On this page, you can find answers to common questions about the return to campus for students and faculty and staff.

General Questions

Yes. Social distancing (keeping at least six feet away from others) along with all other administrative controls such as wearing masks, regular handwashing/use of sanitizers, and self-monitoring have been proven effective in stopping infection.

No. We will not be taping off urinals, stalls or sinks.  Our clinical experts indicate that if you wear a mask, you are at low risk in the restroom. Additionally, taping would increase the number of people waiting in line, which could increase risk, and taping off sinks would make it more difficult to practice frequent hand washing.

 

Yes. Additional cleaning protocols have been added. For details, see the EVMS Housekeeping Protocols by Mission – COVID 19 document.

 

Yes. This assumes that the users of the refrigerator practice common sense cleaning and storage protocols. See this link to the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/newsletter/food-safety-and-Coronavirus.html

Check with security for a disposable mask. EVMS has limited supplies for incidental use such as this.

Faculty and Staff

EVMS developed a Ramp-up Plan for faculty and staff to resume activities on the EVMS campus.  The plan focuses on critical procedures that each employee must follow and that are provided in the training modules. 

NO. EVMS will not be testing or taking temperatures for the following reasons:

  1. Unlike the emergency room, the ICU, or busy patient care settings, faculty and administrative offices are a relatively lower risk environment.
  2. Testing supplies continue to be limited and only provide information about the status of infection for one-time period. That status could change in an hour, a day, or a month after the test and so is not useful on an ongoing basis.
  3. Temperature readings in and of themselves are not a reliable indicator of illness. Our approach relies on self-identification of any number of symptoms that, taken together, might indicate illness.
  4. Self-monitoring of illness, wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distance have proved effective.

Therefore, based on guidance from the CDC and the EVMS Medical Group, EVMS has chosen to employ an approach that is supported by the data.

Safety is a shared responsibility between individuals and the institution.  As such, self-monitoring is an essential part of the Ramp-Up Plan.  Self-monitoring is simple:

  1. Complete a Screening Survey, found at myPortal.evms.edu
  2. Wait to receive a call from Human Resources or Occupational Health with additional instructions. 
  3. Notify your direct supervisor that you will be out. Human Resources will also follow up with supervisors. 
  4. DO NOT report to work until cleared by Human Resources or Occupational Health.

For more information, see the Statement on Self-Monitoring.

Yes.  Universal masking requirements are now in effect for all common spaces (lobbies, hallways, etc.) and all shared spaces with more than one employee. Remember that masking is only effective when combined with regular hand washing or use of sanitizers when washing is not practical.  You may wear your own cloth mask or talk to your supervisor about obtaining a mask from EVMS.    For more information, see the Masking and Hand Hygiene Requirements document.

Not Yet. EVMS will continue to monitor the travel situation and make appropriate adjustments as circumstances warrant.

Contact EVMS Human Resources at 757.446.6043 immediately.

Please see this ā€œWho to Contact for Faculty and Staff Ramp-Upā€ sheet.

Students

Safety is a shared responsibility between individuals and the institution.  As such, self-monitoring is an essential part of the Ramp-Up Plan.  Self-monitoring is simple:

  • If you feel sick, stay home and contact Student Health (757.446.5700) and either Student Affairs (757.446.5244) or your program leadership (depending upon your attendance policy).

For more information, see the Statement on Self-Monitoring.

Yes.  Universal masking requirements are now in effect for all common spaces (lobbies, hallways, classrooms, lecture halls, etc.) and all shared spaces with more than one person. Remember that masking is only effective when combined with regular hand washing or use of sanitizers when washing is not practical.  You may wear your own cloth mask or contact Student Affairs Mask Distribution Sign Up  (757.446.5244) about obtaining a mask from EVMS. For more information, see the Masking and Hand Hygiene Requirements document.

EVMS developed a Ramp-up Plan for employees and students to resume activities on campus. The plan focuses on critical procedures that each employee and student must follow and that are provided in the training modules.

NO. EVMS will not be testing or taking temperatures for the following reasons:

  1. Unlike the emergency room, the ICU, or busy patient care settings, academic settings are a relatively lower risk environment.
  2. Testing supplies continue to be limited and only provide information about the status of infection for one-time period. That status could change in an hour, a day, or a month after the test and so is not useful on an ongoing basis.
  3. Temperature readings in and of themselves are not a reliable indicator of illness. Our approach relies on self-identification of any number of symptoms that, taken together, might indicate illness.
  4. Self-monitoring of illness, wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distance have proved effective.

Therefore, based on guidance from the CDC and the EVMS Medical Group, EVMS has chosen to employ an approach that is supported by the data.

Yes. EVMS students with an international travel history within the 14 days prior to being in the learning environment must complete the health screening questionnaire. Students with positive screens will be referred to EVMS Student Health. Domestic travel is currently exempt from this requirement, but that could change based on changes in the pandemic environment.

Contact EVMS Student Affairs at 757.446.5244 or 757.774.6577 immediately.

Contact EVMS Student Affairs at 757.446.5244 or 757.774.6577 immediately.

Please see "Contacts for Key Student Resources" at this link.