Supporting Employees in Their Return to Campus

Where do I get the cloth masks that APU is providing to students and employees?

Faculty and staff may pick up cloth face coverings, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m., at the Facilities Management office located at the Ray V. Anderson building (building #20) on East Campus, if they do not have one of their own to use.

For fall, Student Affairs will provide face coverings for students living in university housing. Each Regional Campus will distribute masks as needed for students and employees. Those attending in-person classes or labs will receive them from their academic area.

Are there new guidelines for bathroom use?

Restrooms are being modified to encourage physical distancing. Some sinks and urinals will be closed in multi-use restrooms. Everyone is encouraged to practice good hygiene and physical distancing as they share restrooms with others.

How often are the restrooms cleaned?

Restrooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized nightly by Facilities Management. They are also cleaned and sanitized several times daily depending on the volume of use. High-touch surfaces will be disinfected frequently using cleaners that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Are break rooms accessible and how will they be cleaned?

Office kitchens and break rooms will be cleaned and sanitized nightly by Facilities Management. However, it is the responsibility of area office staff to frequently clean and sanitize kitchenettes, counters, sinks, tables, appliances, and frequently touched areas. Facilities Management will supply offices with general purpose disinfectant spray cleaners that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Break room counters and tables must be kept clear for Facilities Management to clean and sanitize nightly. Appliances and refrigerators should be wiped down after each use. Utensils should not be shared.

Who cleans conference rooms after use?

Virtual meetings should replace most physical meetings. Use of conference rooms for group meetings should be very limited. Conference rooms will be cleaned and sanitized nightly by Facilities Management. It is the responsibility of office staff to clean/sanitize touch points regularly throughout the day. Physical distancing protocol must be adhered to when using conference rooms.

Are employees allowed to carpool to work?

APU does not control how employees get to work. APU encourages reduced public and group transportation at this time. However you get to work, you may not work on campus unless you certify you are symptom and exposure free.

Will all community meetings be virtual going forward?

Health and safety guidelines will determine the parameters regarding the start and size of in-person meetings allowed in public settings. For fall, all community meetings will remain virtual. In addition, all meetings including student meetings, staff meetings, office hours, advising, etc. should be conducted virtually at this time.

How will commencements be handled going forward?

As guidance emerges regarding in-person meetings, we will plan commencements accordingly. The safety and health of our community is paramount, and we must comply with state and county guidelines.

How is the air filtration in the building equipped?

All building air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been assessed for optimum air flow and maximum filtration capabilities. Most HVAC systems are being fitted with MERV 13 filters to increase filtration to near-hospital-grade standards. Where possible, modifications have increased the quantity of outside air and ventilation in offices and other spaces. All return air is mixed with fresh outside air and filtered before being supplied to the occupied space. All science labs are supplied with 100 percent filtered outside air. Mechanical ventilation systems will be operated continuously when persons are in the building.

What cleaning supplies are available in the classrooms?

Classrooms will be supplied with disinfectant wipes. These wipes are to remain in the classroom and will be restocked by Facilities Management. Occupants of the classroom are expected to use these wipes to sanitize touch areas at the end of each class. This will ensure that the area is clean and sanitized for the next class. Facilities Management will clean and sanitize the classrooms nightly using chemicals that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

What signage can be expected on campus?

General COVID-19 instructional signage will be placed throughout all APU Campuses. This includes instructional signage relating to directional pathways, physical distancing, face masks, and hand washing. Office managers can order signs to post in your workspace that inform others of COVID-19 expectations and policies, including physical distancing, hand sanitizing stations, face coverings required, directional arrows, etc.The Signage Request Form includes templates to download, customize, and print. All orders will be processed and delivered by Azusa Print + Design. For ordering questions, contact Heather Synder, director of campus auxiliaries, at hsnyder@apu.edu.Facilities Management oversees signage for general public areas such as classrooms, bathrooms, elevators, building exteriors, etc. Contact Andre Garces, manager of warehouse operations, at agarces@apu.edu.

If I am not an essential employee, how do I gain access to campus if needed? (outside vendors also)

If you are not an employee with designated essential duties, you may not come to campus unless deemed necessary with approval from your supervisor and the COVID-19 Compliance Task Force (Return to Campus Executive Committee). If access to campus is approved, you must complete the required training and health check prior to coming to campus by visiting Total Access.

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