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August 26, 2020: MetroSafe Update

Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

Welcome back to campus for fall semester! We know this summer has been busy and challenging as we all adapt to the changes and impact of COVID-19. The university administration and staff have been working hard this summer to prepare campus and our facilities to provide a safe and clean environment. We are excited to welcome you back, whether in a remote environment or in person. Please continue to monitor our website for the latest information on COVID-19.

Face coverings

We are all doing the best we can to work and learn during this pandemic, and we understand that wearing face coverings is new to most people. Each of us is dealing with the discomfort they cause. As a reminder:

  • Face coverings are required on campus, in classrooms, hallways and common spaces, and anywhere physical distancing cannot be maintained. Exemptions are for very young children under the age of five years and individuals who have a medical condition that prevents wearing one.
  • Face coverings are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Face coverings prevent your germs from infecting others—Wearing is Caring.
  • Cloth face coverings should be laundered frequently.
  • Face coverings need to cover your mouth and nose when worn properly.

Visitors and contractors will also need to comply with wearing face coverings while doing work on campus. University information and procedures regarding face coverings, self-assessment, and physical distancing should be managed through the visitor’s or vendor’s contacts at the university. Face coverings are required in all buildings and confined spaces or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Physical Distancing

Please observe physical distancing when on campus, in offices, classrooms and common spaces such as the library and student center. Floor decals are being used around campus to remind us to space six feet apart from others.

Furniture Spacing

Furniture has been adjusted in classrooms, the library, student center and other common spaces on campus to promote safety and provide distancing. Please leave furniture in place and help us keep everyone safe.

Health Screening

A health assessment screening is required to be completed by all students, employees and visitors each day they plan to visit a Metropolitan State University campus or location. This includes the Saint Paul Campus, Midway Center, Minneapolis (MEC), Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center (LECJEC), and the Dental Clinic in Maplewood. The self-screening assessment is required at all university sponsored events held at other venues.

The self-screening assessment should be completed prior to your arrival at campus. This will assist in quicker entry into campus. The assessment can be accessed at the Metropolitan State website and completed on a mobile device or computer. All students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors, and vendors should complete the self-screening assessment before they arrive each day on campus. If you are clear to come to a Metropolitan State campus or location that day, you will receive an email message with a green screen. Individuals completing the health screening at home on a computer should print out their results and bring that verification to a campus access point. You will be required to show either the green email on your mobile device or the printed verification.

Campus Access Points

Saint Paul Campus

The following access locations will be used at the Saint Paul Campus: Founders Hall (center courtyard entrance near the auditorium), Library and Learning Center (Seventh Street entrance only), and the Student Center. Note: effective Monday, Aug. 31, the library access point will be changed from the Seventh Street entrance to the parking lot entrance.

Check the COVID-19 website for building hours as they vary at the access points. All individuals entering the campus access points will be asked to show verification of clearance to enter campus from the health screening tool to Metropolitan State staff or contracted security personnel.

Midway, 1450 Energy Park Drive

Employees should use the East Entrance at the 1450 Energy Park Drive location. A health screening site is located near the Security Desk. Students at the Midway location will have health screening verification checked either by security or the classroom by Metropolitan State staff.

Minneapolis (MEC)

The health screening verification for employees and students will occur at the Security desk inside the first-floor entryway.

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center (LECJEC)

The health screening verification for employees and students at LECJEC will be completed at the front entrance.

Dental Clinic

The health screening verification for students at the Dental Clinic will be checked by staff or faculty on site. Employees need to email their supervisor before coming into work the message showing a successful health screening was completed for the dental clinic.