Policy on Visitors to Campus
In response to Governor Ned Lamont’s Phase 2 Reopening of Connecticut offices on June 17, The Frederick Gunn School is putting the following Visitor Policy in place. This policy responds to the current needs of FGS and will remain in place until a revised visitor policy is adopted in response to Governor Lamont’s Phase 3 Reopening of Connecticut schools.
This policy was developed utilizing the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Considerations for Schools and Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education , as well as Connecticut’s Report of The Higher Education Subcommittee issued May 8, Reopen Connecticut , and Reopen Connecticut, Sector Rules for Offices . The purpose of this policy is to provide ways to protect staff, faculty, and administrators while slowing the spread of COVID 19. Implementation of this policy will be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of FGS community.
This document is updated and may continue to be updated due to the rapidly changing response to this pandemic emergency and ongoing updates from the CDC, as well as changes to federal and state orders and guidance.
We will continue to monitor state and local public health communications about COVID-19.
All visitors must adhere to the following procedures whether visiting The Frederick Gunn School's campus for personal or business purposes.
All hosts will contact their visitors prior to arrival, communicate FGS Visitor Policy, and complete the VISITOR SCREENING FORM . The screening should be done via telephone or email no earlier than 24 hours prior to arrival and the host should complete The FGS Visitor Screening Form at that time. The questions being asked are as follows:
Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms as defined by the CDC? Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea.
Have you been outside of the country in the last 14 days? If yes, this information should be shared and discussed with Mary Ewing, R.N., Director of Nursing, before the visitor comes to campus.
Are you traveling from a state listed on the State of Connecticut Travel Advisory list ? If yes, have you completed your 14-day self-quarantine? Effective June 24, 2020, Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7BBB states that anyone traveling from a state listed on the State of Connecticut Travel Advisory list must self-quarantine for 14 days.
Have you been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
Have you been in contact with anyone who is ill in the past 14 days?
Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours?
If their answer to any of these questions is yes, the visitor should not be allowed on campus. Visitors will check in with their hosts upon arrival on campus via telephone from their vehicle. This is especially important if the visitor is unfamiliar with the campus. All visitors should arrive with their own face-covering in place. If they do not have one, FGS will provide a mask for them. Supplies will be available upon request from the Health Center.
Face masks should be worn by visitors and staff while in buildings and physical distancing of at least six feet should be maintained. Face masks are not required outside if physical distancing of at least six feet is being practiced. Signs will be posted throughout campus reminding individuals to wear masks and practice physical distancing, proper hand and respiratory hygiene.
Visitor information will be gathered by the host and entered into VISITOR SCREENING FORM for contact tracing, if necessary. This information will include the visitor’s phone number, address, locations visited on campus, and the individuals with whom they met.
If a visitor arrives on campus displaying symptoms of illness, they will be asked to leave and seek appropriate care. Cleaning and disinfecting measures, as outlined by the CDC, will occur following their departure. Any contact with that individual should be documented and appropriate measures to mitigate transmission of illness will be taken. Housekeeping will be notified of a visitor’s arrival on campus and the locations they visited, so that proper cleaning and disinfecting can occur.