Coronavirus Information Return to Campus

Missouri S&T plans to resume its on-campus residential program in the fall, while continuing to follow the recommended best-health practices to suppress the spread of COVID-19. 

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Stop the spread

Missouri S&T is committed to suppressing the spread of COVID-19. Follow these steps as you return to campus.

  • Check your temperature before coming to campus.
    • If you have a temperature greater than 100˚ F, do not come to campus.
    • If you feel sick but do not have a temperature, do not come to campus.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet, and honor social distancing.
  • Bring a cloth face mask with you to campus.
    • Wear a cloth mask or other face covering that covers the mouth and nose, if you are unable to maintain six-foot social distancing.
    • Cloth masks are recommended in public spaces on campus.
  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Cough into your elbow or tissue. Dispose of tissue and wash your hands.

Download a printable Stop the Spread document.

Supervising employees

Missouri S&T is committed to suppressing the spread of COVID-19 and providing a safe workplace for employees. Supervisors should follow these steps as employees return to campus.

Employee health

  • Everyone should take their temperature before coming to work.
  • One touchless thermometer will be available in each building for employees to check their temperature at work. A list of building thermometer locations will be available soon.
  • 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 the health officer by calling 573-341-4902 or emailing covid@mst.edu. The health officer will advise employees about follow up and when to return to work.
  • Any employee who comes in contact with a person who tests positive or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately call the COVID help line at 573-341-4902.
  • Develop plans 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, 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 mask, if they enter a small office. The person in the office should wear a cloth mask 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.

Signage

The university will assist with signage related to COVID-19. There are several premade signs such as six-foot spacing and door signage available for departments to purchase. Please submit your signage needs to covid@mst.edu.

Employee checklist

Prior to return to campus

  • Pack all Information Technology equipment used to telework, including cables and accessories, to bring back to campus. Take note of the setup of your computer and any other technology in order to be prepared to reinstall computer equipment yourself. IT resources for reinstalling equipment will be limited.
  • Everyone should take their temperature daily before coming to work.
  • Self-screen daily before going into work for any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19. Check the CDC website or contact your healthcare provider for the most current information.
    • Most common symptoms:
      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath
    • Less common symptoms:
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion
      • Headache
      • Chills
      • Muscle and joint pain
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Loss of sense of smell or taste
      • Diarrhea
  • If experiencing any symptoms listed above, DO NOT come to work. Notify your supervisor of the needed absence and email or call the COVID helpline for guidance at covid@mst.edu or 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. If such distancing is not feasible, wear a cloth face covering (over the nose and mouth) for your protection as well as theirs.
  • 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 healthcare provider for further guidance, and email the COVID helpline covid@mst.edu for additional information and when you can return to work.
  • 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.

Well-being

If you are struggling with maintaining your well-being during this crisis, we are here to help you through our health and wellness programs and support services. Visit the Health and Well-being web page to find out which services are right for you at wellbeing.mst.edu.

Repopulation plan

As Missouri S&T moves forward with its plan to hold classes on campus in the fall, many of the staff and faculty who have been working remotely will begin returning to campus in the coming weeks. This return will occur in stages based on a month-by-month plan developed by the university’s Incident Command Team (ICT). Get more details. Download repopulation plan graphic (PDF).

HR Guidance for return to campus

Updates to HR-700, the temporary UM System policies developed in response to COVID-19, provide further guidance for faculty and staff as they begin to return to on-campus work. Read a summary of the policy.