Updated: Aug. 3, 2020 with UNCSA COVID-19 Response Plan for Employees
Phased Return to Campus Information
Before you return to campus, you are required to read our new Return to Campus Handbook, which offers details about how we will approach working in this new environment
as safely as possible. The guide includes health and safety protocols and guidance
for workplace scenarios that have already been shared with you by email and at uncsa.edu/plan. As Chancellor Cole has said, it will take all of us to ensure our community’s health.
The guidelines outlined here and in our Community Health Standards are not suggestions; they are requirements.
Before you return to campus, you are required to complete COVID-19 Return to Campus training on the new protocols we will be following this fall. Employees who are already working
on campus must complete the training by Aug. 7, 2020. Training can be completed on
your own via the online training portal KnowBe4 or through upcoming Zoom sessions
with HR. All staff will receive an invitation from Susan Porter in Human Resources
to complete the COVID-19 Return to Campus training via KnowBe4 later today. If you
do not wish to or aren’t able to access the on-demand training, then you will be required
to contact Deb Carleytosign up for an HR-facilitated Zoom session. (Note: All students will be required to
complete their own training as well before returning to campus).
All staff, students and faculty will be required to complete the Daily COVID-19 Screening Self-Assessment (printable PDF) before attending class or coming to work. As a member of the UNCSA
community, you must commit to daily self-screenings and complete the COVID-19 Daily Assessment Acknowledgment form indicating that you agree to do the screening every day. To help you establish this
as a daily habit, you will receive a daily email reminder that will allow you to confirm
that you’ve completed your screening. You can also print the Daily COVID-19 Screening
Self-Assessmentas a physical reminder to complete the screening. In addition, all staff, students
and faculty will receive a plastic pocket reminder card with screening information.
If a staff member has concerns about returning to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic
that are related to an underlying health condition, the employee may be entitled to
a reasonable accommodation depending on their circumstances. Each request will be
reviewed on a case-by-case basis, as governed by applicable laws and policy. Please
contact Angela Mahoney in HR to learn more about your options.
Any staff member who would like to request a flexible work arrangement from their
direct supervisor should submit the Teleworking Form. Requests not related to a health condition will be considered according to the procedures
in UNCSA Regulation 630 for Flexible Work and Telework.
HR conducted a Zoom session with supervisors at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 24, to review this information and answer questions.
If they have not already done so, department office managers should reach out to Toni Beery to request Return to Campus bags for their departments. The bags contain two cloth
masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, a self-screening reminder card and a printed Return
to Campus Handbook.
Recorded sessions: Note: Access using your UNCSA credentials
We will be continuing our phased return to campus over the coming weeks as we approach
student move in Aug. 9-16 and classes begin Aug. 17. Your supervisor or manager will
contact you about your specific department's return to work. Working from home, full-
and part-time, will be allowed and encouraged based on individual roles and with supervisor
Students will start returning the week Aug. 10.
The Academic Calendar has been revised and posted. Staff, faculty and students will not have Labor Day
off this year. Fall and spring breaks will not occur to accommodate a longer winter
Employees who have been instructed to return to work on campus and have concerns about
doing so due to an underlying health condition may request a flexible work arrangement
from their supervisor. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, as governed
by applicable laws and policy. Contact HR to learn more about these options.
COVID-19 Reponse Plan for Employees
The COVID-19 Response Plan for Employees (enter your UNCSA credentials to access PDF) explains how the UNCSA will respond
if an employee exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 in the workplace, at home and or tests
positive/negative for COVID-19. The goal of this plan is to help protect the health
and safety of the employee and everyone else in the workplace. Effective execution
of the plan requires collaboration, compassion, and attention to details by employees,
supervisors/managers, Human Resources, Facilities, Emergency Operations, and University
leadership. If you have any questions or concerns about this plan, please contact Human Resources.
The State Health Plan is waiving cost of
copay for in-person and virtual PCP visits to screen for COVID-19,
While closed due to COVID-19 Phase 2 North Carolina restrictions, the Fitness Center
will be offering virtual and outdoor classes.
Having a robust wireless connection able to handle the demands of remote classroom
sessions from residence halls is a concern. Our chosen platform, Zoom, performs best
over wired connections as does any online meeting platform. For that reason, we are
currently investigating all of our residence halls' wired connectivity with the intention
of ensuring that we have wired connectivity in place for each of the rooms when possible.
Please keep in mind that in order to take advantage of the wired connections, students
will need an RJ-45 Ethernet port on their device or a dongle that converts USB to
RJ-45, as well as an Ethernet patch cable to utilize the port.
We are working with our vendor and infection prevention specialist to generate a set
of guidelines for safe dining. Self-service will be eliminated and to-go options will
be increased. While the cafeteria, Pickle Jar and the Library Café will be open, we
will be reducing seating, limiting numbers, and using Eisenberg Social Hall and outdoor
spaces as overflow dining areas to allow for social distancing
The CDC does not recommend entry testing of all students, faculty and staff for COVID-19
before allowing them on campus. It is unknown if entry testing at higher education
institutions provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of
the virus beyond what would be expected with implementation of other infection preventive
measures (e.g., social distancing, cloth face covering, hand washing, enhanced cleaning
UNCSA will have testing capability on campus for students only in coordination with
local medical partners.
If UNCSA has a positive case, a campuswide notification will be sent, and contact
tracing will be conducted. In Forsyth County, contact tracing will be led by the County
Health Department with assistance from UNCSA. Forsyth County has hired and trained
additional contact tracers to respond to the pandemic. UNCSA continues to be in direct
contact with Forsyth County health officials and will work with them closely to implement
contact tracing on campus, if necessary.
Students who test positive will be immediately isolated. Students who have come in
close contact with someone who has tested positive, as determined by county health
officials, will be quarantined on campus for 14 days. Single rooms in residence halls
have been reserved for quarantine or isolation. Parents are permitted to take their
COVID-positive student home. Arts and academic departments will work with students
on their absence due to illness.
In Forsyth County, contact tracing will be led by the County Health Department with
assistance from UNCSA. Forsyth County has hired and trained additional contact tracers
to respond to the pandemic.
We expect everyone to uphold our community health standards, whether they are on- or off-campus. Failure to comply with our community health
standards will result in progressive disciplinary actions
Social distancing and occupancy restrictions will be put into place in public restrooms
on campus, and it is required that you wear a mask in public restrooms on campus.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds before leaving restrooms.
For Staff, working from home, full- and part-time, will still be allowed and encouraged
based on individual roles and with supervisor approval. Employees who have been instructed
to return to work onsite and have concerns about doing so due to an underlying health
condition may request a flexible work arrangement from their supervisor. Each request
will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, as governed by applicable laws and policy.
Contact HR to learn more about these options.
Air purifiers or scrubbers are only recommended for use when students have to be unmasked
for arts used with other layered barriers when instruction is taking place that can't
be completed with a mask. It is recommended that employees remained masked in the
office, which would eliminate the need for an air purifier or scrubber.
It is required that employees use a mask or face covering when working in shared office
or cubicle spaces together, particularly when social distancing is not possible.
Departments should not try to install plexiglass partitions themselves. All requests
should be submitted through Facilities Management so they can ensure the plexiglass
is installed in a manner that doesn’t impede airflow, ventilation or egress.
Facilities Management surveyed campus with our infectious disease prevention specialist
and is planning to meet with departments to discuss and install signage for COVID-19
safety reminders, directional flow and social distancing floor and seat markers. If
you need additional signage for your department please review the options available
and submit a maintenance request.
Safety Signage (PDF): Sanitize hands, Enter only, Leave This Seat Empty, Line Starts Here, Online/Phone-In
Order Pickup Here, Maximum Occupancy Feeling Sick? Stop!, Wear a Mask, Social Distance
Deans and faculty are developing innovative performance and production plans that
prioritize the health and safety of our students while reflecting the evolution of
the industry as it faces the effects of COVID-19. More information will be announced.
The Schools of Dance, Design & Production, Filmmaking and Music are reimagining how
our students will collaborate on an alternative performance of "The Nutcracker" that
follows health and safety protocols and provides educational opportunities. We will
share the plans for this production as soon as they are finalized.
We will be adding additional information as it becomes available. If you have a question
not answered above, please ask.