Wallace Community College
Summer Health and Safety Operations Plan
June 4, 2020 (2nd Revision)
Per Chancellor Jimmy Baker’s May 22, 2020, MEMO-EXE-045, Wallace Community College Dothan (WCCD) will begin transitioning full-time employees back to work and implement health and safety policies to minimize the spread of COVID-19. These policies are detailed below. The Plan is conditional and is based on the published guidance phases issued by the White House, CDC, Governor Kay Ivey, and Chancellor Baker. If guidance changes, the Plan will be adapted to be in compliance with new guidelines and to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
The standard guidelines that the College will implement are as follows:
- The College will follow all directives provided by the Chancellor’s Office regarding returning to work guidelines. Further, the College will work with and provide additional guidance to employees who test positive.
- All employees will be provided a washable face mask and are strongly encouraged to use the mask as much as possible.
- All building entrances will be posted with signage that identify them as entry/exit points or as “No Entry” so the College can control foot traffic.
- All entry/exit doors of facilities used for in-person instruction will be cleaned twice daily.
- Any equipment, desks, chairs, tables, or other items used during instruction should be sanitized after each use.
- Employees will be encouraged to maintain 6 feet physical distance from others in the workplace. Please do not meet with individuals in office areas that do not offer adequate space for social distancing.
- Students will be encouraged to maintain 6 feet physical distance from others in classrooms and labs.
- Employees should not come to work with a fever or other symptoms of illness. Please contact your supervisor immediately of any COVID-19 symptoms, illness, or exposure.
- Students should not come to the College with a fever or other symptoms of illness.
- Hand sanitation areas will be located in all buildings at the main entrance. Wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your face.
- Work tools such as keyboards, telephones, writing instruments, etc., should not be shared.
- All employees and students should self-assess daily to ensure they have no symptoms indicative of Covid-19.
- The business office will issue washable face masks to full-time and part-time employees during normal business hours.
- All employees will have to sign for their masks and will only be issued one.
- If the employee loses the mask, it will be his/her responsibility to replace the mask.
- Disposal masks will be available if masks are lost or forgotten.
- Employees will wear a mask when interacting with other individuals or in communal spaces.
- If students would like a washable/surgical mask, they can pick one up in the courtyard areas of both campuses.
- These will be available in the courtyards of both campuses starting June 30, 2020-July 3, 2020.
- Any student that needs a mask after this date can request a mask at the book stores on each campus.
- Tables will be staffed by employees from all divisions.
- Sign-in sheets will be emailed to all employees to sign up for days/times to work at the tables.
- Students will wear a mask when interacting with other individuals or in communal spaces.
- Instructors will have disposable masks for students who come to class/lab without a mask.
- All buildings on both campuses will have at least two main entry/exits to the building.
- At least one entry will be ADA accessible so that all students will have access to the building.
- Signage will be placed at all approved entrances.
- Students should only enter buildings through the approved entrances marked with orange signage that says “Enter.”
- Faculty and staff may enter through any entrance as long as they have keys to the doors.
- Buildings with stairwells will have directional signage that identify which staircases go up and the ones that go down.
- Elevators should only have one person riding at a time due to the six-foot social distancing requirement.
- As the students and employees enter the buildings, a hand sanitation area will be located at the entrances.
- As stated above, it is recommended that all students and employees wash their hands frequently and keep them away from their face.
- All Wallace Community College employees and students are encouraged not to meet with individuals in any confined area.
- Virtual meetings will be used when possible.
- Larger rooms are better ventilated and less likely for anyone to contact any illnesses; therefore, meetings/classes will be scheduled in larger rooms when possible.
- It is suggested all meetings take place by appointment, and when available, use classrooms or other large rooms.
- Signage will be placed in classrooms and labs that direct students where to sit to help with social distancing.
- Students will still have the ability to use the Wallace Community College open Hot Spots in front of Grimsley Hall on the Wallace Campus and the A Building on the Sparks Campus.
- Parking spaces on each side of the lot will be reserved for students that need to use this service.
- Security will be on campus to help monitor students so all social distancing directives are followed.
- All classrooms, conference rooms, and offices will be cleaned and sanitized after usage.
- The Dothan and Sparks Campuses will be sanitized and disinfected by the Maintenance Department along with our contracted janitorial service.
- All doors and handles are cleaned at least twice daily.
- Bathrooms will be cleaned twice daily.
- Classrooms, computer labs, hallways, and high traffic areas will be cleaned after each class use.
- Additionally, at night these high-traffic areas will be fogged to ensure that all surfaces are free of pathogens. For some time, the College has been in possession of chemicals used for fogging.
- During designated testing, the computer labs will be fogged in between the testing.
- There will be one hour in between testing times to allow for the room to be fogged.
- Employees and students should self-assess their health DAILY. https://www.mayoclinic.org/covid-19-self-assessment-tool
- Members of the College community, employees and students, should check their temperatures before reporting to campus.
- Members of the campus community should NOT come to campus if they
- Have a fever of 100.4 degrees or above;
- Are experiencing any of the other symptoms of COVID-19 (these include shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell); or
- Have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, tested for COVID-19, or with symptoms of COVID-19.
- Employees should notify their supervisors immediately of any symptoms or exposure.
- Notified supervisors will contact HR.
- Employees who are approved to travel should take all necessary precautions during and after travel.
- Personnel in the College community with influence over others (administrators, supervisors, faculty, advisors, etc.) should ensure the following through direct communication, monitoring, and documentation:
- All of those over whom they have influence follow social distancing guidelines when in their office, lab, or other College space;
- Those with symptoms of COVID-19 know they should not come to campus for fourteen (14) days;
- If any symptoms are apparent at work, send the individual home immediately; and
- Students with significant concerns regarding their own health do not feel coerced into coming to campus.
- All concerns should be reported to direct supervisors.
PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS/POSITIVE TEST RESULTS
- Human Resources (HR) is responsible for implementing contact tracing protocols if an individual with a positive COVID-19 test has been on campus.
- The College will follow protocols listed in Memo EXE-047.
- Employees/students with COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to leave and consult with a healthcare provider before returning to campus.
- Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation upon the following conditions:
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); and,
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:
- At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test. If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based strategy listed above should be used.
- The College will notify the System Office of a COVID-19 positive employee.
- For employees/students in potential contact with an employee/student with a positive COVID-19 test, HR will conduct contact tracing to determine if any individuals were in contact with the individual using the “6-15-48 rule.”
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that COVID-19 exposure risk begins when someone is within 6 feet of the infected person for 15 minutes or more. The agency also notes that infected people can spread the virus 48 hours before the onset of symptoms.
- Employees and students will use the symptom-based strategy listed above.
STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES