Daytona State College
COVID-19 Employee Protocol
Each of the following guidelines are based on current (October 2020) CDC recommendations. Guidelines may be adjusted as additional CDC recommendations are released. Similar protocol is in place for students and classroom settings.
Purpose: In response to current pandemic conditions, Daytona State College (DSC) is implementing certain protocols to maintain as safe an environment as possible. The following protocols/procedures seek to implement commonsense, research-based procedures, while allowing for the face-to-face contact needed to satisfy workflow requirements.
These procedures are consistent with CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and others. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html
Scope: These protocols apply to all employees, on all campuses.
- DSC Face Mask/Covering Policy:
- All DSC faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a face covering while inside any building and in outdoor areas on campus when they are not able to keep the mandatory 6 foot social distance.
- 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.
- Certain positions, such as faculty teaching face to face classes, may be required to wear a face covering (shield or mask) regardless of the social distance maintained. The College will supply an initial face covering for each employee.
- Masks or face coverings can be simple, homemade coverings, and do not need to be medical grade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Surgeon General’s office have released guidelines on making homemade face coverings (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html).
- To clarify the Face Mask/ Covering Policy:
- Face mask/ covering must be worn if employees are together in vehicles, golf carts and outside activities where the mandatory 6 foot social distance can’t be continuously maintained.
- College meetings (with faculty or staff) of 15 or less may be held without face masks only if the 6 feet distance can be maintained continuously. If anyone moves around within the meeting, the face mask must be worn. Face mask/covering must be worn in meetings where 6 feet cannot be maintained.
- Face mask/ covering must be worn outdoors when 6 feet cannot be maintained.
- All persons who come onto any campus for any reason, including contractors, vendors, potential students, visitors, etc. must wear a face mask when in any on campus building.
- All classroom instruction has not changed, all students and faculty are required to wear face masks/ coverings.
- If employees are within their own personal office/ workstation and more than 6 feet from any other person, they may remove their face mask if there is no one in their office. If anyone enters the office or if the employee leaves their personal workstation, they must put on a face mask. A mask must be worn regardless of a plexiglass barrier.
- Social distancing procedures are in place and include staying at least 6 feet apart and keeping meeting sizes to less than 50 people. If it is necessary to exceed this guideline, placement of chairs must meet social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet.
- Frequent handwashing is required.
- All common surfaces will be regularly disinfected. 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). You are asked to use hand sanitizer before and after the use of any and all shared equipment, such as the MFD printers or other shared items.
- Any employee who thinks they have COVID-19, has sought testing for COVID-19, (but not for antibodies) or was/has been in “close contact” with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, must notify Employee Benefits (506-3083 or Benefits@daytonastate.edu) or Human Resources (506-4505) immediately.
To help assist with determining the appropriate action, the following are the CDC guidelines:
I have symptoms or I have tested positive for COVID-19 and I had symptoms
You can be with others (return to work) after:
- 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medications) and
- Symptoms have improved and
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared
NOTE: 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 or Rapid Antigen Test). Antigen 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 medications, they may return to campus sooner than 10 days (unless otherwise directed by a health care provider). The employee must communicate with Benefits and receive clearance before returning prior to the original 10- day date.
I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others (return to work) after receiving clearance from a health care provider in accordance with CDC guidelines as follows:
- If you continue to have no symptoms, you can come back to work after 10 days have passed since the positive test result.
I have been in “close contact” with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
- CDC defines a close contact as “any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes of laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients” .
- 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.
- 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.
- If the test results above take longer than 10 days, employees who have been in close contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19 can return to work 10 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop the illness, assuming they have had no symptoms. In either case, individuals must continue to monitor and report symptoms through Day 14.
Please note: The CDC defines close contact as the following:
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 cumulative minutes or more, in a 24 hour period
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
- All of the above, starting from 2 days prior to their illness onset or a positive test.
If employees refuse to comply with any of these procedures, the College may take action to protect the safety of other employees, this may include disciplinary action if warranted.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- CDC guidelines for homemade mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf
- S. Surgeon General guidelines for homemade mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
- CDC Symptom-Based Strategy to Discontinue Isolation for Persons with COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/strategy-discontinue-isolation.html
- “For persons recovered from COVID-19 illness, CDC recommends that isolation be maintained for at least 10 days after illness onsetand at least 24 hours) after recovery. Illness onset is defined as the date symptoms begin. Recovery is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications with progressive improvement or resolution of other symptoms. Ideally, isolation should be maintained for this full period to the extent that it is practicable under rapidly changing circumstances.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/strategy-discontinue-isolation.html; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html
- Contact Tracing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/case-investigation-contact-tracing.pdf
- CDC defines a close contact as “any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes of laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/public-health-recommendations.html
- CDC states an antibody test is not an indication of a current infection. “An antibody test may not show if you have a current COVID-19 infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. To see if you are currently infected, you need a viral test.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/serology-overview.html