Faculty & Staff

Preparations for Returning to Campus

A checklist for TC faculty and staff


As we approach the beginning of the fall term, this checklist is designed to help you prepare for your return to campus and adhere to TC’s health and safety protocols and requirements once you arrive. We’re looking forward to safely and successfully reuniting as a community, and greatly appreciate your cooperation in these efforts.

We encourage you to review the information below. If you have any questions, please contact returntocampus@tc.edu.

Planning to Return to Campus

  • Confirm your Department’s return-to-campus staffing plan with your Supervisor, including scheduling and office hours of operation.

  • Confirm that you are up-to-date with the latest on-campus access requirements, including mandatory testing and vaccines, daily health screening, and the Health & Safety COVID-19 Training. Visit Faculty & Staff Campus Access Requirements and the TC Preparedness website as conditions and restrictions may change.

  • Upload the applicable documentation required for campus access. (Please note, certain documents require different processing times so be sure to upload your documents as soon as reasonably possible)
  • If You or Someone In Your Household Is At Risk For Severe Illness
    • Speak with your supervisor or your HR Representative to confirm what procedures are in place to reduce your risk at work, like reduced contact with others, modified work spaces, or telework if possible.

Arrival on Campus

Each day before you arrive on campus, you must:

  • Complete Your Daily Health Screening each day before you arrive on campus. Install the myTC app on your phone for easy access to the Daily Health Screen.* (TC students, faculty, staff and affiliates must complete the TC Daily Health Screening and NOT the ReOpen CU App before returning to campus in order to ensure that your ID card remains active and enables swipe access to campus buildings.)

    Please Note: If you receive a Red X rather than a Green Check, do not proceed to campus. You will receive an email indicating what steps need to be taken before you can fulfill campus access requirements. 
  • Get the Green Check email in order to access campus for the day. Once you have successfully completed the Daily Health Screening, you will receive an email with a copy of a Green Check.

  • Enter through Zankel Hall (West 120th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenues). As you arrive on campus, show your Green Check to Public Safety upon entry to Teachers College, and swipe your TC ID card at the Public Safety Desk reader. Your access to campus will expire at midnight.

  • If you have lost your ID Card, please visit the Office of Card Services, Whittier Hall Suite 1b, to request a new ID from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a $20 charge for replacing lost cards.  Anyone who wishes to have their ID Card mailed to them should visit www.tc.columbia.edu/cardservices for those details.

*To facilitate efficient access to campus, we strongly urge everyone to complete the Daily Health Screening prior to arrival to campus. If you are unable to complete this step before your arrival, please work with your supervisor on the best way to fulfill this requirement.

While on Campus

  • Speak with your supervisor about team meeting procedures, office norms, and expectations  while on campus or if you are working in a hybrid model. Visit the Office of Human Resources COVID-19 Resources page for best practices. Consult with your HR Representative as needed.
  • Follow Health & Safety Guidelines while in the Workplace
    • Adhere to TC’s face coverings requirements. Wearing a face covering is required for all TC community members, regardless of vaccination status, in most campus settings.
    • Monitor your health, watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Avoid close contact with others on your commute to work, if possible. Consider biking, walking, driving either alone or with other members of your household. 
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues into no-touch trash cans and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid sharing objects and equipment such as other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. 
    • If you cannot avoid using someone else’s workstation, clean and disinfect before and after use.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. Cleaning with products containing soap or detergent reduces germs on surfaces and objects by removing contaminants and may also weaken or damage some of the virus particles, which decreases risk of infection from surfaces. Cleaning high touch surfaces and shared objects once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove virus that may be on surfaces unless someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 has been in your facility. 
  • Minimize the number of people or length of time you interact with people where possible, including having virtual meetings where possible.
  • If you are well, but you have a sick family member or recently had close contact with someone with COVID-19, notify your supervisor, submit the Daily Health Screening, and follow CDC recommended precautions.
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