APPA asked its educational facilities professionals to share their reopening challenges and lessons learned in a recent survey. About 400 members responded with some truly useful and eye-opening information.
APPA’s Executive Vice President Lander Medlin summarized some of the results in a recent blog post:
“Student Housing “move-in” plans worked well and may prove to be a new best practice. Most implemented testing protocols at 80% and those plans worked well at 89%. Contact tracing procedures were also implemented at 88% of schools which reported that it’s working at 87%. However, significant challenges remain for both testing and tracing approaches and outcomes. Digital tracing platforms were only utilized by 45% of respondents. Quarantine and isolation situations developed and spaces were definitely needed by three-quarters of our respondents. In addition, beds set aside for this purpose averaged 10% of total stock. With respect to signage and wayfinding approaches, they worked at a significant level of 95%. Yet, there are still some interesting challenges and lessons we are learning as we proceed further into this pandemic. Food and dining service processes appeared satisfactory, but physical distancing was still problematic. Social justice issues have only emerged at only 22% of the institutions, but it’s early in the semester. Town-gown issues did not arise in any big way either. You’ll find for both these issues that some of the lessons shared in the written survey responses were mostly positive. A summation of the top 5 challenges or lessons learning has also been provided on the website.”
Here is a sample of some of the biggest challenges the FMS shared in the survey. Click here to see more categories and the lessons learned by these facilities teams. Click here to read more analysis from a recent APPA Town Hall on the topic.
“What was the biggest challenge or lesson learned with your housing move-in process? Move-In Process Top 5 Responses:
What has been the biggest challenge or lesson learned with your dining/food service process? Dining/Food Service Process Top 5 Responses:
What was the biggest challenge or lesson learned with your quarantine/isolation process?Quarantine Process Top 5 Responses:
Click to see more on Signage, Test protocols, Contact Tracing Protocols/Procedures, Town and Gown Issues, Social Justice Issues. Also click to see more fulsome examples of challenges and lessons learned for each category.