Monday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon,

As we move closer to the start of the fall semester, the FSU Re-entry Committee will begin sharing weekly messaging to answer common FAQs and communicate important information, and to highlight some of the incredible innovations of our faculty and staff.


1. What is going to happen when a student and/or faculty test positive – will the entire class have to self-isolate?  

If a student, staff or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, we have a protocol in place for advising isolation for the infected individual and will begin a contact tracing investigation to determine who may be affected by the individual’s status. If/when someone is determined to be a contact (any individual within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes of the infected individual), that person will be notified, advised of assessment of infection, and instructed to quarantine for a period of time not to exceed 14 days. The number of people involved in this will depend on the outcomes of the investigation as well as the adherence to the recommended mitigation strategies. This means that social distancing, wearing your face covering and washing your hands often will decrease the chance of you being contacted to quarantine.

2. What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. This includes individuals identified as high-risk for contracting COVID-19, but not experiencing symptoms. Time-frame: 14 days from time of contact with possible virus to sequester away from others to avoid possible transmission if become ill/asymptomatic.

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. This includes individuals who are ill/tested positive/presumed positive for COVID-19. Time frame: 10 days since symptoms first appeared and improving, with at least three days with no fever (non-medicated).

3. Do I have to wear a face covering if I am in my private office with the door closed?

If you have a private office with a door, and the door is closed, you can take off your mask; however, if your door is open or someone enters your office to talk to you, or you need to walk to the restroom or the copy machine etc., you need to wear a face covering over your mouth and nose.

Important Reminders

  • Remember to launder your face covering after each use, and wear a clean and dry face covering each day you come to campus. The CDC provides the following recommendations on how to properly clean your cloth face coverings.
  • Drinking fountains have been disabled across campus; bottle fill stations, where available, remain operable. “Fountain Disabled” signage is available on the COVID-19 website under “Social Distancing Signage for Buildings.”  
  • Please keep the spray nozzles from the bottles of disinfectant provided to re-use with refill bottles of disinfectant – the spray nozzles are in limited supply from the vendor.
  • Hand sanitizer for golf outings, or other events, etc. should be procured by event organizers and not requested through the Plant Store.
  • The FSU Re-entry Committee Town Hall will be held Wednesday, July 29 via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please register online for the 10 a.m. session or the 3 p.m. session.

Incredible Innovations

Each week we hope to share some of the creative innovations developed by faculty and staff this past spring and as plans continue forward for the fall semester.

This week we highlight an innovation submitted by Kimberly Beistle. Thanks, Kimberly for sharing with us!

“During my Summer 2020, DHYG 491 Fieldwork Practicum class, I had to improvise and modify the fieldwork component to my course, as students were not able to engage in outside fieldwork activities because of COVID-19. Thus, I had the students complete following:

COVID-19 Course Change Su2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the direction of the fieldwork part of this course has changed for Summer 2020. Students will be researching COVID-19 and the various organizations which are guiding the country as it moves to “flatten the curve” of the disease potency. Also, students will report on how this disease has affected dentistry as a profession. Lastly, students will reflect on how COVID-19 has impacted their lives. Organizations which should be investigated are (and not limited to):

  • The World Health Organization
  • The Centers for Disease Control
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Hygiene Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Hygiene Association

Students were amazed at the knowledge they gained while working on this project. Some even had personal stories of family members or friends who have acquired the disease. This assignment also gave the students a chance to reflect on their personal lives during these challenging times and how the world has forever changed.”

If you have an example you would like to share, please e-mail the FSU Re-entry Committee at [email protected].

As we continue through Phase 2 of the University’s re-entry plan, please continue to help keep our University community safe and healthy by following these recommendations:

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Practice good hand washing/sanitizing often.
  • Conduct group or staff meetings, and meetings with students remotely as much as possible (using Zoom, MS Teams, etc.).
  • Stay to the right when using hallways and stairwells.
  • Limit 2-people riding in an elevator at one time.
  • Establish flexible worksites (e.g., working remotely) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), if feasible.
  • Discourage colleagues from using other employees’ phones, desks, or other work tools and equipment.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, equipment, and other elements of your work environment.

By working together, we can have a safe and engaging start to the Fall 2020 semester. 

- The FSU Re-entry Committee