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. In order to notify you of vaccine availability, we are asking faculty and staff to complete this survey as soon as possible: mst.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_77CToJi80NRvTkq.

Vaccine availability is controlled by county, state and federal health officials, who also decide when a particular group will be able to get vaccinated. To learn more about Missouri’s phased approach to vaccination, please visit covidvaccine.mo.gov/.

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. Close contacts of positive individuals must quarantine for 14 days.

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

  • Everyone should take their temperature daily before coming to work.
  • Self-screen daily using the Campus Screen app before going into work for any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19. Check the CDC website or contact your health care provider for the most current information.
  • 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

  • Rigorously 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.
  • Continuously self-screen for the symptoms listed above. 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.
  • Keep meetings to 10 people or fewer and maintain six-foot social distancing. As much as possible, use Zoom or teleconferences for meetings to maintain social distancing.
  • Regularly wash or disinfect hands while at work and after any interaction with other employees, other constituents, or items in the workplace.
  • Maintain office cleanliness through removal of unnecessary personal items and debris to create clean counter spaces and support of cleaning efforts on common surfaces. If additional cleaning is needed, please contact custodial services.

Download a printable Checklist for Employees document.

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.

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.

Additional resources