Hello and welcome to Montclair State University’s Student COVID-19 return to campus training.
The University created this video to outline the safeguards and protocols established to help keep you and others safe. This guide has been developed to comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders, reflect the guidance of public health authorities, and are based on the best currently-available scientific information about how to reduce risk of spreading COVID-19.
Scientific experts believe that the virus is most commonly transmitted by direct person-to-person respiratory spread. This occurs when a person with infection coughs, sneezes, or talks to another person and the droplets make direct contact with the mucus membranes of another person.
An asymptomatic person can transmit the virus. That means a person without any symptoms can unknowingly spread COVID-19. Droplets can be inhaled into the lungs, which is why it is important for you to maintain a 6 foot distance from others. Infection can also occur if a person touches an infected surface then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
For the health and well-being of you and your fellow RedHawks, we’ve instituted the following safeguards and safety measures.
All students must complete daily self-screening using Hawk Check, 6-12 hours before arriving on campus. If you live on campus, you need to complete Hawk Check daily before leaving your room. Stay home if you have any symptoms.
- Fever of 100.4 F (37.8 C) or above
- Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- And fatigue
Face coverings are required in all public and shared spaces, and whenever it is difficult to maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance including outdoor spaces. Cloth face coverings are preferred.
If you think you are unable to wear a face covering, contact Disability Resource Center, who will review your situation.
- Classrooms, labs, libraries, and other instructional or study areas.
- Non-private work spaces, including workstations in open areas.
- Hallways and University-operated shuttles and buses.
Face coverings are not required for:
- Student athletes when engaged in organized activities.
- Performing Arts students when engaged in organized activities.
- Children under the age of 2 years.
Before putting on your face covering, be sure to wash your hands. Be sure to cover your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face and make sure you can breathe easily.
When removing a face covering, first wash your hands. Remove a cloth face covering by the straps or ties. Be sure to not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Carefully fold the outer surface inward to reduce contact with surfaces during storage. Wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer after handling.
Respect social distancing signs, barriers, and protocols. Be sure to keep a minimum of 6 feet from others at all times.
Make sure to follow all building and classroom signage. Be sure to follow signs for entering and exiting classrooms. Avoid grouping in hallways. And do not move any furniture.
Your academic success is still vastly important. Meet with instructors outside the classroom through online office hours or scheduled appointments instead of face to face one on ones.
Washing hands with soap and water removes pathogens and dissolves the oily membrane on the virus. Alcohol-based hand rubs with the recommended alcohol concentration will also inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often, especially after you have been in a public place and touched an item or frequently touched surface
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- After using the toilet.
- After touching garbage.
- Before, during, and after preparing food.
- Before eating food.
- Before and after treating a cut or wound.
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet.
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste.
Follow these 5 steps for good hand hygiene using soap and water.
- First, wet hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap
- Lather hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of the hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds. Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse hands under clean, running water. 5. And lastly, dry hands using a clean towel or allow them air dry.
If using hand sanitizer:
- Be sure it meets CDC criteria
- Apply recommended amount to the palm of one hand
- Rub hands together
- And continue rubbing until dry.
Classrooms and Lecture Halls will be regularly cleaned by University Facilities staff in accordance with CDC and OSHA guidelines. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be distributed to these areas for occupants to increase the frequency of surface cleaning. Instructions for use of products will be posted, including chemical and safety information.
Please take note that eating and drinking is now prohibited in classrooms, labs, and the library.
How to clean and disinfect. Be sure to wear disposable gloves prior to any cleaning. Clean surfaces with the provided cleaner, disinfectant, and paper towels. And follow provided instructions on the specific cleaner.
Be sure to clean personal electronic devices including phones, touch screens, tablets, keyboards, and remote controls. Consider a wipeable cover to put over your device. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on cleaning and disinfecting. If no guidance is available, use alcohol based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Be sure to dry your surface thoroughly before using.
What to do if you are sick or have been exposed. One important and powerful distancing method available is staying home if sick.
During normal times, many students come to class even when they may be sick, for example, when they have a cold or are recovering from the flu. These however, are not normal times, and all students must stay home if sick. You will not be penalized for staying home. There will be many methodologies available to assist you with your study from home.
What to do if exposed? If you’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay home for 14 days after your last contact and monitor your health. Be sure to contact the University Health Center or your healthcare provider for assistance.
Let’s have a quick recap: Self-certify your health daily using Hawk Check. Follow guidelines for distancing. Clean and disinfect surfaces. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Wear a face covering. And if you experience any symptoms, please stay home.
By following this guide, you are not only protecting your health, but the health of your fellow Red Hawks. Stay safe everyone! Let’s have an awesome academic year.
This awesome video was easily created by the Office of Health Promotion using Powtoon.
If you have any questions, please contact
- Dean of Students firstname.lastname@example.org
- Disability Resource Center email@example.com
- Office of Health Promotion firstname.lastname@example.org or
- University Health Center email@example.com
This training was narrated by Brittany Dorta, Health Promotion Undergraduate Assistant, Class of 2021