Fall 2020 Plan and Information
COVID-19 Updates and Information

Moving Forward: Fall 2020 at FSU

Last updated October 22, 2020. Updated every Thursday.

When COVID first hit the state last spring, we had little time to react or plan for what was to come. Now we return to our beautiful campus that is transformed in many ways.

You see informational signs, directional arrows and floor stickers to help with distancing, capacity limits posted on doors, reduced density and everyone wearing masks to protect themselves and others. (View a map of campus buildings and pedestrian flow for Fall 2020.)

Classes look different, as our faculty have put a great deal of effort into transforming their courses in innovative ways, all designed to significantly reduce in-person time while maintaining the quality educational experience. Activities will be different, too. We won’t have in-person Homecoming or Late@Lane, but plenty of creative and safe events are still being planned.

We are committed to following state health and safety guidelines, and if these change in the coming weeks, our operations will adapt as well. We are also committed to our mission of providing our students with a high-quality education. Remain vigilant about monitoring symptoms for COVID by using this guidance and Coronavirus Self-Checker.  

October 21, 2020

Health reminders: Remember these key important guidelines: Wear a mask — and wear it properly; social distance yourself in all situations on and off campus; and wash/sanitize your hands frequently. Some related reminders: 

    • Masks are required upon entering and while riding the Allegany Transit bus and the SGA Loop bus.  
    • Masks are required at Chesapeake at all times except when seated and eating.  
    • It is important to wear masks anytime you are around someone who does not live in your household, even in small groups. Health officials have traced social gatherings, even small ones, to a growing number of COVID-19 case clusters. 
    • To be effective, the mask must cover the nose and mouth. 
  • It is also essential to check in on the monitoring app EVERY day you work or take classes at www.frostburg.edu/checkin
  • This time of year, you may begin to experience symptoms from a number of other issues as well, seasonal allergies, flu and colds. Here is a useful link to CDC guidance on symptoms as well as a Self-Checker that walks you through symptoms.   

Flu Shots: The Brady Health Center offers flu shots by appointment every weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $20. Most pharmacies and urgent care clinics offer flu shots as well, charged to insurance with no co-pay.   

Mental Health Resources: We also need to care for our mental health, as we are all feeling added stress and anxiety. I have reminded students about Counseling and Physcological Services (CAPS), which is fully staffed to provide services for students. This includes a Friday virtual support group.  

I encourage employees to review the wellness resources for the State of Maryland employees. The page includes some specific resources about emotional well-being (at lower left) and a list of available webinars, along with specifics based on your insurance provider. 

CURRENT Pandemic Recovery Level

FSU is currently at Pandemic Recovery Level 2: Telework continues, but staff incrementally return to work to complete essential functions with reduced footprint authorized by supervisors; preparations for reopening continue; faculty return when contract commences; students return to campus with limitations on size of gatherings and reduced density in residence halls; as semester begins, classes may meet face-to-face with some blended modalities and reduced capacity; social distancing, indoor face mask donning in the presence of others, hand washing, respiratory etiquette, and employee health monitoring are required.

More Information about the Recovery Level

Previous Communications

Read more of the President's Previous Campus Messages

Do your part

The safety of our community depends on simple day-to-day actions to reduce transmission. Our safe return to campus relies on everyone doing their part.

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Wear a Mask

You can carry the virus even if you feel healthy. Wear a mask to protect others and they'll wear a mask to protect you.

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Wash Your Hands

When possible, wash hands for at least 20 seconds. If washing isn't possible, used hand-sanitizer.

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Sanitize Surfaces

Clean and disinfect high-contact surfaces such as door knobs and light switches.

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Monitor Your Symptoms

Know the symptoms and monitor your health. If you feel sick, stay home.