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Open Up Safe Plan

Oklahoma Panhandle State University continues to monitor COVID-19 cases in our region closely and has remained closed to the public to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. We want to commend our campus and community for their cooperation and support during this time.

As our academic year comes to a close, planning has begun for a return to traditional operations for the Summer and Fall Semesters. This is a fluid situation, and basic guidelines have been developed for a phased-in approach to reopening campus when it is determined safe to do so. Any timelines communicated are estimations and considered to be tentative. It is impossible to mitigate all risk.

Following Governor Stitt and the Department of Commerce’s “Open Up and Recover Safely” three-phased approach, as well as the April 30, 2020 OMES guidance, OPSU, will begin the process of reopening campus and allowing some employees/departments to return to work safely. The plan is designed to comply with guidance from the CDC, Oklahoma State Department of Health, and local, state, and federal authorities.

Phase 1 of the reopening process may begin June 8. Those employees who can and feel safe to return to work can do so. Phase 1 employees who will be returning to work will be contacted by their supervisor to best develop a plan for their particular work assignments.

Remote work/telecommuting will continue for certain employees during Phase 1. If you do not feel safe returning to work at this time or have extenuating obligations or circumstances, please contact your supervisor to make alternative work arrangements.

The following guidelines will be observed in OPSU facilities during Phase 1 reopening.

  • Limiting or eliminating in-person meetings and group activities/lunches
  • Adjusted points of entry to buildings to minimize contact
  • Closing building common areas to avoid unnecessary contact
  • Increased frequency and thoroughness of building cleanings
  • Limiting the number of students and invited community members in a building at one time
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet away from others - if your workspace does not allow social distancing, please contact your supervisor or HR for assistance.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • No outside guests, children, or public entry unless approved by your supervisor.
  • Continue to have zoom/virtual meetings as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you feel sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick
  • Supervisors will be flexible during this time for absences and remote working.

Appropriate health screenings will be put in place for employees returning to campus to check for symptoms of COVID-19. Employees returning to campus will be advised of the health screening process prior to returning to campus.

Take The Health Screening Daily

Scan the code or click the link to take the screening, Know the symptoms of COVID-19: Fever, Dry Cough, Shortness of breath

Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, Don't touch your face, maintain 6ft distance, Wear face masks, avoid crowded areas

The OPSU campus will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and will be closed on Friday through Sunday, beginning July 6 until August 3. Regular operating hours will be reinstated after August 3. Certain areas on campus may have abbreviated hours due to employee availability.
The CDC recommends that the general public use cloth masks and leave the healthcare-grade masks for healthcare workers because of the short supply. We strongly encourage employees to obtain their own cloth face mask to wear while at work and especially in common areas such as hallways and breakrooms.

Out-of-State and International Travel – All out-of state and international travel for University-related business or academic purposes was suspended effective March 13. It will remain suspended until further notice unless approved by your supervisor.

In-State Travel – While there are no current restrictions on in-state, University-related travel, all in-state University travel will be monitored and must be approved by your supervisor.

We will continue to seek guidance from the CDC, the Oklahoma A&M Regents, appropriate state leadership, OMES, and OSDH for proper times to move into Phases 2 and 3.

When it is deemed safe to implement Phase 2 of reopening, supervisors will communicate directly with departments to notify them when they should expect to return to work. (Tentative June 22)

When it is deemed safe to implement Phase 3 of reopening, all OPSU employees will return to work. (Tentative July 6)

All phases of this plan are tentative and will be implemented when deemed safe and appropriate with guidance from the appropriate authorities.

Fall Classes

The first summer session is underway with classes in session online, and the phased reopening of the university has begun. Since March, faculty worked tirelessly to make sure the student experience was a good one as we moved all instruction online for the spring. President Faltyn said, "their care and attention to our students' needs made all the difference. Our faculty have led the way in making sure students and meeting their academic needs remain the central focus at a time of so much uncertainty."

As our university community turns our attention to the fall semester, Deans and Department Chairs have laid the foundation for welcoming students back to campus with comprehensive planning for the fall semester. The group has been hard at work developing and adopting measures to ensure we proceed with the traditional on-campus experience in as safe a way as possible without negatively impacting student learning.

In addition to a return to traditional courses delivered in person, OPSU has confirmed that we have the capacity and expertise to create excellent online educational opportunities. The 2019/2020 academic year saw tremendous growth and success in our flagship online programs such as Nursing, with plans to bring Agribusiness, Business, and Arts and Education options to the same level of excellence in the future. Together with the unprecedented move online this spring we have decided to invest in a state of the art College of Online Programs to continue to expand online educational opportunities for students.

A comprehensive plan for the fall semester to resume on campus is in its final stages. The fall academic plan dovetails with university-wide planning, including cleaning and disinfection protocols, social distancing, and other public health measures as advised by the CDC, the State Health Department, and OMES. As with all planning in this era of COVID-19, this comprehensive plan is a living document and will evolve as the situation changes or guidance is revised.

There will be several key changes taking place for our on-campus classes to promote public health and provide exceptional learning experiences. Any changes to an already scheduled course will be communicated to students through their Aggie Scholars learning management portal. These adaptations include:

  1. All on-campus courses will adopt a hybrid course delivery model with content available on the university Learning Management System. All course information will be announced on their course page in Aggie Scholars.
    1. In-person class meetings will be limited to 30 students. Courses that were initially larger than this limit will observe a hybrid meeting schedule, with smaller groups of students meeting in person and the rest of the class meeting virtually.
    2. Some classes will meet synchronously online, with the course meeting at the scheduled time, but in a virtual classroom environment.
  1. To ensure that students travel between classes without high traffic and congestion and to allow ample time for cleaning and disinfection protocols:
    1. Some course start and end times will be altered.
    1. Other courses may be reassigned by building and floor to new locations.
    2. Any changes will be announced on the class Aggie Scholars page.
  2. Additional sections of courses will be available online when appropriate.

OPSU will continue to provide community-wide updates at opsu.edu/coronavirus/ and through social media.

OPSU is excited to partner with TouchNet OneCard to offer a new ID card system for added functionality across campus. To access and use your Aggie Campus ID, please view the Guide for Installing OneCard at onecard.opsu.edu .

For specific academic, course, or scheduling questions contact the Academic Resource Center:

Phone: 580-349-1558

Email: arc@opsu.edu

Website: arc.opsu.edu

About Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What to do / Preventing the spread of coronavirus

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.