VCU Together Update for faculty and staff - Sept. 18

Testing options, resources for working parents, flu shots and more

Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. VCU continues to monitor, assess and address situations as they arise. This weekly update will be a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available at together.vcu.edu. Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Understand your testing options

In addition to promoting healthy behaviors, such as wearing a mask and physical distancing, VCU’s current health and safety protocols include testing VCU community members with symptoms (symptomatic testing) as well as a percentage of those without symptoms (asymptomatic prevalence testing). Please visit together.vcu.edu/protocols/testing/ for details about all aspects of VCU’s testing strategy.

Symptomatic testing: VCU community members who report symptoms to either Student Health Services or Employee Health may be referred for COVID-19 testing at a testing location on-campus. This will be conducted at no cost to students or employees. Students and employees can only receive a COVID-19 test if they are referred by Student Health Services or Employee Health, therefore it is essential that students and employees report symptoms by calling 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843. Students and employees who do not present any symptoms of COVID-19 are not guaranteed a test.

Asymptomatic prevalence testing: VCU randomly samples asymptomatic VCU community members to participate in COVID-19 testing each week at on-campus locations. VCU community members who wish to participate in COVID-19 testing, but who are not presenting with symptoms of COVID-19, can volunteer to participate in asymptomatic testing. VCU will contact you if and when you are selected to participate. Residential students are automatically enrolled in the asymptomatic testing pool. Non-residential students and employees must volunteer by filling out this online form. It is important that you make every effort to complete your test during the week you are invited to participate.

Resources for working parents at VCU

VCU Human Resources will review a summary of the results from the “Return to Campus: Support for Parents” survey on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 3:30 p.m. The discussion will also focus on available resources for working parents supporting virtual education during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, log-in to Talent@VCU and register.

VCU HR also provides a number of options for working parents, including paid leave, flex schedules, compressed workweeks, job sharing and more. View the list of flexible options and resources on the HR website.

CareShare VCU

CareShare VCU is a peer-to-peer collaboration that matches VCU family volunteers (students, faculty, staff, alumni) with VCU student- and employee-parents who need support. This initiative was created to address the dire need for VCU students and employees to have protected time to complete their own work (while caring for their own children and helping them complete their schoolwork). Volunteers will virtually hang out with the children of VCU employees or students who need support. Sessions last 30-60 minutes and could consist of homework help, reading a book or watching a short movie. Parents can sign up here; and volunteers can sign up here. For any questions, please contact CareShareVCU@gmail.com.

Flu Shot Clinics

Flu shot vaccination clinics will be held for employees currently working on campus. (Employees who are teleworking should remain off campus and may obtain a flu immunization from an off-campus pharmacy or provider.) All vaccinations will be given by appointment only. Clinics will be held on the Monroe Park Campus on Sept. 22 and Oct. 22 and on the MCV Campus on Sept. 30 and Oct. 26. Visit the HR website for more information.

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