All campuses should adopt operational plans that address the following:
Cleaning and Disinfection
- Cleaning: Pursuant to the CDC, cleaning with products containing soap or detergent reduces germs on surfaces by removing contaminants and may also weaken or damage some of the virus particles, which decreases risk of infection from surfaces. When no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are known to have been in a space, cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove viruses that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy facility.
- Each campus shall conduct routine cleaning, as recommended by the CDC, especially for frequently touched shared surfaces (e.g., door handles, elevator buttons, faucets, paper towel dispensers) or heavily utilized areas on campus at least daily.
- Disinfection: Pursuant to the CDC, disinfecting (using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s List) kills any remaining germs that cause disease on surfaces, which further reduces any risk of spreading infection.
- The most recent CDC, OSHA or State guidance should be consulted.
- All university contractors should ensure proper sanitation procedures.
- Campuses shall monitor and maintain air conditioning units in accordance with normal operating protocols.
- In facilities where air conditioning is not utilized, campuses shall develop a protocol to increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors, except where doing so poses a safety or health risk (e.g., risk of falling, triggering asthma symptoms) to those using the facility or if it would compromise research.
- Wherever practical, campuses may consider modifying occupied indoor spaces to provide appropriate spacing, including dining facilities, classrooms and other instructional facilities:
- Consider turning desks to face in the same direction (rather than facing each other), or have seats arranged on only one side of tables.
- Configure rooms to allow at least a 6-foot buffer between the instructor/presenter and the first row of students and consider using unoccupied seating/tables to provide a physical buffer. An alternative is to place a plexiglass or clear plastic barrier between the podium and the main classroom.
- There will be situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Each campus is responsible for evaluating such instances on a case-by-case basis and determining whether a classroom or office activity should continue with appropriate alternatives to physical distancing.