- Health & Safety Plan
Health & Safety Plan
←Return to the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
The university has developed a multifaceted and integrated plan for COVID-19 surveillance, testing and early warning.
Requirements for Returning to Campus
The university's health and safety plan contains five components to safely reopen and operate the campus, with early detection of infectious cases as the key to limit outbreaks.
1. Contact tracing. Any positive diagnostic test result will be communicated immediately to the state health authorities, who will then activate a contact tracing team to identify potential secondary cases to limit the spread of infection.
2. Environmental monitoring. UMD faculty experts are developing opportunities for early detection of impending illnesses by monitoring wastewater, air and high-touch surfaces in campus buildings.
3. Behavioral changes. A campus-wide health information campaign will promotes critical health behaviors:
Wear a face covering at all times indoors and outdoors when other people are nearby.
Stay at least 6 feet from others at all times.
Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
If you are sick, do not report to work or class.
4. Cleaning protocols. All buildings approved for occupancy will be cleaned on a regular basis, including enhanced cleaning of high-traffic areas.
All classrooms used for in-person instruction will be equipped with disinfectant wipes for surfaces such as seats, desks and tables between each class.
Instructors will be asked to allow time for students to sanitize their work area before class and to similarly sanitize their own work area and whatever equipment they plan to use for the class.
Classroom seating will be arranged or marked to indicate safe seating distances.
Hand sanitizer stations will be available in proximity to classrooms.
Classrooms and high-touch areas in buildings will be cleaned and disinfected nightly.
Instructors will be expected to deliver handouts and other types of course material digitally through ELMS-CANVAS to minimize the exchange of papers or any other instruction materials.
Signs will be posted to direct one-way traffic within busy campus buildings and to indicate safe distancing to minimize the likelihood of congestion in hallways, at entrances, restrooms, etc.
Cleaning frequency will be increased in community restrooms and high-touch areas in residence halls such as elevator buttons, water fountains and door handles.
5. Employee flexibility. In general, the university encourages flexibility for employees, including graduate assistants. Departments should consider use of alternative work schedules, such as some on-campus work days and some telework days, use of leave and flexibility with starting and finishing times. University Human Resources has created handbooks for employees and supervisors:
Community Responsibility Pledge (PDF) / 4 Maryland Health Guidelines and Campaign Toolkit
4 Maryland, the university’s campus-wide health information campaign, is designed to promote critical health behaviors that focus on our individual responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe. We can prevent the spread of coronavirus “4 everyone” at UMD.
The campaign materials include multiple posters, floor clings, digital screen graphics, and more to emphasize these messages throughout campus. General materials are provided as English and Spanish bilingual versions.
The first phase of the 4 Maryland health information campaign launched on June 26. Signs were printed and installed in common areas of the occupied buildings campus, such as building entrances and lobbies, restrooms, existing hand sanitizing stations and elevators. In Phase 2, we have expanded the scope of the campaign and have begun to introduce 4 Maryland to the wider campus community. Phase 2 emphasizes more digital displays and social media activation, while also offering more templates for physical signage, including seat markers, table tents, meeting and break area guidance and room occupancy limits. There are a variety of templates available for units with specific messaging or size requirements. For more information read the campus memo
We value input from our campus community. Please fill out our feedback form to share suggestions or report concerns about health and safety on campus.
Students will also be required to be tested after arriving on campus.
The university is offering free campus testing during the weeks of August 17, August 24 and August 31 for all community members. You will be asked to remain home or in your on-campus residence and self-monitor for virus symptoms until you receive a negative test result. Anyone who tests positive will be required to self-isolate at home or in your on-campus residence for 14 days, per CDC guidelines. Please click here to register for this on-campus testing
. Additional details on how to upload your test results prior to coming to campus and on the campus testing will be provided by the University Health Center shortly.
Testing everyone who is physically present on our campus is critical to our understanding of the prevalence of the coronavirus in our community. We fully expect a number of individuals to test positive, and have developed appropriate procedures to initiate early contact identification, and protocols for isolation and quarantine so we can help protect against the further spread of the virus.
DAILY SYMPTOM MONITORING
Daily self-monitoring and reporting of temperature and any onset symptoms will be required of all faculty, staff and students who are on campus. Reporting can be done electronically or by filling out a form, with safeguards for personal data privacy.
All faculty and staff should complete the COVID-19 Employee Screening Checklist
for symptom tracking/monitoring prior to coming to campus every day. Employees will also receive a reminder email each morning with a link to the survey. Individuals with fever and/or symptoms should call the University Health Center Heal Line at 301.405.HEAL (4325). A UHC health care professional will obtain additional information from the individual to determine next steps. These may include clearance to come to campus, COVID-19 testing, isolation, quarantine and/or symptom monitoring.