The required use of face masks on campuses, sanitation stations in every college classroom and office, and comprehensive COVID-19 testing and tracing programs are a few of the recommendations made this week by a United Faculty of Florida (UFF) committee, which stepped into the debate around reopening campuses with a detailed 13-page report of best practices.
The intention is to be helpful, and to make sure the voices of students, faculty, staff, and health experts are part of the conversations around reopening, said UFF President Karen Morian, who chaired the 28-member committee. Presidents of Florida’s 40 public colleges and universities have been left to create their own plans with little to no guidance from state or federal officials, and often students and employees don’t have no say in those plans, she noted.
“We’re hoping that those communities — the faculty, students, and staff involved in those discussions, as well as those presidents and administrators — will find this document helpful,” she said. “We feel that there are a lot of good building blocks in it.”