Although, admittedly, these are unique and uncertain times, we are certain of the following as we prepare to return to the campuses of Dallas College:
- Whether on campus or remote, Dallas College holds as paramount the health, safety and welfare of every member of its community.
- Having said that, none of us can guarantee what shape COVID-19 will take, and none of us – including Dallas College – can guarantee a COVID-19-free environment.
- Taking steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) at Dallas College is a shared responsibility.
- Every member of our community – including you – must do their part. This means adhering to national, state, and local health guidelines and requirements, and adhering to those measures Dallas College deems safe and appropriate for its campuses. This is necessary not only for your individual safety, but also for the safety of the other members of our community.
All persons designated to be at a Dallas College campus or location are required to follow guidelines for health and safety. We are committed to supporting the health and safety of employees, students and other designated individuals.
Before returning to campus in any capacity, all employees are required to read and agree to the protocols and procedures for safe facility operations. Access
the acknowledgment form in eConnect (login required).
HR Professional Development
All employees will be required to complete online training before reporting for work at a Dallas College campus or location. Students will be offered training as well as a reminder of best practices in maintaining health and safety.
Employees are required to complete a health pre-screening daily to help confirm they are well and not at risk of getting others sick. A mobile app is available to help streamline this process.
The following protocols will be observed:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Employees are required to complete a health pre-screening daily to help confirm they are well and not at risk of getting others sick. A mobile app is available to help streamline this process. The self-reporting includes having employees take their temperatures
within two hours of coming to work.
- Maintain six-feet social distancing. (Example of 6-feet:
length of the average full-size folding table)
- Wear a mask or face covering. It is recommended by CDC as a best practice to help reduce the transmission of viruses such as COVID-19. Please bring your own face coverings and ensure that they are cleaned regularly.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Experts also recommend rubbing the hands together and ensuring all parts of the hands — the palms and thumbs as well as the back of the hands — are washed.
- In addition to frequently and thoroughly washing your hands, you may supplement by using hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Try alternatives to physical greetings.
- Except for specific uses such as cleaning and disinfecting performed by Dallas College's janitorial services, gloves are not recommended for general protective use because they put individuals at higher risk of exposure during this pandemic.
- Break rooms will not be open and only one person at a time will be allowed in restrooms. Avoid large gatherings.
Since the Dallas College locations initially closed in March 2020, deep cleans of buildings have been performed on a weekly basis and will continue. We also will continue the process of cleaning the buildings, including surface areas and other high-touch points, on a daily basis.
Expectations of Employees with COVID-19 Symptoms or with a Family Member with COVID-19
Employees who have symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor, contact their healthcare provider, and utilize sick leave to stay home.
If you have had, or currently have, COVID-19 or if you are caring for a family member who has COVID-19, you are not allowed on campus until you have been cleared by a doctor.
ID Required for Entry
For entry into a Dallas College location or building, a Dallas College ID is required to be shown for students and employees with permission to be on campus. Visitors (with an appointment) will be required to show a valid government issued ID.
Campus Entry and Exits
Dallas College Police and Facilities will determine the entry and exit points for each Dallas College location and for each building being utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instructions and maps will be provided to each operational and academic department to share with those students, employees, and visitors who have permission to be on campus.
Monitoring and Tracking of In-Person Attendance
Following the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) guidelines for Campus Operations, Dallas College will track in-person attendance to be used in contact tracing if a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed at a Dallas College location.
Face Masks and Face Coverings
All individuals on Dallas College property will be required to wear a non-medical grade face mask and/or face covering. All individuals must wear a face covering or some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, when at a Dallas College location.
Information on how to wear a face covering and even how to make a face covering can be found
on the CDC website.
Face masks will not be required when an individual is eating; or when wearing a covering poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk, such as anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
- Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining six-feet social distancing and hand washing, as these remain important steps to slowing the spread of the virus
- Face coverings are not to be worn below a person's nostrils but are to cover the entire nasal passage openings of the nose and the person's mouth
- All individuals must always have a face covering on or near their person while at a Dallas College location
- Face coverings are to be worn by all individuals while in public or in the presence of others. Exceptions: individual is alone in a room or riding alone in a vehicle do not need to wear a face covering but are always still required to have the face covering on or near their person and must wear the face covering when leaving a room/building (while in Dallas College facilities); when another person enters the room; or upon exiting a vehicle and re-entering a Dallas College facility.
Special Requirements for Face Masks and/or Face Coverings
For the safety of the individual, persons performing tasks which may involve an open flame or may produce an ignition source (e.g., welding) shall not use masks or face covering made from polypropylene, paper products, polyester, or other synthetic material.
When exposed to extreme heat and flames, fabric containing some synthetic materials like polyester will melt and can fuse to the skin. This essentially creates a second skin and can lead to horrific, disfiguring burns.
Natural fibers such as cotton and wool are good choices when dealing with open flames or possible ignition sources.
Those individuals performing tasks which require physical exertion and/or in a non-climate-controlled environment should consider using a fabric bases mask or face covering.
Masks made from material such as polypropylene will fall apart quickly in a high perspiration and/or high humidity environment.
Use of Gloves
Except for specific uses such as cleaning and disinfecting (functions performed by Dallas College's janitorial services), gloves put individuals at higher risk of exposure during this pandemic and are, therefore, not recommended for general protective use.
General Safety Guidelines
- If you have a chronic health conditions, consult your doctor before visiting a Dallas College physical location.
- Limit your visits to any Dallas College physical locations to specific academic requirements and/or related needs until the Dallas County Health & Human Services determines that COVID-19 guidelines can be relaxed.
- Individuals must maintain the social distancing guidelines of a six-foot distance during meals or breaks.
- Individuals must always keep a six-foot distance between people, unless the activity being performed requires multiple individuals for the safety of all performing the task or instruction that Dallas College Operations and the Office of the Provost in coordination decide is necessary and a reasonable risk in completing activities such as instructional labs and clinicals.
- Avoid gathering when entering and exiting the facility.
- Remain in your car until your scheduled window of start time.
- Ensure six feet of space between each person while you wait in line to enter the facility.
- When you talk to someone in line, make sure you do not point your head directly at them.
- Do not touch the entry door handle with an exposed finger(s) or hand when possible.
- Do not touch your face before you have had a chance to wash your hands.
- Eliminating contact with others, such as handshakes or embracing coworkers, visitors, or friends.
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