Campus is waiting for you! Know the policies before you come

If your class has in-seat labs scheduled, be sure you are ready to return to campus. First, be sure you have filled out the online survey through Covid Tracker on your ECPI 2.5 app (OR download the app to your phone at your app store titled “IMS Enterprise”) on the day you are arriving on campus and be sure you are reading the information below so you are aware of the precautions we are making to keep you safe while on campus:

On behalf of ECPI University, I want to welcome you back to campus! Beginning next week, we will be allowing some students to campus to do labs. Some students already have a schedule for labs on-campus. Your faculty members will provide your upcoming lab schedule to you. We want to assure you that while COVID-19 has changed the way we operate, the health and safety of our students and employees remains our highest priority. The University complies with all CDC and OSHA reopening guidelines and federal, state, and local orders and directives regarding the resumption of campus operations. These are the preparations we have made and what you can expect to see upon your return:

• Students and employees, continue to park in your designated area. Students and employees now enter through the front of the building. Students will have their temperature taken when they enter the building. If your temperature is above 100.4, you need to go home and follow the self-quarantine protocol.

• Use the signs in the lobby to help you find your room. Use the arrows on the floor to know the path to take. Use the stairway on the left as you enter to access the second floor.

• Students and employees exit through the back entrance of the campus. You use the stairway by Room 268 and 282 to exit the building from the second floor. This exit takes you into the Morris Field Drive side of the parking area. If you exit the building, you need to return through the front entrance. This flow reduces people contact. Also, make sure you use a six-foot distance between you and the next person.

• We modified our rooms and labs to apply social distancing. Please use the chairs and work areas marked with an X, so you have a safe distance from others.

• Cleaning protocols have been enhanced to include cleaning and disinfecting common areas, restrooms, and high touch surfaces each day. Faculty and students will be required to maintain this cleaning standard by cleaning and disinfecting their work stations, classrooms, and labs before starting and ending work/class each day.

• We have sanitizing stations near all entry/exit points. Please remember to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day. No handshaking or other physical contact, please.

• Wear face coverings/masks in all common areas. If you do not have a face-covering/mask, one will provide one for you. • Signage and floor markings will be visible throughout the campus to remind

everyone of proper preventative measures and social distancing protocols.

• Elevators are to be used only by those with disabilities or a doctor’s note. Only one person can use the elevator at a time.

• Students will complete a confidential health assessment before returning to campus. The link to the confidential health assessment is here. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=b29lUDxGVECfwm9Accbn_HTeWECxlLRFps7Ls-rUUBJUNzNROVlKUFJXUVNYVk1aRzVKSUVaUkRRRi4u Please take a few minutes to complete it now. The information you provide goes directly to Human Resources.

• Common break rooms and vending machines will not be accessible during this initial return period. Please plan your meals accordingly and either bring a non-perishable lunch to college or keep it in a small cooler in your car. The library and breakroom on the ground floor are closed.

As we navigate these uncertain times, it is crucial to have patience and remember we are all in this together. This situation is fluid and subject to change. While we all want to get back to normal, the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students require we observe these new protocols. Lastly, we don’t want anyone returning to class if he or she or a family member are in a high-risk category and are uncomfortable returning at this time. If this is the case, please contact Laura Glading (lglading@ecpi.edu or Victor Riley (vriley@ecpi.edu) 704.399.1010.

About the Author

Laura Glading
CHAR - Campus Director of Academic Affairs