Healthy Vandal Pledge
Last Updated: March 24, 2021
A longstanding tradition is that Vandals take care of Vandals and we all do our best to look out for the Vandal family. These simple precautions go a long way in reducing the impact of coronavirus on our campuses and in our communities. With everyone engaging in these small actions, we can continue to participate in our vibrant campus culture where we are able to learn, live and grow. Together, we are healthy Vandals.
By signing the Healthy Vandal Pledge I acknowledge that I am familiar with the university’s protocols set forth below:
1. Daily symptom monitoring
I will conduct daily symptom monitoring before reporting to work or class. The CDC provides an updated list of known symptoms at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. At this time, known symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If I experience any of these symptoms and they cannot be attributed to a non-infectious health condition, regardless of how mild, I will stay home. I will call my medical provider or my local Idaho Public Health District for assessment of symptoms and possible COVID-19 testing. Additionally, I will isolate for the required amount of time if I test positive with COVID-19 and quarantine if I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19. A close contact is defined by Public Health – Idaho North Central District as someone within six feet of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, unmasked. Testing may be available after a minimum of six days after exposure has lapsed, per testing local Public Health and CDC testing recommendations. View COVID-19 Response Protocol
Students: I understand that quarantine and isolation options will be shared with me depending on my living unit. If I live in my own residence off campus, I will need to quarantine or isolate in my own space and work with instructors to complete required coursework and classroom activities.
Employees: I understand that I will be asked to self-isolate if infected with COVID-19 or quarantine if I’ve been exposed to someone who is infected with COVID-19. I will work with Human Resources and my supervisor to determine benefits options and potential work-from-home options.
2. Face coverings
I will follow the university’s face covering requirement, as outlined in FSH 6995. This policy requires face coverings in all university buildings. It also requires face coverings in outdoor settings where 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained
3. Social distancing
I will follow the below social distancing recommendations:
In general: Stay at least 6 feet from other people
Classrooms and other learning environments: Follow classroom instructions, both written and verbal, and carefully observe directional signs and flow of traffic in hallways and common areas.
Communication and Meetings: Consider communicating using email, instant message, telephone or other technology rather than face-to-face interactions. The university has a range of available collaboration tools (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.).
4. Handwashing and disinfecting
I understand that handwashing and the cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces are important strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I will follow the related CDC guidance:
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
Workspaces and classroom spaces will not be cleaned between every use. Wipe down your spaces before and after use.
5. COVID-19 testing
I acknowledge that the University has a COVID-19 testing plan involving mandatory testing for those students engaged in in-person instruction activities and voluntary testing in other situations.
I understand I am strongly encouraged to participate in random surveillance testing as this is the university’s strategy to identify asymptomatic cases to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Those who are randomly selected throughout the semester will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org inviting them to participate
6. Reporting concerns and questions
I will email email@example.com with questions and requests regarding COVID-19 testing, safety supplies, and general inquiries.
I will file a VandalCARE Report through the Dean of Students Office for concerns about an individual with COVID-19 related issues. This includes reporting known and suspected cases of COVID-19. The VandalCare team will route the concern or inquiry to the appropriate department to ensure students, faculty and staff are able to get the resources and support they need.
I understand the following support resources are also available to me:
I acknowledge these expectations and simple strategies to protect myself and others and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our communities.