Precautions for Health and Safety
The Mount is taking the following precautions to keep our employees healthy and safe:
- The college is adhering to established social distancing practices. Wherever possible, employees are required to remain at least six feet apart, and meetings should continue to be held virtually if possible.
- Faculty and staff are required to wear a cloth facial covering (mask) when in the presence of others.
- The Mount is implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfection techniques for offices and other high-traffic common areas. Employees are responsible for cleaning high-touch areas like keyboards throughout the day. Disinfecting wipes are provided wherever possible.
Cloth Facial Coverings (Masks)
Face masks, or face coverings, are defined as cloths that cover the face and nose at the same time. This does not include plastic or other kinds of face shields.
The Mount has provided two cloth facial coverings for every staff member and every full-time faculty member.
Employees returning to work must conduct an online health-screening questionnaire each day before coming to campus. (Paper forms will be supplied to employees who do not have computer access.) In order to report to work, employees must be free of any of the following symptoms related to COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, runny nose, headache, sore throat, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell. Sick employees must NOT report to work. The questionnaire can be found here.
In order to maintain appropriate social distancing, phased staffing of office personnel will be required. Supervisors must stagger shifts, alternate days, or institute schedules that reduce the number of people in each office. Mount Saint Mary College will communicate information as the state eases restrictions on the size of gatherings and social distancing.
Professors should utilize their plans for moving forward with online classes beginning immediately. Please inform students of any changes to class schedules or activities as soon as possible. Coordinate with your deans and chairs. Faculty who want to continue to utilize classroom spaces for labs or online/virtual teaching may continue to do so.
Accommodations for Individuals at High Risk
Individuals such as people who are 65 years of age or older and people with certain medical conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Employees with such conditions, or those who live with anyone in high-risk categories, should speak with their direct supervisor about accommodations to mitigate risk. Supervisors must submit all requests for accommodations to the HR Office.
COVID-19 Exposure and Quarantine
Employees who have been exposed to, or tested positive for COVID-19, are required to self-quarantine until cleared to return to work by a physician. Employees subjected to a mandatory quarantine will receive up to 14 days of sick time in addition to their authorized allotment. Employees must inform Human Resources if they test positive for COVID-19.