Executive Education Plan
Brown’s School of Professional Studies runs a small number of executive education programs that draw mid-career professionals from around the country to Rhode Island for intensive educational sessions lasting from a few days to two weeks. The remainder of the instruction for these students takes place online. These students are adults with full-time employment, accustomed to frequent business travel. We have developed the following procedures to ensure that these students can complete their education in a way that protects their health and the health of the Brown community and other Rhode Islanders with whom they interact.
Travel to Rhode Island
- Students will be given the option of participating remotely if they do not feel comfortable traveling and participating in person.
- Students will follow the most current guidance from the State of Rhode Island regarding permissible travel and associated requirements. Current guidance states that travelers from high risk states must either present a negative COVID test from a sample taken within 72 hours before travel to RI, quarantine for 14 days in RI, or quarantine until receiving a negative test result from a test conducted in RI.
- We recommend that students provide proof of a negative COVID test (within 72 hours before travel). If they are unable to secure a COVID test prior to their travel to RI, they will undergo testing at Brown’s facility and self-quarantine until results are received. Regardless of prior testing, students will be in Brown’s testing pool while participating in on-campus courses. Brown is planning to conduct twice weekly testing among asymptomatic members of the testing pool.
- Brown requires that all students be tested for COVID before participating in classes. If a student brings a negative test result from their home state (no more than 72 hours old), they do not need to quarantine while waiting for Brown’s results. If a student cannot acquire a sufficient test in their origin state, they must quarantine while awaiting test results from Brown. All students in quarantine will be able to connect to class remotely if needed.
- The table below illustrates the requirements around testing and quarantine. Some of these details are reiterated below in the Testing section.
- The Rhode Island Department of Health website for monitoring changes to Rhode Island’s travel regulations as well as updates to “hot spot” states is: https://health.ri.gov/covid/travel/
|Travel to RI from origin state||Requirements upon entry in RI||What to expect after entry in RI||Waiting for Brown/RI results|
|Hot spot||72 hour negative test from your origin state (option 1)||Brown test||Quarantine not required while waiting for results|
|Hot spot||Quarantine for 14 days in RI (option 2)||Brown test||Quarantine required while waiting for results (could be 48 hours)|
|Not a hot spot||No requirements for entry||Brown test||Quarantine not required while waiting for results|
- Executive education students usually secure their own housing in hotels or air bnb locations throughout the community. During 2020-2021, Brown will contract a block of hotel rooms for executive students for their in-person sessions to limit their dispersal in the Providence community.
- The School of Professional Studies executive education facility at 225 Dyer St. is well positioned to support face-to-face instruction. Our spacious classrooms and common spaces have the capacity to accommodate students for coursework and dining with adequate social distancing. Individual classes of executive students have 20-35 students, and classrooms in 225 Dyer are large enough to house these students with six foot distancing.
- Classroom set-up has been audited and de-densified for safe capacity. The formula is one student per desk. This same formula applies to the common spaces -- please limit one person to one seat (even if it looks like there is room for 2). All meals will be provided and should be consumed outside of the classroom. This includes beverage consumption. No food or beverage will be permitted in the classrooms.
- Brown staff are working with the building management team to develop traffic flow patterns, room layouts, and policies for elevator and restroom occupancy that conform to social distancing guidelines. Building management has also developed increased cleaning protocols to sanitize high-touch areas throughout the day, and clean all areas overnight. Please see the plans from CIC.
- Executive education students will remain at 225 Dyer, separate from other campus facilities, in order to minimize contact between these students and the larger campus population.
- The School of Professional Studies will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all students to minimize exposure in local restaurants and hotel dining areas. Eating spaces and protocols within the School of Professional Studies will be posted and monitored.
Testing, Contact Tracing, and Isolation
- Executive education students will undergo COVID testing in Brown’s facility upon arriving to RI. They will be subject to the same testing protocol as other members of the Brown community during the time they are in Providence for face-to-face sessions.
- Brown has added a testing site in the Jewelry District at 1 Davol Square. Students will need to be tested upon arrival in Rhode Island, and potentially a second time during their stay. The tools developed for symptom tracking and scheduling a covid test (and receiving results) will be released in late August.
- If students can provide a negative COVID test from their home state, taken within 72 hours of arrival, they will not need to quarantine while they wait for their RI COVID test results.
- Executive education students will be in the population using the Brown-mandated daily symptom tracker.
- Executive education students will also log their Brown contacts for later contact tracing. SPS staff will provide a log of all Brown students, staff, and faculty entering and leaving the floor on which students are located in 225 Dyer.
- Should any executive education student test positive for COVID, contact tracing will be conducted by the RI Department of Health. The student will isolate in their hotel room, and others with whom they had contact will quarantine in their hotel rooms or homes. Brown is seeking a preferred relationship with a local primary health care provider to facilitate care should any student fall ill. In addition, Brown staff will assemble a guide to quarantining in your hotel to be used in the unlikely event of students isolating or quarantining.
- The School of Professional Studies staff will generally continue to work remotely, as recommended by Brown policies. Only staff necessary to the operation of the instruction will be present during the weeks in which students are present. This will include program operations staff, a/v support staff, faculty and teaching assistants, program directors, and the Dean. This is approximately 10-12 staff. Limited catering staff may also be present.