.com/content/en/public.html


Will masks be required for everyone on campus ?

Yes. Masks must be appropriately worn (covering both nose and mouth) inside and outside, where social distancing is not possible. Cloth or disposable masks that cover the nose and mouth are acceptable. Students are expected to provide and maintain their masks. However, the department office managers and the bookstore will have disposable masks available if you forget yours. We will continue to follow or exceed all health and safety guidelines recommended by the CDC, the City of Kansas City, and the Missouri health department. 


What if I have a medical condition that prevents me from wearing a mask?

If you are unable to wear a mask due to a health condition or disability, please contact Daniel Weigel in the Student Access Office for a confidential discussion of your health needs. Some potential alternatives to masks may include the use of alternative types of face-covering or attending courses remotely or online (determined on a case-by-case basis).


Will there be dining services on campus?

Yes. The food line is one-way only, and you will be socially distanced while in line. There will be no self-service items.
The dining room is set up for 50% occupancy. Do not move tables or chairs, and do not use tables that are marked “closed.”
Consider avoiding peak dining times and utilize our to-go meal box options to avoid wait times.
Masks are required when you are up and moving.


Will there be sports this spring?

Yes. We will abide by all KCAC and NAIA decisions on this matter for spring sports. Updates will be made on the AvilaAthletics.com website and the Healthy Eagles webpage.


How will campus social events and organizations be handled?

There will be a variety of social events throughout the semester. We will do everything we can to keep the community experiences and organizations as close to normal as possible. We will follow the health and safety guidelines set forth by the CDC, the City of Kansas City, and the Missouri health department.


I know someone who is struggling to handle all of the stress and changes, what can I do?

Reach out to the Avila Care Team. If you are concerned about their immediate safety, call 911 or Campus Safety at 816.985.6079
If you are feeling stressed out, anxious, depressed, or concerned about your family, friends, or yourself, please make an appointment with Taryn Hodison M.A. LPC by using Calendly.


I am a commuter student. Can I eat in public spaces like I always have?

Yes, with social distancing. Public spaces will be more limited, and certain campus areas and communal space will be designated as “No Food” zones. We ask that for everyone’s safety, you respect these designations.


Do I have to take my temperature every time I enter a building?

For the good of your professors, the staff, and your classmates you are required to self-check your temperature at one of the health stations located inside all designated building entrances as soon as you arrive on campus. Self-check temperature stations are installed inside each building’s designated entrance.

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