How should IHEs prepare for, and respond to, COVID-19?
When a confirmed case has been on campus, regardless of community transmission
Implement strategies to continue education and other related supports for students.
When there is no community transmission (preparedness phase)
Review, update, and implement emergency operations plans (EOPs).
Develop information-sharing systems with partners.
Reinforce healthy hygiene practices.
Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts.
Monitor and plan for absenteeism.
Assess group gatherings and events. Consider postponing non-critical gatherings and events.
Require sick students, staff, and faculty to stay home. Establish procedures for students, staff, and faculty who are sick (with any illness) on campus.
Ensure IHE health clinics prepare for COVID-19.
Create plans to communicate accurate and timely information to the IHE community.
Review CDC’s guidance for businesses and employers.
IHE administrators can support their IHE community by sharing COVID-19 informational resources
When there is minimal to moderate community transmission
Implement multiple social distancing strategies
Ensure continuity of safe housing.
Help counter stigma and promote resilience on campus.
When there is substantial community transmission