Four-Part Strategy for a Safe and Healthy Campus
Central to our ability to start welcoming students, employees, and visitors back to campus is having a prevention strategy that reduces the spread of COVID-19. DCCC established a four-part prevention strategy in May before allowing anyone to return to campus. This strategy (Masks – Distancing – Hygiene – Screening) is updated with the latest guidance and summarized here:
Even before NC Governor Roy Cooper implemented a statewide mask order, DCCC asked all employees, students, and visitors to wear masks or cloth face coverings on campus except when employees are in their own offices or work spaces (yes, in classrooms! yes, in the hallway! yes, even in bathrooms and on elevators!).
Why wear masks? Think of it as, “I protect you, you protect me.” Although masks are not a guarantee against you getting sick, they do greatly reduce the chance you will transmit germs to others. If we all consistently wear masks, we reduce the overall transmission of germs and slow the spread of COVID-19.
We know now that masks are even more vital than we first realized in the fight against COVID-19, and we emphasize again the importance of this prevention method, both when you are on DCCC property and anytime you are outside of your home and in proximity to other people.
Several distributions of masks have already occurred on campus. Those who come to campus without one will be offered one from the DCCC supply. Remember to refrain from touching your mask or face and to wash cloth masks regularly. Those unable to wear masks for medical reasons should contact the Office of Disability Access Services to discuss and determine your reasonable accommodations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.249.8186 ext. 6342.
The second cornerstone of our strategy is maintaining distance from others. Since COVID-19 spreads more quickly when people are closer together, it is important to stay at least 6 feet from others as much as possible. This guideline includes all your interactions throughout the day — from greeting colleagues or fellow students, stopping to ask someone a question, or sitting at a desk or in a meeting near others.
If you do come within 6 feet of another person, masks will help prevent the spread of germs.
DCCC also has installed glass barriers around campus to help protect you when you need to speak to someone in person, such as in our Enrollment Center and Business Office. Signs and floor markings remind students and employees to stay 6 feet away from others and to limit the number of people on elevators and in restrooms.
Employees should continue to meet virtually as much as possible and avoid visiting individual offices when a phone call or email will suffice. A limited number of meeting rooms are available across campus when in-person conversation is required and should be requested through email@example.com.
There will continue to be limits on the use of campus spaces for large gatherings and for use by external groups, guided by state regulations and public health recommendations.
Our custodial and maintenance teams work daily to keep our campus as clean as possible. Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and deep cleaning where needed, using CDC-approved cleaning procedures and EPA-approved cleaning products, helps us combat COVID-19.
We need everyone’s help to keep campus clean on an ongoing basis, especially during this time of increased need for disinfection. Administrative support personnel in each area have a supply of CDC-recommended cleaning products so that every employee can help keep work areas clean. This cleaning should include the regular disinfection of doorknobs, copier buttons, cabinet and drawer handles, keyboards and other computer equipment, phones, and desks. If you prefer to move your own trash and recycling cans to the door of your office or work area for pick-up, please remember to wash your hands after touching.
Cleaning supplies will be available in classrooms and labs where in-person instruction is occurring. Faculty and students should use these supplies to clean their spaces and instructional equipment between uses.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entrance to every building. Please use it on your hands every time you enter a building and wash your hands regularly throughout the day. Use paper towels to turn off faucets and use the recently installed arm-pulls to open bathroom doors.
Before coming to campus each day, employees complete an online health survey to identify early symptoms and possible exposures. Other important reminders for students, employees, and visitors to campus:
- Stay home if you are sick. If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or a loss of taste or smell, do not come to campus. If you are experiencing these or other COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should consider getting tested. Your doctor can help you identify a testing site, you can call the Davidson County Health Department’s hotline at 336.236.3327, or you can visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services website
- Students can self-report a positive COVID-19 test for themselves or a close contact using this online form. Employees in these same situations should contact their supervisors and Human Resources.
- An individual who tests positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate away from other people and will be excluded from campus for at least 10 days since their first symptoms; until other symptoms have improved; and until they have no fever for at least 72 hours without medication. If you live in the same household or have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, remain in your home and contact a medical provider. You should not return to campus for a minimum of 14 days. The CDC offers more guidelines for “What to Do If You Are Sick.”
If a student, employee, or visitor is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will follow the directions of the local health department in identifying others who may have been exposed and will use CDC guidelines to clean and disinfect physical spaces.
Visit DCCC’s Coronavirus Response page for more information about COVID-19 and our efforts to keep you and our community safe.