The leadership at EWC desires for faculty, staff, and students to return to an educational, social, and work environment that supports a strong detection and response framework as well as enhanced cleaning and physical distancing protocols necessary to comply with health and safety best practices. To that end, EWC has initiated a phased approach for return of personnel and students for the Fall 2020 semester return to on-campus operations.
Additionally, the health, safety, and wellness of the EWC community is paramount to the resumption of on-campus operation. As such, it is up to the entire community of students, employees, vendors, visitors, volunteers, and all friends of the institution to share in the responsibility of maintaining the collective health of campus spaces and environments. Therefore, EWC continues to implement enhanced “deep cleaning” protocols and transmission mitigation strategies. Further, the College practices these protocols as recommended and aligned with state, federal, and local guidelines for re-opening.
Consideration will be given for the implementation of alternative work arrangements for those employee populations that are aged 65 and above, as well as those with pre-existing health conditions, are pregnant, have chronic medical conditions, or have immunocompromised conditions that may prohibit their immediate return to work on-site. Individuals that fall within these parameters must contact the Office of Human Resources to self-identify.
Employees are encouraged to utilize TELADOC for health support as well as the Employee Assistance Program for mental wellness support. The Office of Human Resources is the point of contact for this and other resources.
Furthermore, EWC is continuing to adhere to all recommended regulations and guidelines from government authorities related to the containment of COVID-19. As such, the College has employed the following protocols and guidelines:
- Face masks or face coverings are mandatory and must be worn by everyone on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). All employees and students are expected to fully adhere to this mandated institutional protocol.
- Any EWC employee found not adhering to the mandatory face mask requirement will be subject to disciplinary action up to immediate workplace dismissal without pay and/or termination of employment.
- Any EWC student found not adhering to the mandatory face mask requirement will be subject to disciplinary action up to immediate suspension from the College as outlined in the EWC Student Code of Conduct.
- Implementation strategies to decrease the number of contact points in buildings will be completed by Fall 2020. Summarily those items are:
- The installation of touchless light switches, automatic touchless soap and paper towel dispensers, and the use of contactless payment methods wherever possible.
- Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout campus at entry and exit points, high traffic areas (outside of elevators, bathrooms, classrooms, etc.).
- Technology tools will be issued to all faculty, staff, and students. Laptops will be assigned to EWC staff, faculty and students to support on-campus virtual meetings in an effort to facilitate physical distancing. A web camera will be assigned as needed to staff and faculty.
- Employees and students are required to wear their ID badges and should contact the IT Helpdesk via firstname.lastname@example.org obtain an ID badge prior to returning to campus.
- Keep at least six feet between yourself and another person in all public places and inside all buildings.
- Avoid close contact with others.
- Remain at home, or in a residence hall room, if you have a fever or other symptoms associated with COVID-19.
- The Schell-Sweet Community Center will provide medical access for students and employees through its on-site clinic. This initial medical service will be provided through Telehealth with phased in face-to-face access. Note, these services may or may not require insurance and/or payment. For more information, contact Ms. Marie Heath in the Schell-Sweet Community Center at email@example.com.
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