Kent State’s Safety Principles
Kent State University’s reopening committees continue to work for a safe return to our campuses. We plan to resume residential living in August. To ensure an outstanding and safe experience for our students, faculty, staff and visitors, everyone should practice daily symptom checks and the Flashes Safe Seven.
While on Campus: Flashes Safe Seven
1. Always Wear Your Face Covering
Face coverings are required. The university is working to make face coverings available for those who do not have their own. Wearing face coverings is a critical component to the Flashes Safe Seven principles. All who can safely wear face coverings are required to do so. Those who have severe asthma or breathing issues, hearing aids, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder or claustrophobia may not be able to wear face coverings. 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. If you are a university community member, contractor working on campus or a visiting scholar concerned about wearing a face covering, please submit the accommodation request form for Fall 2020.
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
All employees will be required to clean and sanitize their workspaces and common spaces throughout the day, between shifts and at the close of each day. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones and keyboards. Faculty will only be required to clean/sanitize the instructor’s area (podium, keyboard, table, etc.) in the classroom before each class. Classrooms will be cleaned on an enhanced schedule.
4. Stay at Least 6 Feet Apart
Physical distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced, requiring individuals to maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others. 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 330-672-2326 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 330-672-2326 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 330-672-2326, 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.
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 Return to On-campus Work Guidelines for Employees?
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 can provide acknowledgement using the form accessible on the Return to On-campus Work Guidelines web page.
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 an accommodation. Don’t leave home without it! Then, be sure to practice the Flashes Safe Seven.
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