Working on Campus
The Work Environment
We have learned throughout the spring and summer that as an institution, we have been nimble and adaptable. The cooperation from our community is the single biggest factor in our success thus far, and we anticipate maintaining these high standards as we embark on this next phase of our shared journey. The plan to return to campus is the result of countless hours of deliberation and consultation. The safety for our students, faculty, staff, is at the heart of every decision.
Essential Staff Reporting to Work
Beginning July 6, faculty and staff began to return to campus as scheduled by their divisional vice presidents. Remote work may still be required for employees in specific positions or in order to promote safety within office spaces, as well as potential limited office hours.
Daily health awareness is an important element of preventing the spread of COVID-19. All members of the Saint Mary’s community will receive a daily prompt reminding them to log in and record their health status before reporting to work. If you have a fever or other possible symptoms of COVID-19, you should remain home or in your residence hall. Students workers should contact the Health and Counseling Center for further information.
Saint Mary’s College Community Health Practices
In order to comply with CDC guidelines, employees at Saint Mary’s College are expected to adhere to several basic community health practices. While hand sanitizer will be available at entrances to all academic, administrative, and residential buildings, individuals are responsible for cleaning high use areas prior to their own use of the space/equipment. All members of the Saint Mary’s community must maintain a physical distance of at least six feet whenever possible, and have a face covering that conceals their nose and mouth at all times when in public spaces. These areas include, but are not limited to, common areas, classrooms, laboratories, performance spaces, the library, and when in someone’s office. The face covering shall be worn outdoors when it is not possible to maintain a six-foot distance from others. When in a private office space, members of the Saint Mary’s Community may remove their face covering; however, the face covering must be on hand to be worn if another person enters the private office.
The Employee Workspace
The facilities department has brought Saint Mary’s College buildings into compliance with the OSHA COVID-19 recommendations for ventilation rates in the work environment and by the use of high efficiency air filters. For offices which are subject to frequent interaction with many students, parents, or the general public, and which have sufficient air circulation, Plexiglas or acrylic barriers may be appropriate to protect the employee from the wide variety of individuals visiting the office.
Employees of Residence Life, Student Affairs, and at Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex are required to sign a form, currently in use for student employees of the Health and Counseling Center, which informs student employees of their duty to hold HIPAA protected information confidential. Student employees employed for light cleaning during the day will be trained in appropriate cleaning protocols.Student employees who come in contact with many students because of their jobs will receive training for how to deal with inquiries about HIPAA protected information, emotional self-care to cope with fear of becoming infected, and handling verbal encounters with students who are frightened or hostile about COVID-19.