We are working with our partners at Flik Independent School Dining to develop a new lunch and dining room operating plan that follows CDC and local health guidelines, complete with new equipment where needed. This plan will ensure the safety of all students, faculty, staff, and Flik employees while maintaining as much of the USM dining program tradition as possible. More details on this new lunch plan will be shared throughout summer.
We are committed to maintaining a safe and efficient transportation system for all students, drivers, and community members. Steps being taken include:
- Social distancing on buses and reduced seating capacity per trip.
- Investing in plastic screens/partitions to ensure student and driver safety.
- Requiring all passengers and drivers to wear masks while on buses.
- Increased bus cleaning and sanitizing between trips.
- Coordinating with local public school districts to ensure the safety of USM students who utilize their transportation services.
The school day doesn’t start at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m., and neither does our commitment to keeping our students safe. We are exploring ways to incorporate new safety guidelines into our before and after school programs, including:
- Utilizing additional spaces on campus to maintain proper social distancing.
- Additional cleaning measures for all areas utilized by these programs.
- Requiring additional hand washing and sanitizing when reentering the building.
The 2020 Summer I.D.E.A.S. and Summer Institute for Academic Advancement are fully online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our teams of administrators and teachers are working hard to maintain the same level of excellence that you expect out of our summer programs. Although the 2020 programs are just beginning, planning is already underway for 2021 with different delivery scenarios in the event that the pandemic continues into next summer.
Each year, USM hosts many outside organizations and events on campus. We are currently reviewing all facility rentals for 2020 to determine if the school can still accommodate the events under the current guidelines. We expect all visitors to campus to adhere to the same health and safety procedures as our students, faculty/staff, parents, and the entire USM community.
The campus day care for faculty and staff children will continue to operate for the 2020-21 school year. Like all parts of the school, our day care staff will work diligently to adhere to the health and safety guidelines, and implement heightened procedures and expectations for when a child is not feeling well.
At USM, we value the health and well-being of our employees. Not only are they the best teachers, administrators, and support staff in the nation, but they are also our friends, neighbors, and foundational pieces of our community and your child’s education. We are taking steps to ensure the health and safety or our employees, and to make sure they know how to best keep your children as safe and healthy as possible. This includes taking the following steps:
- Establishing new HR policies related to COVID-19.
- Creating a plan for employees to safely return to work on campus.
- Oversee new faculty and staff training procedures related to COVID-19.
- Providing faculty and staff with personal protective equipment.
- Introducing new “work from home” policies during on-campus and HyFlex scenarios.