Info for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff at the UR School of Nursing, and all UR employees working in Helen Wood Hall, may reference this page for updated information related to COVID-19 safety procedures, requirements, and resources specific to the School of Nursing.

Led by recent guidance from federal, state and local officials and University leadership, the University of Rochester Medical Center and School of Nursing have begun the slow, careful journey towards "unwinding" the COVID safety precautions put into place during the pandemic, starting with mask-wearing practices.

Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals indoors or outdoors; unvaccinated individuals must wear masks indoors. Unmasked individuals should be prepared to produce proof of their vaccine status via a copy of their official immunization card, the New York State Excelsior Pass, an optional vaccination sticker on ID badge (for Medical Center), or other proof of vaccination as implemented by the University upon request.

Masking is still required in all patient care zones, which includes Passport Health and Center for Employee Wellness areas, as designated by the UR Medical Center. 

The School of Nursing is also preparing to return from remote work to working in Helen Wood Hall on Monday, Aug. 2.

Additional information for all University faculty and staff can be found on the University of Rochester Coronavirus Faculty & Staff webpage and the URMC Redesigned COVID-19 online portal. (URMC Network access required).

 


COV'21 Stickers

As we do during flu season, those who have been fully vaccinated will have the option to wear a small COV '21 vaccine sticker on their ID badge. You may choose to wear the sticker on either the front or back of your badge, or use a vaccination card or the New York State Excelsior Pass to show you've been fully vaccinated. Stickers are not required, they are a voluntary solution to make it easier for groups of vaccinated people to meet without masks or social distancing.

To receive your sticker at the School of Nursing, email SONHelp SONHelp@URMC.Rochester.edu and our team will meet you at a time that works for you.


Returning to Helen Wood Hall to Work On-Site

All faculty and staff who would like to return to work onsite no longer need approval from mission administrators. Details will be shared about coming back on-site for fall 2021.

If working on-site, please note the following:

Complete the Dr. Chat Bot symptom survey before entering the building (or any University of Rochester facility), and receive a notification that you are clear to go into work that day.

Access to Helen Wood Hall is currently limited to faculty and staff, and students who are attending labs or clinical assignments. The building is secured, and entry is permitted for School of Nursing students and employees through any of the building’s swipe-enabled entrances with a School of Nursing ID badge. Entry through the front door facing Crittenden Blvd. is permitted by swipe access for anyone with a URMC ID badge Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 2: the front door, west door (SRB loop), and the doors from SRB into HWH will be unlocked from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., the west door locking at 5 p.m. Locked doors with card readers will of course allow entry to those with a current URMC ID. All entrances to HWH will allow swipe access as they did before COVID at any time of day.

Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals indoors or outdoors; unvaccinated individuals must wear masks indoors. Unmasked individuals should be prepared to produce proof of their vaccine status via a copy of their official immunization card, the New York State Excelsior Pass, an optional vaccination sticker on ID badge (for Medical Center), or other proof of vaccination as implemented by the University upon request. Masking is still required in all patient-care zones, as designated by the University of Rochester Medical Center

If you wish to use a meeting or classroom for a meeting please contact SON Room Scheduler SON-Room-Scheduler@URMC.Rochester.edu for information. 


Visiting Helen Wood Hall

Access to Helen Wood Hall is currently limited to faculty and staff, and students who are attending labs or clinical assignments. Visitors will need to complete the Dr. Chat Bot symptom survey before entering the building (or any University of Rochester facility), and receive a notification that you are clear to go into the building that day.

Public gathering locations, such as Evarts Lounge, the atrium, and the student lounge, are currently being used for other purposes such as testing to accommodate physical distancing in other areas of our School.

The building is secured, and entry is permitted for School of Nursing students and employees through any of the building’s swipe-enabled entrances with a School of Nursing ID badge. Entry through the front door facing Crittenden Blvd. is permitted by swipe access for anyone with a URMC ID badge Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 


Visitors to Campus/Events on Campus

See the University of Rochester's announcement for the latest details.

Please email son-covid@urmc.rochester.edu with questions about hosting any SON-related events or visitors.

 


Working Remotely

The University continues to require the majority of employees to work remotely by indicating that all work that can be done remotely should continue remotely for the foreseeable future. The UR School of Nursing is developing a Return to Work plan for Aug. 2. 

 


Attending Meetings Remotely (Zoom)

Zoom video and web conferencing allows up to 300 participants to simultaneously collaborate over the Internet. You can attend video or audio meetings, share presentations, hold training seminars, and more from any location with a computer and Internet connection.

The School of Nursing offers virtual assistance with Zoom class sessions. Please contact SONHelp@urmc.rochester.edu at least one business day prior to your class and someone from our team can join your class session to help facilitate as needed.

For additional resources, see:


Instructional Design and Tech Support

The School of Nursing Instructional Design Team supports faculty in their pursuit of excellence in education to promote the success of all students. Together with IT Services, the team offers support with recording equipment, media assistance, and future course preparation, as well as designing online courses and implementing experiential learning strategies.

To request support, contact:

School of Nursing Instructional Design/IT Command Center

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday
(585) 275-7500 (Urgent Issues)

Non-urgent/non-immediate support needs, email:

SONHelp@urmc.rochester.edu and include tara_serwetnyk@urmc.rochester.edu and Larry_palumbos@urmc.rochester.edu

 


Resources for Researchers, Research Administrators

Detailed information, applicable to all laboratory research at the University can be found on the Coronavirus Research at URMC webpage.

For a list of resources related to sponsored programs, pleased reference the Office of Research and Project Administration webpage.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information about COVID protocols for students?

The School of Nursing has put together information relevant to prospective students and current students. Please share these pages with your students as appropriate. You may also email SON-COVID@urmc.rochester.edu with additional questions.

See also: University of Rochester Coronavirus Vaccination FAQ's.