Spring Safety Training for Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Welcome to the Spring 2021 semester! We will start the semester with the same mask, social distancing, and remote work requirements we had on campus for the fall semester. But now that UTEP is an approved vaccine provider, we believe there will likely come a point during the spring semester when we can start more meaningful campus activities.
In the meantime, we would like to remind our faculty and staff about the safety guidelines and resources available to those who will be working on campus.
It is important for you, as a leader, to gather your team members to talk through how to continue implementing safety rules and guidelines in your workspace. You can do that virtually or socially distanced on campus.
At a minimum, every employee working on campus should receive training on:
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- Required check-in with screening.utep.edu
- How to protect yourself and others
- Cleaning and disinfection
- UTEP’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs
We have created a PowerPoint for you to use with your team to cover these topics. You can download it at this link. You might want to share the PowerPoint with your team in advance of doing your own in-person training so that people can think about their questions in advance.
Students have also produced a training video that all students are required to watch before coming to campus. It covers the same subjects and you should feel free to use it with your team, if you wish.
We will continue to clean and disinfect the campus. Classrooms and common areas remain reconfigured to enable social distance. We will continue to have a significantly reduced number of people on campus at any one time. But the little decisions by thousands of us collectively will really make a difference. As a leader, you set the tone so that we get the basics right – stay home if you are sick, wear a face covering, stay six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. I would ask for your help to reinforce these best practices and model them with your team, even as some begin to receive vaccines.
Thanks much for all the work you are doing.