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General COVID-19 FAQ

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.

What am I expected to do 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: Unless fully vaccinated, practice six-foot physical distancing with any face-to-face interaction and generally around campus.
  • Mask/face coverings: Per our Fall 2021 protocols, masks are required if you are with a group of 12 or more inside. Masks are also required in chapel and in classes although faculty can remove their mask while teaching if they can maintain distance from the students. (Students must be masked in class.) 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:

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? (

  • 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? (

  • 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?
Please refer to the Fall 2021 FAQ for more information about masks on campus. 

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.

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?
Employees who develop COVID-19 will need to isolate from others for 10 days after the onset of the first symptom AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms have improved. 

How long do I need to stay home if I have been exposed to COVID-19?
If you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to quarantine if you are exposed to COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated you should quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19. 

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.

How many passengers will be allowed in JBU fleet vehicles?
There are no restrictions regarding capacities for the use of cars, minivans and the 12 passenger van. We are limiting the 15-passenger to no more than 12.  We encourage the use of masks and increased ventilation.

If I have to be away from work because of COVID-19, will I still be paid?
Please speak with your supervisor or HR about your individual situation.