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COVID-19 Classroom Guidelines

Updated 2/12/2021

Daytona State College

COVID-19 Classroom Protocol

Each of the following guidelines are based on current CDC recommendations. Guidelines may be adjusted as additional CDC recommendations are released.

Purpose: In response to current pandemic conditions, Daytona State College (DSC) is implementing certain protocols to allow classes to complete as much in-person, hands-on, practical, lab, or clinical requirements as possible. The following protocols/procedures seek to implement commonsense, research-based procedures, while allowing for the face-to-face contact needed to satisfy course and program requirements. These procedures have been vetted by the Volusia County Health Department.

These procedures are consistent with CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and others. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

 
Scope: These protocols apply to all on campus courses.

Procedures:

  • All DSC faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a face covering while in any building on campus. All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material and fully cover the nose and mouth. At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, single layer coverings, open-chin triangle bandanas and masks with holes or vents of any kind are not appropriate face coverings. Individuals will supply their own face covering. If any medical grade masks or equipment are needed for a lab activity or skill, those materials will be provided by DSC.
  • Where possible, there may be a single designated entrance and exit to each building and classroom.
  • Social distancing procedures are in place and include staying at least 6 feet. Any group gatherings will be no larger than 50 people with social distancing guidelines and/or safety protocols in place.
  • Frequent handwashing is required. Hands must be washed before entering the classroom or lab for the first time and upon re-entry for any reason (i.e. anyone leaving a room must clean hands upon re-entry; handwashing must occur before and after bathroom breaks; handwashing must occur before and after eating).
  • For activities that require gloves, gloves should be changed and discarded regularly between activities, between patients or clients, and when individuals leave the classroom or lab area.
  • There should be no sharing of tools, utensils, instruments, or other portable equipment or materials during a class or lab. If equipment is used in subsequent classes, it must be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected between uses.
  • All common surfaces will be regularly disinfected throughout the day, especially after and in-between classes by faculty and students utilizing that space. This includes desktops, computer stations and accessories, light switches, chairs, doorknobs, entry points, etc. Neutra-Dis is a one-step disinfectant, sanitizer, virucide, and cleaner that is on the list of EPA approved disinfectants for SARS-CoV-2 (the cause of COVID-19). Neutra-Dis will be supplied in all classroom and lab spaces in a standard spray bottle. To properly use, spray the surface that needs to be cleaned and sanitized, let stand for 10 minutes, then wipe clean.
  • All activities will be performed in open, well-ventilated areas.
  • Student dismissals may be staggered with groups of 10 or less exiting every 30 to 60 seconds with students going directly to their vehicles or means of transportation, or to their next class.
  • Faculty will sanitize lab and classroom spaces at the end of each day.
  • Labs and classroom spaces will be sanitized by custodial staff at the end of each day.
  • Any individuals that are showing signs or symptoms of illness or have tested positive for COVID-19 must follow current CDC guidelines. DSC will follow the CDC’s Symptom-Based Strategy, Time-Based Strategy or when applicable, the Test-Based Strategy for Discontinuation of Isolation, depending on the situation (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/strategy-discontinue-isolation.html; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-options-to-reduce-quarantine.html). Individuals who show signs or symptoms or who have tested positive must self-identify, inform the faculty member or Chair, and stop coming to class immediately. If an individual meets this criterion, the faculty member or Chair must notify Student Development by emailing the student’s name, ID number, and exactly what the student reported to CovidHealth@DaytonaState.edu. Student Development will track each case and notify the student and faculty when the student is cleared to return to campus.
  • Individuals may return to class when:
    • They have had no fever (100.4°F or greater) for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications)

AND

    • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when a cough or shortness of breath have improved)

AND

    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, unless otherwise directed by a healthcare provider (see reference E. below).

OR

    • For individuals with a positive COVID-19 test but are asymptomatic, 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 should be used (see reference G. below).
  • Individuals who have symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19 who are not close contacts with any person who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 (defined below) may also wish to receive a diagnostic test  for COVID-19 (Polymerase Chain Reaction/PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test). Antibody tests will not be permitted. If the diagnostic test result is negative, and they have not been a close contact with any person who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, and all symptoms have resolved including no fever for 24 hours without the use of a fever reducing medication,  they may return to campus after communicating with Student Development and receiving clearance (unless otherwise directed by a healthcare provider).
  • If a student or faculty member comes into close contact with an individual with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, the faculty member and/or Chair must be notified immediately, and information provided to the college. A close contact as defined by the CDC is any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes (cumulative over a 24-hour period), provided care at home to someone who was sick with COVID-19, had direct physical contact (hugged or kissed) someone with COVID-19, shared eating or drinking utensils, or was sneezed on, coughed on, or got respiratory droplets on them from someone with COVID-19 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html), “irrespective of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask” (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/public-health-recommendations.html), starting from 2 days prior to illness onset or a positive test. Per CDC guidelines, the following options are utilized for ending quarantine after close contact (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-options-to-reduce-quarantine.html):

    • Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have occurred or were reported without the use of pharmaceutical interventions during daily monitoring.

OR

    • Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic test (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) is taken and is negative and if no symptoms occurred or were reported without the use of pharmaceutical interventions during daily monitoring. The test must be taken within 48 hours before the planned end of quarantine (Day 6 from exposure), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
  • DSC is following the CDC’s Symptom-Based Strategy, Time-Based Strategy, or under the circumstances above, the Test-Based Strategy, and as such, classroom participants who become close contacts may return to campus, unless otherwise directed by a healthcare provider, if at least 10 days have passed since the exposure (or 7 days since exposure if there is a negative diagnostic test within 48 hours of 7), there were no symptoms during the quarantine period (i.e., no fever of 100.4°F or greater) without the use of pharmaceutical interventions, and there is continued symptom monitoring and reporting through Day 14.
  • The Office of Student Development will notify all the student’s instructors when a positive case is identified.
  • If a student has a positive case, the faculty member should notify the class, being careful not to use any of the students personally identifiable or Protected Health Information (PHI). By following these guidelines and protocols, there should be very minimal risk of exposure for any classroom participants within the classroom or campus setting. This information will be provided for other class participants to be aware if they did not practice social distancing in another setting outside of the classroom or campus.
  • For on-campus clinics or appointments that involve one-on-one treatment, if a classroom participant has a positive case, the patient or client must be notified as well as other class participants, adhering to the same guidelines regarding PHI above. For off-campus clinicals, externships, internships, etc., if a student tests positive, the other classroom participants must be notified if they are at the same site. The organization must also be notified, and their protocols followed.
  • If students refuse to comply with any of these procedures, the faculty member may ask the student to leave, or Campus Safety may be notified, and the student may be removed from the lab or classroom. For instance, if a student does not come to class with a face covering, the faculty member may 1) offer the student a disposable face covering and remind them of the policy, 2) if the student refuses ask the student to leave class, or 3) if the student again refuses, dismiss class and notify campus safety.

 

References:

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  2. CDC guidelines for homemade mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf
  3. S. Surgeon General guidelines for homemade mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
  4. CDC Symptom-Based Strategy to Discontinue Isolation for Persons with COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/strategy-discontinue-isolation.html
  5. “For most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset1and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/strategy-discontinue-isolation.html
  6. Test for Past Infection (Antibody Test): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/serology-overview.html; Test for Current Infection: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/diagnostic-testing.html
  7. “Note, because symptoms cannot be used to gauge where these individuals are in the course of their illness, it is possible that the duration of viral shedding could be longer or shorter than 10 days after their first positive test.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html
  8. Contact Tracing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/case-investigation-contact-tracing.pdf
  9. Incubation Period: “The incubation period for COVID-19 is thought to extend to 14 days, with a median time of 4-5 days from exposure to symptoms onset.One study reported that 97.5% of persons with COVID-19 who develop symptoms will do so within 11.5 days of SARS-CoV-2 infection.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-guidance-management-patients.html
  10. Isolation Periods: “Note that recommendations for discontinuing isolation in persons known to be infected with COVID-19 could, in some circumstances, appear to conflict with recommendations on when to discontinue quarantine for persons known to have beenexposed to COVID-19. CDC recommends 14 days of quarantine after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness if infected. Thus, it is possible that a person known to be infected could leave isolation earlier than a person who is quarantined because of the possibility they are infected.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html

 

 

2021 Student Acknowledgement

As a student of Daytona State College, I understand the requirements to attend classes on campus. If I enroll in courses that meet on campus, I agree to abide by the following requirements:

Each of the following requirements is based on current CDC recommendations. Requirements may be adjusted as additional CDC recommendations are released.

  • I will wear a mask or face covering upon entering any building and while in classrooms, hallways, restrooms, travel to and from class, etc. This includes outdoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained.  Masks or face coverings can be simple, homemade coverings, and do not need to be medical grade. All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material and fully cover the nose and mouth. At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, single layer coverings, open-chin triangle bandanas and masks with holes or vents of any kind are not appropriate face coverings. The CDC has released guidelines on face coverings (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html).
  • I understand that masks are required on campus. Students with pre-existing health conditions that prohibits them from wearing a mask, should take classes online or contact Counseling and Accessibility Services at (386) 506-3238.
  • Gloves are not required to be worn.
  • I will practice social distancing techniques and stay at least 6 feet apart from other people.
  • I will practice regular handwashing. The College will have hand sanitizers available in buildings and classrooms.
  • I will not share tools or equipment in the classroom unless absolutely necessary. In the event sharing of tools is necessary, I will follow proper sanitizing protocols.
  • If I have any symptoms such as a fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, or cold-like or flu-like symptoms, I will follow the CDC guidelines, immediately remove myself from class, and notify my instructor. The Office of Student Development will track each case and will notify me when I am cleared to return to campus. I may return to campus when:
    • At least 10 days have passed since my symptoms first appeared

AND

    • I have had no fever (100.4°F or greater) for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

    • Other symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath have improved)

Note: You may not return to campus until you have been contacted and cleared to do so by the Office of Student Development.

 

  • If I have a confirmed case of COVID-19, I will follow the CDC guidelines, immediately remove myself from class, and notify my instructor. The Office of Student Development will track each case and will notify me when I am cleared to return to campus. I may return to campus when:
    • At least 10 days have passed since my positive test results

AND

    • I have had no fever (100.4°F or greater) for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

    • Other symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath have improved)

Note: You may not return to campus until you have been contacted and cleared to do so by the Office of Student Development.

  • If I have come in close contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 I will follow the CDC guidelines, immediately remove myself from class, and notify my instructor. A close contact as defined by the CDC is any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes (cumulative over a 24-hour period), provided care at home to someone who was sick with COVID-19, had direct physical contact (hugged or kissed) someone with COVID-19, shared eating or drinking utensils, or was sneezed on, coughed on, or got respiratory droplets on them from someone with COVID-19 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html), “irrespective of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask” (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/public-health-recommendations.html), starting from 2 days prior to illness onset or a positive test. The Office of Student Development will track each case and will notify me when I am cleared to return to campus. I may return to campus when:
    • I self-isolate for 10 days with no symptoms.

Or

    • I self-isolate for 7 days with no symptoms and I have a negative diagnostic test taken within 48 hours of Day 7.

Note: You may not return to campus until you have been contacted and cleared to do so by the Office of Student Development.

  • If any of the three situations occur, I will stay in contact with Student Development to update them on the current status of my case.
  • If I have a lab confirmed, positive viral test for COVID-19, my close contact classmates may be contacted and informed, though my personal information will not be shared.
  • The College will provide accommodations, to the extent possible, to make up work missed due to illness.
  • I understand that many courses are available online.
  • I understand that the College is providing the safest environment possible and acknowledge that all risks cannot be eliminated.

I understand that if I fail to comply with any of the above requirements that I may be removed from the classroom or lab and may not have another opportunity to finish the course this semester.

Please see additional information from the CDC on the website below:

 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/strategy-discontinue-isolation.html)

 

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Last updated: 2021-02-12T16:52:16.889Z