The plan includes guidelines for initial and ongoing screening and testing of students and employees, cooperation with local health department contact-tracing investigations, and effective case management within the university population should an employee or student become infected.
To ensure the accurate dissemination of public health information and consistency of design of signage across all campus locations, Virginia Tech will engage a centralized process to approve and install signage in public-facing university spaces in campus locations across the Commonwealth.
In keeping with the goals articulated in Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Sixty-Three, Virginia Tech will require the use of face coverings beginning on Friday, May 29, for employees at all university facilities in the commonwealth.
The university is currently partnering with multiple strategic suppliers to place bulk orders of disposable daily wear masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant to have on hand for university community members who may need them by mid to late summer and into the fall.
University leaders are reviewing operational strategies to protect public health on campus, with a goal of resuming in-person instruction and experiential learning opportunities for the fall semester. Leaders are considering the strategies as the university prepares for an expected June 8 announcement on fall semester plans.
Coordinated by Virginia Tech Emergency Management, a formal plan identifies potential emergency conditions at an event site and lays out procedures that need to be followed to increase preparedness, minimize risk, and prevent injury.
While the Virginia Tech Police Department, Virginia Tech Emergency Management, Virginia Tech Environmental Health and Safety, and the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad already work closely on a daily basis, they came together under one organization Oct. 1.