Information for Faculty & Staff
MD COVID Alert
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If you are not aware, educational institutions are included in Phase 1B of Maryland’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. This vaccination will be an important element of our risk mitigation strategies to maintain a safe campus, and to aid in our return to a residential environment later this year. As such, we are encouraging all faculty and staff to receive an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccination as they are eligible and able. All employees should consult with their healthcare physician to discuss their personal circumstances and to address any questions about the vaccination.
This vaccination is being deployed to the community in two different ways: 1) eligibility based on occupation, and 2) eligibility based on age and/or health status.
1. Access to the Vaccine through Goucher College
Goucher College has completed the pre-registration process with the Baltimore County Health Department for the COVID-19 vaccination. The Baltimore County Health Department (BCHD) website states that in accordance with the State of Maryland’s vaccination plan, the BCHD is currently in Phase 1B. Once the College receives approval, employees will be notified and provided specific directions on how to register for the vaccination.
2. Access to the Vaccine as a private citizen
Employees over a certain age or with a qualifying pre-existing health condition placing them at a higher risk may be individually eligible to receive the vaccine earlier than able based on their College status. Employees enrolled with Kaiser Permanente (KP) will receive a direct email or phone call from KP, as eligible, to schedule a time to receive the vaccine. Currently, vaccination is available at the South Baltimore County Medical Center; alternate locations can be discussed with KP upon notification. KP member outreach is dependent upon vaccine availability. Employees not enrolled in KP, or who wish to obtain their vaccination from an alternate location may be able to receive the vaccination through the department in their county of residence (click the appropriate link below for additional information from health departments in surrounding counties), or by registering to receive the vaccine through the State’s website.
Anne Arundel County: https://aahealth.org/covid19/
Baltimore City: https://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/
Baltimore County: https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/covid-19/index.html
Carroll County: https://cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19-vaccination/
Frederick County: https://health.frederickcountymd.gov/614/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19
Harford County: https://harfordcountyhealth.com/the-covid-19-vaccine-information/
Howard County: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health
Montgomery County: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/
We will continue to share information and updates as they become available.
Working Safely On-Campus
Preparing to Return
- Bring all Goucher College technology and equipment with you when you return to campus.
- Let your manager know if you have concerns or are unable to return in accordance with the timeline established. Your manager will work with you and HR to discuss any available alternatives (e.g., use of vacation or sick leave, voluntary furlough leave, telecommuting, FMLA, ADA).
- Possible reasons for inability to return include:
- Higher risk of infection based on CDC guidelines (you do not need to disclose specifics with your manager)
- Recent exposure to someone testing positive for COVID-19
- Displaying symptoms related to or testing positive for COVID-19
- Childcare issues related to COVID-19 school/childcare closure for children under the age of eight
- Practice physical distancing: stay six feet apart from others.
- When able, avoid walk-in visitors and request appointments.
- When able, meet virtually to include employees working remotely and for physical distancing.
- Face-to-face meetings are strongly discouraged, and when necessary, must be limited to no more than 10 attendees.
- Practice good hand hygiene and wear face coverings when in public spaces.
- Regularly clean personal office and shared workspaces.
- Be aware of and follow campus and office/program expectations as outlined in various communications and signage.
- For more information, review HR's guide to Working Safely On-campus for Employees and Managers (PDF).
- Regarding Phases 1-4, consider your area’s workspace, workflow, and priorities. Which jobs need to return first and which can continue to be performed remotely? What options exist for staggered attendance?
- Contact employees to discuss return to campus plans and any concerns they may have.
- Contact HR to discuss employee alternative work arrangement (e.g., telework, alternate schedule) or leave requests, as well as any work continuity plans or concerns for your office or program.
- Develop a plan and schedule for which jobs will return on-campus and when.
- Communicate the plan and expectations with employees.
COVID-19 Testing Plan
Facilities Cleaning Plan
- Faculty, staff, and students will help clean spaces across campus.
- 300+ cleaning kits are being assembled and distributed to classrooms, offices, and common areas. Each kit will include paper towels, disinfectant, and cleaning instructions for proper use of the products.
Whenever possible, Environmental Services staff contact with faculty, staff, and students will be minimized by asking employees to empty trash receptacles to a central location and then schedule a weekly cleaning of low-touch areas on campus.
- Environmental Services staff will enhance and increase cleaning efforts in high-touch areas across campus by providing cleanings multiple times per day.
- Environmental Services staff will help monitor cleaning supplies across campus to ensure all areas remain fully stocked.
Policies & Procedures