Westminster College is committed to supporting the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors as part of the College’s learning and living community. Lawrence County was moved to the “green phase” of the Commonwealth’s Emergency Plan on May 30. The College then announced plans to resume in-person residency and instruction for the fall 2020 academic term.
The following provides highlights of the policies and procedures related to COVID-19.
A phased return to work process will ensure that all offices are open and staffed with the possibility of incorporating remote work, if possible, to increase physical distancing. The process began with the return of essential employees deemed essential for re-opening campus. Each member of the Leadership Team determined when employees in her/his division will return to work on campus, notifying the Director of Human Resources of the plan for each employee.
Before returning to work on campus, all employees are required to complete several COVID-19 training modules. These training modules, which were disseminated via email, cover best practices to prevent the spread of the virus and a variety of resources to help keep the Westminster community safe.
If you did not receive the email containing the links for the required COVID-19 training modules, please contact Human Resources.
Physical distancing and hygiene protocols are central to CDC-recommended mitigation strategies. As such, the following adjustments to standard office policy have been made.
Failure to follow all Physical Distancing and Hygiene Guidelines may result in disciplinary action.
The College is committed to making any necessary changes and adjustments to ensure physical distancing practices can be followed in the work environment. In shared offices or workspaces, the following should be considered:
ALL VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS should self-identify and consult with the Director of Human Resources if they are concerned about returning to work on campus. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.
The CDC has identified individuals with higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as older adults (age 65 years and older) and people who have serious underlying medical conditions, including:
Employees in the above groups should consult the CDC’s extra precautions site and speak with their healthcare provider.
Supervisors or employees should contact Human Resources to discuss instances potentially needing an additional accommodation for someone who has self-identified as being at higher risk for severe illness and unable to work in conditions provided to them.
Employees who have symptoms associated with COVID-19 (i.e., fever, cough or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor, contact their healthcare provider and utilize sick leave to stay home.
Employees with confirmed cases of COVID-19 should follow CDC-recommended steps, should use pandemic leave (and sick leave after pandemic leave ends) and should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
Employees who are well but who have a family member at home sick with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should notify their supervisor, follow CDC-recommended precautions, stay at home and utilize pandemic leave (and sick leave after pandemic leave ends).
Individuals who have been sick with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms who have self-isolated and who have not been tested for COVID-19 by their medical provider should utilize the following criteria in determining when to return to class or work.
If the individual has never tested for COVID-19 but has an alternate diagnosis (e.g., tested positive for influenza), criteria for return to work should be based on that diagnosis.
Employees must NOT report to work if they: