Operations

Restart Operations

  • In order to maintain the health and safety of our community, and in accordance with the reopening guidelines of the State, Touro College will enforce the following policies:
    • Check all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, especially ventilation systems.
    • Use high quality air filters in all facilities.
    • Establish frequent disinfecting and cleaning schedules to be enforced via cleaning logs.
    • Create modified entrances and exits where feasible, and alter other building circulation routes to avoid congregating.
    • Post CDC & directional signage abundantly and visibly throughout Touro facilities.
    • Create layouts for classrooms and other student spaces that comply with social distancing standards.

Operational Activities

  • The total number of occupants in an office and classroom setting at any given time will be kept to a minimum by continuing to utilize the College’s work-from-home policy and remote learning structure.
  • In addition, the total number of staff should not exceed 50% of the maximum occupancy for a particular office/area. Employee schedules will be staggered by each department head at each Touro location to ensure proper social distancing.
  • For personnel required to be on-site, physical distancing requirements will be implemented. To that end, Touro will do the following:
    • Ensure six feet distance between personnel, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance.
      • Any time personnel are less than six feet apart from one another, personnel must wear acceptable face coverings.
    • Tightly confined spaces will be occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing face coverings and their task/job requires being present.
    • Post social distancing markers using tape or signs that denote six feet of spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas on the site (e.g. clock in/out stations, health screening stations).
    • Where possible, employees may have their desk or workstation relocated to promote social distancing, at the discretion of the facilities department.
  • Limit in-person gatherings as much as possible and use tele-conferencing or video-conferencing whenever possible. Essential in-person gatherings (e.g. meetings) will be held in open, well- ventilated spaces with appropriate social distancing among participants.
    • Establish designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries, limiting contact to the extent possible.
  • To maintain proper six feet social distancing in the following scenarios, Touro will provide and implement the following protocols in buildings it owns and in buildings where it is the sole tenant:
    • Elevators
      • Maximum occupancy signage will be posted.
      • Face covering will be required for all staff, faculty and students.
    • Bathrooms
      • Face covering will be required for all staff, faculty and students.
      • Certain stalls/sinks will be closed off.
      • Maximum occupancy signage will be posted.
    • Hallways
      • Directional arrows will be put in place on floors to keep traffic flowing in one direction, with limited chance for interaction by individuals on either side.
      • Face covering will be required for all staff, faculty and students.
    • Dining Halls
      • Touro will limit dining hall access to take-out meals only.
    • Libraries
      • Touro will limit library hours and limit the number of students allowed entry at a given time.
      • Library users will be requested to clean all workspaces before and after use with disinfectant provided by Touro.
      • Group study rooms are not to be used by more than one person at a time.
      • Eating will not be permitted in the libraries.
      • Face covering will be required for all staff, faculty and students.
    • Research Activities
      • Research will be conducted in accordance with the guidance of outside agencies following the social distancing and face covering guidelines.
    • Entrances, Exits, Staff Lounges & Essential Common Spaces
      • Arrival, lunchtime and departure times will be staggered to reduce the potential for interaction in entrances and exits, as well as to reduce elevator capacity. We will encourage the use of stairs to cut down on elevator occupancy density.
      • If eating on-site, lunch will be taken at the employee’s desk.
      • Nonessential common spaces, including break areas, will remain closed or repurposed.

In buildings that are not owned by Touro where other tenants are present, Touro will abide by the requirements mandated by the building management.