Safe Return to Campus FALL 2020 EDUCATION AND training for the msu denver COMMUNITY


Who will be on campus this semester?

For fall, MSU Denver adopted a mixed approach to classes to safely accommodate some in-person courses while also significantly bolstering our online offerings. On-campus classes were identified by in-person components required to meet Student Learning Objectives. A controlled number of employees have also been approved for campus access to support necessary activities.

The following information will summarize knowledge, skills, support and shared community practices necessary to protect yourself and others in preventing the spread of the virus that transmits COVID-19.

Below, you’ll find a link to a helpful educational document with detail on:

• Coronavirus and COVID-19

• What is required before and throughout every school day and workday on campus

• What to do if you’re exposed or get sick, or a close contact tests positive for COVID-19

• Links to additional information and resources for staying safe

Here’s a summary of what you’ll find in the document.

Summary: Section 1

Coronavirus describes a group of similarly shaped viruses that infect birds and mammals, including humans:

• Novel coronavirus describes a strain of the virus not previously identified in humans.

• A novel coronavirus was observed emerging in humans in late 2019; the disease it caused was called COVID-19 as a short way of saying “a coronavirus disease first identified in 2019.”

We review what doctors and scientists have learned about disease transmission since the virus was first identified late last year.

• We list health conditions that bring greater danger of developing a serious, even fatal, case of COVID-19 if infected. We suggest additional support available for students and employees who have specific concerns about COVID-19.

Summary: Section 2

MSU Denver students and employees are asked to limit their time on campus as much as possible. When on campus, we are required to follow seven practices to help keep the MSU Denver community safe. The document linked below gives additional detail on each of these:

1) Perform a daily health assessment before coming to campus. If you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 that are listed in the document, stay home. If you are sick, stay home.

2) Wear a mask or face shield.

3) Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet.

4) Follow all posted signage inside and outside buildings.

5) Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.

6) Disinfect your workspace upon arrival and departure.

7) Keep updated with MSU Denver’s Safe Return to Campus webpage.

Summary: Section 3

In the training document, we share three situations you may find yourself in and describe specific actions you can take in each:

• You notice you have symptoms associated with COVID-19.

• You learn you’ve been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

• You test positive for COVID-19 even if you have no symptoms or don’t know how you were exposed.

We describe testing resources available to Roadrunners and recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Summary: Section 4

In the training document, we provide a list of websites that can help you protect yourself and others, and resources for requesting assistance:

• Information about ADA accommodations or FMLA leave.

• COVID-19 testing sites.

• Self-isolation, self-quarantine and self-care information.

• Practical suggestions for living in pandemic conditions.