Embry-Riddle FAQs Now Online to Serve Students and Employees
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
As the novel 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, I know that many of you have questions and concerns. The university is working to keep you as informed as possible. In addition to the daily updates being posted to Embry-Riddle’s COVID-19 informational webpage, answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions are now available online.
Embry-Riddle’s statement of March 13 provided general information about the university’s COVID-19 plan to continue providing an exceptional educational experience for all of our students. Here is additional information on three key topics: health precautions, wellness resources and the teleworking option for employees:
Health Precautions – For All
Students, faculty and staff – If you were on a cruise ship or in an international location over Spring Break, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RETURN TO CAMPUS. YOU MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS OFF-CAMPUS, AT YOUR EXPENSE.
If you traveled and you are experiencing any signs of illness whatsoever, contact your medical provider immediately and do not return to campus.
- If you are experiencing fever, shortness of breath or coughing, contact your healthcare provider or the health / wellness unit on your Embry-Riddle campus (Daytona Beach: 386-226-7917 / Prescott: 928-777-6653).
All students, faculty and staff are expected to have non-invasive temperature checks before entering any Embry-Riddle facilities. Embry-Riddle personnel are using temperature instruments similar to those being widely used in airports and on cruise ships. Combined with a risk-assessment questionnaire developed by our health and wellness team, temperature checks are an essential way that we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wellness stations will be set up in the Wellness Center on the Prescott Campus, and on the Connolly Quad on the Daytona Beach Campus.
Embry-Riddle is following guidance set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State, which has issued a global Level 3 health advisory.
Telemedicine Resources – For All
- Students – If you need to see a physician and you have United Health Care Student Resources, you can access telemedicine online. You will have access to board-certified physicians via phone and/or video. As an insured student with United Health Care Student Resources, there is no consultation fee for this service and is covered at 100 percent during your policy period. If you are a student with private health insurance, contact your health insurance carrier for directions on how you can access telemedicine.
- Employees – You can access telemedicine information through Florida Health Care Plans or Blue Cross Blue Shield. The direct link to Embry-Riddle’s Teladoc service is online here. If you have private insurance (not provided through Embry-Riddle), contact your health insurance carrier to find out how you can access telemedicine.
Faculty and Staff – You are encouraged to telework if it is feasible for you to do so, given your job duties. Speak to your supervisor, who will define expectations for telework and communicate with Human Resources. If your job requires your physical presence, but you don’t wish to be on campus during the health crisis due to special circumstances, you can use personal leave. Those benefits have been changed to allow for negative accrual during this challenging time.
Supervisors – Embry-Riddle expects you to communicate with Human Resources regarding employees who are teleworking (for example, send a list of teleworking employees to the Chief Human Resources Officer). You should also clearly define performance expectations, in writing, with all of your teleworking direct reports.
Further, please note that any employee who has travelled internationally or may have been impacted by COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, in keeping with current CDC and other official guidance. The need for self-isolation will be determined by the health / wellness unit on your campus. If you become aware that an employee falls into a risk category, complete the Travel / Health / Telework form that is now online. Submit it to UAHR@erau.edu.
We expect and appreciate your full cooperation with all Embry-Riddle health precautions. Our goal is to help keep you, your families and our communities safe.