Reinforcing Practices of Good Hygiene
CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines for maintaining safety and properly practicing personal hygiene have been posted throughout various locations across campus which include but are not limited to main building entrances, common area spaces, and restroom facilities. In addition, where reasonable access to standard soap and water hand washing facilities are not readily available, additional provisions have been made for installation of hand sanitizer stations in our classrooms and other common area spaces within each building.
Safety signage regarding COVID-19 symptoms, required use of face coverings, hand-washing procedures, and social distance practices have been posted in various locations throughout campus reminding our King’s community about the importance of maintaining CDC and PA Department of Health recommended safety measures. In addition to these safety communication program materials, arrangements have also been made for physically reconfiguring furniture stations, office spaces, food service venues, and common area gathering locations across campus. Directional traffic signage, safe distance floor markings, and clear barrier shields will be deployed in key locations across campus to help encourage and reinforce the importance of safe social distancing.
As one of the most important personal safety practices recommended by the CDC and PA Department of Health experts, the College will be expecting regular use of face coverings or masks by faculty, staff, and students when interacting with others on campus. The regular and proper use of face coverings will be required in all social settings where 2 or more individuals are gathered on campus. Provisions have been made to supply all employees with appropriate face coverings to be used while working on campus.
Making appointments vs. Drop-In Meetings
We will continue to strongly encourage the use of virtual meetings whenever possible. As a practice we must avoid drop-in meetings and pre-schedule in person meetings when necessary. Please utilize King’s Directory to call or email ahead of time to ensure the availability of those you wish to meet with. Additionally, you may utilize email and outlook calendars to schedule appointments when needed. For a quick 2-minute tutorial on how to schedule a meeting and see participant availability in Outlook, visit here.
Facilities – Comprehensive Practices
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, procedures and supplies will be in place to encourage proper hand and respiratory hygiene as well as routine cleaning and special disinfection of high-risk and high-traffic campus locations. Prior to the start of the scheduled work shift, all Facilities staff will have their temperatures screened and a health survey checklist completed before being cleared to start their work shifts. At a minimum, Facilities staff will be required to utilize face coverings and protective gloves when performing their cleaning duties as well as any additional PPE that may be required depending on the specific job task and hazards involved. In addition, all Facilities employees will be asked to follow normal preventative measures such as frequent handwashing, regular use of hand sanitizer, and avoiding touching of eyes, nose, & mouth.
To help maintain a safe and healthy physical campus environment, our Facilities team will follow a three-stage process to deliver a comprehensive preventative cleaning program.
Our standard cleaning protocols will include frequent cleaning of high contact work surfaces, vacuuming floors, removing trash, spot cleaning walls & carpets, and cleaning restroom facilities. Use of EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants will be utilized according to manufacturer’s recommendations for concentrations, contact dwell time and drying.
After these standard cleaning methods have been completed, each area will then be revisited by janitorial services staff to complete an electrostatic spray treatment using a hospital grade disinfectant. Horizontal and vertical room surfaces can be efficiently and effectively reached with this manner of electrostatic spray application in order to achieve the most complete coverage and disinfection of the classroom and workspaces.
In addition to the standard routine cleaning methods and the electrostatic disinfectant spraying treatments in classrooms, labs, study rooms, and common area spaces, handheld UVC light disinfecting wands will be used to further sanitize door handles and push bars, light switches, restroom fixtures, towel dispensers, and other community shared equipment such as break room appliances and computer stations.
Restroom supplies and handwashing stations will be checked daily and re-supplied as needed. Trash receptacles will be emptied daily from offices, classrooms, labs, and common areas during the second shift operation after classes and labs have ended or sooner if the need dictates.