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Creating a Safe Working Environment

Following Health Authority Guidelines

A-State is following the guidelines as established by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Implementing a phased return to work approach, which is in line with the governor’s directive for state employees.
  • Employees are receiving appropriate PPE training upon return to work.
  • Issuing one (1) washable cloth face covering to all students, staff and faculty, and the use of face coverings is required while on campus.
  • Requiring all employees to complete a daily self-check upon arrival to work. This information is monitored by the health liaison for the Emergency Operations Plan. If an individual responds yes to any question, they must leave work immediately and will obtain guidance from the health liaison.
  • Implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols across campus.
  • Evaluating public spaces and offices to create a safe work environment prior to the return of all students, staff and faculty.
  • In accordance with state guidelines, the university has installed signage on all exterior doors and installed other communications to encourage all visitors and members of our community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing good hygiene, social distancing and and the use of face coverings is required while on campus.

Phases

Arkansas State University’s Return to Learn will follow a three-phase approach guided by the State of Arkansas. No employee should return to campus until they are notified by the appropriate department head and only after approval by the EOC representative in Human Resources.

Phase 1

  • Critical Personnel Only, the following return to campus.
  • Individuals who are necessary to be on-campus to perform critical functions associated with university operations whose tasks cannot be completed remotely.

Phase 2 (Currently underway)

  • Individuals who are critical and those who are working remotely, with the exception of those identified as high risk and who have sought a reasonable accommodation.
  • All employees who are sick shall stay home.
  • Employees must complete a self-check health questionnaire immediately upon arriving to the work location. An employee who does not pass any screening protocol will not be permitted to work on-site.
  • Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 shall immediately contact the Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Director will report this information to the Arkansas Department of Health Outbreak Response Team immediately.
  • All employees are required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth.
  • When indoors, maintain a physical distance of at least six feet between individuals.
  • No in-person meetings of more than 50 people.

Phase 3

  • Returns all faculty and staff including those who were previously granted a reasonable accommodation.
  • All employees who are sick shall stay home.
  • Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 shall immediately contact the Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Director will report this information to the Arkansas Department of Health Outbreak Response Team immediately.
  • All employees are encouraged to wear a face mask or face covering at work that completely covers their nose and mouth if they are within six feet of other individuals.
  • No restriction on meetings.
  • No public health restrictions on travel.

Plan version issued: June 25, 2020