Location Preparations and Protocol
- Specific entry and exit points at each Dallas College location are staffed with welcome assistants to monitor individual access.
- Visitor requests to access any Dallas College location will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be scheduled and approved before arrival.
- For classes, program coordinators have been provided training on scheduling topics:
- Staggering class times and breaks
- Strategizing how to address student meals, if applicable
- Recognizing social distancing workstation modifications
Return to the Workplace Steps – Training, Acknowledgement, Appian App
To ensure all Dallas College locations remain safe environments, students and employees must complete the following steps prior to visiting.
Complete the daily self-reporting health questionnaire no more than two hours prior to visiting a Dallas College location via the
Appian mobile app/website.
The Critical Response Office will provide periodic webinars for targeted groups to address employee and student questions and concerns pertaining to returning to campus and the workplace.
Appian Health Monitoring App
Dallas College has partnered with Appian to make the pre-screening process as convenient and easy as possible for students and employees. The app can be accessed via the Dallas College Appian
webpage, or it can be downloaded from the
Apple App Store or
Students and employees must complete the
Appian app self-report health questionnaire no more than two hours prior to visiting any Dallas College location. This health questionnaire must be completed each time the individual enters a Dallas College location, and it will determine if the individual:
- Has tested positive for COVID-19
- Has experienced any symptoms related to COVID-19
- Has been in close contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has symptoms of COVID-19
- Has traveled internationally to any location listed in the
CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice
Students and employees who complete the Appian questionnaire and have identified as not having any symptoms related to COVID-19 or other exclusion criteria will be granted entry to a Dallas College location. They are subject to complying with all Dallas College safety and health guidelines, including the wearing of a face covering and social distancing from others.
Students and employees who do not complete the Appian questionnaire, have been experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or who have returned from travel to a
CDC Level 3 location in the past 14 days will be denied entry and advised to return home and monitor their symptoms. These individuals should consider isolating themselves from others, seek guidance from their healthcare provider or the state or local health department and follow
CDC recommendations on what to do if they or a member of their household have symptoms related to COVID-19.
If an individual has symptoms related to COVID-19 but believe the symptoms are caused by another condition, they should contact Human Resources if they are an employee or the Dallas College Health Services nurse line at 972-860-8970 if they are a student.
How to Use the Appian Mobile App
- Open the app on a mobile device or
- If this is your first time using the app, set up your account by entering the Dallas College Appian webpage URL,
- Sign into the app by selecting, “I'm an employee, contractor or student."
- Use your Dallas College single sign-in credentials (employees will need to authenticate their login with their multi-factor authentication).
- Complete the profile information and update this information if needed.
- Select your department (HR, IT, student, etc.)
- For “Employee/Student Type," employees need to choose “Office-Based" and students need to choose “Campus-Based."
- Choose the Dallas College location where you will be visiting.
- Enter your current residence or home address.
- For “Current Work/School Status," employees should select “In Office" and students should select “On-Campus."
- Answer the yes/no questions and click “continue."
- Select the acknowledgement box that attests the information is true and accurate, and hit “submit."
- Upon submitting the questionnaire, the system will bring you to a landing page that indicates your eligibility to return to a Dallas College location.
- If you are not eligible to return, the app will inform you to stay home.
- If you are eligible to return, the app will provide you with a pass that grants access for the day. You must show this pass to the person stationed at the Dallas College location entrance to gain access.
Employees who have questions about the Appian app should contact the Human Resources call center at 972-860-5119 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email AskHR@dcccd.edu. Students with questions should contact Student Technical Support at 972-669-6402.
Returning to the Workplace
A/B/C Rotating Schedule
In July 2020, Dallas College welcomed employees back to the workplace utilizing the A, B, C schedule. Departments scheduled employees to work onsite, using a modified face-to-face work schedule, meaning a third of each department's employees were scheduled to be present at the workplace at any given time. Employees were assigned to group A, B, or C, with each group rotating in each week. An employee worked one week onsite and then spent two weeks working remotely.
A/B Rotating Schedule
In September 2020, Dallas College brought employees back to campus on a more consistent basis. Employees were scheduled to work onsite every other week, and remotely during the weeks they were not onsite. This allowed for additional employee presence to serve students face-to-face.
Scheduling Considerations for Supervisors
Department supervisors are responsible for creating and maintaining employee work schedules. Supervisors should first identify which employees from their department will be returning to work, along with employees who may have initiated the Inability to Return to the Workplace process, to guide scheduling decisions.
Facilities Management personnel and location leadership have considered office and cubicle spacing, and scheduling supervisors will be provided with the maximum number of employees approved to share the spaces at one time. Supervisors should adhere to these occupancy limits when creating schedules. To ensure safe working distances from each other, each employee's physical work location should be considered, with nearby employees either being assigned to a different schedule or moved to a different workspace.
Scheduling Worksheet for Supervisors
The Back to Campus Scheduling Worksheet is an interactive tool for supervisors to document and report their plan for scheduling employees to return to the workplace. Supervisors who have been notified of the need to complete a scheduling worksheet for their areas should access the form, input the required fields and submit the completed worksheet to designated leadership members.
Inability to Return to the Workplace
Employees who fall under the following categories are eligible to request remote work through the
Inability to Return to the Workplace (login required) process:
Inability to Return to the Workplace Process
Employees are responsible for submitting an Inability to Return to the Workplace request only after they have been scheduled to return to a physical location. If it is determined the employee is unable to return to the workplace for good cause, they may be eligible for one or more of the following options, in accordance with Dallas College policies and procedures and applicable laws: telecommuting; alternative work assignments; or leave benefits, including, but not limited to, Families First Coronavirus Response Act federal leave benefits.
Remote Work Agreement
Employees who have completed the Inability to Return to the Workplace process must complete the employee sections of the
Remote Work Agreement form, outlining proposed duties, schedule and examples of functions to be performed. The employee's supervisor will then complete the supervisor portion of the agreement. Employees are expected to adhere to the remote work expectations as outlined in the agreement, in accordance with Dallas College telecommuting policy. This agreement must be submitted to HR within two business days of completing the Inability to Return to the Workplace process.
If an employee and supervisor disagree on the availability of remote work, the second level supervisor will review the agreement and make a determination based on the historical function of the position and the information submitted. If it is determined the employee is not eligible to work remotely, leave options may be considered, and the HR benefits team will work with the employee to determine how to best apply leave benefits, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. If leave runs out, the employee will be placed on leave without pay.
If the Remote Work Agreement is completed and approved, the employee's supervisor should submit the agreement to HR within two business days of the employee submitting their Inability to Return to the Workplace request. HR will file the agreement in the employee's file.