August 12 MetroSafe Update

Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | Announcements to Employees

Dear colleagues,

As always, our top priorities at Metropolitan State University are protecting the health and safety of our faculty, our staff and our students and supporting our students as they continue their progress towards their educational goals. We have been actively reviewing processes and spaces on campus to provide a safe campus environment for fall semester.

Important information: Before you come to campus

  • Implementation of a new Minnesota State COVID-19 screening tool begins Thursday, August 13. The tool requires all faculty, staff, and students to self-screen every day before coming onto campus
  • Supervisory approval is required for working on campus. Please discuss your work on campus schedule with your supervisor in advance
    • On each day that you are approved for coming to campus for work, forward the email you receive after completing the COVID-19 screening tool to your supervisor, so they know if is safe for you to come to campus
    • If your supervisor is unavailable, please forward it to your supervisor’s supervisor

When you arrive on campus you will be required to display the green-colored response/email you receive upon completion and approval of your screening questions when entering one of the designated campus access points. This may require you to have a smartphone or other electronic device that can display your email or response. If you do not have a device, please print a copy of the approval email to present to staff at a campus access point.

If your answers to the screening questions result in a denial to access campus, no email will be sent and you will instead receive a screen/digital message with a red heading, with guidance on the next steps you should take.

  • Report those results to your supervisor immediately
  • Someone from HR will contact you to ascertain whether the conditions you are experiencing are likely COVID-19 related, and therefore potentially require safety protocols to be implemented.

Further information about the screening tool can be found at www.metrostate.edu/notices/covid-19/screening.

Entry into campus buildings or outdoor events will be at the following access points:

  • Saint Paul Campus
    • Founders Hall door nearest the auditorium, Student Center, and Library (Seventh Street entrance)
  • Midway Center
    • East entrance Security Desk
  • Management Education Center (MEC), Minneapolis
    • Security Desk
  • Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center (LECJEC), Brooklyn Park
    • Security Desk

The university continues to adjust operations to ensure a safe return to campus. Measures include:

  • Substantial use of alternate delivery modes, including online, hybrid, and high-flex for many of our fall semester courses
  • Requiring face coverings for everyone entering any of our facilities, unless a limited, documented exception applies
  • Flexible scheduling of locations for courses and labs to encourage safe movement through campus and limit density
  • Adjustments to classrooms, offices, and public areas to accommodate physical distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health, the CDC, and our state leaders

We look forward to working together to ensure success for our students and the safety of our campus community.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of us,

Deb Gehrke, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Nancy Tindall, Campus Operations Director
Co-Chairs, Facility, Safety, and Employee Return to Campus Planning Team