Coronavirus Information Employee Resources

Feeling sick? Do not come to campus.

If you are feeling ill or have a fever, stay home and contact your health care provider and then your supervisor to report your absence from work. See below for the latest information or visit our FAQ page.

Vaccinations

Missouri S&T is committed to helping employees stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. One important tool for suppressing the spread of the coronavirus is the COVID-19 vaccine.  Please view the vaccinations tab in order to find the latest new on where you can receive a vaccine locally.

COVID-19 testing

Missouri S&T Student Health Services (SHS) can help employees who would like COVID-19 testing due to illness or other reasons.  Please email covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902 for more information.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, please email covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902 for more information. SHS will work with you to ensure you have all the resources you need. SHS is partnering with the Phelps County Health Department on contact tracing and reporting, and this effort includes university employees. Student Health’s goal is to help keep you and those around you safe and make sure you can safely return to work.

Close contact with a person who tests positive

A close contact is a person who has had contact of 15 minutes or more within six feet of a person who tested positive for the virus.

If you believe you are a close contact, please call SHS for advice. If you are identified as a close contact, student health will work with you to keep you and the people around you safe.

Employee checklist

Before coming to campus

  • DO NOT come to campus if any of the following are true:
    • If you have any of the following symptoms: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
    • If you are isolating or quarantining because you tested positive for COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19.
    • If you are not fully vaccinated (meaning you have received the second dose of all 2-dose vaccines) and have been in close physical contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has any of the symptoms listed above or tested positive for COVID-19.
    • You are currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • You can also use the Campus Screen app before going into work to check symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • If experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, DO NOT come to work. Notify your supervisor of the needed absence and contact your health care provider.
  • If you are being tested for COVID-19 or presumed positive but not tested, or come in close contact with a person who tests positive, a person who is being tested, or a person who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, please report to COVID@mst.edu or call the COVID-19 hotline at 573-341-4902.

While at work

  • Practice hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Maintain at least six feet of separation from other individuals.
  • Wear a cloth face covering (over the nose and mouth) to protect yourself and others.
  • Each building is equipped with a touchless thermometer to check your temperature. If you begin to show symptoms, notify your supervisor and leave work immediately. Limit contact with other individuals. Contact your health care provider for further guidance.
Supervising employees

Employee health

  • Everyone should take their temperature before coming to work.
  • One touchless thermometer is available in each building for employees to check their temperature at work. A list of building thermometer locations is here.
  • If an employee is sick or has fever, they should not come to work. Follow your sick leave policies, and direct the employee to contact their health care provider.
  • Any employee who is tested for COVID-19 or presumed positive but not tested, or comes in contact with a person who tests positive, is being tested, or a person who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 should call the COVID help line at 573-341-4902 or email covid@mst.edu.
  • Know your plan to cover employee duties if an employee is sick or needs to work from home temporarily. For example, develop a plan to cover classes for a teaching assistant asked to stay home for several days after exposure to a coronavirus case.
  • Be prepared to be flexible with sick time, and consider how you might shift duties if various employees were absent.
  • As employees self-identify as high risk for complications related to COVID-19, be sensitive to their needs, arrange work duties appropriately, and refer to human resources if additional accommodations are needed.
  • Employees traveling together for work should use separate vehicles to maintain social distancing. If that is not possible, all people in the vehicle should wear a cloth face covering. No one with symptoms of illness should share the vehicle.

Workplace social distancing

  • Assess your work location. Consider possible adjustments or reconfigurations needed to comply with social distancing. Arrange work areas and common areas to comply with the current physical distancing recommendation of six feet.
  • Develop a system to track everyone who comes into the workspace for contact tracing. The information collected should include date and time, name, phone number, and address or department.
  • In-person meetings are discouraged. If an in-person meeting is necessary, maintain a six-foot separation, and advise attendees to wear cloth face coverings.
  • For spaces where it will not be possible to socially distance, such as small offices, come up with a plan.
    • Consider if interactions can take place on the phone or a virtual platform.
    • Consider asking people to wear a cloth face covering, if they enter a small office. The person in the office should wear a cloth face covering as well.
    • If you would like someone to review your plan or your space, please fill out the S&T COVID-19 Request Form.
    • If you are concerned about an infection control issue, please email covid@mst.edu.
  • As you determine your needs for your workspace, keep the following information in mind:
    • The university will provide hand sanitizer stations in general areas, some building signage, one touchless thermometer per building and some workstation cleaning supplies. Supervisors may request these items through the S&T COVID-19 Request Form.
    • Employees are asked to bring their own cloth face coverings to campus and single-unit hand sanitizers for their personal use. Employees are welcome to bring a thermometer for personal use and wipes to clean their workstations.
    • Break rooms, lunchrooms and gathering areas are closed for social gathering. These areas may be used for food and drink preparation and consumption one person at a time or with six-foot distancing. These areas should be cleaned after each use.

Download the Supervising Employees document.

Download COVID-19 Associated Leave Policies, Protocols and Resources.

Events and gatherings

Missouri S&T’s COVID-19 safety guidelines allow for small events and gatherings on campus. Meetings and gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 individuals, and all participants maintain a physical distance of six feet or more and wear appropriate facial coverings as much as possible during the event. In keeping with best practices during the pandemic, you should plan to hold virtual events for groups larger than 10.

Exceptions

Students, faculty and staff may host events for larger groups but only if approved in advance. To request an exemption from the current COVID-19 guidelines for your event, please complete this form at least two weeks before the date of your event with a description of the event; the time, date and location of the event; and the estimated number of people in attendance. Due to the changing nature of COVID-19, forms will not be reviewed until 30 days prior to the event.

While completing the form, please also provide information about the following safety precautions:

  • Hand sanitizer and additional facial coverings are available
  • Individuals are wearing appropriate facial coverings
  • Proper social distancing is practiced (minimum of six feet between individuals)
  • Campus Screen App is used for entry
  • Temperature screening is performed on entry
  • There is an accurate roster of attendees for potential contact tracing

The university anticipates that the majority of events for the semester will be limited in scope and number of attendees, so please plan your events accordingly.

Visiting scholars

Visiting scholars and their sponsors should follow these steps when coming to campus. Visiting scholars are defined as any short- or long-term research scholar such as post-doc research fellows, research associates, and student interns. Each visiting scholar will have a faculty or department sponsor who is responsible for ensuring the steps in this visiting scholar process are followed.

Visiting Scholar Process

  1. All visiting scholars must complete the first page of the Visiting Scholar Request Form and provide contact information for themselves and anyone else who may be traveling with them.
  2. This form must be sent to the sponsoring department for review and approval. If approved, Student Health Services will give specific guidance to the scholar and anyone traveling with them.
  3. Visiting scholars must be prepared to self- quarantine for up to 14 days before beginning work on campus. This form must be sent to the sponsoring department for review and approval. If approved, Student Health Services will give specific guidance to the scholar and anyone traveling with them.
  4. At this time, visitors to campus are discouraged. Anyone traveling with the scholar who wishes to visit campus MUST be pre-approved under the campus Visitor Process.
  5. If a visiting scholar or anyone residing with them becomes ill, please email covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902.

Sponsor Responsibilities

  • As a visiting scholar sponsor, you need to know from where your scholar is traveling and assist them in travel arrangements and accommodations for up to a 14 day self-quarantine with guidance from Student Health Services per CDC recommendations.
  • Visiting scholars must complete the Visiting Scholar Request Form, return it to the faculty sponsor for completion of page 2, which then must be submitted to the department chair or director for approval.
  • Once approved, the sponsoring department must email the form to covid@mst.edu at anytime, but no later than 30 days prior to the scholar’s planned arrival to Rolla. The scholar will be given more detailed guidance from Student Health Services, per CDC recommendations.
  • You will be asked to provide your visiting scholar with the information in the Stop the Spread document.
  • If a visiting scholar or anyone residing with them becomes ill, please email covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902.
  • If you have additional COVID-19-related questions, please direct them to covid@mst.edu.

Download the Visiting Scholars Guidelinesand the Visiting Scholar Request Form. Find additional information on university and personal travel in the Travel Guidance section.

Daily practices for employees


Use the Campus Screen app before you go to campus

If you fail your screening, do not come to campus. Notify your supervisor regarding your absence from work and contact your health care provider for guidance.

Download Campus Screen on Google Play

Wear a face covering

Wear a cloth face covering (over the nose and mouth) to protect yourself and others. For more information, read recommendations from the CDC on face coverings.

Take your temperature before coming to work

There will be a touchless thermometer in every building, but they are not intended for daily temperature taking. They are for use during the day, if needed.

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