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April 7, 2020

Dear Rhode Island College Faculty and Staff,

Protecting the health and well-being of our employees is our top priority, so the college is currently participating in a verbal health screening pilot program to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As previously communicated, all faculty and staff who report to work will complete a screening upon entering the workplace. Screenings will take place each day until further notice.

Your department chair or immediate supervisor will ask you if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: cough, fever of 100.4F or greater, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat and/or diarrhea.

You will also be asked if you have returned from international travel or travel on a cruise ship within the last 14 days; if you have traveled domestically (within the U.S.) on an airline within the last 14 days; and if you have had known exposure to someone suspected of or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The screening process does NOT include temperature checks or recording of personal information. Confidentiality is important and we are implementing this screening process as an additional measure to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The questions in these screenings may change as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Rhode Island Department of Health issue further guidance.

If you answer “yes” to any of the screening questions, you will be instructed to return home and to contact Human Resources (HR). It is imperative that you provide honest and accurate responses to the screening to ensure your health and the health of your colleagues.

Please remember that if you are sick or not feeling well and suspect that you have COVID-19, you should not report to work. Instead, you should call your primary care physician or other health care provider and inform your supervisor that you are not feeling well. If you are teleworking and develop symptoms or come in contact with someone who is suspected of or has tested positive for COVID-19, please also notify your supervisor and HR.

If appropriate, you should discuss with your supervisor your eligibility to take advantage of a teleworking arrangement or paid leave.

We understand this is an additional step for all of you and we appreciate your cooperation.


Maggie Sullivan,
Director, Human Resources


  • Visit for the latest COVID-19 support resources from the EAP provider Optum, including educational flyers and new webinars that help you cope with the stress and anxiety surrounding COVID-19.
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