Safe at Seminary

Our Community’s Expectation to Remain Safe at Seminary

Stay home if you are sick.

Any employee who is, or even believes he/she may be, sick is expected to stay home and to contact their health care provider to be tested. If the test confirms an illness, the employee must quarantine at home immediately. This includes any employee that passed a temperature and health check prior to reporting to work but later become ill during the course of the day. A touch-less thermometer will be available in Human Resources, as well as in each building complex, for use by employees who are not able to check their temperature prior to arriving on site.

The Seminary requires any employee who develops COVID-19 symptoms to be tested immediately by a health care provider. If the employee tests positive, the Seminary will immediately notify the local public health department and provide the employee’s information along with the information of other persons with whom the the employee came in contact while at work.

Coronavirus Symptoms

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

Practice social distancing.

  • Maintain at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) between you and others.
  • Do not gather in groups or common areas.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Masks must be worn indoors, unless seated at your desk.

Take your temperature daily.

Take your temperature daily before coming to work. If you do not have a thermometer, you must go to Human Resources (or the designated area in your, or a nearby, building) for a daily check before reporting to work. Your temperature must be less than 100.5.

Wash hands regularly.

Hands must be washed for at least 20 seconds. These short videos provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (total watch time 3 ½ minutes) will help you prevent both the spread of the flu and the Coronavirus:

Utilize hand sanitizer.

Asbury will provide employees whose job duties include touching items often touched by others (e.g. credit cards, cash, paper, computers, etc.) adequate hand sanitizing supplies. One of the best methods, even for “high touch” work, is to engage in regular hand washing.

The Seminary will supply adequate hand sanitizer for all employees and guests and ensure it is available near high traffic and high-touch areas (e.g. doors/door handles, etc.). The Seminary strongly encourages routine and regular hand washing for all employees and guests.

Masks must be worn indoors, unless seated at your desk.

When using a cloth face covering, make sure:

  • The mouth and nose are fully covered.
  • The covering fits snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps.
  • You do not have any difficulty breathing while wearing the cloth face covering.
  • The cloth face covering is tied or otherwise secured to prevent slipping.
  • Avoid touching your face as much as possible.
  • Keep the covering clean.
  • Clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately before putting on, after touching or adjusting, and after removing the cloth face covering.
  • Don’t share it with anyone else unless it’s washed and dried first.
  • You should be the only person handling your covering.
  • Laundry instructions will depend on the cloth used to make the face covering.
  • In general, cloth face coverings should be washed regularly (e.g., daily and whenever soiled) using water and a mild detergent, dried completely in a hot dryer, and stored in a clean container or bag.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?

Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their cloth face covering and wash hands immediately after removing

Limit face-to-face meetings.

Departments should minimize face-to-face contact with one another and with guests to the greatest extent practicable. Meetings should be conducted via telephone and technology where possible.

Use digital files whenever possible.

Avoid passing items between individuals as much as possible.

Sanitize workstation daily.

Asbury will sanitize frequently touched surfaces and areas regularly (e.g. doorknobs, copy machines, shared computers). If an employee is identified as having COVID-19 or the associated symptoms, the Seminary will further ensure it immediately restricts access to the contaminated areas and will post signage and adequately clean the impacted areas. Any contaminated area will be off-limits to all but essential personnel for a minimum of 24 hours if practicable.

Read the complete Asbury Seminary Healthy at Work Phase 1 Plan.