Message from President Jo Allen
In times of crises, we look to our values to help guide us through the uncertainty. The Meredith community is dedicated to a set of seven core values, which serve as the foundation for our programs, our interactions with each other, and our outreach beyond the campus.
Our core values of integrity and responsible citizenship — which call on each of us to uphold the highest standards of truth, personal honor, and ethics — have never been more important as we commit to following requirements regarding face coverings, cleaning, and hygiene outlined in Meredith’s Community Standards.
Adhering to these standards will be imperative to helping to keep ourselves and each other safe during this ongoing global health crisis.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close person-to-person contact. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. (Visit the CDC site for more recommendations on how to protect yourself and others.)
To help keep our community more safe, Meredith is requiring the use of face coverings for all employees, students and other community members when in common areas, or when physical distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained, with few exceptions. Studies have shown that wearing a face covering greatly reduces the probability of transmitting the virus that causes COVID 19.
For face coverings to be most effective, they must be used properly. Please review the links that follow to ensure you are using your face covering properly. These links are also available on the campus and HR MyMeredith COVID-19 resource pages. Please refer to them any time you would like a reminder of these important safety guides.
Face Covering Requirements and Reminders
Exceptions to Wearing Face Coverings
A face covering is not required in the following circumstances:
Six feet of physical distance should be maintained at all times, even during the circumstances listed above when a face covering isn’t required. Individuals should carry a face covering with them at all times while on campus in case unexpected situations arise when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
More resources about masks and face coverings: CDC How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings, WHO's Advice for the public: When and how to use masks, About Cloth Face Coverings, Wearing Cloth Face Coverings, Washing Cloth Face Coverings, and Making Cloth Face Coverings
Additional resources on hygiene:
For Employees: What to Do if You’re Sick or Exposed to COVID-19
Meredith employees are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath).
Employees who have symptoms should notify the Office of Human Resources, contact their healthcare provider, and use sick leave to stay home. The Office of Human Resources will coordinate with the employee’s supervisor.
Employees with confirmed cases of COVID-19 should follow CDC-recommended steps and should use pandemic leave. Sick leave should be used after pandemic leave ends. Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
Employees who are well but who reside with an individual with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 should notify the Office of Human Resources, follow CDC-recommended precautions, stay at home, and use pandemic leave. The Office of Human Resources will coordinate with the employee’s supervisor. After pandemic leave ends, sick leave should be used.