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COVID-19 Health Protocols

Last Updated July 29, 2020

At Notre Dame College (“NDC”), we strongly believe in the importance of in-person educational experience and the value of learning in a campus environment. Because of this and the expressed desire of our students, we are welcoming everyone back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester.

Also important to our educational mission is that we proceed in the safest manner possible during this worldwide pandemic. A team of a team of staff, faculty, and administrators has worked hard to develop plans to safely reopen our campus. We have received the Ohio Department of Health’s Responsible RestartOhio: Institutions of Higher Education Guidance, and we are following these guidelines and those of other state, local, and federal authorities. However, NDC cannot possibly guarantee there will be no cases of COVID-19 on campus or completely prevent community infection. Every individual that comes on NDC’s campus must understand and acknowledge this reality. In addition, each individual must do their part to be safe and follow health and safety measures, including the health protocols in this document. Our plans are based on the most current public health information, and are therefore subject to change based on further guidance.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing will be practiced in all settings where possible to create six feet of distance between people.

  • Classrooms will be reconfigured with some furniture removed. Classes will be divided, if necessary, and students will attend in person on alternating days. Six-foot distancing guidelines will be marked and communicated.
  • Common areas such as the dining hall, Falcon Cafe, Falcon’s Nest, residence hall lounges, and library will be reconfigured with some furniture removed.
  • Athletic facilities will have occupancy limits and staggered use.
  • Offices will be reconfigured and work schedules will be staggered. Plexiglass has been installed in high-traffic areas.
  • Restrooms and elevators now have occupancy limits. Signs are posted with this information.
  • Larger areas that are not currently used as classroom spaces will likely be repurposed for classroom use.

Face Coverings/Ventilation

  • Consistent with Ohio Department of Health minimum operating standards and best practices, all campus employees and students are required to wear a face covering while on campus. Face coverings should be cloth/fabric and cover an individual’s nose, mouth, and chin. The face covering requirement has exceptions for the following reasons:
    • Facial coverings in the campus setting are prohibited by law or regulation;
    • Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards;
    • Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons;
    • Facial coverings are not required for employees when working alone in an assigned work area;
    • Facial coverings are not required for students when the students are in their assigned residence hall rooms;
    • Facial coverings are not required when there is a practical reason not to wear a face covering on campus.
    • Facial coverings are most important in confined spaces where groups are gathering and physical distancing is difficult or impossible. Facial coverings are not necessary outdoors when a distance of 6 feet can be maintained between people.
  • Windows will be opened as much as possible to increase circulation of outside air.
  • Events will take place outside when possible.

Cleaning

  • Hand washing is the most basic preventative method in stopping the spread of COVID-19. All community members are required to wash their hands regularly.
    • Restrooms will be appropriately stocked with soap and paper towels.
    • Hand sanitizer will be provided in all high-contact locations.
  • Cleaning – Desks, shared workstations, restrooms, and high-contact locations will be disinfected on a regular basis. This responsibility will be shared between the cleaning staff, students, and employees of the College.
    • The cleaning staff has been directed to clean all high-touch areas and bathrooms on a more frequent basis.
    • In classrooms, students and professors will be asked to wipe down their workspaces with disinfectant before the start of class. Classrooms will be disinfected at the end of each day by the cleaning staff.
    • Students will be asked to sign a pledge to keep their residence hall rooms clean, particularly the shared bathroom space.

Illness

  • All students and employees are required to monitor their health on a daily basis looking for symptoms of COVID-19. Employees will be required to conduct a daily health assessment, which will include taking one’s temperature with a thermometer and monitoring for symptoms. Symptoms currently recognized by the CDC include:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Employees, students, or visitors who do not feel well should stay at home or in their residence hall room.
  • Employees or students who develop symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and immediately contact the COVID-19 Response Team with this Response Form or at covid@ndc.edu.
    • Please provide all pertinent information to the COVID-19 Response Team and await further instructions. You will be contacted in less than 24 hours.
    • Employees and students who have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 will be screened by our health partner and possibly tested for the virus.
  • For purposes of definition, “Isolation” means to separate sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. “Quarantine” means to separate and restrict the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
  • A student or employee with COVID-19 (verified or presumed) should not return to regular activity on campus or have any contact with other members of the NDC community (isolation) until the following conditions are met:
    • No fever for three days (72 hours) without the use of medication and
    • Symptoms have improved for at least three full days (72 hours) and
    • Ten days since symptoms first appeared.
    • (For a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has no symptoms, the CDC recommends isolation for 10 days after the positive test.)
  • A student or employee who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should not return to regular activity on campus or have any contact with other members of the NDC community (quarantine) until the following conditions are met: (The CDC defines close contact by listing the following scenarios: you were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes, you provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19, you had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them), you shared eating or drinking utensils, they sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.)
    • Quarantine or stay home or in their residence halls for 14 days after last contact with a person who has COVID-19 and
    • Not develop any symptoms
  • For Resident Students:
    • Each suite in the residence halls will function as a family unit, with each resident of the unit being part of that “family”.
      • If one member of the family unit has, or is presumed to have, COVID-19, the other members of the family unit will follow a quarantine plan to try to prevent the spread of the virus.
    • If a Resident’s home is within a reasonable distance of campus, they are strongly encouraged to return home.
    • For those unable to return home, the resident will be required to follow a specific protocol – either remaining in their assigned room at all times or relocating to one of the rooms set aside for isolation/quarantine.
    • Meals will be delivered to any student in isolation/quarantine.
    • The College, along with guidance from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Cleveland Clinic, will work with the resident to determine when they may return to campus/no longer be in isolation/quarantine.
  • Students will be able to continue their learning virtually even while self-isolating or quarantining.
  • Employees will be able to continue working virtually and will coordinate with their supervisor and HR on reasonable accommodations.
  • A system of contact tracing will be developed and all those who have had close contact with a NDC student or employee who is diagnosed or presumed to have COVID-19 will be contacted. Confidentiality will be maintained as much as possible in this process.

Campus Visitors

  • People who visit campus will be asked kindly to observe the policies in this document.
    • Visitors should have a NDC student/employee who has invited them to be on campus, will accompany them, and will make all the necessary arrangements for their visit.
    • Each visitor should individually complete an online health assessment form before coming to campus: https://notredamecollege.wufoo.com/forms/visitor-health-selfassessment/
    • Visitors will be asked to practice six-foot physical distancing.
    • Visitors will be asked to wear face coverings (provided if needed).

Adherence to Policy

  • Students, faculty, and staff are asked to follow the policies in this document in order to responsibly protect the health of all in our community.
    • A student conduct board will review the actions of students who willfully violate these policies.
    • Supervisors will review the actions of faculty and staff members who willfully violate these policies.