COVID-19 Updates for OE Staff

The UNH Office of Outreach and Engagement is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis as the safety of our students, event participants and staff remain our overriding priority. Outreach and Engagement has adopted a plan for phased resumption of programs with the intent of significantly reducing the potential spread of COVID-19 within our community.

We sincerely appreciate staff’s attention to COVID-19 protocols. As changes in protocols become necessary, more communications of this nature will occur. Send questions to Amy Loader or Cathy Leach, for questions specific to youth.

Status of Outreach and Engagement Operations

Message from the Outreach and Engagement COVID-19 Task Force:

In light of President Dean’s email sent 5/24/21, the Outreach and Engagement COVID-19 Task Force is updating our guidance to echo the University’s updated mask usage policy.

Updated Mask Protocols

  • Masks are no longer required to be worn outside except in gatherings of 20 or more where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Masks should be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in common areas, classrooms and labs. Masks do not need to be worn inside offices occupied by only one person.

Reminder

UNH Community Outreach, Extension, Youth Programs and Non-credit Continuing and Professional Education are in  Phase 4 of the Reintroduction Plan. The following information repeats those guidelines:

Office of Outreach & Engagement Unit Employees

  • Employees with responsibilities that must be done on campus must adhere to UNH COVID-19 testing requirements and maintain a valid Wildcat Pass. For employees who can fulfill job responsibilities at home, short duration campus visits may be approved on a case-by-case basis by their unit leader.
  • COVID-19 testing is once a week for faculty, staff and fully vaccinated UNH students There is no schedule; pick a day Monday-Thursday and drop off your sample before 4 p.m. Please review the Summer Testing FAQs  for how to make your Wildcat Pass valid when needed.


All On-Campus Outreach Programs

  • A limited number of programs may be approved through the Outreach & Engagement Office as well as UNH’s Incident Response Team (IRT).
  • Indoor programs are restricted to one person/36 sq ft max room occupancy.
  • Outdoor programs are restricted to cohorts of 25 people or fewer.
  • All participants attending the class/event/program must complete the health screening 90 minutes prior to the event or when arriving.
  • UNH employees conducting approved on-campus programs must be part of the UNH testing protocol and maintain a valid Wildcat Pass unless other arrangements are made by the IRT during the approval process.
  • A limited number of campus youth program requests may be approved through the youth program online approval process as well as UNH's Incident Response Team (IRT). Programs must meet youth program COVID-19 handbook guidelines as well as Protection of Minors requirements. A COVID-19 health and safety plan is required as part of the online approval request.

All Off-Campus Outreach Programs

  • Programs must be approved by the Outreach & Engagement Office. Specific to Extension staff, programs should check with their supervisor to find out if an approved protocol exists for a similar program.
  • Indoor programs are restricted to one person/36 sq ft max room occupancy.
  • Outdoor programs are restricted to  cohorts of 25 people or fewer.
  • All participants, excluding staff, must complete the health screening 90 minutes prior to the event or when arriving.
  • Mask use and social distancing continues to be required. Please review the guidance document for specific protocols.
  • Off-campus youth programs may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Programs must meet youth program COVID-19 handbook guidelines as well as Protection of Minors requirements. Requests for these programs must go through the online youth program approval process. A COVID-19 health and safety plan is required as part of the online request.

Internships

  • Student internships must be approved by the Outreach & Engagement Office. Specific to Extension staff, programs should check with their supervisor to find out if an approved protocol exists for a similar internship.
  • Student internships that are part of an academic program are approved by academic deans.
  • Off-campus internships must adhere to social distancing, mask usage, and daily health screening.
  • On-campus internship participants must be part of the UNH testing protocol and maintain a valid Wildcat Pass.
  • Continuation of remote activities is encouraged when possible.

Resources

Important Ways to Slow the Spread

Recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Guidance for Unvaccinated People- How to Protect Yourself and Others
Important Ways to Slow the Spread
 
When You've Been Fully Vaccinated
How to Protect Yourself and Others
 
  •  If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine.
 

Send questions to Amy Loader or Cathy Leach, for questions specific to youth.

 

Resources

All staff/faculty with approved activities will need to complete the COVID-19 Safety training module.

For UNH Users

Log in with your UNH Account. The training is available at the link below or under 'Training' on your dashboard.


For NON-UNH Users

  • Select the link below.
  • Under "Non-UNH employee/Student. click "Create Account"
  • During account creation:
    • for "User Status" choose "hourly emlployee"
    • select your Supervisor
  • Once the account is created, click the link below and log into the CEMS portal, still using the "Non-UNH Employee/Student" fields
  • Once logged in, you will be taken directly to the COVID19 Training Module
  • Click the "start online training" button to launch the training
  • Export the certificate of completion and send to your supervisor

 

COVID-19 Safety Training Module