Kent State’s Safety Principles
Kent State University’s reopening committees continue 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 Safe Eight.
While on Campus: Flashes Safe Eight
1. Always Wear Your Face Covering
Face coverings are required. The university worked to make face coverings available for those who did not have their own. Wearing face coverings is a critical component to the Flashes Safe Eight principles. All who can safely wear face coverings are required to do so. We understand that not everyone is able to wear a face covering, therefore; if you are a university community member, contractor working on campus or a visiting scholar concerned about wearing a face covering, please submit the Pandemic Adjustment Request. Please note: face coverings must be worn outdoors while on campus. They can be removed when alone or with a family member/ household member in a green space area. Your face covering should be with you at all times and available to use should you come into close proximity to others. Face coverings need to be worn when walking in higher density areas including campus and downtown Kent. Even when wearing face coverings, keep outdoor gatherings small. When at an outdoor gathering, still wear a face covering. In addition, face coverings should never be worn by or placed on people who are younger than 2, have difficulty breathing, or are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove them without assistance. When selecting a face covering and verifying best practices for how to wear a face covering, please see this CDC web page. Per the CDC, bandanas are not suitable face coverings as they are too thin and too loose to provide the needed protection.
2. Wash Your Hands Frequently
Community members must rigorously practice 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.
3. Clean and Sanitize
As part of the university’s reopening plan, custodial staff has been systematically cleaning buildings, classrooms and offices. All offices are now cleaned, including carpeting, and ready for use. Please note: If you have work materials or personal items on the surfaces in your office, those areas were not cleaned. You will need to clean those areas yourself before you use them.
Our custodial staff will continue to clean all spaces that are accessible to employees as well as the public. These spaces include but are not limited to waiting rooms, seating areas in corridors, conference rooms and bathrooms. In classrooms, instructors are responsible for cleaning their workspace (e.g., podium, keyboard, camera, table). Supplies will be available at the entrance to each classroom for student use.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to opt out of any custodial staff cleaning. Employees managing 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. The office(s) responsible for the space should post guidelines in or near these shared spaces to ensure that the employees who have access to the spaces understand the expectations for entering and using shared spaces. Some examples of appropriate guidelines include the following:
- one employee in this space at a time;
- do not share food or drink; or
- use the secure print option when printing to the copier.
4. Stay at Least 6 Feet Apart
Physical distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced, requiring individuals to maintain a required amount of space between others, which may vary from 3 feet to 6 feet in different settings.Supervisors will be assessing each workspace and classroom to determine an appropriate plan for physical distancing in each area. This may include the installation of plexiglass or face shields, modifications to traffic flow and/or changes to work schedules. Replace in-person meetings with video or teleconference calls when possible.Supervisors will be assessing each workspace and classroom to determine an appropriate plan for physical distancing in each area. This may include the installation of plexiglass or face shields, modifications to traffic flow and/or changes to work schedules. Replace in-person meetings with video or teleconference calls when possible.
5. Monitor Your Health Every Day
All members of the university community must self-monitor daily for symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include 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 have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Employees showing symptoms of COVID-19 should leave work immediately and seek medical evaluation by calling your primary care physician, DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525 or 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 and will be given additional guidance and instructions.
6. 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 hub for more information.
7. Flashes Take Care of Flashes
As Flashes take care of Flashes, always demonstrate kindness and respect in all that we do.
8. Get Vaccinated!
As vaccines continue to become more readily available, flash your arm and get your shot to be better protected against COVID-19. The university hopes to have everyone in the Kent State community protected against this deadly virus, and vaccines are an essential tool in this prevention strategy.
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. Have you signed the KSU Student Pledge or the Employees On-campus Work Procedures for Fall?
Before returning to campus, students must sign the pledge and employees must acknowledge the return to on-campus work guidelines. You just need to perform this step one time.
Students, log in to FlashLine. There, the pledge will display in a pop-up window upon login. Please read the information and then click “Okay” to complete your KSU Student Pledge. Once you have completed that step, it will no longer appear.
Employees who will be on campus on a regular or infrequent basis should provide acknowledgement using the form accessible on the On Campus Work Procedures for Fall.
3. 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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- 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:
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.
4. Is your cloth face covering ready?
Be sure to bring and wear your university-provided or personal cloth face covering to campus unless you applied for and were approved for a Pandemic Adjustment Request. Don’t leave home without it! Then, be sure to practice the Flashes Safe Eight.
When selecting a face covering and verifying best practices for how to wear a face covering, please see this CDC web page. Per the CDC, bandanas are not suitable face coverings as they are too thin and too loose to provide the needed protection.
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