How Employees Safely Return to Campus
As Arkansas Tech University prepares for the return of employees to campus, please allow us to share some important safety information as well as procedural changes for the 2020-21 academic year.
FOLLOW Employee Daily Health Screening Procedures
- Before you arrive to campus every day, please complete the employee health screening
instructions. If you answer yes to any of the questions:
- Please stay home
- Call your supervisor to report your absence
- Call the ATU Health and Wellness Center for further instructions and guidance
The questionnaire will ask yes/no questions. After completion of the health screening you will receive an email which gives you clearance to come to work or asking you to stay home and contact your supervisor and the Health and Wellness Center for further direction. Your supervisor will also receive an email confirming that you have completed the screening and whether or not you are cleared for work.
Checking Your Temperature
One of the questions on the health screening requires a temperature check. All employees are encouraged to have a thermometer at home. A forehead or temporal are the easiest to use and are readily available. If you do not have access to a thermometer at home, there will be several locations on campus available to you for temperature checks.
What To Do If You Answer "Yes" on the Questionnaire
Again, if you answer yes to any of the questions on the health screening, stay home and do not come to campus. Notify your supervisor and the ATU Health and Wellness Center at 479-968-0329 both as soon as possible to get further instructions.
- If you work a shift not occurring during normal business hours of 8 to 5, have a discussion
with your supervisor in advance regarding how you will handle notification if you
need to stay home due to illness.
- All employees should be familiar with how your department will handle notifying your
supervisor of illness before resuming working on campus. You may notify the ATU Health
and Wellness Center during the clinic’s normal hours, M-F, 8:00 to 5:00 or the next
business day during those hours.
- ATU does not want anyone to come to campus if they are ill. Also, if you seek care off campus and are suspected of a possible COVID-19 infection, are being tested for COVID-19, or have been exposed to known positive case of COVID-19, notify the ATU Health and Wellness Center immediately so we may begin contact tracing to protect our campus community.
Supervisors of departments will be responsible for making sure employee health screenings are done by employees each day. Each employee coming to campus will be required to do a screening each workday prior to starting work. In the event an employee does not have internet access to do the screening at home, there will be certain locations in each department where employees may do the screening. This is not the preferred method and we encourage everyone to work on having home access to OneTech to do the screening if possible.
- All employees are required to wear a mask during times on campus.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds covering all
surfaces of your hand. Hand washing should be performed:
- after you have been in a public place
- after using the restroom
- before eating
- after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
- anytime hands are visibly soiled
- After touching frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and counters
- Hand sanitizer for personal use will be valuable in preventing the spread of COVID-19 while on campus. ATU is increasing the amount of hand sanitizer available to employees so please use frequently.
- Disinfectant wipes and disinfectant sprays are recommended to clean surfaces throughout
the day that may be contaminated.
- Classrooms should be disinfected between classes and work areas should be cleaned
throughout the day, especially shared resources such as phones.
- Increased cleaning protocols will be in place in public areas and classrooms, as well as for objects that are easily contaminated and high touch surfaces, such as doorknobs and light switches. Detailed information about cleaning protocols can be found at www.atu.edu/facilities
- When possible, please continue to conduct meetings virtually. If meetings are conducted in person, social distancing guidelines should be followed.
- Finally, you will also notice new signs throughout campus buildings providing instructions and reminders. Please take note and read this important information. Follow traffic flow signs and directions to allow for social distancing measures.
Keeping Campus Safe
This won’t always be easy. We will need to be patient as this will be a constantly changing process and we are still getting used to these changes and transitions. We need to continuously remind ourselves of the importance of following social distancing guidelines and what the repercussions could be if we don’t. Staying informed with current recommendations will be one of the most important things we can do.
It is going to take each and every one of us to keep our campus safe and healthy. If you have any questions, concerns, or need more information, don’t hesitate to call the ATU Health and Wellness Center at 479-968-0329. We encourage you to be engaged and be involved in the well-being of your campus community.