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August 18, 2020: MetroSafe Update

Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | Announcements to Employees

Dear Colleagues,

Metropolitan State University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff, and members of our campus community. To ensure that, we have developed a Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic utilizing guidance offered in Emergency Executive Order 20-40, Allowing Workers in Certain Non-Critical Sectors to Return to Safe Workplaces, April 23, 2020. We are all responsible for implementing this plan.

Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan

Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our campus(es) and that requires full cooperation among students, faculty, staff and members of our campus community. Only through a cooperative effort, can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our campuses. Campus leaders, supervisors, employees, and students are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this plan. Metropolitan State University leaders and supervisors have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy. We are serious about safety and health and keeping our student and employees safe. The full plan can be found online here.

Screening Tool

One major portion of the plan is the safe, limited use of campus facilities this fall. In aid of that, implementation of a new Minnesota State COVID-19 screening tool went into effect Thursday, August 13. The tool requires all faculty, staff, and students to self-screen every day before coming onto campus. Taking the self-screening tool survey in advance will reduce time spent at access points upon arrival. Face coverings are required while in the buildings. More details on Metropolitan State’s face covering mandate can be found on the website.

As the fall semester start approaches, remember: remaining aware of these details and following all of our campus entry protocols, in accordance with Center for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, is the best way to keep yourself and the university community #MetroSafe.

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