Will I need to get tested before returning to the law school building?
Only the employees that are needed in the building should be returning. The building is not “opening up” on Aug 17. For faculty, only those actively teaching an in-person class should be coming in to teach and then leave. Office hours and individual meetings with students should be held virtually. For staff, only those notified by their supervisors that they are needed in the building to support in-person classes should be coming in on their assigned days/weeks.
If you are a faculty member teaching in-person or a staff member required to return to support those in-person classes, you need to be tested within the 14 days prior to your return. If you know you will be coming to the building regularly once classes begin you should have the test within the 14 days prior to your first day back in the building. This includes faculty who are teaching in-person courses.
There are a handful of staff who have been coming to the law school on a regular basis. If you are in this group you should get tested as soon as is practical, but you can still come to the building as you have been doing.
If I am just coming into the building quickly to retrieve mail or get something from my office, do I need to be tested?
No, you do not need to be tested before you come, but be sure to wear a mask while you are in the building. You will need to coordinate access to the building with Michele Ondra. The building will not be unlocked/open for those not needing to be in the building per the description above.
Where should I go to get the test?
You can have the test anywhere. The letter from President Jarrell has links to the websites to find test sites in Maryland. While it is not necessary to use the Baltimore Convention Center site, it is significantly quicker in getting the results back than some of the other sites. Please do not call the COVID-19 hotline (or advise students to do so) just to get information on test sites.
Will I have to pay for the test?
This is evolving and we should have more information soon. UMB has indicated that employees should not have to pay for the test. We know that the testing at the convention center is free, as well as at several sites run by Maryland. We will get to you with more information as soon as we have it.
What if I have a positive test result?
If you test positive and you are expected to come to the building, you should not come. If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms you should not come. Contact your normal health care provider and also call the COVID-19 Hotline number. Someone from Employee Health will contact you. You should not call the hotline number if you test positive or have COVID-19 symptoms but you are teleworking and not expected to be on campus.
If I have had COVID and have tested positive for antibodies do I need to take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus?
We do not have an answer for this question at this time.
Will I need to be retested every 14 days if I am coming to the building?
No. There is no requirement for regular testing. There will be a requirement for daily monitoring of symptoms and daily reporting to an app. Instructions on how to do that will be forthcoming.
Once I have the negative test result, where should I upload the result or send the result?
Campus HR will be sending those instructions soon.
How often will students/employees be tested knowing at anytime an individual can contract the virus?
At this time, employees and students returning to campus only need to get tested once- within 14 days prior to coming in the building. The campus health experts believe that relying on the self screening application will be most effective.
If we are assigned to come back in the building, what PPE will we get?
Each employee assigned to return to campus will get one Maryland Carey Law cloth mask. Faculty teaching in person have face shields available to them as well. Point of Use cleaning stations will be scattered throughout the building.
Can you tell me what has been done/what is being done to prepare the building for our return?
We have an entire checklist of items that are completed or are in the process of being completed! Some of the items are:
- The custodial crew has been working to give the building a deep clean
- Flushing of HVAC and plumbing systems
- Hand sanitizer stations refilled in the elevator lobbies
- Signage installed for room, elevator, and restroom capacities
- Classrooms are having extra chairs removed and restrooms are having stalls locked based on the new limits
- Point of Use cleaning stations are going to be throughout the building for students and employees to clean their spaces
What are the expectations on me if I’m required to come back in the building?
- Get tested and track symptoms (using UMB REDCap Symptom Assessment For Employees [SAFE] as mentioned in today’s ELM)
- Wear a mask the entire time you are in the building (exception to this is if you are working alone in an office and your door is SHUT) and practice social distancing
- Follow the capacity limits. This might mean longer wait times for the elevators (in garages and the law school) or the restrooms.
What is the school’s policy if—after classes have begun—a student or a professor who is in-person tests positive or becomes symptomatic (but before testing positive)?
- There will be a requirement for daily monitoring of symptoms and daily reporting to an app. Instructions on how to do that are forthcoming.
- Faculty and staff, and on-campus students who have COVID-19 symptoms, can call 800-701-9863 to reach the UMB COVID-19 Exposure Hotline for guidance.
- UMB health experts will be responsible for contact tracing and advising the law school on procedures if someone who has been in the building tests positive.
If a staff member isn't due to come into the office until the 1st week of September should they wait two weeks prior to get a COVID-19 test?
Yes. The test should be conducted within 14 days prior to their first day on campus.
Do we have to wear cloth masks or can we also use disposable surgical masks?
We are seeking clarification from UMB on this due to mixed information.
How is the ventilation system in the building?
The HVAC system already has filters installed that are above the CDC requirements for filtering.