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Health & Safety Plan

Return to the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

wash hands, wear a mask, social distance and stay home if sick

The university has developed a multifaceted and integrated plan for COVID-19 surveillance, testing and early warning.

Requirements for Returning to Campus


  • that all campus community members must complete, agreeing to abide by CDC-recommended health and safety regulations.
  • Daily self-monitoring and reporting of temperature and any onset symptoms by all faculty, staff and students who are on campus. 
  • Population surveillance testing to ascertain the baseline infection rate on campus. 


The university's health and safety plan contains five components to safely reopen and operate the campus, with early detection of infectious cases as the key to limit outbreaks.

1. Contact tracing. Any positive diagnostic test result will be communicated immediately to the state health authorities, who will then activate a contact tracing team to identify potential secondary cases to limit the spread of infection. UMD will supplement, as needed, the state-administered tracing.

2. Environmental monitoring. UMD faculty experts are developing opportunities for early detection of impending illnesses by monitoring wastewater, air and high-touch surfaces in campus buildings.

3. Behavioral changes.2020欧洲杯首页 A campus-wide health information campaign will promotes critical healthy behaviors:

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Wear a face covering at all times indoors and outdoors when other people are nearby.
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Stay at least 6 feet from others at all times.
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Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
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If you are sick, do not report to work or class.



4. Cleaning protocols. All buildings approved for occupancy will be cleaned on a regular basis, including enhanced cleaning of high-traffic areas.

  • All classrooms used for in-person instruction will be equipped with disinfectant wipes for surfaces such as seats, desks and tables between each class.
  • Instructors will be asked to allow time for students to sanitize their work area before class and to similarly sanitize their own work area and whatever equipment they plan to use for the class.
  • Classroom seating will be arranged or marked to indicate safe seating distances.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available in proximity to classrooms.
  • Classrooms and high-touch areas in buildings will be cleaned and disinfected nightly.
  • Instructors will be expected to deliver handouts and other types of course material digitally through ELMS-CANVAS to minimize the exchange of papers or any other instruction materials.
  • Signs will be posted to direct one-way traffic within busy campus buildings and to indicate safe distancing to minimize the likelihood of congestion in hallways, at entrances, restrooms, etc.
  • Cleaning frequency will be increased in community restrooms and high-touch areas in residence halls such as elevator buttons, water fountains and door handles. 


5. Employee flexibility2020欧洲杯首页. In general, the university encourages flexibility for employees, including graduate assistants. Departments should consider use of alternative work schedules, such as some on-campus work days and some telework days, use of leave and flexibility with starting and finishing times. University Human Resources has created handbooks for employees and supervisors:

 (PDF) / 4 Maryland Health Guidelines and Camapaign Toolkit

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4 Maryland, the university’s campus-wide health information campaign, is designed to promote critical health behaviors that focus on our individual responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe. We can prevent the spread of coronavirus “4 everyone” at UMD. 
The campaign materials include multiple posters, floor clings, digital screen graphics, and more to emphasize these messages throughout campus. General materials are provided as English and Spanish bilingual versions.
The first phase of the 4 Maryland health information campaign was launched on June 26, and signs are being printed and installed in common areas of buildings that are in use. Common areas include building entrances and lobbies, restrooms, existing hand sanitizing stations and elevators. Installation of the Phase 1 signs is expected to be complete by mid-July. For more information . 
4 Maryland Signage, Requests and Toolkit

Daily self-monitoring and reporting of temperature and any onset symptoms will be required of all faculty, staff and students who are on campus. Temperature gauges will be provided, and the reporting can be done electronically or by filling out a form, with safeguards for personal data privacy.  
All faculty and staff should complete the COVID-19 Employee Screening Checklist for symptom tracking/monitoring prior to coming to campus every day. Employees will also receive a reminder email each morning with a link to the survey. Individuals with fever and/or symptoms should call the University Health Center Heal Line at 301.405.HEAL (4325). A UHC health care professional will obtain additional information from the individual to determine next steps. These may include clearance to come to campus, COVID-19 testing, isolation, quarantine and/or symptom monitoring.


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