UACCM Covid-19 Response

Campus Reopening Guidelines

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Updated: August 21, 2020

Guiding Principles

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) prioritizes the health and safety of employees, students, parents, alumni, and visitors as the guiding principle to opening the College.

The primary goal for these guidelines is to lay out a plan that will allow individuals to be on campus while remaining vigilant in reducing risks associated with the novel Coronavirus.

These guidelines align with the directives and guidance received from the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas (RESOLUTION: Plans to Reopen Campuses for Fall 2020), leaders within the University of Arkansas System, public health notices issued by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), and the guidance received from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. Guidance received from professional associations and organizations also may be used for decision-making. Still, it will not supersede the advice and guidance received from the above named federal and state government or medical agencies.

UACCM remains wholly committed to individuals who have reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We will follow guidance received to provide the safest and best environment for individuals with legal protection and accommodations. Guidance from the EEOC and ADA have been used in the creation of this plan.

Our knowledge of the novel Coronavirus continues to evolve each day. Campus leaders will continuously monitor and analyze the guidance we receive and modify our plans as warranted.

Campus Cleaning

UACCM custodial staff have been cleaning and sanitizing surfaces constantly in preparation for the return of students. They will continue cleaning and sanitizing surfaces such as tabletops, counters, doorknobs/handles, elevator buttons, handrails in the stairwells, and restroom fixtures. High traffic areas will be wiped down frequently with disinfectant.

Employees are encouraged to wipe down or disinfect areas, surfaces, and equipment that they touch or use before and after each use. The employees are also encouraged to sanitize shared workspaces and items such as printers and copiers, mailboxes, etc. UACCM will do our best to procure disinfecting wipes and supplies, which will be available in all buildings.

Physical Modifications to Campus

The UACCM administration is aware of physical and operational changes that will help us to reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19. We are committed to the safety of employees, students, and guests; thus, we have made many modifications to physical spaces and our business practices.

Modification of physical spaces—UACCM leaders have researched and identified several limitations of the current campus layout, and continue to make changes to ensure risk reduction. Examples of physical space modification include but are not limited to the following:

  • Addition of plexiglass affixed to counters or desks in high traffic areas to provide barriers between employees and those who need face-to-face services
  • Drinking fountains will have signs that indicate the water fountain is not to be used
  • When feasible, arrangement of classroom tables/chairs to facilitate physical distancing
  • Advanced air purification systems added to all campus ventilation systems

Employees

Employees with certain conditions may be at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 or may have a higher risk for severe illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s latest guidance suggests that people in the highest risk categories include individuals who:

  • Are over the age of 65
  • Suffer from chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Suffer from serious heart conditions
  • Severely obese (Body Mass Index of 40 or higher)
  • Have diabetes
  • Suffer from chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • Suffer from liver disease

Employees with these or other high-risk conditions who have concerns about returning to work on campus should contact their direct supervisors to discuss their needs.

Workplace Expectations and Communication

All faculty and staff members are required to comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines in this document, as well as any published amendments to this document that may be distributed.

Symptom Monitoring Expectations

Employees should conduct symptom monitoring each day before reporting to work. Employees should be free of ANY symptoms that are suggestive of COVID-19 to be eligible to report to work.

At this time, these symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Unexpected runny nose or sinus congestion (not previously diagnosed seasonal allergies)
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New GI symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • A rash similar in nature to frostbite
  • Other skin rashes/discoloration

Employees exhibiting any of these symptoms will be expected to contact their physician for assessment of symptoms and are required to wear face coverings to avoid potentially exposing others. Individuals who experience these symptoms should not come to work until they are certain that they do not have COVID-19. If the symptoms begin while at work, the employee should notify the direct supervisor and immediately leave to self-quarantine until having an assessment with a medical professional.

COVID-19 Testing

Employees should contact their primary healthcare provider when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  Employees experiencing symptoms or suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 may also choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Call the Conway County Health Department (CCHD) at 501-354-4653 to schedule a testing appointment (no physician referral required).  The CCHD will provide further testing instructions.  The CCHD is located at 100 Hospital Drive, Morrilton, AR.
  • Option 2: Visit CHI St. Vincent-Morrilton hospital (physician referral required) at 4 Hospital Drive, Morrilton, AR or call 501-977-2300.

Positive COVID-19 Reporting Expectations

Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should contact the Office of Human Resources at 501-977-2016 and should not report to work until ADH or their attending or primary care physician has sent a letter of clearance to return to work.

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to follow their physician's directives for home isolation or hospitalized care and may not return to work until the letter of clearance has been received. The office of Human Resources will confirm receipt of the clearance to return to work and will retain this letter in the employee’s personnel file.

Employees living with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 should not report to work until contacted by ADH who will determine a plan for testing, self-quarantine, or provide further guidance.  If not contacted by ADH, the employee should contact their supervisor who will work with Human Resources on return to work guidance.

Employees caring for or having come in close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 may be contacted by ADH who will determine a plan for testing, self-quarantine, and/or provide further guidance.  In these instances, the employee should still report to work unless otherwise instructed by ADH or experiencing symptoms.  If not contacted by ADH, the employee should continue reporting to work unless experiencing symptoms.

For additional information, please review the most current guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health.

COVID-19 Related Leave

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to use accumulated sick leave to account for their absence. If the employee does not have sufficient accumulated sick leave, they may use vacation leave and unpaid leave to cover the time of treatment or required self-quarantine.

Employees who must self-quarantine due to the positive COVID-19 test results of a person with whom they reside may request to work remotely for the period of self-quarantine or may use accumulated sick leave or vacation leave.  Leave may also be available through the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) through 12/31/20. Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources for more information about FFCRA.

Required Use of Face Coverings

Each employee who reports to campus will be required to wear a face covering. Face coverings will be made available to employees.

In accordance with the governor’s executive order, faculty may remove their face covering in the classroom if the covering is inhibitory to their ability to safely and effectively perform job duties.

A separate updated face covering guideline document will be provided to all employees. All employees must sign the document and return it to their supervisor.

Other Personal Care Information

Employees should practice the following hygiene habits to minimize potential community spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Wash hands frequently and after each time you have been in a public place
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) and wash your hands immediately if you cannot avoid doing so
  • Cough into your elbow, not your hand
  • Create a physical distance of at least 6 feet between you and others
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more
  • Avoid crowds and mass gatherings
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content

Students

Required Use of Face Coverings

Students will be required to wear a face covering at all times while on campus. UACCM will provide a face covering to students who do not have their own personal covering.

At the discretion of the Vice Chancellor for Academics, some academic programs may allow for the removal of the face covering for a period of time to conduct an instructional activity where the face covering would be prohibitive.

Other Personal Care Information

Students should practice the following hygiene habits to minimize potential community spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Wash hands frequently and after each time you have been in a public place
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) and wash your hands immediately if you cannot avoid doing so
  • Cough into your elbow, not your hand
  • Create a physical distance of at least 6 feet between you and others
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more
  • Avoid crowds and mass gatherings
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content

Symptom Monitoring Expectations

Students should conduct symptom monitoring each day before coming to campus. Students should be free of ANY symptoms that are suggestive of to COVID-19.

At this time, these symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Unexpected runny nose or sinus congestion (not previously diagnosed seasonal allergies)
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New GI symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • A rash similar in nature to frostbite
  • Other skin rashes/discoloration

Students exhibiting any of these symptoms will be expected to contact their physician for assessment of symptoms and should wear a face covering to avoid exposing others. Individuals who experience these symptoms should not come to campus until they are certain that they do not have COVID-19. If the symptoms begin while on campus, the student should leave immediately to self-quarantine until having an assessment with a medical professional.

COVID-19 Testing

UACCM encourages students to contact their primary healthcare provider when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Students experiencing symptoms or suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 may also choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Call the Conway County Health Department (CCHD) at 501-354-4653 to schedule a testing appointment (no physician referral required). The CCHD will provide further testing instructions.  The CCHD is located at 100 Hospital Drive, Morrilton, AR.
  • Option 2: Visit CHI St. Vincent-Morrilton hospital (physician referral required) at 4 Hospital Drive, Morrilton, AR or call 501-977-2300.

Positive COVID-19 Reporting Expectations

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 should contact each faculty member to discuss course assignments/attendance and the Vice Chancellor for Student Services. Students should not return to campus until ADH or their attending or primary care physician has sent a letter of clearance.

Students living with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus until contacted by ADH who will determine a plan for testing, self-quarantine, or provide further guidance.  If not contacted by ADH, the student should contact the Vice Chancellor for Student Services who will provide return to campus guidance.

Students caring for or having come in close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 may be contacted by ADH who will determine a plan for testing, self-quarantine, and/or provide further guidance.  In these instances, the student may come to campus unless otherwise instructed by ADH or is experiencing symptoms.  If not contacted by ADH, the student may continue coming to campus unless experiencing symptoms.

For additional information, please review the most current guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health.

Visitors

Required Use of Face Coverings

Visitors will be required to wear a face covering at all times while on the UACCM campus. UACCM will provide a face covering to visitors who do not have their own personal covering.

Symptom Monitoring Expectations

Visitors should conduct symptom monitoring before coming to campus. Visitors should be free of ANY symptoms that are suggestive of COVID-19.

At this time, these symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Unexpected runny nose or sinus congestion (not previously diagnosed seasonal allergies)
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New GI symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • A rash similar in nature to frostbite
  • Other skin rashes/discoloration

Visitors who experience these symptoms should not come to campus until they are certain that they do not have COVID-19. If the symptoms begin while on campus, the visitor should leave immediately.

UACCM Ready for the Fall 2020 Semester

July 20 – December 31 (Fall Semester Classes Begin August 24)

  • Fall 2020 semester on-campus, on-line, hybrid, synchronous classes (August 24-December 15)
    • On-Campus Instruction: Traditional brick and mortar, face-to-face courses will remain on the schedule.  Classes/labs will be positioned in an attempt to adhere to social distancing guidelines. 
    • On-line Instruction: Online courses on the Fall schedule will remain as planned.
    • Hybrid Instruction: Hybrid courses will remain on the schedule and follow the same practice of meeting both face-to-face and utilizing asynchronous instruction.  As with the traditional face-to-face instruction classes/labs will be positioned in an attempt to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
    • Face-to-Face/Synchronous Instruction: A synchronous course is a blend of in-person and synchronous instruction utilizing Blackboard Collaborate. With synchronous instruction the instructor and students are all logged into Blackboard during the normally scheduled in-person meeting time.  If a course is scheduled to meet on TR from 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM, it will continue to do so. In this format, students may meet face-to-face in a classroom with the instructor or choose to attend the course synchronously utilizing Blackboard Collaborate. As with the traditional face-to-face instruction, all in-person classes/labs will be positioned in an attempt to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
    • New Student Orientation online only
  • All staff work on campus utilizing a normal work schedule.
    • Exceptions for COVID-related remote work assignments may be granted due to high-risk factors, job requirements, or other needs.  Employees should notify their supervisor of this request who will coordinate with Human Resources for a review of the request.
    • Work schedules may be modified or staggered if deemed necessary for the health and safety of the campus community.
  • 9-month faculty return to campus August 10, 2020.
    • Exceptions for COVID-related remote work assignments may be granted due to high-risk factors, job requirements, or other needs.  Faculty should notify their academic dean of this request who will coordinate with Human Resources for a review of the request.
    • Work schedules may be modified or staggered if deemed necessary for the health and safety of the campus community.
  • Campus is open to the public
    • Virtual support services remain available to current and prospective students
    • Common areas, such as the Student Union, open to students on August 3, 2020
  • On campus events with more than 50 people must be approved by UACCM administration
  • Enhanced campus cleaning and sanitizing continues
  • Hand sanitizer stations on campus
  • Sanitizing wipes available in classrooms and office areas
  • Mask/face coverings are required by employees, students and visitors when inside college facilities.
  • Mask/face coverings are required outside when physical distancing cannot be assured.
    • Mask/face coverings will be provided to employees, students and visitors if they do not have a personal face covering.
  • Temperature checks:  employees, students and visitors are asked to check before coming to campus and stay home if they have fever.  Normal temperature should not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit