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Information for Employees

COVID Facts, Health Screening, Campus Safety Measures 

Please be familiar with the following information about the coronavirus, and review the safety directives for returning to campus and the June 15 message on Transition & Adaptability Policy and next steps.

Daily Health Self-Screening Form

 

Attestation to Having Reviewed and Understood Transition & Adaptability Policy

What is the Coronavirus and COVID-19?

  • SARS-CORONA VIRUS-2 is the virus that causes the disease known as COVID-19.
  • The outer surface of the virus is covered with “spikes” that attach the virus to human cells causing replication of the virus in the body.
  • The most common site for the virus to enter the body is through the mouth, nose, lungs and eyes.

How does the virus spread from person-to-person?

  • Close contact, defined as being less than 6 feet away from an infected person
  • Respiratory mucus droplets are expelled into the air when an infected person is talking, coughing or sneezing; the droplets can be inhaled into the lungs of non-infected people
  • Touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes after contact with a viral contaminated surface

What are COVID-19 symptoms?

An infected person can transmit the disease 2 days before showing symptoms.

  • Symptoms range from mild to severe illness and can cause death.
  • 35-50% of people infected with the virus do not have symptoms.
  • Symptoms develop 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • Common symptoms: 
    • Fever – greater than 100.4
    • Body aches and chills
    • Dry cough or severe cough
    • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath
    • Fatigue
    • Headache 
    • Sore throat
    • Mental confusion, disorientation or dizziness
    • Loss of sense of smell and taste
    • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

What can I do to prevent the spread of the virus?

  • Practice social distancing by wearing a face mask and maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water or use a 60% alcohol hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes with unclean hands.
  • Sanitize and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that you have touched.

On-Campus Safety Requirements for COVID-19

See the June 15 message on Transition & Adaptability and next steps on returning to campus.

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY ACCESS SCREENING [visit: healthform.webster.edu.]
Faculty, staff and students are required to complete the DAILY health screening PRIOR to coming to the main campus. The screening is completed through the secure Office 365 platform, accessed via healthform.webster.edu.

  • Verification of completed health assessment will be sent to the individual through their Webster University email address noting an approval or a denial to enter campus buildings.
  • If approved to come to campus: Supervisors will have responsibility to review an employee’s verification to be on campus for each day. The email should be kept easily accessible to produce when necessary. Employees are able to travel between campus buildings during this time. However, they must first report to their supervisor(s) to report access screening results before reporting to other areas of campus.
  • If you are directed NOT to report to campus based on self-report: Follow the directions listed in the email received to provide notification to Human Resources/Supervisor(s).
  • DO NOT report to campus if you are feeling ill.
  • If you are not able to complete the health assessment online, you are required to report to Public Safety to complete the health screening and/or receive an access status voucher for the day.
  • All collected access screening information will be deleted at the end of each day.

ENTRY TO MAIN CAMPUS

  • Webster University ID cards are required for building entry, and entry is limited to faculty and staff at this time.
  • Visitors are permitted on campus, by appointment, if they are visiting for a business/operations purpose.
  • Notification to Public Safety (via publicsafety@webster.edu) is required for a campus visitor that includes date, time and purpose of visit.
  • All visitors must report to Public Safety for a health screening. If approved, visitor will receive a physical campus access voucher.

FACE MASKS / FACE COVERINGS

  • Face masks or face coverings are required while in campus buildings and while working in a shared workspace.
  • Face masks or face coverings may be removed if working alone in an enclosed area with the door closed.
  • A face mask or face covering is required in outside areas when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before putting on a mask, removing a mask, or if you touch the mask while it is on your face.
  • If you need to remove and reuse the mask, place it in a plastic or paper bag (not in your purse or backpack), where it will not contaminate other shared surfaces.
  • Employees may wear their own CDC compliant face covering to campus.
  • If employees do not have access to a face covering, a face covering may be acquired from Public Safety.
  • It is recommended that all employees review the CDC guidelines for wearing face masks for information regarding wearing, removing, reusing and washing face coverings.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • All individuals are required to maintain at least a 6-foot (2 meter) social distance from others.
  • Social distancing will be maintained in shared spaces on campus (e.g., elevators, conference rooms, kitchens, copy rooms, restrooms, etc.).
  • High density, shared work areas have been identified and plexiglass dividers are being installed.
  • All meetings are encouraged to take place in an online format.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited per St. Louis County guidelines.

PROTECTING OUR WEBSTER COMMUNITY

  • Practice frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use 60% hand sanitizer after touching shared surfaces and items (e.g., phones, office supplies, copy machine).
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed at every building entry/exit area.
  • Do not share personal items.
  • 4M has implemented deep cleaning protocols throughout the university.
  • Employees are required to sanitize and disinfect surfaces following the use of conference and meeting rooms including tabletops, chairs, and any other frequently touched shared surfaces.

MONITOR YOUR HEALTH

  • Stay at home if you are ill.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, inform your supervisor and Human Resources, and move to an isolated area where you can call your physician for medical advice and direction.

Transition & Adaptability Policy

It is the responsibility of the Webster community to care for one another. On the main campus, Public Safety officers and Facilities staff will be present to support our efforts to keep us safe during this pandemic. It is encouraged that you discuss and develop plans with your department to create shared expectations for each other's health and safety, in addition to the guidelines outlined in the COVID-19 Transition & Adaptability Policy.

See the June 15 message on Transition & Adaptability and next steps on returning to campus.

Remote Work and Working from Home

When the University is under Modified Operations status, to further reduce person-to-person contact during the pandemic, employees who are not already working remotely may do so in consultation with their supervisors. On March 18, the Task Force and President Schuster announced the transition to Modified Operations status. On March 20-21, local governments in St. Louis and Illinois issued public "stay home" orders. Please consult these messages carefully, review the following information and discuss with your supervisor:

Parking Fee Holiday

Effective April 1, all parking fees charged to faculty and staff will be suspended until Webster resumes normal operations.  Payroll will make this update in the next available pay check.  Bi-weekly paid employees who will have parking withheld in their check Friday, April 10, will be reimbursed on their next pay date.  Note: Parking permits do not expire, and there is a fee to replace lost permits. All faculty and staff should retain their permits for use when they return to campus.

Medical Benefits (U.S. Employees enrolled in Benefits Coverage)

Webster offers benefit time to faculty and staff in the event of their own illness or those of their own family members. If any questions on these benefits, contact Human Resources.

In the Event of Closure

Should a work location be compromised due to an outbreak of the virus, employees will be notified and given instructions on any recommended actions. Should a decision be made to close a work location as a result of potential exposure to respiratory viruses, Webster will issue an alert. Any closure will be subject to the University’s closure policy.

Travel

Before traveling on non-Webster business, Webster advises employees to check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Webster requests that employees disclose voluntarily whether they have traveled to locations impacted by the spread COVID-19 — especially including locations subject to a CDC travel warning alert.  Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources and students should contact Student Employment. 

Further, see Webster's Travel Restrictions and Measures hereWhile we have not historically asked any member of our community to register personal travel, we strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to register their personal domestic and international travel. Please provide this information prior to your departure by completing a Travel Registration Form.

Human Resources is available at 314-246-7580 or humanresources@webster.edu. Student Employment is available at 314-968-6992 or studentemployment@webster.edu. 

Webster Human Resources

 

COVID-19 Signage Resources 

The following PDF signage resources have been developed to support COVID-19 health recommendations and to keep Webster well. The signs may be printed on a standard office printer and hung up. Below are the printing specifications:

  • Print from Abobe Acrobat application
  • Paper Size: Letter (8.5 x 11 inches)
  • Orientation: Vertical
  • Scale: 100% (Actual Size)
  • Laminate sign after printing

Social Distancing on Elevators Sign
(Download PDF)

COVID-19 sign


Safety Tips for the Water Fountain Sign
(Download PDF)

COVID-19 sign

Visitors by Appointment Only Sign
(Download PDF)

COVID-19 sign

Wash Your Hands Sign
(Download PDF)

COVID-19 sign

Please Do Not Sit Here Sign
(Download PDF)

COVID-19 sign


Safety Tips Sign

(Download PDF)

COVID-19 sign

COVID-19 Posters

If you'd like to print a poster to display in your department or at your office, we've incorporated the CDC's recommendations in the two versions below. Here are some printing recommendations:

  • Print from Abobe Acrobat
  • Paper Size: Tabloid (11 x 17 inches)
  • Orientation: Vertical
  • Scale: 100% (Actual Size)