Faculty/Staff Spring 2021 FAQ

How are people expected to move through the buildings to avoid close contact and congestion?
Inside buildings, occupants should always keep to their right as they move through hallways, stairwells, and entrances. Whenever feasible, everyone should maintain a distance of 6 feet from others while moving throughout buildings.

How do we manage multiple students coming into the classroom at one time? What about when class lets out?
When students arrive, guide them to fill back row seats first and other seats gradually toward the front of class. When class is done, attempt to dismiss occupants by row, starting with the front of class. Ask students to maintain a 6-foot distance while exiting.

Who cleans the classrooms? Are students expected to clean their own areas?
Building Services will clean rooms between classes to disinfect all room surfaces. Hand sanitizer and wipes are available in the classrooms for anyone wanting to do additional spot cleaning of their areas.

From whom do I get cleaning supplies? How do we restock them?
John Horne, building services manager, is coordinating with academic departments to continually provide supplies for classrooms and other areas.

What is being done to improve air circulation? Should I open my windows?
Facilities Services added air-cleaning bipolar ionization systems on many building mechanical systems. Where feasible, all adjustable air handler units are set to use 100% outside air to prevent recirculation of air within the building. All air filters have been changed to MERV 13-rated filters, which are effective for trapping COVID-19 particles. When weather conditions allow, please increase fresh outdoor air by opening windows and doors.

If a student or faculty member in an in-person or hybrid class tests positive for COVID-19, does the entire class need to quarantine? How would the faculty member and class members be notified?
Generally, the whole class would not need to quarantine if one student tests positive for COVID-19 within that class. Whole-class quarantines typically are employed in situations where educators/para-educators/aides have to be in close proximity to students, and social distancing is not possible.

Contact tracing is used to determine close contacts of the person who tests positive for COVID-19—which may include those who sat closest to the person in class or who interacted with them directly—and those close contacts may need to quarantine. 

What should faculty or staff members do if they learn a student is not following the university's COVID-19 testing protocols?
Students must comply with COVID-19 testing protocols, which include completing the daily health screening through myPugetSound and testing twice a week. If a student appears not to be adhering to these protocols, first, please inquire as to why and/or remind them to do so. Note that anyone who has tested positive in the last 90 days is asked not to test.

If a faculty member reviews daily health screening and testing participation data for their students that show a student is not complying with testing protocols, what should they do?
If a student is repeatedly not complying with daily health screenings and COVID-19 testing requirements, the student may not participate in class. If checking in with the student and/or reminding them of the testing requirements does not encourage compliance, please notify the Office of Rights and Responsibilities.

Whom can reach out to for any other questions I have?
Please contact our COVID-19 supervisors, Bryan Necessary and Kerstyn Dolack, with any other questions, including anything related to unique classroom configurations or specific types of teaching, e.g., labs.

Bryan Necessary
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 253.879.3933

Kerstyn Dolack
Manager of Occupational Safety
Phone: 253.879.2778