Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after careful consideration of the latest recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local authorities, Dallas College has implemented a COVID-19 screening policy to screen employees before entering Dallas College facilities. This policy applies to all employees physically working at any of Dallas College's locations.
Prior to being admitted into a College facility, you will be required to take training (available through Cornerstone) and undergo the following screening protocol.
Within two hours of accessing Dallas College facilities, employees must certify themselves by completing the Appian Health Check App by accessing whether the employee:
- has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
- has experienced any COVID-19-related symptoms;
- has been in close contact with another person with COVID-19 or with COVID-19-related symptoms; and
- has traveled internationally to any location listed in any Level 3 Travel Health Notice.
The certification is required each day the employee accesses Dallas College facilities.
Employees may also be required to certify that in the prior 72 hours, the employee has not had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
For purposes of this policy, the screening questions pertaining to symptoms will be based on the Texas Standard Health Protocols and current CDC guidance on COVID-19 symptoms, which currently includes fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell.
Employees who refuse to complete the symptom certification, have been experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, have had a potential COVID-19 exposure, or who have recently returned from travel to a destination covered by a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice will be denied entry and advised to return home.
Employees who complete the certification and have not identified COVID-19-related symptoms or other exclusion criteria listed above will be permitted to enter the facility, subject to complying with all other safety measures put in place by Dallas College like face masks/coverings and social and physical distancing.
Employees who are denied entry are encouraged to return home and monitor their symptoms and should consider isolating themselves from others and seeking guidance from their healthcare provider and/or the state or local health department.
what individuals should do if they feel sick with COVID-19 symptoms is also available from the CDC website.
If you believe your symptom(s) were caused by conditions other than the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, please contact Human Resources.
Employees who are not currently designated to work remotely but who believe they cannot return to campus following the COVID-19 campus closure, must complete and return to Human Resources a Statement of Inability to Return to Campus.
Returning to Work after Being Denied Entry
Employees who are denied entry as a result of the screening processes and who are granted leave, generally will be allowed to return to work after:
- the employee is released to work by a healthcare provider or public health authority; or
- the employee satisfies the criteria for discontinuation of isolation as published by the CDC.
All employees who are denied entry must complete the screening process before being permitted entry to Dallas College facilities.
Any data collected will be considered confidential information and used solely by Dallas College in its efforts to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace and/or implement an efficient and effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information provided will not be disclosed, except as necessary to apply or implement the Dallas College workplace safety and COVID-19 response protocols, and other related policies and procedures, or as required by law.
All records created in connection with screening will be stored in accordance with Dallas College retention policies and maintained in a secure and confidential manner.
Employees are required to complete a general training module, "Returning to the Workplace," prior to returning to campus. The training focuses on etiquette and personal care as well as processes and procedures. The internal training is available through Cornerstone. Please check Cornerstone on a regular basis to see if the training has been assigned to you.