Distancing and Hygiene Protocols
Our plans to restart Adelphi prioritize the safety of our students, faculty, and staff while remaining committed to our academic mission.
Social distancing and protective hygiene measures are critical to this success. We will continue to follow our state and health official guidance, including considerations provided by the CDC.
We recognize that these changes will require difficult but necessary adjustments in personal behavior and responsibility. Requirements at all Adelphi locations to wear masks indoors and in close-quarters will help reduce viral transmissions drastically. Combined with social distancing, thorough disinfecting and cleaning procedures, HVAC improvements, and other planned measures, we will ensure our community practices social responsibility for the greater good.
Please adhere to the following personal safety practices.
Personal Safety Practices
Students, faculty, and staff are expected to do the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially prior to eating. Hand sanitizer should be used if soap and water are not readily available.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands – including your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people and do not shake hands.
- Maintain at least six feet of social distancing from other community members. Be mindful of social distancing in small spaces including elevators, hallways, stairwells, and restrooms.
- Wear a protective face mask or covering when in public, indoors, or in close-quarters.
- Cover all coughs and sneezes, preferably with a tissue that can be discarded in a closed container after use. In absence of a tissue, use your sleeve or elbow.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects including buttons, door handles, counters, workstations, keyboards, etc.
- Limit attendance at any necessary gatherings and abide by state regulations. Video conferencing and conference calls are encouraged in place of in person meetings.
Note: All necessary, approved visitors to campus will be expected to follow these guidelines.
For community members who are sick, the following is expected:
- Stay home.
- If you have a fever, remain home for at least 24 hours until your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen.
- Keep sick household members away from others. If you have a separate room, that is best. Similar procedures and guidelines will be provided for residential students living on campus.
- Avoid sharing personal items.
- Anyone at high risk for complications or identifying as a member of a vulnerable population should speak with a designated Adelphi official.
Guidance for Face Masks and Coverings
Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all individuals on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, reception areas, hallways, lobbies, etc.). Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing or proper handwashing.
Face masks do not have to be worn in private workspaces including offices and cubicles that are separated by walls or by a minimum of six feet from adjacent workspaces. If you have a medical condition that prohibits you from wearing a face mask or covering, please inform your manager and provide a note from your health care provider.
Disposable masks will be provided by Adelphi, free of charge if needed. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.
You may also wear a cloth face covering, which will help Adelphi reduce the need to purchase additional masks, which are in short supply. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the classroom and workplace. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before use again. Having a week’s supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.
Use and Care of Face Coverings
For details regarding cloth face coverings, including how to create, wear and care for home-made face coverings, visit the CDC website.
Putting on the face covering/disposable mask
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask.
- Ensure the face-covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin.
- Situate the face-covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable), ensuring the nose, mouth, and chin are always covered.
- Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
- Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask.
Taking off the face covering/disposable mask
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering/disposable mask.
- When taking off the face covering/disposable mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
- Wash hands immediately after removing.
Care, storage and laundering:
- Keep face coverings/disposable mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
- Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent before first use, and after each shift. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
- Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after your shift or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.
Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to keep a safe distance away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Staff at work on-site must follow these social distancing practices:
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people at all times
- Do not gather in groups of 10 or more
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
- Comply with distancing markers where displayed
- Avoid personal contact including shaking hands.
- Do not share food or beverages. NYS Department of Health encourages employees to bring meals from home during this Phase 2 period.
- Do not share workspaces that do not accommodate social distancing
- Avoid unnecessary movement between work areas, building floors, and buildings.
To the extent possible, all workspaces, common spaces, and dining areas will be re-engineered to accommodate social distancing. If appropriate social distancing is difficult to maintain in confined public areas such as stairwells, walkways, or elevators, face masks should be worn.