Keeping Campus Healthy

//Keeping Campus Healthy
Keeping Campus Healthy2021-08-05T14:08:56+00:00

If You Become Ill

COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Students, faculty, and staff who present any symptoms that could be connected to COVID-19 must follow the College’s Health Guidelines for Students and Employees on what to do below. The CDC and the Virginia Department of Health offer free symptom checker tools.

Health Guidelines and What to Do for Employees

If you are positive for COVID-19:

  • Notify the Office of Human Resources and your supervisor immediately. Documentation from a physician or testing site must be provided to the Human Resources staff in compliance with the CARES Act guidance.
  • Close contacts are defined as anyone within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes without a face covering.
  • Stay home – get rest and stay hydrated. The CDC webpage offers advice on shared living spaces (apartments, residence halls, shelters, etc.), and in close quarters (house).
  • Closely monitor your symptoms.
  • CDC allows people who have had or were suspected to have had COVID-19 to leave home isolation when they have gone:
    • 3 days with no fever, AND
    • respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), AND
    • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • The Office of Human Resources must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of the desire to end home isolation. Documentation from a physician or testing site must be provided to the Human Resources staff stating you are clear to return to work.
  • Your return to campus must also be cleared by the Office of Human Resources before you resume normal activity on campus.
  • All CDC recommendations for end of home isolation must be followed.

Health Guidelines and What to Do for Students

If you are positive for COVID-19:

  • Notify the Office of Student Life & Engagement (OSL&E) immediately:
  • Documentation from a physician or testing site is required.
  • OSL&E staff will inform all faculty, coaches, and supervisors of approved absence.
  • OSL&E staff will assist the student in developing plans with regards to quarantine, delivery of meals, etc.
  • The Office of Student Life & Engagement will work directly with you to identify close contacts and those who need to be notified using the most current guidelines provided by the CDC.
  • The CDC allows people who have had or were suspected to have had COVID-19 to leave home isolation when they have gone:
    • 3 days with no fever, AND
    • respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), AND
    • it has been at least 14 days since symptoms first appeared
  • OSL&E must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of the desire to end home isolation. Documentation from a physician or testing site must be provided stating you are clear to return to normal activity.
  • Your return to campus must also be cleared by the Office of Student Life & Engagement before you return to normal activity on campus.
  • All CDC recommendations for end of home isolation must be followed.

Quarantine:

Whenever possible we will attempt to isolate students in their own rooms; however, we do have a number of spaces available should students need or wish to move temporarily. This area will be kept quiet to promote rest and healing. Meals, medications, and other necessities will be provided to the student so he or she will not need to leave this space.

The Office of Student Life & Engagement team will check on students daily.

Contact Information

Nicole Lenez, Dean of Students and Ferrum College Pandemic Coordinator
studentlife@ferrum.edu
540-365-4461 (call)
540-493-2834 (text)

Tri-Area Community Health
540-365-4469

Campus Cleaning Standards

Ferrum College follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding cleaning procedures, products, and protocols. We added additional times and/or procedures for cleaning between classes, highly-touched surfaces, and transport vehicles on campus.

Campus Cleaning

  • In order to continue to experience a safe and healthy campus, we all must take responsibility for cleanliness and good hygiene. Physical Plant staff will continue providing daily cleaning of classrooms, breakrooms, bathrooms, and all public spaces. In addition, high touch areas will be sanitized by our staff at least twice per day using EPA approved disinfectants.
  • A sanitation station will be provided in classrooms, labs, library, offices, and student support areas. Hand sanitizer will be available in various spaces as well.
  • Physical plant has inspected buildings and cleaned or replaced HVAC filters as required.

Residence Halls

  • Physical Plant staff will continue providing daily cleaning of common areas, breakrooms, and bathrooms.
  • In addition, sanitations using EPA approved disinfectants will be done by staff at least twice per day for high touch areas. Areas that are at higher risk of contamination (bathrooms, door handles, light switches, etc.) will be the main focus of sanitation.

Athletic Facilities

Athletic facilities, including high traffic areas such as the athletic training room, weight rooms, and locker rooms, will receive enhanced cleaning. This will include a shared responsibility by those using the spaces (for example, coaches and student-athletes will be required to wipe areas down before and after use) and cleaning by staff members at regular intervals. Hand sanitizers, personal towels, and antiviral sprays will be utilized where necessary.

Dining Services

Cleaning & Sanitation

Each location maintains a variety of tools and processes designed to ensure the highest levels of cleanliness are always maintained. Each location has Ecolab Approved Cleaning Process and easy-to-follow Cleaning and Sanitation Checklist to use as a guide for specific cleaning requirements for every station and space. Extra and frequent cleaning will be done for all surfaces and items that are at higher risk of contamination (door handles, light switches, condiment stations, etc.).

Hand Hygiene

    • Patrons: Increased availability of hand sanitizer, ‘no-touch’ service options and targeted signage and communication to promote hand hygiene the utilization of Safe Café posters and point of service signage.
    • Employees: All employees are training and retraining on continuous basis on SAFE Training for Handwashing, Illnesses and Proper Glove Use. Increased schedule of hand washing and appropriate use of gloves.

Physical Distancing

    • Minimizing Contact: Practice of physical distancing, including modifying the frequency and type of face-to-face employee encounters, discouraging hand-shaking, staggering breaks, and posting additional infection control guidelines.

Chemicals, Equipment, & PPE

    • Chemicals: Specified chemicals are designed specifically for food service environments. Ecolab Oasis 146 Sanitizer has the highest possible rating for efficacy. Every location also maintains an inventory of Keystone Bleach Disinfectant Cleaner a CDC-approved disinfectant for the pathogen treatment of spaces that have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
    • Equipment: All equipment utilized in cleaning and sanitation, including dishwashers, glass cleaners, chemical dispensers, etc. are checked multiple times per day for correct temperatures, concentrations and functionality.
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Your dining team ensures that all locations are properly equipped with the necessary PPE to ensure guest and employee safety – including gloves, masks, eye protection, thermometers, aprons/gowns, etc.

Product Safety

    • Food Safety: Standards for food receipt, storage, handling and preparation are very detailed and specific. Elior Food Safety Manual Each step of the process is monitored and documented so that quality, temperature control, and contamination risks are managed at all times. Serve Safe training is mandatory for “persons in charge”.
    • Vendors & Suppliers: Our procurement team continues to ensure that our distributors are meeting necessary safety measures meet our safe supply chain requirements​. We have taken steps to ensure that all of our distributors have implemented safety protocols to ensure safety in production and delivery protocols.

Travel Guidelines

Ferrum faculty, staff and students are encouraged to follow and monitor the travel guidelines issued by the Virginia Department of Health that can be found here: (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/travel-to-areas-with-widespread-ongoing-community-spread/)

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