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Fall Reopening &
COVID-19

Information for Students & Employees

Updates

During the week of  9/13-9/19/2020, we received reports that a total of six members of the Clayton State University community (students, faculty and staff) have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Georgia Department of Public Health has implemented a contact tracing program to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As part of their process, individuals who have been in close proximity with the person who has tested positive will be identified and contacted to self-monitor for symptoms and are asked to stay home for 14 days. 

As we work to implement our plans to return to in-person instruction for fall semester, departments within Clayton State University will be hosting forums over the next few months to share information and address questions from our campus community. Please look out for email invitations and monitor this page for upcoming dates.

Some elements of planning, such as those associated with COVID-19 awareness and safety precautions implemented by Clayton State; as well as reviewing faculty, staff and students' role in containing the spread of COVID-19 are coordinated with state agencies. In the meantime, in accordance with guidance from the University System of Georgia, campus will re-open in a staggered fashion.

The academic calendar has been adjusted. Fall semester courses begin on Saturday, August 8, and final exams will end on Monday, November 23.

Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia (USG) institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet of social distancing is not possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in one's own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.

Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

As we plan for a return to campus, please know that we continue to follow recommendations from the Georgia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University System of Georgia.

Frequently Asked Questions

With the rise in COVID-19 cases in states since reopening has occurred, will it be safe to resume campus activities as usual?  Are you guaranteeing our safety in your plans to return?   

We will be returning to a very different campus than when we left.  Twelve campus groups have been working very hard to put in place safeguards and guidelines for our campus community to use to minimize the spread of COVID 19.

Using the guidelines from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC, we will be asking you to change your usual behavior to include the known strategies to keep us healthy. 

We are asking as you return to campus to BE POSITIVE, Be Prepared, and Be Proactive to keep our campus safe.

To do this, you need to:

  • Monitor your own health for signs of illness. Stay home if sick.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if washing isn't possible. Do this frequently and after any contact where you may have come in contact with the virus.
  • Maintain a minimum of 6-foot distance from others.
  • Avoid large gatherings. .
  • Wear a nose and mouth covering.
  • Follow all the procedures outlined in the approved Return to Campus Plan.
  • Be your brother's keeper! Remind others to follow the guidelines.

Will there be campus-based rapid response teams for tracking, notification, and isolation of infected individuals?

University Health Services, in conjunction with Human Resources, has a plan in place to handle any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. We are working closely with the State Epidemiologist and Clayton CO Health Department to conduct any contact tracing and make recommendations if containment strategies are needed. Facilities has purchased the necessary equipment to perform any required cleaning and disinfecting.

While implementing building control measures, such as physical distancing in all campus classrooms and learning spaces, and promoting greater sanitization, including ensuring surface hygiene, how will we enforce such measures?

There will be shared responsibility for this. All classrooms are being marked for assignable seating and extra chairs and furniture is being moved out. The instructor space in the front of the room will be marked as well. General instructions and guidelines will be sent to students and faculty and we are working on a COVID-19 Information and Guidelines sheet that can be included in all syllabi and posted to D2L. As per the Workplace Health and Safety Plan, faculty and students will be responsible for wiping down your workspace in each classroom when you arrive. Facilities has also developed a schedule for cleaning buildings during the day and each evening.

Will there be fever checkpoints at the entrances to academic buildings?

We are recommending self-monitoring. As a general rule, we will not be conducting temperature and health screenings at the entrances to buildings, however, there may be certain areas where this is necessary such as the Dental Hygiene Clinic, or other places where physical distancing is not possible. A department can require certain screenings with prior approval.

Will staff have disinfectant spray and/or wipes to cleaning high use touchpoints after each use?

Cleaning supplies are being distributed to departments based on their return to campus schedule outlined in the Workplace Health and Safety Plan.

Will the campus place touchless hand sanitizers around campus?

Hand sanitizers dispensers are available for many areas. However, due to shortages of these items, it is not possible to provide every room with its own hand sanitizer dispenser. Each individual should carry their own hand sanitizer with them at all times.

Will seating be reduced in common/study areas?

Seating in common areas in all parts of campus have been or are being changed to conform to physical distancing requirements.
 

A Message from the President



Updated: September 11, 2020