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COVID-19 Guidance and Interim Policies for Wallace Community College

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FAQ's: Questions About COVID-19 Response? Click for Answers!

Coronavirus Mask Order FAQ 7-15-20

June 23 CARES Act Update 6-24-20
May 12 Wallace Students Receive CARES Act Funding
Aug. 12 CARES Act Update 8-12-20.pdf
   
   
July 26 Fall Plan 2020 COVID Revised 7-26-20 (004).pdf
July 31 Covid-19 Health Screening Self-Assessment.pdf 
   
   
Aug. 4 Wallace - COVID Update 8-4-20.pdf 
July 31 Wallace - COVID Update 7-31-20.pdf
July 29 Wallace - COVID Update 7-29-20.pdf
July 27 Wallace - COVID Update 7-27-20.pdf 
July 24 Wallace - COVID Update 7-24-20.pdf 
July 23 Wallace - COVID Update 7-23-20.pdf 
July 21 Wallace - COVID Update 7-21-20.pdf
July 20 Wallace - COVID Update 7-20-20.pdf
July 17 Wallace - COVID Update 7-17-20.pdf
July 16 Wallace Community College-Dothan Mask Enforcement 
July 15 Safer at Home Order Mask Amendment 7-15-20
July 15 Coronavirus Mask Order FAQ 7-15-20.pdf
July 15 Supplemental SOE COVID-19 7-15-20
July 15 Wallace - COVID Update 7-15-20 
July 14 Wallace - COVID Update 7-14-20
July 13 Wallace - COVID Update 7-13-20
July 9 Wallace - COVID Update 7-9-20 
July 7 Wallace - COVID Update 7-7-20
June 30 Governor's Amended Safer-At-Home Order 
June 29 Wallace - Summer Health and Safety Plan
June 23 Wallace - COVID Update 6-23-20.pdf 
June 4 Wallace - Summer Health and Safety Operations Plan 6-4-20
June 8 Wallace - COVID Update 6-8-20.pdf
June 3 Wallace - COVID-19 Update 6-3-20
June 4 Wallace - COVID-19 Update 6-4-20
June 1 Wallace Reacts to Reported COVID-19 Contact
May 29 Wallace Health and Safety Protocols - Safer at Home Order guidelines 
May 11 Governor's Safer-At-Home Order Amendments
  Governor's Amended Safer-At-Home Order (vertical)
  Governor's Amended Safer-At-Home Order (horizontal)
April 8 Summer 2020 Registration - Online April 14
April 7 Online pre-registration begins April 14 @ 8:00 a.m. 
April 7 Guide to COVID-19 Relief Efforts
April 3 April and May Events revised - check website calendar
April 2 Graduation Moved to August 6 
March 21
Graduation Postponed
March 15 Classes Transition Online
March 13 Campus Instruction Temporarily Discontinued
   


Temporary Travel Policy – Effective Immediately

International Travel
While WCC does not inhibit or restrict the personal travel of individuals, we strongly encourage our faculty, staff, and students to consider potential health risks when making decisions to travel to any of the impacted countries.

A list of travel watch, alert and warning levels is maintained on the CDC website.

Any and all travelers returning to the U.S. from personal travel abroad must comply with all U.S. reentry, quarantine, self-isolation, self-monitoring and/or reporting requirements in place before returning to or engaging with the College community.

Domestic Travel
Any exceptions to this interim policy will be made by the President.

WCC will closely monitor requests and limit non-essential domestic travel at this time, particularly to large conferences with attendees from multiple states or to states or locales that have declared a State of Emergency / Public Health Emergency due to the virus. Please use good judgment when making travel plans, and work with campus administration to evaluate available alternatives (i.e., live-streaming for conference sessions and meetings). Attendance by remote or virtual means is encouraged.

Campus Operations

The College will follow ACCS guidelines.
Check email and college notices frequently for special details. 

Students and staff are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines to Stop the Spread of Germs:
  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  2. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  5. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. 
  6. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Video
WCC is encouraging the “head nod” to acknowledge another person in place of the traditional hand shaking.

CDC flyers about disease prevention, COVID-19 facts and symptoms are posted across campus.

Updates
Any emergency information will be communicated through the WCCAlert and social media. To sign up for WCCAlert, please go to www.wallace.edu/wccalert. Click on "Click here to Sign Up for this System." Non-emergency updates will be posted on this webpage, communicated by email, and posted on Blackboard. Please also check the calendar of events on the WCC website homepage for changes to scheduled events.

NOTE: Interim policies and procedures are subject to change as the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continue to evolve.

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
www.cdc.gov/media/video (CDC Briefing Room)
www.alabamapublichealth.gov
www.who.org

Flyers and Videos:

Stop the Spread of Germs (Video)
Know the Facts Flyer, COVID-19 Symptoms Flyer

Alabama Department of Public Health Guidance for Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19

Issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health for All State Post-Secondary Schools and the State Department of Education
The 2019 novel coronavirus is a virus that causes a potentially severe respiratory disease, COVID-19. It was recently identified in China and is now being detected worldwide. The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) considers an individual being anywhere in China, or a country with active community transmission within the previous 14 days, a risk factor for COVID-19. ADPH is communicating with travelers returning from China to provide guidance about limiting public interactions for 14 days, which is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) current guidance for returning travelers. However, this is an evolving situation and more geographic areas may be added soon. 
Students and staff returning from China or areas with active community transmission: 
  • Students and staff returning from China or areas with active community transmission (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers) may have been exposed to COVID-19 and must self-monitor symptoms for 14 days after leaving the affected area. Students and staff must contact ADPH Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks Division at 1-800-338-8374 immediately upon return to Alabama. These students and staff must be excluded from school for the duration of this monitoring period. They are asked to remain home and to avoid congregate group settings such as church, concerts, buses, etc.
After the 14-day self-monitoring period, ADPH provides notice to the individual indicating completion of the required monitoring period, upon request. 

Students or staff members who return from an affected area who develop symptoms compatible with COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within their 14-day monitoring period, should take the following steps:
  1. Separate themselves from others as much as possible. Immediately notify ADPH Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks Division at 1-800-338-8374. 
  2. If they experience an urgent health situation, seek medical care right away. Before going to a doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell staff about recent travel and symptoms. 
  3. Restrict travel to private vehicle or medical transport (e.g., ambulance). No public transportation while sick. 
Persons who become symptomatic will require written physician clearance to return to school. Additional guidance from CDC on returning travelers is available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html. 

Students and staff without a history of travel or contact to a person with known COVID-19:
It is important that students and staff without a history of travel or contact to a person with known COVID-19 take every day preventative actions:
  1. Stay home when sick. 
    1. Students and staff who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are asked to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° CJ or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). 
    2. Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become severe, such as high fever or difficulty breathing.

      (NOTE: WCC students should contact instructors regarding missed coursework. Employees should notify their supervisor. A doctor’s note may be required.)
       
  2. Encourage students and staff to use "respiratory etiquette" through education and provision of supplies. 
    1. Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See CDC's Cover Your Cough page. (www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm). 
    2. Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans. 
    3. Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. 
    4. Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home. 
    5. Encourage flu vaccine for those who have not had it this season to reduce illnesses and absences on campus (however, this will not prevent coronavirus illnesses). 
    6. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol¬ based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
    7. Avoid touching face with unwashed hands. 
    8. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
For additional information, please contact ADPH at (334) 206-5971 or visit the ADPH website at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html.