Dallas College Students, Employees and Community Members,
In any crisis situation, we must remember that our actions and reactions will be dependent on our understanding of internal and external factors. In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must each play a role in the safety and health of our community, both as an organization and as individuals.
To that end, this playbook serves as a guide as we begin to transition students and employees back to a campus or office setting. It provides information on what Dallas College is doing to protect you, and it offers guidelines on what you can do to protect both yourself and those around you.
The individuals who make up Dallas College—students, employees and visitors—share multiple risk factors for the transmission of COVID-19 due to the high interaction and mobility that occurs at our locations. As such, we must all play a role in keeping Dallas College a safe place by adhering to public health practices such as wearing masks, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene. These practices must become our new normal.
Many considerations are taken into account when a decision is made about closing or partially closing a location, or even limiting the number of individuals allowed in a place. Some of these considerations include actions taken by public officials, educational partner trends, hospital capacity, PPE shortages, student and employee health and more. As you can imagine, a lot of thought and preparation has gone into our decisions about when and how to open Dallas College locations.
The safety of our students and employees is, as always, our top priority. We are mindful of this new, ever-changing environment, and as such, we will remain agile, continuing to monitor governmental safety guidelines and other information about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sharon Davis, Ph.D.
Chief Critical Response Officer