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John Brown University will rely on public health information from reliable state and national government sources such as the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and from state and national educational organizations such as Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), the American College Health Association (ACHA), and the National Association Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to implement safety measures necessary to protect students and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Should I continue to work remotely if my work can effectively be completed at home?
To reduce the risks of transmitting the virus between employees, we are trying to maintain no more than 50% workforce density on campus at any time.  We encourage you to continue working remotely as much as possible, while continuing to effectively complete your work duties.

What am I expected to do when I return to campus to reduce the spread of the virus?

  • Self-screenings: a self-evaluation screening should be taken before coming to work. (If symptoms are suspected, stay home and call your supervisor and Human Resources.) Symptoms of COVID-19 include: cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; chills; muscle pain; headache; sore throat; loss of taste or smell; diarrhea; temperature greater than 100 degrees (temperature should be taken every day before coming to work.) 
  • Sickness: if you feel sick, do not come to work but call to inform your supervisor and Human Resources. If you become sick while at work, inform your supervisor and go home immediately. The supervisor should contact HR, and they will contact the employee about the process to return to work.
  • Hand-washing and other protocols: wash or sanitize hands upon entering the building, and on a frequent basis throughout the day; use appropriate cleaning and disinfection protocols, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • Physical distancing: limit face-to-face interaction as much as possible, and practice six-foot physical distancing with any face-to-face interaction and generally around campus.
  • Mask/face coverings: Employees are to wear face coverings/mask inside buildings; however, no face covering/mask is required to be worn in an employee’s personal workspace so long as no other person is within six-feet of that workspace and that workspace has a closed door. For employees whose workspaces are within six-feet of other people, don’t have a door, or are in in public areas, JBU Facilities Services will work with you and your vice president to determine if your workspace can be relocated in a way that will enable you not to wear a face covering/mask at your workspace. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, face coverings should be close-fitting, and the CDC provides guidance on effectively designed masks at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Do I need to take my own temperature and if so, how frequently?
Your temperature should be taken daily before you come to work, and if it is greater than 100 degrees you should not come to work.

What should I do if I feel sick?
If you feel sick, do not come to work and inform your supervisor. If you become sick while at work, inform your supervisor and go home immediately. The supervisor should contact HR, and they will contact the employee about the process to return to work.   

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)

  • Fever or chills (temperature greater than 100 degrees)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What conditions are considered at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19? (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html)

  • Age 65 or older
  • Live in nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Immunocompromised
    • Cancer treatments
    • Smoking
    • Bone marrow or organ transplantation
    • Immune deficiencies
    • Poorly controlled HIV or AIDS
    • Prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  • Severe obesity (body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher)
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • Liver disease

Do I need to wear a mask when I am on campus?
Employees are to wear face coverings/mask inside buildings; however, no face covering/mask is required to be worn in an employee’s personal workspace so long as no other person is within six-feet of that workspace and that workspace has a closed door. For employees whose workspaces are within six-feet of other people, don’t have a door, or are in public areas, JBU Facilities Services will work with you and your vice president to determine if your workspace can be relocated in a way that will enable you not to wear a face covering/mask at your workspace. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, face coverings should be close-fitting, and the CDC provides guidance on effectively designed masks at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Do I have to wear a mask when outdoors on campus? 
A mask should be worn outdoors if there is exposure to non-household members and there is not enough space to practice physical distancing of six (6) feet or more.

What physical distancing precautions do I need to take?
You should limit face-to-face interaction as much as possible, and practice six-foot physical distancing with any face-to-face interaction and generally around campus. Electronic video meetings are preferred rather than in person meetings.

Are employees allowed to bring children to campus? 
Because JBU desires to reduce virus transmission involving guests, employees should avoid allowing children to accompany the employee to work during the pandemic. If an employee finds it impossible to comply with this request, please contact HR to request a limited exemption.  Although JBU will assess if a reasonable accommodation can be made, JBU reserves the right to deny the requested exception.

Will I need to attend meetings on campus?
You should limit face-to-face interaction as much as possible, and practice six-foot physical distancing with any face-to-face interaction and generally around campus. Electronic video meetings are preferred rather than in person meetings.

Will the coffee area and break rooms be available in my building?
Coffee areas and break rooms are closed until further notice. 

Will faculty and staff be able to eat in the dining hall this year?
Initially eating in the dining hall will be available to students only.  Faculty and staff will be able to order to go meals which can be ordered online ahead of time and paid for online.  Once we get through the initial few weeks of serving students in the new format, we may be able to open up in person dining services to faculty and staff.

Will JBU provide cleaning supplies for sanitizing my work areas?
Employees working on campus are required to sanitize their work areas on a daily basis at a minimum. Employees are also required to sanitize common areas and restrooms (sink faucets, soap dispensers, etc.) after use. Disinfect each shared technological device after each use. This includes but is not limited to copy machines, printers and fax machines. This is the responsibility of the employee that uses the device. Disinfectant spray and paper towels will be available in each building and restroom, and may be requested from the facilities team.

If I am diagnosed with COVID-19, who do I need to contact at JBU?
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact your supervisor and Human Resources.  Your identity will be protected as much as possible throughout the contact tracing and notification process.

How long do I need to stay home if I have tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19?
At this time, we understand that the Arkansas Department of Health would be responsible for contact tracing and quarantine (exposure to COVID-19) and isolation (positive test for COVID-19) procedures. JBU would cooperate fully with ADH, and would ask anyone who has been exposed, to quarantine for fourteen days even if you have a negative test, or have been released by the ADH. For current ADH guidelines please see the pdf found here.

What happens if I choose not to follow the guidance as outlined in this FAQ document?
JBU, as your employer, is requiring that you cooperate with these policies and procedures.  We anticipate that you will cooperate as gracefully as possible with JBU faculty, staff and students when the inevitable conflicts emerge over these expectations and the best ways to respond to the pandemic. As with any other policies and procedures, if these are not followed, they will be handled on a case by case basis, and we will work with the employee to understand their situation.  If after working through an evaluation process and considering reasonable alternatives, and there is still not cooperation with the employee, further action will be taken.  This can include employee disciplinary actions, up to and including termination.

Will I be required to take the vaccine once there is one in place for the United States?
Vaccinations for the flu and COVID-19 will be strongly encouraged but will not be required.

Now that students will not be off for the Labor Day holiday, will that holiday be available for staff and faculty?
Labor Day will not be recognized as a holiday at JBU for 2020, however, we will be adding an additional day to the Thanksgiving holiday in place of Labor Day.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 25, 2020, will be considered a holiday for JBU employees.

Am I allowed to travel for business or personally?
JBU business travel is generally discouraged at this time and requires pre-approval from your VP. For personal travel, we are asking employees to use good discretion, particularly if they are traveling in parts of the country with ongoing and significant transmission. If you have traveled internationally, please quarantine at home for 14 days once you return home, per current CDC guidance. If you think that you have been exposed during your travels, please notify your supervisor and self-quarantine for 14-days.

How many passengers will be allowed in JBU fleet vehicles?
To maintain physical distancing, the following occupancy rates will apply to JBU fleet vehicles and masks must be worn inside the vehicles.
Cars: 2 people (Driver plus one in backseat, passenger side)
Minivan: 3 (Driver plus one in middle and back row – stagger sides)
12 passenger van: 5 (Driver, one in 2nd and 3rd row, 2 in back row)
15 passenger van: 6 (Driver, one to two in rows, staggered)

If I have to be away from work because of COVID-19, will I still be paid?
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been required to quarantine by the ADH, or if you have traveled for personal reasons and need to self-isolate after your travel, you may use time from your vacation, personal, or sick leave balances.  If your leave balances will not cover the duration of your time needed, please contact Human Resources.  If you are able to work from home and complete your work tasks, you do not need to use leave time.