July 1, 2020
Phase One of Return to Campus in Progress
We are pleased to report that Bowie State University has successfully transitioned into Phase One of our Fall 2020 Return to Campus Plan, with a small pilot group reporting for on-site work in limited or alternating schedules.
Here is additional information about the latest developments:
New Phase One Details & Protocols
Beginning Monday, June 29, 139 individuals were authorized to begin scheduled days on campus. The group includes employees who have maintained essential services for the past several months, selected faculty and student researchers, Cabinet members and their support staff, and staff in the procurement, controller’s and athletics offices. These individuals will pilot our planned protocols for daily self-screening and reporting of any COVID-19-related symptoms or exposure. The screening includes temperature checks and an online symptom-reporting form for daily tracking.
Our housekeeping teams will also refine daily office sanitizing protocols for the occupied spaces during this phase. Maintaining a safe working and learning environment will require consistent, coordinated efforts by every member of the campus community.
At this time, only employees who have been identified by their supervisor and received Phase One authorization notices should report to work on campus. This will enable us to monitor the number of persons on campus and test the effectiveness of protocols for maintaining safety measures. Additional groups will be approved for return later in July in coordination with supervisors. If you need to be on campus for a short period, such as to pick up something, you should sign in at the Public Safety offices in Robinson Hall or McKeldin Gym to stay on campus no longer than 15 minutes. Only approved Phase One employees should be on campus longer than 15 minutes, the timeframe that the CDC has identified as the threshold for potential transmission of the virus.
Additional Planning for Student Return
Planning for the return of students is continuing in many areas of the university. Information about housing assignments will be sent to students beginning today. The Academic Affairs team is also working hard to complete course scheduling soon. Seven additional subgroups of faculty have been established under the Academic Instruction, Support & Co-Curricular Experiences Workgroup to assure robust planning for various aspects of the academic experience. Faculty received initial information this week about training opportunities to enhance their preparation for online instruction.
Town Hall Meetings & Communication Updates
To help keep you informed of the return to campus planning process and implementation status, we will resume weekly update messages every Wednesday. A series of town hall meetings is being planned for next week to provide opportunities for faculty, staff and students to ask questions and get more information. Please look for the announcements soon.
You can always find the latest information on the COVID-19 Updates web section. Throughout this period of planning for the fall, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.
Thank you for your cooperation and supportive Bulldog spirit.