In a memo on August 5 to the university community, Provost Zukoski announced that USC would begin the Fall 2020 semester with fully remote instruction. USC has been waiting for permission from state and county health officials to open the campus, but, based on the progression of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, this permission is being delayed for the foreseeable future. Until further notice, the USC campus will remain closed.
Guidelines for Faculty and Staff Visiting Campus
The University has issued guidelines for employees coming to the campus, and these will be in effect for the Fall 2020 semester until further notice. All faculty and staff will be expected to comply with these guidelines and complete the following steps before visiting campus:
- Online health & safety training: Complete a mandatory one-time online training, “Health, Hygiene and Safety for Employees,” available through Trojan Learn. Faculty and staff are expected to observe the protocols described in the training while on campus.
- Trojan Check: Complete the Trojan Check daily online check-in process on each day that you will be entering the campus. This process will include:
- Scheduling, in advance, every day you intend to be on campus, and;
- A self-guided Health Assessment done each day you will be on campus, completed before you arrive. This Health Assessment results in either an approval to enter campus or a denial and request for you to stay home, followed by contact from the Health Center. The approval is something that you will need to show at monitored entrances to the campus once we are back in session.
Why Trojan Check?
In compliance with LA County Guidelines, the university is required to have health self-assessments on file from all employees for every day they are on campus. Additionally, the university is tracking employee whereabouts as part of its tracing protocol to alert and potentially mandate self-quarantine to those employees they know have been in contact with someone infected with the novel coronavirus.
Accessing Thornton Facilities
No one from Thornton should be coming to campus in an impromptu manner. Faculty and students will need to schedule their time and access with Music Operations and only access approved facilities during pre-arranged, reserved timeframes. Staff should also not be on site without communicating their presence.
In addition to completing the mandatory online training and Trojan Check health assessment outlined above, faculty and staff should communicate plans to visit campus via the following avenues:
- Thornton HR Notification: Email Thornton HR Manager Cindy Montes at email@example.com in advance of your being on campus.
- Music Operations Notification: Email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of your being on campus. This will alert Music Operations to when and where you will be on the Thornton campus. Because cleaning and disinfection services will be selective and not universal, this advance notice will allow Operations to alert Aramark to include the area prior to your arrival. Additionally, your presence will be logged for tracking purposes related to Thornton Emergency Response should that need to be activated for any reason.
Safer At Home Order
When contemplating the need to be on campus, keep in mind that the City’s Safer L.A. Order (which replaced Safer at Home on June 1) is still in effect. While you may come to the campus if it is essential for you to do part or all of your job, the default assumption should be that you will do your work from home. This is designed to keep population density to a minimum as part of the County and City efforts to mitigate Coronavirus transmission. Therefore, the exception to the rule these days is going in to work, not the other way around.
In addition to following official campus protocol, faculty and staff of USC Thornton are encouraged to plan their use of Thornton facilities very carefully. Consider the health and safety of yourself and your colleagues as you plan your work, and keep these recommendations in mind:
Project Bundling Mindset
It is helpful to think about any time you may need to come to campus in terms of specific projects. Where possible, collect multiple projects together and then come to campus to do those several projects on a single day rather than coming in multiple times a week for short periods. For those of you in faculty support positions, you may need to be “on call” in case what support is needed requires being on campus, but still attempt to work with your faculty to be able to bundle work rather than coming in multiple days or all days of a week responding to different requests.