Kent State’s Safety Principles

Kent State University continues to work for a safe return to our campuses. To ensure an outstanding and safe experience for our students, faculty, staff and visitors, everyone should practice daily symptom checks and the Flashes Safety Principles.

While on Campus: Flashes Safety Principles

1. Get vaccinated!

Beginning with the first summer session, COVID-19 vaccines, including all booster shots, are strongly recommended for our entire Kent State community but are no longer required. Being up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, including having all recommended booster shots, determines quarantine guidelines and can reduce risk of severe disease and hospitalization.

Flash your arm to help protect yourself and your fellow Golden Flashes against COVID-19. Vaccines are the single most effective way to prevent COVID-19. Vaccines are available for any student, faculty or staff member and their spouses, domestic partners and dependents. Call the DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment or use this link to schedule an appointment. Vaccines also are available at many locations throughout the state, and can be scheduled by visiting https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Even if you had COVID-19, it is important to get vaccinated against it, as experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

 

 

2. Wear a face covering

Face coverings are required only for academic courses in classrooms, laboratories and studios, as well as in the DeWeese Health Center, in the Child Development Center and on all PARTA buses on the Kent Campus. Remember, being vaccinated doesn’t mean you can’t contract COVID-19, and face coverings provide an extra layer of protection against the virus.

The CDC recommends that you wear the most protective face covering that you can, that fits well and that you can wear consistently. At this time, Kent State University provides KN95 and medical-grade face coverings for Flashes, which can be picked up at various locations on our campuses.

Please visit Facial Covering and Physical Distancing Guidelines for more information on our face covering requirements including exceptions and how to apply for an accommodation.

 

 

3. Monitor Your Health

All members of the university community should self-monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to work or attend class.

Employees showing symptoms of COVID-19 should leave work immediately and seek medical evaluation by calling your primary care physician, contacting DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525 or visiting your local urgent care center. Students showing COVID-19 symptoms should isolate from others immediately and seek medical evaluation by calling DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525 or calling your primary care physician. Always call ahead before seeking in-person medical help.

Employees and students who are diagnosed with probable or confirmed COVID-19 will be contacted by their local health department or personnel from DeWeese and will be given additional guidance and instructions.

Whether on campus or not, remember to always wear a face covering if you feel sick or have been around others who were sick.

 

 

4. Get tested!

If you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms or you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, stay home and contact the DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525 or your primary care physician to obtain a COVID-19 test. Please click here to review all the available testing options. Stay home and quarantine until you receive your test results from your health care provider.

The CDC and ODH recommend that people who are not up-to-date on their vaccines (vaccinated plus booster when eligible) who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should quarantine for 5 days and be tested on day 5 after their exposure. If the test results are negative, they can leave quarantine but must wear a mask around others for the next 5 days. If at any time you develop symptoms or test positive, stay home and isolate according to the isolation guidelines for a positive test.

If you have a known exposure and you are up to date on your vaccines, you should wear a face covering around others for 10 days after your last exposure. You should test on day 5. If you develop symptoms or have a positive test, you should stay home and isolate according to the isolation guidelines for a positive test.

For positive tests, follow the CDC guidance and isolate for 5 days. Wear a well-fitted face covering if you must be around others, including those in your own home. On day 6 if you are fever-free and your symptoms have gotten better, you can leave isolation but must continue wearing a face covering for the next 5 days.

 

 

5. Wash Your Hands

Practice rigorous hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

 

6. Clean and Sanitize

University custodial staff has been systematically cleaning buildings, classrooms and offices and will continue to clean all spaces that are accessible to employees, students and the public. These spaces include but are not limited to waiting rooms, seating areas in corridors, conference rooms, restrooms and common spaces in residence halls.

In classrooms, instructors are responsible for cleaning their workspace (e.g., podium, keyboard, camera, table). Additionally, all office suites will have cleaning supplies available for employee use. If you work on the Kent Campus and do not want your office cleaned by custodial staff, then contact Todd Burdette at tburdet1@kent.edu to opt out of any custodial staff cleaning.

Employees who manage reception counters will need to clean the counter/high-touch surfaces after each guest. Employees who share spaces that are not accessible to the public (e.g., break rooms, copy rooms, supply rooms) are expected to sanitize contact areas in these spaces after each use. 

 

 

7. Have Questions? Reach out

For health questions about COVID-19 and safe practices, call University Health Services at 330-672-2322, or after hours, contact the Kent State Nurse Line at 330-672-2326. Visit our COVID-19 webpage for more valuable information.

 

 

8. Flashes Take Care of Flashes

Take care of each other as the pandemic lingers. With our words and actions remember to always show kindness and respect toward others.

 

 

Before You Leave Home: Daily Symptom Self-Check

1. Are you coming to campus today?

Will you be on campus today for class, a visit, a campus tour, work or to take advantage of a campus service? If you will be on campus in person, proceed through this checklist before you enter campus.

 

 

2. Conduct daily self-check

Answer YES or NO to each question. If you answer YES to any symptom: Stay home, contact your medical provider and call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.

  • Do you have any symptoms as defined by the CDC?
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Sore throat, congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Within the last 14 days, have you been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been placed in isolation for COVID-19?
  • Have you had a COVID-19 test prescribed by a medical professional because you have recently had symptoms and you are currently waiting for the results?
  • Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?
Select the button that corresponds with your responses to the above symptoms list:
I answered yes to 1+ item above I answered no to all items above

  If you answered YES to any symptom: stay home, contact your medical provider and call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.

 If you answered NO, move to the next step.

3. Remember your face covering!

Face coverings are required only for academic courses in classrooms, laboratories and studios, as well as in the DeWeese Health Center, in the Child Development Center and on all PARTA buses on the Kent Campus. Remember, being vaccinated doesn’t mean you can’t contract COVID-19, and face coverings provide an extra layer of protection against the virus.

The CDC recommends that you wear the most protective face covering that you can, that fits well and that you can wear consistently. At this time, Kent State University provides KN95 and medical-grade face coverings for Flashes. Face coverings can be picked up at various locations on our campuses.

While face covering guidelines are frequently changing, our desire for all Flashes to be considerate of one another never changes. If you encounter a situation where you are asked by someone to wear a face covering, it is our hope that, as a courtesy, anyone would be willing to wear a face covering to alleviate the concerns of those less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings and for the safety of those who for health reasons are not able to wear a face covering.

Please always make certain to carry a face covering with you. This is how Flashes take care of Flashes.

For up-to-date information on facial covering requirements, including exceptions and how to apply for an accommodation, see Facial Covering and Physical Distancing Guidelines

 

 

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