Health and Safety Procedures

Showing COVID-19 Symptoms on Campus Protocol

If an individual begins to show COVID-19 symptoms while at a Dallas College location, it is important to get the individual the help they need while also ensuring the health and safety of others in the area.

 
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet from the individual and ask them to move away from others.
  • Contact the location's Back to Campus Coordinator and inform them of the situation.
  • If the individual is in acute respiratory distress, call for an ambulance. After the individual has been transported, report the incident via the eConnect COVID-19 reporting form.
  • If the individual is not in acute respiratory distress, advise the individual to go home and contact their healthcare provider for further directions and advise.

Once notified of the situation, the Back to Campus Coordinator will conduct a short interview to determine the necessary information, outlined below.

  • Contact information
  • Home address
  • Determine if the individual is able to drive their own vehicle
  • Where the individual has visited on campus
  • Other individuals the ill person may have had close contact with on campus during the prior two-day period

After the interview, the individual will be advised to go home or visit their medical provider. If the student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, the Back to Campus Coordinator will then take the actions outlined below.

  • Initiate the COVID-19 Positive Process.
  • Follow up with the individual to verify spaces they had occupied and other individuals with whom they may have had close contact
  • Relocate classes or office occupants from those spaces and coordinate with Facilities Services to ensure the area is closed for at least 24 hours and deep cleaned and disinfected in accordance with CDC recommendations.
  • Assist with the Post Positive Investigation and ensure proper reporting is made on the Positive COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  • Work with the Critical Response Office to provide them with necessary information for Clery Act reporting and to determine if other employees or students from the infected individual's workgroup or class should be temporarily sent home. 

Confirmed COVID-19 Case – Reporting Protocol

 

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the case should be reported via the Positive COVID-19 Reporting Form. This form can either be completed by the impacted individual or on behalf of someone who has tested positive. The submission of this form will initiate the Post Positive Investigation process to determine if the impacted individual was in close contact with anyone else, along with which areas the impacted individual visited and must be cleaned.

Notifications

The Critical Response Office will notify any potentially exposed individuals. If it is determined that a potentially exposed individual did experience close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, they will be instructed to follow the self-quarantine procedures outlined by the CDC and are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19​. If an exposed individual begins to experience symptoms, they should seek advice from a medical professional.

​Close Contact

The Critical Response Office will alert anyone determined to have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, based on the CDC’s definition of close contact.

If a positive COVID-19 case occurs in a classroom, instructors will receive guidance on the continuation or cancelation of class. If a positive COVID-19 case occurs in a workspace, supervisors and employees will receive guidance from the Critical Response Office.

Human Resources will also be notified if the individual is an employee and will reach out to the employee to discuss their benefits and leave options.

Confirmed COVID-19 Case – Cleaning Protocol

If an individual is reported as having a confirmed case of COVID-19 and has been at a Dallas College location within the past 14 days, specific cleaning protocols will be implemented to clean and disinfect all affected areas the individual may have visited.

Upon notification of a positive COVID-19 case, Facilities Management will initiate the disinfection process. Access to all identified areas will be restricted for a minimum of 24 hours while they are thoroughly sanitized. 

Returning to Dallas College Post COVID-19 Positive 

Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 will be allowed to return to work or class under the following conditions:

  • The individual is cleared through the Appian app; or 
  • The individual satisfies the criteria for discontinuation of isolation, as published by the CDC.

COVID-19 Threshold Triggers for Remote Response

Overview

To be better prepared in the event Dallas College experiences an increase of positive COVID-19 cases, the Critical Response Office (CRO) has set forth this outline to respond accordingly. Proposed recall actions take into consideration the health and wellbeing of our students, employees and visitors. The CRO will take measure to ensure continuity of and consistency of services at Dallas College. The following recall actions are default recommendations; however, the CRO reserves the right to take measures most appropriate for individual situations to maintain functionality at each campus and keep all members of the Dallas College community safe. This process is subject to change and will be consistently under review.

The Dallas College threshold for the return to remote operations: The positive COVID-19 cases total 5% or more across all Dallas College location populations over a two-week measurement period. 

Populations include faculty, staff and students attending class or working in-person at a Dallas College location. Baseline counts of faculty, staff and students present at each location will be determined on September 1, 2020; October 19, 2020; January 21, 2021; and March 30, 2021. 

Should the threshold be met, the following actions will occur: 

  1. All location buildings will be closed, and all associated courses will be moved online for a minimum of two weeks.   
  1. All location faculty and staff will work remotely for a minimum of two weeks.   
  1. All location populations will be encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test. COVID-19 cases will be monitored for the two-week quarantine period. During this period, the return to campus strategy will be based on the following:   
  1. ​​If COVID​-19 positive cases continue to rise for the location:   
  1. At a 5% rate or higher: Remote work will continue for an additional two-week period.   
  1. Between 3%-5% rate: Students, faculty and staff will be asked to attend class or work either an A, B, C schedule or an A, B schedule.   
  1. At a rate lower than 3%: Students, faculty and staff will be asked to return to their normal schedules.   
  1. The CRO and Chancellor's Executive Staff will review COVID-19 rates and cleaning procedures and determine return-to-campus protocols for staff and face-to-face courses.   

Threshold: The positive COVID-19 cases total 5% or more of the Dallas College campus population over a two-week measurement period. 

Should the threshold be met, the following actions will occur:   

  1. The campus location will be closed, and all associated courses will be moved online for a minimum of two weeks. 
  1. All location faculty and staff will work remotely for a minimum of two weeks.   
  1. All location populations will be encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test. COVID-19 cases will be monitored for the two-week quarantine period. During this period, the return to campus strategy will be based on the following:   
  1. If COVID-19 positive cases continue to rise for the location:   
  1. At a 5% rate or higher: Remote work will continue for an additional two-week period.   
  1. Between 3%-5% rate: Students, faculty and staff will be asked to attend class or work either an A, B, C schedule or an A, B schedule.   
  1. At a rate lower than 3%: Students, faculty and staff will be asked to return to their normal schedules.   
  1. The CRO and Chancellor's Executive Staff will review COVID-19 rates and cleaning procedures and determine return-to-campus protocols for staff and face-to-face courses.   ​

Threshold: The positive COVID-19 cases total 5% or more of a building's population at a Dallas College location over a two-week measurement period.  

Should the threshold be met, the following actions will occur:   

  1. The specified building will be closed, and all associated courses will be moved online for a minimum of two weeks.   
  1. All building faculty and staff will work remotely for a minimum of two weeks.   
  1. All building populations will be encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test. COVID-19 cases will be monitored for the two-week quarantine period. During this period, the return to campus strategy will be based on the following:   
  1. If COVID-19 positive cases continue to rise for the location:   
  1. At a 5% rate or higher: Remote work will continue for an additional two-week period.   
  1. Between 3%-5% rate: Students, faculty and staff will be asked to attend class or work either an A, B, C schedule or an A, B schedule.   
  1. At a rate lower than 3%: Students, faculty and staff will be asked to return to their normal schedules.   
  1. The CRO and Chancellor's Executive Staff will review COVID-19 rates and cleaning procedures and determine return-to-campus protocols for staff and face-to-face courses.   ​

Threshold for classes: Two individuals test positive within the same course section over a two-week measurement period.

Some courses require face-to-face components that are unable to be replicated via remote instruction. These courses have been classified as tier one courses. While the recall action remains the same for tier one and tier two courses, consideration of face-to-face requirements will be considered for tier one courses, and students will be called back at some point in the future to ensure completion.

Instruction TierQualificationsCourse ExamplesRecall Action
Tier One
  • Some components are unable to be replicated via remote instruction – required number of face-to-face hours necessary for course or program completion.
  • Higher risk of exposure based on instructional style.
  • Highly interactive with public or other individuals or in close proximities.
Police Academy, CPR, Welding, other Health Science Disciplines

Face-to-face course delivery will be halted for two weeks, based on the latest positive test. When possible, instructors will deliver instruction remotely.

*Or other appropriate action as determined by the CRO, see Other Recall Actions.

Tier Two
  • While face-to-face components are necessary, they are not required for course or program completion.
  • Lower risk of exposure based on instruction style.
  • Individual workstations are utilized and there is low probability of high close contacts.

Lab Sciences, Fashion, Fine Arts

Course will move to remote instruction for two weeks.

*Or other appropriate action as determined by the CRO, see Other Recall Actions.

Threshold for workgroups: Two individuals test positive within the same department or functional unit over a two-week measurement period.

To aid in the recall action, employee workgroup functions have been categorized into two groups, with critical face-to-face functions that are necessary for business continuity, such as college police or facilities, being classified as group one. Group one workgroups perform necessary functions that cannot be conducted remotely. Group two workgroups are generally defined as being more able to move to remote operations if necessary.

Workgroup CategorizationQualificationsFunctional AreasRecall Action
Group One
  • Highly interactive with public or other workgroups or in close proximities
  • Critical to College operations
IT, Facilities, Police CRO will work with College leadership and campus leads to determine the best course of action on a case-by-case basis.
Group Two
  • Work can be performed remotely with little disruption
All other areas of operation (including, but not limited to advising, business office, student services, etc.)

Employee workgroup to work remotely for a minimum of 2 weeks.

*Or other appropriate action as determined by the CRO, see Other Recall Actions.

Should a critical function be compromised due to a threshold being met, employees or resources from other Dallas College locations will be redistributed as needed. If this is not possible or not sufficient, contracting services may be employed.  ​