FAQs for Faculty and Staff

The following questions are frequently asked by faculty, staff and supervisors.

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Faculty, staff and supervisor FAQs

Faculty FAQs Staff FAQs Supervisor FAQs

Faculty FAQs

How will faculty learn that a student in their class has tested positive for COVID‑19 or has to quarantine?

  • Similar to other situations where a student is sick, you will typically be notified by the student. Once the university learns of a COVID‑19 positive or quarantining student (typically through Magers Health and Wellness Center or through the COVID‑19 Response Team), a COVID‑19 Response Team member will communicate with the student and encourage them to talk to their instructors so academic arrangements can be made.
  • If you or a student were identified as having close contact, the Springfield Greene-County Health Department or the COVID‑19 Response Team will reach out to them directly.

What should faculty do if they learn that a student in their class has tested positive for COVID‑19 or has to quarantine?

  • You should make arrangements with the student to enable them to continue their progress in the class remotely for the duration of their isolation or quarantine period.
  • You should advise the student to stay home, not come to campus, and complete the reporting form if you have not already done so. Beyond this, you do not need to provide the student with advice on how long they should isolate, what they are allowed to do and not allowed to do while in isolation, etc. The COVID‑19 Response Team will provide the student with this advice. If the student asks for such advice, instruct them to contact the COVID‑19 Response Team at COVID19@MissouriState.edu.
  • You should not immediately cancel your class or move the class online or to a hybrid model. If you believe one of these actions is appropriate, you should reach out to your department head or dean for their approval before moving forward.

Do I need to quarantine if a student enrolled in a class I instruct tests positive for COVID‑19? Do other students in my class need to quarantine?

  • It depends. In most traditional seated classes, the instructor and a vast majority of other students in the class will not need to quarantine.
  • Whether quarantine is appropriate depends on many factors, such as:
    • When the person tested positive or began exhibiting symptoms.
    • How close you were to the COVID‑19 positive person.
    • How long you were close to the COVID‑19 positive person.
    • Other relevant factors that increase or decrease the risk of exposure.
    • Whether they are vaccinated.
  • If you are not vaccinated and were within six feet for more than 15 minutes, or had direct physical contact while they were contagious, you should quarantine, complete the reporting form and follow the isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
  • You should not independently notify students that they should quarantine.
  • You should not share a student’s health information with other students in the class or notify the class that a student has tested positive or is in quarantine.

I believe a class I instruct should be temporarily or permanently canceled, moved online, or converted to a hybrid model. What process should I follow?

  • You should reach out to your department head and dean to discuss your available options. You may not cancel your class, move it online, or deliver it in a hybrid model without approval from your department head and dean.
  • There is not a concrete threshold that will be used to determine when one or more classes will be moved online during the semester. Rather, the decision will be made after evaluating all relevant factors and data.

If I'm vaccinated, do I have to quarantine if I am exposed to COVID‑19?

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
  • Are within three months of being a resolved Positive COVID‑19 case.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID‑19 exposure.

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19.

Staff FAQs

Do I need to quarantine if a co-worker tests positive for COVID‑19?

  • It depends. In most campus work situations, you will not need to quarantine.
  • Whether quarantine is appropriate depends on many factors, such as:
    • When the person tested positive or began exhibiting symptoms.
    • How close you were to the COVID‑19 positive person.
    • How long you were close to the COVID‑19 positive person.
    • Other relevant factors that increase or decrease the risk of exposure.
    • Whether you are vaccinated.
  • If you are not vaccinated and were within six feet for more than 15 minutes, or had direct physical contact while they were contagious, you should quarantine, complete the reporting form and follow the isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
  • Other than notifying your supervisor and the COVID‑19 Response Team, you should not share your co-worker’s health information with others.

Do I need to quarantine if a student who visited my office or department tests positive for COVID‑19?

  • It depends. In most situations, you will not need to quarantine.
  • Whether quarantine is appropriate depends on many factors, such as:
    • When the person tested positive or began exhibiting symptoms.
    • How close you were to the COVID‑19 positive person.
    • How long you were close to the COVID‑19 positive person.
    • Other relevant factors that increase or decrease the risk of exposure.
    • Whether you are vaccinated.
  • If you are not vaccinated and were within six feet for more than 15 minutes, or had direct physical contact while they were contagious, you should quarantine, complete the reporting form and follow the isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
  • Other than notifying your supervisor and the COVID‑19 Response Team, you should not share the student’s health information with others.
  • If you or a student were identified as having close contact, the Springfield Greene-County Health Department or the COVID‑19 Response Team will reach out to them directly.

How do I access leave and other benefits available to help me manage my quarantine, isolation, or child care issues?

If I'm vaccinated, do I have to quarantine if I am exposed to COVID‑19?

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
  • Are within three months of being a resolved Positive COVID‑19 case.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID‑19 exposure.

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19.

Supervisor FAQs

How will I learn that an employee who reports to me has tested positive for COVID‑19 or has to quarantine?

  • Similar to other situations where an employee is sick, you will typically be notified by the employee.
  • Once the university learns of a COVID‑19 positive or quarantining employee (typically through Magers Health and Wellness Center or through the COVID‑19 Response Team), a team member will communicate with the employee and encourage them to talk to their supervisor so work arrangements can be made.
  • If you or another employee were identified as having close contact, the Springfield Greene-County Health Department or the COVID‑19 Response Team will reach out to them directly.

What should supervisors do if they learn that an employee who reports to them has tested positive for COVID‑19 or has to quarantine?

  • You should advise the employee to stay home, not come to campus, and follow the directions they receive from their healthcare provider or the COVID‑19 Response Team. Beyond this, you do not need to provide the employee with advice on how long they should isolate, what they are allowed to do and not allowed to do while in isolation, etc.
  • You should advise the employee to complete the reporting form.
  • If necessary, you should work with Human Resources to determine what leave, telework, and other options are available to allow the employee to remain off campus throughout their isolation or quarantine period.
  • If the employee has not already done so, you should also contact the COVID‑19 Response Team at COVID19@MissouriState.edu or 417-837-3737 to pass along the information you have. A team member will then reach out to the employee.
  • Other than contacting the COVID‑19 Response Team, you should not share the employee’s health information with others.
  • If you or another employee were identified as having close contact, the Springfield Greene-County Health Department or the COVID‑19 Response Team will reach out to them directly.

Do I need to quarantine if an employee who reports to me tests positive for COVID‑19? Do others in my office need to quarantine?

  • It depends. In most office situations, you and most other employees in your office will not need to quarantine.
  • Whether quarantine is appropriate depends on many factors, such as:
    • When the person tested positive or began exhibiting symptoms.
    • How close you were to the COVID‑19 positive person.
    • How long you were close to the COVID‑19 positive person.
    • Other relevant factors that increase or decrease the risk of exposure.
  • If you were within six feet for more than 15 minutes, or had direct physical contact while they were contagious, you should quarantine, complete the reporting form and follow the isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

If I'm vaccinated, do I have to quarantine if I am exposed to COVID‑19?

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
  • Are within three months of being a resolved Positive COVID‑19 case.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID‑19 exposure.

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19.​​​​​​​

Are masks required on campus?

Not in most cases. There are a limited number of circumstances where they are still required, such as in our medical clinics and the Bear Line. These locations will be clearly marked.