COVID-19 Resources for Faculty & Staff


USCB COVID-19 Resources For Faculty & Staff

The University of South Carolina Beaufort continues to monitor the dynamics of the coronavirus pandemic and continues to work with state and local partners, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and Beaufort Memorial Hospital, on mitigation best practices, following closely national guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. Cooperation and compliance with mitigation protocols are our best means to protect the health and well-being of our community.

Latest Updates

As of February 15, 2021

  • During the spring term 2021, USCB will implement random surveillance testing.  Each week 100 students and employees (combined total of 100) will be selected and notified via email.  This group will be tested:
    • In Bluffton: (Advancement Conference Room, Hargray Building, 2nd Floor)
      • Mondays 11:00am – 1:00pm and 3:00pm – 5:00pm
      • Thursdays 11:00am – 1:00pm
    • In Beaufort: (Conference Room, Beaufort College Building, 1st Floor)
      • Wednesdays 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • During these regularly-scheduled testing hours, any student or employee may be tested. You do not have to sign up. Just show up if you are exhibiting symptoms, believe that you may have been exposed, or want to be tested for any reason.
  • USCB is following progress of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in South Carolina very closely. Working with SCDHEC, we will offer on-campus vaccine clinics as soon as the vaccines are made available to us. We anticipate being part of a Phase 2 Rollout in the spring. We will update the university community as we learn more.
  • Because the Beaufort County School District returns to face-to-face classes on Monday, January 4, employee requests for temporary telecommute agreements or work-schedule accommodations related to childcare concerns will be considered only for those with: a) school-aged children who have documented high-risk medical issues that prevent them from returning to school in person or b) school-aged children who go to schools not governed by Beaufort County and/or not returning to in-person school days in spring 2021.
  • Read Chancellor Al M. Panu’s State of the University Address.
  • Twindemic FAQ
  • USCB COVID-19 FAQ
  • Questions regarding USCB’s COVID-19 response:  uscbcovid19@uscb.edu or (843) 208-8099
  • Feedback for strengthening communications:  ponder@uscb.edu
  • CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
  • SCDHEC: https://www.scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
  • UofSC HR:  https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/human_resources/index.php

USCB will resume face-to-face instruction on its three campuses for Spring 2021. Because your well-being remains our priority, the spring semester calendar has been revised to include five single-day Student Well-Being Breaks in place of the traditional five-day Spring Break.

Spring Semester Calendar

  • January 11:  Classes begin
  • January 18:  MLK Day – No classes
  • January 27:  Student Well-Being Break – No classes
  • February 12:  Student Well-Being Break – No classes
  • March 4:  Student Well-Being Break – No classes
  • April 6:  Student Well-Being Break – No classes
  • April 26:  Student Well-Being Break – No classes
  • April 27:  Reading Day
  • April 28:  Final Exams begin
  • April 30:  Commencement
  • May 5:  Final Exams end

Employees who are sick should stay at home and not return to work until they are well. SCDHEC recommends that people, who have been infected with COVID-19, remain in isolation until: a) at least ten (10) days to feel better. days have passed since their symptoms began, b) they have no fever (body temperature of 100.4 degrees F or less using an oral thermometer) for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medicines, and c) their symptoms are improving. Please note that some people may require more than ten (10) days to feel better.

Using the CDC’s Self-Checker, employees are required to self-monitor daily for the following symptoms:

  • Fever Greater Than 100.4°F
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
  • Sore Throat
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Chills or Shaking
  • New Loss of Sense of Smell and/or Taste
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting (more common in children)
  • Diarrhea (more common in children).

USCB tests all residential students as they return to campus. Further, ongoing testing protocols – consistent with SCDHEC recommendations – include: 1) routine testing for student athletes in alignment with National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recommendations, 2) random surveillance testing of 100 students and employees weekly, and 3) testing for any student or employee who reports symptoms, believes they might have been exposed, or requests testing.

Our health and wellness partner, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, provides ongoing telehealth services via the BMH Anywhere app (for Apple or Android) and a kiosk on the Bluffton campus in Library #227.

SCDHEC is responsible for the process of contact tracing. USCB’s Public Health Response Team has completed contact-tracing training through the Johns Hopkins University and will support SCDHEC to implement contact tracing and additive practices, e.g. verification of student class attendance, seating charts, student ID swipes, and portable swipes at student events.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for each of us.  Individuals who are experiencing feelings of isolation, anxiety, and/or stress are encouraged to use the Employee Assistance Program.

Further, the federal government’s Family First Coronavirus Response Act expands employee protections and relief.

Each employee will be provided a personal health kit, which will include two reusable face masks, pocket hand sanitizer, and a germ key. In line with USCB’s Communicable Disease Outbreak-Mitigation Measures, face masks/cloth face coverings are required to be worn by all employees and all students on all campuses when in the presence of others and in all settings where six-foot social distancing is difficult to maintain. Face masks/cloth face coverings are not required while working alone in enclosed spaces.

Appropriate use of face masks/cloth face coverings is critical to minimizing risks to those around you. You can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Face masks/cloth face coverings mask must cover the nose and mouth to be effective. Home-made or commercially manufactured face masks/cloth face coverings help contain a wearer’s respiratory emissions. It is recommended face coverings are made primarily of cotton and double-layered.

Reusable face masks/cloth face coverings must be properly laundered after each day’s use. After one day’s use, they must be laundered before another day’s use. Having a week’s supply of face masks/cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

Each division/school of the university will be provided a kit, including hand sanitizer, disposable masks and gloves, disinfecting wipes, and disinfecting spray for use in maintaining healthful conditions for individual and shared spaces.

Various spaces on campuses, e.g., classrooms, dining and recreational facilities, libraries, and the bookstore, are reconfigured to support six-foot social distancing.  Further, plexiglass, face shields, and social-distancing signage and decals will be utilized to promote safe practices.