Is NIST prepared for the spread of illness in our community?

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NIST maintains a comprehensive crisis prevention handbook that details clear protocols and responses to a wide range of situations, from fires to civil unrest. Additionally, several years ago we developed a decision matrix to specifically address the spread of infectious illnesses. This allows us to maintain a clear set of decision points based on levels of risk and the spread of viruses, including in campus access, learning, operations and several other areas.

Most importantly, due to the recent closures caused by pollution, we are continuing to prepare for scenarios that may require more extensive periods of online learning that allows teachers to continue engaging with students in a consistent, impactful manner.