These past several months have presented us not only with challenges, but also with the unique opportunity to reimagine how we work and learn. This “new normal” includes a mix of online and face-to-face course delivery, classroom management and configuration for health and safety, and several operations and protocols across campus. Given the uncertainties related to the current pandemic, our plans will continue to evolve. This will require continued flexibility as we work to ensure your health and safety, as well as academic success.
Click on the tabs below for information including COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions, department contact information and campus procedures.
This global pandemic has interrupted the lives of students, staff, and faculty. We encourage everyone to obtain information from your health care provider and follow any necessary health and safety precautions, including information from the Ohio Department of Health, Toledo-Lucas County, Wood County and Hancock County health departments, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS
- Stay home if you have symptoms of illness and seek professional medical care if needed.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use coughing and sneezing etiquette. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- All employees, students, guests, and vendors will be required to wear a mask at all times. Masks are not required to be worn in private offices when alone. Wash or sanitize hands each time, before and after, touching face or mask. If you are in doubt about whether to put your mask or mask on, please error on the side of safety and caution and put it on.
- If an elevator is needed, only one person should utilize the elevator at a time.
- Food sharing, potlucks, candy bowls, snack bowls, should not be utilized.
- Shared refrigerators, coffee makers, and microwaves must have contact surfaces disinfected and/or wiped down before and after each use. Wash your hands before and after each use. Any congregating around these items must be limited to the greatest extent possible.
- Employees and students must take their temperature at home each day before reporting to campus and also monitor for fever and watch for coughing and trouble breathing (i.e. self-monitor).
- If you are sick or have any (even mild) symptoms such as mild fever, cough, etc. please stay home. If these symptoms worsen please contact your nearest hospital or physician in advance and let them know you are coming with these symptoms.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your immediate area.
- An alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be seen as an extra layer of cleaning and should never be viewed as a replacement to frequent handwashing.
HEALTH AND SAFETY RESOURCES
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Hand Washing >>
- Hand Sanitizer Use >>
- Cloth Face Coverings >>
- Using Personal Protective Equipment >>
- Social Distancing >>
Email us at COVID19@owens.edu.