August 26, 2020
Medgar Evers College Reopening Plan: Fall 2020
As the 2020–21 academic year begins, Medgar Evers College has published its Reopening Plan. The plan protects the health and safety of our campus community members and ensures that the College complies with all federal, state, and local regulations. You may read the plan in its entirety here.
Key safety measures from the plan include:
- All academic courses will be offered online, with the exception of nursing clinical labs;
- Most online classes will meet in an asynchronous format. Math courses, as well as certain science labs, will meet in a synchronous format;
- Campus buildings will be open only to essential employees, researchers, and students attending in-person labs;
- Signage and markings throughout campus buildings will indicate appropriate social distance as well as reminders for mask use, hand hygiene, and symptoms of the coronavirus; and
- Facilities will be regularly cleaned and disinfected according to stringent protocols;
- Anyone who arrives on campus will be required to undergo a temperature check, wear a mask or face covering, maintain social distance, and practice regular hand hygiene.
Faculty, students, and staff members who plan to come to any CUNY campus or office for any reason or length of time are required to download the Everbridge Health Screening mobile app. Prior to entering a campus or building, s/he must use the app to take the Wellness Check Survey, which asks five short questions.
This Symptom Checker can be accessed from your mobile telephone each day before you visit a CUNY building. After a brief, one-time setup of the Everbridge app, the daily Symptom Checker takes less than two minutes to complete. It is an important reminder to consider whether you have symptoms of – or have been exposed to someone with – COVID-19 before you enter a CUNY facility. The Symptom Checker results in either a green token (approved to come in) or a red token (not approved to come in), and you will be required to show your results to the screener at your CUNY location upon entry. Those not cleared to enter will be given additional guidance on what they should do next.
Per the directive issued by New York State, all faculty and staff members are required to complete the New York State COVID- 19 Response: Return to Work Training before returning to campus. The 12-minute training video, which is housed on Blackboard, provides valuable information about mandatory safety protocols. To access the course log into Blackboard using your CUNYfirst credentials. (Enter Medgar Evers College in the Organization Search field.)
This is required of all employees returning to work according to the Reopening Plan as well as employees deemed essential already working onsite. It must be completed before an employee is cleared work onsite. Note that completion of this training does not grant permission to enter campus buildings or facilities.
One-Time Access to Campus
All faculty and staff members are required to request one-time access to campus. (This applies to faculty and staff members who do not already have regular, onsite work schedules that have been approved by their supervisors.)
Please email your department head or chairperson/provost with your request. Be sure to include the following information:
- Entry date and time;
- Departure time;
- Campus Building entrance and location;
- Reason for access.
You must receive written approval from Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Jacqueline Clark before you can enter any campus building, leased space, or facility.
- Employees should maintain a social distance of six feet apart from others at all times;
- Staggered or alternate work schedules (two days in person, three days remote work); vulnerable employees should continue working remotely;
- Rearrange workstations to maintain physical distance to eliminate contact with others, e.g., handshakes, embraces;
- Employees should avoid touching surfaces touched by others to the extent feasible;
- Employees should avoid being in proximity to anyone who appears to be ill or who is coughing or sneezing. If an employee exhibits any such symptoms, he or she should refrain from coming back to work. See more below, under “Health Self-Screening.”
- Individuals are experiencing (even mild) symptoms of a respiratory infection or other COVID-19-related symptoms;
- Employees who experience these symptoms should immediately contact their physicians and use their allotted sick leave to self-quarantine;
- Individuals must not return to campus until they are symptom-free for at least 72 hours;
- Individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days;
- Individuals have had known contact with any person(s) suspected of having, under investigation for, or who has a confirmed active case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
- Only approved and scheduled individuals will be allowed to access the buildings. All researchers working in labs with chemicals must hold a valid C-14 certification while building occupancy is limited;
- Non-touch forehead thermometers will be available on campus to check an individual’s temperature;
- Entry into Academic Building 1 (AB1) must be through the Bedford Avenue (East Entrance) and not the Parking Lot (West Entrance). Individuals must show the public safety officer confirmation of the daily health screening questionnaire on their telephones or complete the screening on-site;
- Individuals will be required to provide details of any significant contact with others while on campus daily;
- Should anyone develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, test positive, or come in contact with someone suspected of having or confirmed with COVID-19, he or she should email Mohamed Bangura at email@example.com.
- The College will contact state and local health officials regarding any positive case.
- Complete the health self-screening questionnaire beforehand on your telephone or when you arrive on campus. This questionnaire must be completed every time you arrive on campus. If you answer “yes” to any question, you will not be allowed on campus and sent home. If this occurs, notify Human Resources and your supervisor immediately.
- You must take the mandatory Return to Work Training on Blackboard. Completing this training does not allow you to come to work. You must have the permission of your supervisor and the senior vice president of finance and administration.
- Wear a mask or face covering for entry into all buildings.
- Your temperature will be taken before entering any building. If your temperature is equal to or higher than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed on campus and sent home. If this occurs, notify Human Resources and your supervisor immediately.
- Social distance of six feet from each other will be required at all times, unless essential for laboratory safety and only with the use of additional personal protective equipment (PPE);
- The College will put in place other protective measures, including physical barriers such as clear glass dividers (sneeze guards) between high traffic areas;
- Occupancy limits have been established by phase at the building level to comply with state guidelines. Restrictions include all personnel, contractors, and visitors. During phase 2, occupancy will be limited to 20%, and this will increase after two weeks of steady or improving health metrics to 50% for phase 3. CUNY and New York State will determine the timing of further occupancy above 50% for phases 4 and 5;
- Occupancy limits have also been defined for specific types of locations in each building, such as open-plan, shared lab, and office spaces; enclosed lab and office spaces; and common areas (e.g., elevators, restrooms, conference rooms). Signs are posted throughout the buildings as a reminder of these limits and detail appropriate traffic patterns in corridors and stairwells to further limit interactions;
- Principal Investigators/Faculty Researchers (PIs/FRs) have established flexible and staggered work schedules for their students and staff to limit foot traffic on campus and potential exposure;
- Supervisors should limit individuals on campus by requiring only one person to be on-site if he or she can accomplish a task;
- While there are occupancy limits, remote working should continue unless on-site work is necessary;
- Meetings and events will be conducted virtually until further notice.
- Personnel must review the proper way to put on, take off, clean, and discard required PPE (masks or face coverings). More information can be found here;
- Masks or face coverings must be worn inside all buildings at all times, except in closed-door private offices and for as little time as possible while eating, drinking, or changing masks;
- Suitable mask types include cloth, dust, and surgical unless work requires more extensive PPE (e.g., N95, face shield);
- Face shields are not considered an alternative to masks or face coverings, but may provide additional protection if work requires individuals to be within six feet of each other for any period. Masks and face coverings must be worn in addition to a face shield;
- Disposable masks will be provided if an individual needs one while on campus;
- Disposable masks worn inside laboratory spaces should be disposed of at the end of the day. Cloth masks should be washed daily;
- Disposable gloves are available throughout the buildings.
- Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is strongly encouraged to reduce contact transmission, that is, before and after touching shared objects unless clean gloves are worn;
- Hand sanitizer will continue to be available throughout the buildings and in conference rooms. This will be available in addition to handwashing stations in each restroom;
- Personnel is required to clean surfaces, workstations, and personal devices several times throughout the day or shift, and at a minimum at the beginning and end of the day or shift;
- High-touch surfaces, such as elevator buttons and door handles, common areas, and restrooms, will be cleaned regularly by MEC custodial staff, according to requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health;
- No sharing of food or beverages is allowed;
- In the case of a confirmed COVID-19 case of an individual who has been in a MEC building, Facilities Management will coordinate cleaning and disinfecting, including the areas accessed by the individual and high traffic, common areas.