all visitors to the fort hays state university campus are asked to comply with the university’s health and safety expectations, including social distancing, hygiene, self-monitoring and symptom checking in addition to any additional safety training required.
every day health and safety precautions
below are the baseline behaviors we will need from our entire university community to help mitigate the spread of covid-19.
complete a daily personal wellness check
- sore throat
- new loss of smell or taste
- difficulty breathing
- muscle pain
practice social distancing
keep at least 6 feet from others at all times
remember to cover-up
- the cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected
- face covers protect others who may be at risk when you may not even know it
- everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have
to go out in public
- cloth face covers help you avoid touching your face
- the cloth face cover is not a substitute for personal hygiene and social distancing
each of us should
- wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- use appropriate cough and sneeze etiquette
- maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet
- remember high-touch surfaces can collect infectious germs
- replace handshakes and hugs with waves, jazz hands or clothing-covered elbow bumps
use of face coverings in the workspace and across the university
general rule: when present on university property, all employees, students, and visitors must wear face coverings over their mouths and noses when in common areas of a building (including hallways, elevators, public spaces, classrooms, conference rooms, and other common areas), and when within six (6) feet of another individual anywhere on university property. if you are alone in your office or personal workspace and are able to socially distance, or if you are outside and are able to socially distance, you can remove your face covering.
exceptions: students in their residence hall rooms, and individuals while they are participating in activities in which a face covering cannot be worn, or would prohibit respiratory function (like eating, drinking, or playing sports). additionally, employees and students with a recognized disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering can contact the human resources office (if an employee) or student accessibility services (if a student) to discuss possible accommodations and the appropriate documentation process.
basic ground rules: we ask that employees, students, and visitors provide their own face coverings, but the university will have a supply available to provide to those that do not have one. individual supervisors and faculty members should offer university provided face coverings to those that do not have one and make an initial effort at educating and holding employees and students accountable, within their respective areas.
enforcement and additional guidance: complaints concerning violations of this policy by faculty, staff, or visitors should be reported to human resources, and complaints concerning violations of this policy by students should be reported to student affairs. individuals may utilize the coronavirus (covid-19) concern reporting form for this purpose. additional guidance and best practices information concerning face coverings can be found on the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) website.
covid-19 frequently asked questions
below are faq's that may be helpful as we navigate these uncertain times as a result of the coronavirus.
spring 2021 faq's
- spring 2021 academic planning
- spring 2021 residential life
- spring 2021 student activities
- general health and safety
- student employment
health and safety resources for fhsu employees
making sure you are ready to return to work
the human resources department has created a return to work toolkit to assist employees in transitioning back to work on campus this fall.
reopening your office
prior to returning to work on campus, each campus office must submit a completed operational area reopening plan via the appropriate chain of command for review and approval by the critical incident policy group. decisions and return dates will be provided as quickly as possible.
covid-19 information from official sources
- fema (including rumor control information)
- world health organization
- centers for disease control and prevention
kansas department of health and environment (including family action plan)
- ellis county health department
- american veterinary medical association
- occupational safety and health administration
- u.s. department of education