LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2021) — Over the past several months, the University of Kentucky has worked diligently to prepare for the return of faculty and staff to campus. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the university’s response has been focused on ensuring the health, safety and well-being of everyone in the UK community. This commitment remains a guiding tenet.
As we begin a reinvented sense of normal operations for the Spring 2021 semester, the university has developed intentional and strategic procedures to identify how to safely bring back critical positions to achieve the signature in-person experience for students.
Included within those procedures is the daily 4.0, the requirements for a successful, healthy semester.
The Daily 4.0 includes the following:
- Mask up. Masks or face coverings are required unless individuals are alone in a room, alone outside, eating, drinking, exercising or when it interferes with required curricular activities.
- Wash your hands. Sing the UK fight song while you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used.
- Physical distance. Everyone on campus is required to maintain a distance of six feet in any public space, both indoors and outdoors. Appropriate signage has been placed throughout campus to guide traffic in high-density areas.
- Complete your daily wellness screening. Individuals who work on-site at any frequency must complete the online form and will be reminded daily.
The daily health screening is an important component in UK’s robust effort to keep the UK community healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, completing the screening is only a work expectation on days the employee is scheduled to work.
If students or employees indicate symptoms of illness in their daily screening, UK Health Corps will follow up with those individuals for appropriate action that may include coronavirus testing and individualized support from the Health Corps team.
Since the Fall 2020 semester began, the daily health screening has been sent via email each morning to UK community members who will be on campus, however the UK Wellness Review app provides access to the daily screening at any time in addition to the daily email. With the app, there is no need to wait until an email arrives.
At any time, if you need to opt out of the daily health screening, follow this link to complete an opt out survey,
Additionally, staff and faculty are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 safety web-based training available on myUK, which includes COVID-19 hygiene best practices.
For questions related to screening, testing and tracing, contact UK Health Corps at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-218-SAFE (7233). For any other questions related to returning to reinvented operations, please email email@example.com.
If you or someone you know is having anxiety or concerns about returning to the campus, therapists with UK's Work+Life Connections employee counseling are available for free, confidential appointments via phone or Zoom.
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