Update to Guidelines for Returning to Work
As we continue to welcome more employees back to campus and prepare to welcome students as well, I wanted to send out some information and reminders on how we can all help keep ourselves and the entire campus community safe.
In particular, we have noted an uptick in COVID-19 cases in St. Lawrence County as well as neighboring counties. As more individuals come to campus, it will be more important than ever to remain vigilant in abiding by the rules and procedures we have put in place for everyone’s safety. Our Guidelines for Returning to Work On Campus were recently revised and updated on the website. I encourage you to read it closely.
Here are some important reminders I’d like to highlight:
Employees are required to wear a mask or face covering that covers their nose and mouth at all times in all public indoor spaces, as well as outdoors when social distancing cannot be consistently maintained. This means that masks/face coverings must be worn in hallways, elevators, stairways, reception areas, restrooms, kitchen/break rooms, etc., even when others are not present. Droplets or aerosolized particles can remain in the air for minutes to hours, so others may be exposed even after you leave that area. Masks are absolutely essential in helping reduce the spread of the virus in these circumstances. The Guidelines for Returning to Work On Campus have more information about where and when face coverings must be worn, what face coverings are acceptable, and proper use and storage of face coverings. Washable cloth masks are available for all employees; if you need one, please let your supervisor know. You’re also welcome to supply your own approved face covering.
Maintain at least six feet of physical distance between yourself and others at all times, whenever practicable. This is true both indoors and outdoors. According to the CDC, appropriate physical distance, especially in combination with mask use, has been shown to be effective in helping prevent virus spread. The College is working on helpful markings and signage to delineate six-foot distances in common areas; in the meantime, a useful rule of thumb is to keep at least two arms’ lengths away from others.
Wash your hands often. Washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is shown to kill the virus on hands. If soap and water are not easily available, there are plenty of hand sanitizer stations across campus (with more on the way). Use them early and often!
Please remember, New York State requires all employees coming to work on campus to fill out a Health Check every day before their arrival. And, if you have not yet, please complete the COVID-19 Compliance Training Module in Blackboard.
These protocols were created based on State and Federal requirements, as well as CDC and Department of Health best practices. They are in place for everyone’s safety and health. As students return to campus, one of the most important things we can do as faculty and staff is to set good, positive examples for our students when it comes to following campus procedures. I appreciate your cooperation!