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Whether you are a current undergraduate or graduate student, an incoming student, a parent or guardian, faculty member, staff member, or in any way involved in the Fairfield University community, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to remain an integral part of our campus life. Below you will find a host of helpful questions and answers regarding Fairfield’s plans for the fall 2020 semester and beyond, including important items on services, facilities, and events and programming.

As our community prepares to return to campus life, we will continue to update these FAQs, so please check back regularly for new and updated information.

General University Procedures

The University has selected the LiveSafe mobile application to conduct daily health monitoring for students, faculty, and staff. LiveSafe is already widely used across campus, and the health monitoring feature we will be using is integrated into our suite of applications. The instruction for downloading and using the application are provided below.

  1. Download LiveSafe from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you are a visitor or are unable to download the app, the daily health monitoring questionnaire can be accessed online
  2. Once downloaded, register with your name, phone number and university email address
  3. Select you affiliation (Student, Faculty/Staff or Visitor)
  4. Select Organization
    • Type "Fairfield University" in search bar
  5. Confirm registration with confirmation email

The Health Survey can be found on the home screen of the app, and can be filled out as follows.

  1. Open Health Verification Survey
  2. Enter name, university email
  3. Select affiliation
  4. Answer questionnaire
  5. Hit "Submit"
  6. Follow instructions on screen if you receive an “unhealthy” response.

The results of the LiveSafe daily Covid-19 health monitoring questionnaire — the green check mark or red 'X' response screen — will remain visible on the app as long as users do not close the app or hit "back" upon completion. If the app is kept open in the background, the survey response screen will remain for the day. Additionally, users will receive an email immediately after submitting the survey that contains the results of the completed questionnaire. The email can be opened right from the user’s phone and viewed and shown as many times as necessary. Users can also screenshot the results of their questionnaire so that they can save the response to their phone in the event they are asked to show their survey results at any time on campus.

Students who have been vaccinated should upload their medical documentation here.

Any student that is having difficulty may call the Student Health Center for assistance or email the documentation to health@fairfield.edu and we will upload it.

The timing of when members of the Fairfield community and for the entire state is determined by the State of Connecticut vaccine allocation protocol. The University continues to follow the state’s guidance and timing for the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine for its various populations. For more information on the vaccine rollout timeline, please visit the State of Connecticut’s Covid-19 portal.

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As a result of our strict testing protocols during the month of February we were successful in limiting the number of positive cases of Covid-19 on our campus. To continue with this favorable trend to keep our community safe, the University will require 100% of the on-campus population, including faculty and staff, to test weekly throughout March.

All University community members are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated for seasonal influenza (flu) as per CDC guidance. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. It will reduce the risk of serious flu illness and help prevent healthcare systems from being overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with Covid-19. If you have not yet received your seasonal flu vaccine, please do so prior to your return to campus.

Gathering in groups and impromptu social gatherings are highly discouraged. Students must wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet of physical distance from one another at all times during all social gatherings, regardless of whether it is being held indoors or outdoors. Social gatherings in University housing are limited to the number of individuals assigned to the residence plus two guests who also live in University housing. 

Gathering in groups of more than 10 is not permissible at any time, in any location, indoors or outdoors, without the approval of authorized University personnel. The University encourages residents to work with University staff and faculty to organize social gatherings in accordance with University, Town of Fairfield and State of Connecticut guidelines and directives. Students seeking to host social gatherings should seek guidance and/or approval from an appropriate office including, but not limited to, Residence Life, Student Engagement, Recreation, academic departments, or Conference and Event Management.

To best protect the health and safety of our employees, Fairfield has made several changes to campus facilities to ensure proper hygiene, education, and workspace well-being:

  • Signage has been installed throughout campus to remind employees of the importance of personal hygiene, social distancing protocols, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and personal protection requirements, as well as resource numbers to call for assistance (e.g., 211 State Covid-19 phone line).
  • Where necessary, we have reconfigured work areas to align with social distancing requirements.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensing stations have been installed throughout all campus buildings to encourage proper personal hygiene.

In anticipation of reopening campus to Fairfield students, faculty, and staff, the University’s facilities department has surveyed the heating, cooling, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems of each building on campus to determine air change and ventilation rates, as HVAC systems can help mitigate the spread of viruses by ensuring the proper number of air changes in a space and by introducing the proper amounts of outside air into the space.

Newer buildings such as the Charles F. Dolan School of Business and the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies have the code required air changes and are equipped with direct outside air systems (DOAS) that introduce conditioned (heated, cooled, and dehumidified) and filtered air into the space. Renovated buildings such as renovated Quad Dorms, Canisius Hall, and Donnarumma Hall have the air changes and included the introduction of DOAS units. The remaining campus buildings have been evaluated to ensure that the HVAC systems are fully functional and achieving the required air changes as well as the outside air. On a selective basis for facilities with older HVAC systems, the University has introduced bi-polar ionization technology to further enhance the air quality. This technology has proved effective in the past on pathogen reduction, particle reduction and odor reduction.

After completing this comprehensive review of the HVAC systems for all campus buildings, the systems operate as designed and provide adequate air changes as well as the percentage of fresh outside air to maintain healthy environments. The dorms have operable windows and fan coil units that provide appropriate air changes regardless of whether they are air conditioned or not.

Our Facilities Management Department has reviewed the floor plans and furniture layout for every classroom, laboratory, and simulation space in the various academic buildings to determine appropriate spacing in each location to accommodate six-foot distancing among each student and the instructor. Faculty will use this information as they construct the weekly course meetings for the fall semester to properly accommodate and ensure in-person engagement opportunities with all students throughout the semester.

The furniture in all classrooms is being reorganized to accommodate the required 6 feet of physical distance between students. As a result, the number of students meeting at any one time in a classroom will be approximately 50% the typical classroom capacity. Additionally, excess furniture has been removed. Every classroom has been supplied with hand sanitizer as well as wipes for cleaning surfaces. Hand sanitizers have been placed in public areas across campus.

A safe on-campus experience at Fairfield is our utmost priority. Fairfield will be providing cloth masks for all community members. Masks must be worn at all times in public including classrooms or when around other people. Individuals without masks will be asked to leave classes or dining halls etc. Once a community member enters a private space — a residence hall bedroom, a private office, or while eating — masks may be removed.

Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting Covid-19 to others. Thus, in accordance with CDC guidance, use of such masks on our campus is not acceptable. An acceptable facemask will be provided if the student or employee does not have an alternate facemask available.

In order to address the increased need for cleaning and sanitization, Fairfield is providing cleaning sprays and disinfecting wipes near common areas and equipment such as printers, copiers, and coffee machines, so that shared equipment can be wiped down before and after use. We have also increased the frequency of cleaning on campus, with special attention given to shared spaces such as restrooms.

We also ask that employees refrain from using their colleagues’ desks, phones, and computers when possible. If such use occurs, please disinfect the shared item after.

Bathrooms in first-year and sophomore-year housing options will receive a thorough cleaning three times per week in addition to typical maintenance and cleaning. Plexiglass barriers have also been installed at sinks and urinals. Bathrooms in townhouses and on-campus apartments will also receive thorough cleaning in addition to being equipped with an array of cleaning supplies.

Testing & Contact Tracing

As a result of our strict testing protocols during the month of February we were successful in limiting the number of positive cases of Covid-19 on our campus. To continue with this favorable trend to keep our community safe, the University will require 100% of the on-campus population, including faculty and staff, to test weekly throughout March.

For your convenience, there are a number of Broad test clinics that have been scheduled at the RecPlex during the month. These tests are observed, self-swab, and are available by appointment:

During the month of March, testing will take place on the following schedule:

  • Sundays (2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28): 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Mondays (3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29): 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesdays (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30): 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Schedule a Test (Students): https://covid19testing21.as.me/surv0221 

Schedule a Test (Faculty & Staff): https://covid19testing21.as.me/emp0113 

If you have been in close contact, such as within 6 feet of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection for at least 15 minutes and do not have symptoms:

  • You need a test. Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection. Because of the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, it is important that contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection be quickly identified and tested. Students that think they may have been exposed to the virus should contact the Student Health Center. Employees should contact their private health care provider.
  • Even if you test negative, students or employees who are considered closed contacts will need to be under surveillance (quarantine) and away from others for 10 days. When possible, students will be encouraged to go home. If not possible, students will be under surveillance in University provided accommodations. Meals will be provided. Students should continue their classes remotely. Daily check ins will occur by university staff via phone, email or text. The accommodations have a security detail presence.

Throughout the semester, the University will engage in contact tracing by Student Health Center registered nurses. University contact tracing will align with the directives of the Fairfield Health Department, the Johns Hopkins University contact tracing training, and the State of Connecticut training for patient privacy. All students diagnosed with Covid-19 will be contacted by a registered nurse and interviewed. This interview will focus on identifying any close contacts of the student with Covid-19.

Students who are considered closed contacts will need to be under surveillance for 10 days. When possible, students will be encouraged to go home. If not possible, they will be under surveillance at a local hotel. Meals will be provided. Students should continue their classes remotely. Daily check ins will occur by university staff via phone, email or text.

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms from Covid-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from Covid-19 illness. Look for emergency warning signs for Covid-19. If you are showing any of these signs or symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call Public Safety at 203-254-4090 or call 911. Notify the operator of your symptoms and that you may have Covid-19.

Fairfield has recently moved its Student Health Center to a new, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of campus, attached to Jogues hall within the residential quad. In addition to Covid-19 related health concerns, they will provide comprehensive health services and mental health support for eligible students seven days a week.

Yes, Covid-19 testing is available at the Student Health Center for eligible students with possible Covid-19 symptoms and for students exposed to someone with Covid-19.

In addition to the Broad on-campus test, we will accept results from private Covid-19 PCR or antigen tests. Students who are tested by an outside provider should submit their test results to covidhealth@fairfield.edu or fax to (203) 254-4263.

For University Health Plan participants, the cost of these tests are covered under the University’s medical plan. Private test results only must be submitted to COVIDHR@fairfield.edu.

If you test positive for Covid-19 infection, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication, and with improvement of other symptoms. When possible, students will be encouraged to go home to isolate. If not possible, residential students will be in isolation in University provided accommodations. Meals will be provided. Students should continue their classes remotely as tolerated. Daily health check ins will occur by a Student Health Center registered nurse via phone or telehealth. The accommodations have a Security detail presence.

Students do not need a follow-up negative test to return to work or school, as long as

  • You did not require hospitalization, AND
  • It has been at least at least 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms, AND
  • You have been cleared to return to the campus community by the Student Health Center clinician.

For those coming back on campus in March for the first time this semester, you must present one negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than five days prior to your return, in order for your StagCard to be activated for access to campus.

The Quest at-home test may be ordered up until February 28, 2021, but samples from previously ordered kits may be submitted until the end of the semester - Learn More.

Isolation will be required for all individuals who have a confirmed positive Covid-19 test result or are otherwise symptomatic, under investigation for Covid-19, or diagnosed with Covid-19 by a health professional even if your test result is negative. Students who are considered closed contacts will need to be under surveillance for 10 days.

When possible, students will be encouraged to go home. If not possible, they will be under surveillance at a local hotel. Meals will be provided. Students should continue their classes remotely. Daily check ins will occur by university staff via phone, email or text.

Fairfield’s Tracking Dashboard includes both those participating in this surveillance testing and all other diagnostic/contact-traced testing. Fairfield has implemented a color-coded system that enables the University to respond appropriately to changing campus health conditions and enact mitigation efforts to contain the spread of the virus. The dashboard will be updated daily Monday-Friday.

Graduate Students

Classes will begin on Monday, January 25. All coursework will be virtual the first two weeks of the spring semester. In-person learning experiences for hybrid courses that are required for licensure and certification programs will resume as early as on Wednesday, February 10, but could be later depending on individual courses and instructors. All other graduate courses should be delivered fully online this semester.

If you are enrolled in online classes only and will be studying remotely this semester, you do not have to complete a Covid-19 test. If you will be coming to campus for some in-person lab, simulation, or other experiences, you are required to complete a Covid-19 test and must submit a negative result before coming onto campus. Please review the FAQ section on Testing & Contact Tracing for more information.

Any graduate students in hybrid programs in the Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies and the Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions will need to continue with weekly testing until otherwise notified. This is the case with faculty and staff coming to campus on an irregular basis, as well. These important measures help us better protect the health and welfare of all members of our community.

Please track your symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and/or call the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000 x2241 for guidance.

 

You can find a comprehensive guide to academic and graduate student support services, including information for mental health counseling, health insurance, IT support, the Library, and other services, on the Graduate Student Life page.

At this time, we strongly recommend that students take advantage of the online resources available to them, including Ask a Librarian, home delivery options, and other features provided by the Library; remote fitness options provided by the RecPlex; online mental health counseling through UWill; and virtual events offered through the Quick Center for the Arts.  

Remote and fully online students who would like to come to the campus for any in-person activities may do so provided they complete the same protocols asked of our other campus members: 

  1. Contact your Assistant/Associate Dean first to submit a request
  2. Complete a negative Covid-19 PCR test through your personal healthcare provider and submit the results to covidhealth@fairfield.eduwithin 48 hours of your intended first visit
  3. Complete on-campus Covid-19 testing every week that you visit campus, even for a single day out of the week. 

Test results will be connected to your StagCard which will be required to enter the campus. Students who miss a weekly Covid-19 test on campus will have their StagCards inactivated and will not be permitted onto campus until completing steps 1-3 again. All members of the campus community must also complete the LiveSafe app, wear a mask at all times, and follow posted social distancing guidelines.

To maximize the time and opportunity for engaged learning, Fairfield will not observe the President’s Day holiday in February or spring break week in March.

Off-Campus Students

Please track your symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and/or call the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000 x2241 for assistance.

Yes, you may come to campus to use resources such as the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, the RecPlex, and the Barone Campus Center. All students not living in University housing are not permitted to enter University housing buildings (residence halls, Town Houses and apartments).

This is allowed as long as you follow all directives in your lease, as well as the directives outlined by the Town of Fairfield and the State of Connecticut. Directives are subject to change at any time, so please make sure to review the guidelines for the town and state on the sites linked below:

ct.gov

www.fairfieldct.org

Yes, all students are required to fill out the daily check in on the app.

Develop a Covid-19 plan now — discuss what you will do if you are exposed and or test positive for the virus with your housemates and families.

Prospective Students

For updated visit information, please review our Campus Visit Information page. We also offer virtual options. Take a Fairfield Virtual Tour, schedule a virtual information session, or schedule a meeting with an Admission Counselor.

Employees

While the timing of when members of the Fairfield community is subject to the State of Connecticut vaccine protocol, many faculty members teaching in-person classes and staff in student facing roles may be eligible to receive their Covid-19 vaccination as early as Phase 1b, which will begin shortly. Already, many of our DPS emergency responders and our health center staff have begun receiving the vaccine.

For more information on the vaccine rollout timeline, please visit the State of Connecticut’s Covid-19 portal.

Employees are EXEMPT from testing if:

  1. They are not coming to campus at all, and/or
  2. They have submitted proof of a positive Covid-19 test taken within 90 days. Please note that vaccinated individuals must continue to test at this time.

In the case of a positive test, a healthcare professional from Quest will be in contact to provide instruction and guidance on quarantine requirements and when it is safe to return to campus.

Employees who are authorized by their leadership to work remotely, or those who have an existing accommodation, may continue to work under those arrangements going forward unless otherwise notified.

Once the entire campus is repopulated, the University will continue with regular surveillance testing at a scope and frequency consistent with Connecticut Department of Public Health requirements. Employees who access campus are also reminded that daily health monitoring, social distancing, and masks will continue to be required into the spring semester.

All University community members are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated for seasonal influenza (flu) as per CDC guidance. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. It will reduce the risk of serious flu illness and help prevent healthcare systems from being overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with Covid-19. If you have not yet received your seasonal flu vaccine, please do so prior to your return to campus.

Since early April, the University has instructed employees who were not able to work from home, or were out of work due to Covid-19 related reasons to use available paid time off, including the ability to run a deficit in their sick time balances to cover any shortfall.  In connection with the University’s Phase III reopening on August 24, we will return to normal payroll and time off policies and practices on August 21

Any employees who had a negative balance will be reset to zero, and once again, begin to accrue paid time off on a going forward basis. In cases where an employees may have extenuating circumstances such as traveling to/from hot spot states, being subject to quarantine or unable to work remotely, they should contact their supervisors who will work with Human Resources to determine the appropriate course of action.

Employees working on campus must wear a face mask or other cloth face covering that completely covers their nose and mouth. Masks must be worn from the time employees enter the building until the time they arrive at their cubicle/workstation, and any time they are leaving their work station and moving around common areas (e.g., in hallways and stairwells, going to the restroom, etc.). Employees working in congregate settings — areas open to the public, shared offices, or similar settings — must wear a face mask or covering.

If an employee works with cleaning chemicals, they are also required to wear gloves and eye protections. Employees may choose to wear their own face mask or face covering, if desired. If an employee cannot wear a face mask due to personal health or medical concerns, they are asked to contact HR to discuss options. If an employee works alone in a segregated space (e.g., a cubicle with walls, private offices, etc.), they may remove their mask while at work.

For any questions regarding the proper use of PPE, please contact Joe Bouchard, Director of Environmental Health & Safety/Fire Marshall, at jmbouchard@fairfield.edu.

Visitors are required to bring and wear face masks or face coverings, unless doing so would be contrary to their health and safety due to a medical condition. If an employee has a visitor on campus, they are responsible for ensuring their visitor’s compliance with PPE requirements.

For any questions regarding the proper use of PPE, please contact Joe Bouchard, Director of Environmental Health & Safety/Fire Marshall, at jmbouchard@fairfield.edu.

The CDC defines ‘immunocompromised’ persons as those considered to have the greatest risk of infection caused by airborne or waterborne microorganisms. If an employee believes they are an immunocompromised individual or at high risk for severe illness from Covid-19, please contact COVIDHR@fairfield.edu to request accommodation now or in the future.

As we continue planning to reopen and repopulate the facility, please know that the health and safety of our members is our number one priority. We will be observing both state and university guidelines, as we reconfigure the layout of the facility and update our policies related to the Covid-19 environment.

Faculty and staff who paid 2019-2020 membership fees will have access to the RecPlex starting August 3, 2020, through December 23, 2020, at no additional charge. Faculty and Staff will be able to purchase six-month memberships for themselves ONLY, beginning January 1 – June 30, 2021.

If you paid for a spouse or dependents membership, we hope to reopen to spouses and dependents March 1 – June 30, 2021. Allowing them to make up the four months they are owed from this spring.

Alumni & Friends

Stags for Stags gifts support the current needs of students who are financially challenged by providing critical financial aid, physical and mental health care, academic response for online learning, and personalized spiritual guidance.

Visit fairfield.edu/stagsforstags to learn more.

Partnering with the Career Center is another great way to help Stags. You can help launch Fairfield students’ and recent graduates’ careers through the Hire a Stag program. The program encourages alumni and friends to post jobs and internships on Stags4Hire, participate in virtual or in-person events like Career Fairs, Job Mock Interviews, Job Shadow events, and much more.

Learn all of the ways you can assist with students’ careers by visiting the Career Center’s For Alumni page.

You can stay connected with us by visiting fairfield.edu/alumnievents and attending virtual gatherings, checking the Stags Come Home page for updates, or subscribing to receive Fairfield News@ publication.

As we continue planning to reopen and repopulate the facility, please know that the health and safety of our members is our number one priority. We will be observing both state and university guidelines, as we reconfigure the layout of the facility and update our policies related to the Covid-19 environment.

Alumni Members who paid 2019-2020 membership fees will have four months of access to the RecPlex, at no additional charge. The RecPlex will be phasing in members, starting with students, faculty, and staff in the fall. During the second phase (Beginning March, 2021), we will begin to allow alumni, prep alumni, president, and loyola circle members access to the RecPlex. We will continuously evaluate state and university guidelines to determine an exact date for our phase two reopening.

If you paid for a spouse or dependents membership, we hope to reopen to spouses and dependents March 1 – June 30, 2021 allowing them to make up the four months they are owed from this spring.

Dining

Students with special dietary needs should schedule a student as a specific dietary need, they are encouraged to set up a virtual meeting or phone call with Fairfield’s registered & licensed dietitian/nutritionist Mackenzie Gordon at mgordon@fairfield.edu to review and develop a plan.

Students will need to fill out the food allergy form available on fairfield.edu/foodallergies and submit it to the Student Health Center in Jogues Hall. All special diets students will be provided meals from the Tully Dining Hall “Simple Servings” safe area.

Students with special dietary needs will dine in The Tully Dining Commons in the Barone Campus Center. If needed, meals for students in a quarantined area will be provided by Sodexo catering with meals delivered by University staff in full PPE coverings.

Students will be able to order from The Stag via the online app or kiosk ordering. Once the order is placed, meals will be handed to students in the queuing lines. Students also have the option of having meals delivered to the newly installed food lockers on the third floor in the Barone Campus Center. The Stag will not offer a sit down dining.

Dunkin’ in the Barone Campus Center is open via the online app and kiosk ordering. They will not offer walk up sales. Locations in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library and Charles F. Dolan School of Business will not be in operation.

All dining spaces have been equipped with newly-installed physical barriers (rails, guards, and stanchions), placed at all key entry, exit, and serving points. Increased signage reminding students of proper social distancing and hygiene have also been incorporated into all dining locations on campus.

All dining locations have been adjusted to account for proper social distancing. At all dining locations, a maximum of four seats are allowed per table with dining, with locations assigned by residence halls. Tables in each of these locations will be set up to allow for 6-foot social distancing. No guests or visitors will be allowed in any of the dining locations on campus during the fall 2020 semester. Dining locations will also employ a zero self-service model, in which typical buffet-style self-service will no longer occur.

The Tully Dining Common’s 750-seat capacity has been reduced to 320 seats. Four new dining halls have been added to account for decreased seating capacity: The Barone Campus Center Oak and Dogwood Rooms, Faber Hall Dining Room, and the Conference Center at Fairfield University.

Students will also have two additional dining options of Grab & Go Take Out or Grab & Sit, as well as two food trucks located at Alumni Hall on class days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (dining swipes, Stag Bucks, credit cards, and cash accepted).

Students will be able to move through dining hall locations in a 100% touchless manner. Entrance to each dining location will be granted in a Tap & Go fashion only with no swipe option available. Social distancing will be achieved in line formations with floor signs marking proper personal distancing, with dining staff guiding students to appropriate lines in all locations. Entrances and exits to all dining locations will also be equipped with touchless hand sanitizers to encourage frequent sanitizing.

Dining Hall staff will continue to serve a robust and varied menu, but they will do so by distributing all food and beverage to diners with no exceptions permitted. Serviceware and utensils will all be disposable; with our commitment to being green still ever-present, the University intends to return to reusable options whenever possible.

Sodexo Dining Services must provide a required “Return to Work” Covid 19 training (Virtual & In Person) to full-time, part-time and student employees that instructs on the following:

1. Workplace infection control practices.

2. Proper use of PPE.

3. Immediate and strong illness notification to Sodexo management for ANY Covid-19 symptoms in ALL Fairfield University dining facilities.

  1. In collaboration with campus operations at Fairfield University and Ecolab, Sodexo’s sanitizing products partner, high-quality sanitizing solutions will be used at all dining locations.
  2. Dining facilities will be closed daily from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. to allow campus operations and Sodexo dining services to perform a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of all dining kitchens, serveries, and seating locations.
  3. Fairfield has also added self-dispensing, non-touch hand sanitizers at each dining facility, which will be located at all entrances and exits from all campus dining locations.
  1. Dining facilities will continue heightened use of HACCP based food safety standard operating procedures (SOP’S) with additional ServSafe Sodexo management training.
  2. Fairfield has increased the frequency of disinfection as well as cleaning mandates for public facing serving areas with the use of plexiglass protection at all of those locations.
  3. Messaging and signage enforcing hand washing, face masks, and social distancing has been implemented.
  4. Employees dress are required to wear face masks at all times and wash hands and change gloves every 30 minutes.
  5. Fairfield Dining has added an additional production shift to allow for less cooks and chefs in the kitchen at one time.

Sodexo will establish a “six-foot kitchen” for food preparation. This concept has been presented via virtual training modules focusing on personal hygiene of chefs, cooks, and staff, PPE gear, cleaning of surfaces, accepting deliveries, food storage and food production.

Enhanced messaging emphasizing social distancing, handwashing, face masks, and additional dining options will be shared through a series of channels including:

Floor decals

Digital boards

Fairfield Dining’s Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts

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