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Phased Return and Reopening Guidelines
Manhattan College’s approach to a phased reopening is designed to address the unprecedented challenges of living, working and studying in this type of close-contact environment while maintaining social distancing. While we are closely monitoring local, state and federal agency guidelines that have allowed for certain levels of reentry, the College views these as minimum thresholds and plans to continue to limit workforce presence on campus.
Pase 1 began for employees on Monday, August 10. Employees are only permitted to return to work after their supervisor has submitted the department’s staffing plan (provided to department heads by Human Resources). All other employees will be expected to continue to work remotely. If an employee is unsure if they are to report to work on site, they should contact their supervisor.
Only up to 25% of each department’s employees should work on campus at any one time to help with reduced density in office areas and social distancing. Certain departments will be permitted up to 40% of employees on campus at any one time.
All employees must have their COVID-19 test results submitted through the COVID-19 test results reporting site by Monday, September 7, or you cannot be on campus. This applies to employees who have used testing facilities other than the College’s testing partner, Enzo Clinical Labs. If you have been tested on campus by Enzo, once you get an email from the College with a negative result, you are OK to return to campus.
Please read the Manhattan College Reopening Guidelines for more information on returning to work on campus, as well as continuing to manage remote work arrangements. The guidelines outline the safety measures and policies to minimize the exposure and spread of COVID-19. These guidelines are subject to change as state and federal guidelines, and One Manhattan recommendations, evolve.
You are required to sign a form acknowledging that you have read and understand these guidelines, which can be found here.
You must complete the daily symptom tracker via the MC Glance app each day you will be on campus. You can also access the daily symptom tracker on Inside Manhattan in the Quick Links section. There will be individuals stationed at various campus locations checking your symptom tracker before you can enter certain campus spaces.
- The College is conducting mandatory training based on research around the best practices for communicating and maintaining healthy protocols with colleagues and students. All employees and students will receive an email about the training from Everfi and must complete it by August 31.
Mandatory COVID-19 Testing
Employees must be tested in the two-week time period prior to their return to campus.
The College also will deploy routine, randomized and asymptomatic testing of our essential employees and other members of our community to proactively monitor for signs of community spread on campus.
Recommended healthcare providers to obtain testing include the New York City Department of Health, CityMD, or your personal physician. Additionally, while not mandatory, it is recommended that employees consider having the serology test for COVID-19 antibodies.
All employees are required to wear face masks while working on campus. Employees are expected to wear a face covering from the time they enter the campus, arrive at their office space, and whenever leaving their work space to move around common areas (e.g. hallways, stairwells, restrooms, etc.). Employees are required to wear facial coverings while walking on campus, regardless if they are walking alone or outdoors. If an employee is working alone in an office or other work area, the employee is not required to wear their facemask. Faculty must wear a face covering while teaching.
Approved face coverings include, but are not limited to, cloth masks (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, and N-95 respirators. Face shields (without a mask) are not an acceptable face covering. Also, consistent with CDC recommendations, masks with one-way valves or vents are not permitted on campus.
The College has set up a campus-wide procedure for ordering and receiving PPE supplies, including masks for the department and visitors, gloves, and face shields. The department head must make the PPE requests. All requests will be evaluated based on campus-wide need before PPE is distributed. When your PPE order is ready, you will be asked to pick up the supplies at the Business Services office in De La Salle 105. If you are a supervisor or manager, to request PPE supplies for your area, please fill out this form.
Related Policies, Forms & Documents
Though all employees are expected to follow the general policies already indicated, there may be some protocols specific to the needs and responsibilities of faculty, such as:
- Implementing additional teaching strategies and protocols for students who become unwell, exhibit symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to attend class in person but want to attend remotely
- Acquiring familiarity with and apprising students of updated academic integrity protocols for teaching, learning and testing in an online and hybrid environment
- Adhering to updated policies for monitoring and reporting suspected academic misconduct
- Observing limits on and guidelines for research-related and non-essential travel—foreign and domestic—in addition to PPE and other safety measures
- Following sick-leave policies that are similar to those for administrators and staff but subject to guidelines in the Faculty Handbook
- Development by academic chairs of departmental plans for staffing or replacement in the event of instructor illness
Employees may require additional training in the use of relevant technologies (hybrid and remote, administrative and academic) as well as best practices for health and safety. Instruction may be mandatory or offered as needed, as advised by departmental supervisors and staff.
- Mandatory health and safety training is recommended
- Prior to their return, employees will acknowledge having received training and agree in writing to follow guidelines.
- Working with department supervisors, the office of Information Technology Services will outline basic technology skills needed in the new workplace
- Managers will receive training in the supervision of staff in a remote and hybrid work environment
- The office of Human Resources will track and evaluate training
Upon their return, employees will encounter a considerably different office environment. Details may include the following:
- Alternating work weeks, days and staggered schedules with different shifts for on-campus staff
- A certain percentage of employees working in a remote or hybrid capacity to curtail the on-campus population
- Guidelines for remote workers, including availability during office hours, parameters for virtual meetings, check-in protocols and expectations for deliverables
- Regular review and renewal of remote work status
- Faculty who conduct class in person, but hold virtual office hours
- Employees’ self-monitoring their physical and mental health according to CDC guidelines
- Virtual and scheduled appointments to recreate the College’s friendly in-person environment
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