COVID-19 Update; Faculty and Staff Open Forum Details
- Friday, July 31st, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff:
WKU has launched a new website, wku.edu/healthyonthehill, to support the reopening preparations underway across the institution. This site will serve as the main repository of both our Big Red Restart and Healthy on the Hill strategies and plans and nicely ties together, in one location, the information formerly on wku.edu/covid19 and wku.edu/restart. I encourage you to take some time to not only familiarize yourself with this helpful site, but use it to help you prepare.
David Oliver shared with you last week updated information on WKU’s testing, contact tracing and quarantine procedures. With the launch of this site, we also launched a new COVID-19 case dashboard that will be updated weekly to include confirmed cases as reported by the Barren River Health Department or reported to WKU’s COVID-19 Response Team. Due to privacy guidelines, the University is prohibited from sharing personal information of any individual who tests positive. Anyone who may have been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be personally contacted by public health contact tracers.
Other key features of the site you may find particularly useful in your planning efforts include:
- Fall 2020 health and safety
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Faculty and Staff Resources (including printable signage and how to request PPE and plexiglass barriers)
- Healthy at Work Officers and COVID-19 Response Team
During the last month, we developed a series of videos to support our reopening plans focused on academics, housing, dining, student activities, transit system changes, bookstore operations, mental health, Healthy on the Hill protocols, campus tours and updated procedures at the Preston Center. During the last week, we shared three of these videos - academics, housing and dining - and will continue distributing more in the days ahead. If you haven’t had a chance to view these yet, each are available on the homepage of wku.edu/healthyonthehill. I have also included links below:
Finally, I appreciate all those who submitted questions for the Faculty and Staff Open Forum on Monday. Questions can still be submitted at wku.edu/restart/restartquestions. A reminder is below, including important login instructions.
What: Big Red Restart Faculty and Staff Open Forum
When: Monday, August 3, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Where: Zoom webinar; https://wku.zoom.us/j/99929981900. In order to join the Zoom webinar, follow these steps:
- Browse to wku.zoom.us
- Click the Sign in button
- On the Single Sign-On page, enter your NetID & Password
- Click Sign in
- You can now join an authenticated users-only webinar
You can go through these steps at any point between now and the time of the webinar to verify your account is configured. For help with any issues you can reach out to the ITS Service Desk: https://www.wku.edu/its/service-desk/
I look forward to meeting with you on Monday. Go Tops!
Timothy C. Caboni