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Gradual Reopening Scheduled - Staff to Return July 20 and Campus Opened to Students and Public August 4

July 10, 2020

Updated University Operational Plan - July 10, 2020

 

As New Brunswick is in the yellow phase of the Provincial Recovery Framework with businesses and activities operating with distancing and other public health measures, we will continue to the next stage of the gradual reopening of campus.

 

All staff will be expected to return to campus beginning Monday, July 20 and we are planning to reopen campus to students and the public two weeks later on Tuesday, August 4. This two-week period will give us the opportunity to ensure that distancing and other public health measures we are implementing will be adequate for a larger number of people on campus. Prior to the August 4 reopening to students and the public, we will share more information about the operation of campus on issues such as food services.

 

(Until campus is open to students and the public on August 4, buildings will remain locked; if you need to access a different building from the one in which your office is located, please make arrangements for an employee to meet you at an entrance. As well, we are presently working on an operational plan for the JB O’Keefe Fitness Centre so that facility will remain closed in the near-term.)

 

This staged reopening is based on our COVID-19 operational plan that has measures to assess and mitigate risks. Since it was issued in late May, we have adjusted the plan to account for changes to the provincial mandatory order. It has also been updated to include public health measures for classroom and other spaces. There are items that faculty in particular will find relevant to classroom space. Administrative unit employees can contact their supervisor if they have questions or concerns regarding the specific operation of their department including any requirement for potential accommodation.

 

It will be very important for us to adhere to these new ways of working in order to keep each other safe. Two of the most important measures relate to wearing non-medical masks and maintaining visitor logs:  

  • Physical distancing of two metres is the most important public health measure.  However, for the many situations where it is not possible to ensure a physical distance of two metres, faculty, staff and students must wear a non-medical mask. This includes hallways and when using washrooms on campus. Employees are also encouraged to wear a mask when walking across campus where physical distancing may be difficult to maintain. 

  • In the unlikely situation that an area/room is to be used in a way where minimal interaction of people within two metres of each other is not possible, the Director of Facilities Management must be contacted so that a visitor/employee log can be utilized and other preventive measures put in place. 

As always, please refrain from coming to campus if you have any of the symptoms listed by the New Brunswick Government FOUND HERE. Please self-isolate and call 811 if you have two or more of the symptoms.   

Updated University Operational Plan - July 10, 2020

If you have any questions, please submit your question to ask@stu.ca 

Thank you.
Lily Fraser 

Vice-President (Finance and Administration)

 

COVID-19 Administrative Operational Plan

May 23, 2020

 

The Government of New Brunswick announced the implementation of the Yellow Phase of the Provincial Recovery Framework on May 22 which involves the reopening of more businesses and activities. St. Thomas University can be open to staff and faculty provided we follow Public Health directives including the requirement to have a COVID-19 operational plan that documents measures to assess and mitigate risk consistent with Public Health guidance and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

 

Beginning Monday, May 25, we are moving away from an “essential services” model to a gradual return to campus for staff and faculty—please note that the campus remains closed to students and the public until further notice, and buildings will remain locked.

 

St. Thomas University Administrative Operational Plan includes a University-wide Administrative Operational Plan, as well as individual plans for each administrative department. The Directors responsible for administrative departments have prepared operational plans based on a gradual return to campus in order to facilitate physical distancing measures. Given the nature of the work and the time of year, the Administrative Plan is a first step in the gradual reopening of campus. It will be followed by an Academic Plan at a later stage.  

 

The information includes:

 

  • What to do to in a situation where an employee tests positive for COVID-19 and may have been in the St. Thomas workplace.

  • Instruction on the personal protective equipment required to protect against COVID-19. This will include the selection, use, washing (if applicable), storage, handling, and limitations of non-medical masks.

  • The supervisors’ responsibilities and the employees’ rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and work-refusal process.

  • The requirement that an employee who has been outside New Brunswick must self-isolate for 14 days after their entry to New Brunswick, and, if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 during that period, must remain self-isolated until they meet the clearance criteria set by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

  • Additional guidelines and processes established by Public Health applicable to COVID-19.

  • Mental health support is available to all STU employees through our Employee and Family Assistance Program.  

For situations where it is not possible to ensure a physical distance of two meters, employees must wear a non-medical mask. This includes but may not be limited to hallways in ECH, GMH, DDH, and HCH, and when using public washrooms on campus. As a precaution, employees are encouraged to wear a mask when walking across campus or moving around inside a building as they may unexpectedly encounter others (for example, such as when exiting a meeting room or office).  If an area/room is planned to be used in a way where minimal interaction of people within two metres of each other is not possible, the Director of Facilities Management must be contacted so that a visitor and employee log can be implemented.

 

Additional Resources

Questions

 

If you have a question regarding the Administrative Operational Plan or the policies, procedures and guidelines related to COVID-19, please submit your question to ask@stu.ca 

 

Lily Fraser

Vice-President (Finance and Administration)