To provide a safe environment and to help prevent community spread, Dallas College has utilized guidance from local health officials and the CDC to create personal safety strategies. All Dallas College students, employees and visitors are asked to adhere to these practices, which include:
- Wearing a cloth face covering, covering the individual's mouth and nose, while onsite
- Practicing good and frequent hand washing
- Maintaining a social distance by staying at least six feet away from others
To protect the health of the Dallas College community, all employees, students, visitors and vendors providing onsite services must wear a disposable or cloth face covering, such as a face mask, that covers the wearer's mouth and nose while in any public setting at a Dallas College location.
Students and employees must provide their own face covering. Cloth face coverings should be made of washable materials
so they can be kept clean and reused, as recommended by the CDC and other public health agencies. If necessary, a limited supply of disposable face coverings will be available, and they can be requested by contacting a welcome assistant.
Face coverings reduce the risk of an asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier passing the virus to someone else. However, they are not a substitute for social distancing. The following exceptions may be made to the face covering requirement.
- Individuals performing jobs or instructional tasks for which a face covering poses a health or safety risk may qualify for an exception to the policy. These individuals should contact the Back to Campus Coordinator for additional guidance.
- Individuals who cannot wear a face covering for medical or religious reasons should contact Human Resources if they are an employee or Disability Services if they are a student.
- Individuals working alone in a private office or other isolated space may temporarily remove their face covering, but it must be worn if another person enters the space.
- Faculty members delivering face-to-face instruction may remove their face covering to teach if they are at least 10 feet away from any other individuals.
Good Hand Washing Practices
Consistent hand washing can help individuals can protect themselves and their families from getting sick, and increased hand washing has additional positive health benefits for the community. The CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be substituted.
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
Individuals should wash their hands in the following scenarios.
- Before and after preparing or eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the restroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
- After touching an item or surface frequently touched by other individuals, such as door handles, gas pumps, shopping carts, etc.
- Before touching their eyes, nose or mouth
Social Distancing Strategies
Social distancing, also called “physical distancing," is defined as individuals keeping a safe space between themselves and other people not in their household. Social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and it is maintained by doing the following practices.
- Staying at least six feet from other people in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
- Avoiding physical contact with others, including handshakes and hugs.
- Avoiding touching surfaces that have been touched by others and limiting or preventing the sharing of equipment and other items.
- Not gathering in groups and avoiding crowded places and mass gatherings.
Managing Stress and Anxiety
Dallas College offers resources for individuals who are struggling with mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time. Full-time Dallas College can take advantage of the
Employee Assistance Program. For students, Dallas College offers
counseling and health services.
There are also additional ways to manage stress and anxiety.
- Taking proper safety precautions and learning about Dallas College health and safety guidelines
- Getting reliable medical information from trusted sources, such as the CDC or healthcare providers
- Limiting news consumption and social media use
- Turning off notifications from email and other work-related technology when not on the clock
- Relaxing by reading a book, listening to music or a podcast
- Learning new skills or creating something artistic
- Getting enough sleep
- Stretching and meditating
- Eating healthy, well-balanced meals
- Taking regular work breaks
- Exercising regularly
- Practicing mindfulness
- Connecting with others by reaching out to friends and family members
- Expressing gratitude and helping others when possible
- Sharing well-being tips with coworkers and encouraging them to do the same