Guide for Returning to the Workplace

Johnson C. Smith University is committed to the health and well-being of our employees and students and will follow a gradual return to on-campus work to allow for the implementation of appropriate social distancing protocols that mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All employees who can complete their necessary job duties through teleworking should continue to do so until further notice. However, some faculty and staff may be asked to return to campus, not because of personal preference, but to effectively complete assigned work responsibilities and access research facilities. These decisions will be made by supervisors and administrators and in partnership with employees after supervisors have submitted documentation outlining their unit’s plan for physical distancing, cleaning and sanitation and other safety measures. We will implement a four-pillar solution that includes:

  • Monitoring symptoms through daily screenings
  • Wearing masks
  • Frequent handwashing
  • Practicing social distancing

Self-Screening for Employees Working Onsite

Abstract graphic of person working at computerFaculty and Staff will be required to complete a daily self-screening using an application before reporting to work. The application will relay data to a cloud-based management system that is both Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) compliant. The screening tool will ask you several questions related to your general health and generate a green, yellow, or red risk level based on your answers. The app will also provide “Next Steps” for every level of risk. 

Once they are on campus, employees will proceed to a checkpoint to have their temperature checked. Checkpoints will be in the James B. Duke Memorial Library atrium and Jack S. Brayboy Gymnasium lobby. Although inconvenient, we have added this important screening step to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus on campus. All students, vendors and visitors will also be required to complete the self-screening process at one of the checkpoints.

Please follow these guidelines, whether you are coming to campus or not:

  • Contact your healthcare provider if you believe you are ill. 
  • You are asked to report any exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals, respiratory symptoms, sore throat, dry cough or other symptoms of COVID-19 to your supervisor and to alert the University. Representatives from the Student Health Center will follow up with you as necessary. 
  • If you test positive or are evaluated by a healthcare provider for COVID-19, do not come to work. Please protect your health and the health of others by staying home. There are many leave options (FMLA Families First Coronavirus Response Act) available to support employees who are ill. Please refer to your employee handbook or contact Human Resources at 704.378.1296.