The College will support faculty and staff by creating the safest, healthiest possible campus environment. As detailed previously in the plan, the College will proceed with enhanced cleaning of campus facilities, including academic and administrative buildings, with a focus on common areas and high contact locations. Faculty and staff will be provided cloth facemasks. Physical distancing and other CDC guidelines will be practiced on campus.
The College will provide guidance to those faculty and staff with special circumstances regarding possible remote-work plans and flexible schedules.
Despite the best precautionary measures, risk of workplace exposure to communicable diseases does exist. Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to come to campus until they have cleared a 10-day isolation period from the date of exposure. If symptomatic, the employee will need to isolate for a period of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and may not return to work until meeting 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. (Note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.)
Please refer to the following CDC details regarding quarantining:
Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must immediately alert their dean/supervisor and the Office of Human Resources (email | 863.680.5079).
The College is committed to supporting faculty and staff who test positive for, or are exposed to, COVID-19. These procedures outline the College’s response should a faculty or staff member contract COVID-19.
Faculty and staff who become symptomatic for COVID-19, or who believe that they have been exposed to someone who may be positive, must take a COVID-19 test and quarantine if the test is positive.
Faculty and staff must immediately alert their dean/supervisor and the Office of Human Resources (email | 863.680.5079). This is considered a possible self-quarantine situation.
Faculty and staff must immediately alert their dean/supervisor and the Office of Human Resources (email | 863.680.5079). Although this is considered a possible self-quarantine situation, faculty and staff may be permitted to continue working, as long as they remain symptom-free and take additional precautions to protect themselves and others.
Employees in this situation that are allowed to continue working must monitor their health by doing at-home self-checks for COVID-19 symptoms and must wear a face mask at all times for 14 days after last exposure or until confirmation is received that the person they were in close contact with is not positive for COVID-19.
Contact your dean/supervisor, as faculty and staff members who are ill should not come to work. Those exhibiting symptoms will be sent home and subject to the process outlined above. Deans/supervisors must notify the Office of Human Resources if anyone is sent home sick or calls in sick when related to COVID-19.
To help limit the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and ensure the safety of our community, the College has partnered with Rapid-Trace, a local firm aiding businesses and institutions with contact tracing following positive COVID-19 tests.
Rapid-Trace contact tracers work for the College and will notify you in the event you have had close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
With Rapid-Trace, we will be able to identify and inform people who have contracted the virus and those in contact with confirmed cases, so they can take the necessary steps to prevent further spread. Please cooperate with our contact tracing efforts and Rapid-Trace personnel.
Faculty and staff who become infected with COVID-19 should contact their immediate supervisor, Human Resources at HR@flsouthern.edu, the Rapid-Trace self-report line at 813.699.3551, or email email@example.com. Rapid-Trace and Florida Southern College are committed to keeping our community members safe and offering support in the event of a positive case or close contact. After business hours, please notify Rapid-Trace using the self-report line at 813.699.3551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: January 13, 2021