Covid Response Update

The Covid Response Team met yesterday to review our protocols due to the increase numbers with the Community Indicator Report moving into the High category.

Based on the discussion, we want to remind all staff of the following:

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • If at any time you have any of the symptoms listed on the COVID Symptoms  Awareness & Self-monitoring form please do not come to work.  Please notify your supervisor and Human Resources as soon as possible. Do not come to work until you have communicated with your supervisor and Human Resources.
  • If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID do not come to work and notify your supervisor and Human Resources as soon as possible, even if you believe you meet all standards of being vaccinated and are okay to come to work. Do not come to work until you have communicated with your supervisor and Human Resources.
  • Please be sure to review the COVID symptoms form and complete the COVID questionnaire before your first shift each week.
  • Maintain social distancing as much as possible while at work.

Other staff changes

  • Please move any staff meetings online using Teams or Zoom.  If you are not able to do this please use a space that allows you to be at least 6 feet apart.  If you are not able to do either option, consider not hosting live meetings.
  • At least through January 31st, no staff potlucks where you are eating and sharing food in close proximity to each other.
  • Please try to maintain at least 6 foot distance from others while you are at lunch or on break.  The sunroom is available for staff to eat if the breakrooms are full.

Public programs- staff are leading

  • If you have a program that you are leading which can’t maintain a 6 foot distance, it is okay to move it on Zoom.
  • At Preschool Storytime and Musical Storytime all participants will be required to wear a mask during the program.
  • Staff coordinating other programs for children are encouraged to evaluate the space you are in and spread out the program if possible.

Public Meetings

  • The meetings will continue and no additional changes will occur.  The decision to have a meeting will be determined by the public meeting host.
  • Staff can limit their time in these meetings.  If you are called in for a reason maintain 6 foot social distance.  Resolve the question or concern and then leave.

At this time we are not reducing service expectations or hours however we are looking at other options such as increased promotion of Curbside Pick Up or other types of arrangements to support patrons who are not comfortable visiting at this time.

I know this is a really stressful time and everyone is doing an amazing job living and working with the pandemic. Based on what we have heard from the Shawnee County Health Department this may be a seasonal trend.  We will continue to evaluate what we are doing and how we are doing it.

Our goal is to keep staff as protected as we can while still providing our high level of library service to our customers.

Please let us know if you have any other ideas or concerns.

Marie Pyko

Thad Hartman

Jesse Maddox

Diana Friend

6 thoughts on “Covid Response Update

  1. Lissa Staley on said:

    How is the preschool “At Preschool Storytime and Musical Storytime all participants will be required to wear a mask during the program.” being communicated to the public? I don’t see it on the events for upcoming story times or elsewhere on our website:

    (My friends with preschoolers haven’t been coming to the library because there were not masks required and I don’t know if this would change their mind during omicron but I think the more we can communicate to the public what to expect, the more they can make their own decisions in advance before arriving here and being disappointed.)

  2. Marie Pyko on said:

    We are working on signage for the visitors and are letting families know when they come in. We are updating our webpage information and can look at including this in the event posts during the time we are requiring masks for all participants.

  3. Jacqueline Belden on said:

    A quick update on appointments: Thad and I agreed that, in the light of our new guidance, it will be best to conduct our one-on-one Computer & Gadget Help appointments from the Team Rooms to the Learning Center to allow for safer social distancing and air circulation. ILL can also use the Learning Center! The space will need to be reserved, but I think we can safely have 2-3 appointments happening at once in that space. If you are conducting an appointment and find that a colleague has it reserved already, feel free to coordinate with them so that you can share the space.

    • Jacqueline Belden on said:

      This can include any group doing appointments: I left out Job Help and eBooks!

  4. Angie Reed on said:

    Just a quick question regarding the drinking fountains- will we be providing cups for water again? We had a patron concerned about their child using the fountain with the high score.

    • Marie Pyko on said:

      If we have some available in central supply, I think it is fine to have them at the YS desk. I would assume that is where most people will ask. I will see if we have any on site.