COVID-19 Campus Update
Covid-19 Updates and Resources
Safety While On Campus
All students, faculty, and staff are required to self-report to the College if any of the following three scenarios are true:
- You have tested positive for COVID-19
- You have been exposed (close contact of 6 feet or less for at least 15 minutes) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- You are showing any of the COVID-19 symptoms and your health care provider has referred you for a COVID-19 test.
As always, we encourage faculty, students, and staff to continue to work closely with their personal health care providers when addressing their own unique and personal health care needs and concerns.
Students must provide notification of a positive test, an exposure, or signs of COVID symptoms immediately by confidentially contacting Associate Dean Jen Jones. Students will be contacted by Dean Ricker or Associate Dean Jones and will be interviewed following public health contact tracing guidelines to determine possible community transmission. Student health information reported pursuant to the policy will be shared only with those who need to assist with contact tracing. To protect privacy, student identifying information will not be disclosed in the contact tracing and notification process to the people who have been exposed. Health information reported to the College will be shared only with those who need to know to assist with contact tracing requirements and/or accommodation requests. As with any health issue, students are responsible for notifying their faculty to make arrangements to continue their academic coursework.
Faculty and Staff:
An employee must provide notification of a positive test, an exposure, or signs of COVID symptoms immediately by confidentially contacting Robert Craver, CFO and HR representative. An employee may wish to reach out to his/her immediate supervisor, but may elect to report to Robert Craver directly for confidentially purposes. Initial notification may be made via phone or email; however, a return to work clearance will be requested from the employee’s health care provider. If you have difficulty reaching your personal physician, you may be able to get assistance through Doctor on Demand, at 1-800-997-6196, a benefit of United Health Care for Platt College full-time employees.
Robert Craver will notify the employee’s supervisor without disclosing medical information. Any employee health information reported to HR will be shared only with those who need to know to assist with contact tracing requirements and/or accommodation requests.
Faculty and Staff Second-Hand Reporting:
If a student self-reports COVID-19-related exposure, symptoms, or diagnosis to a faculty or staff member, that information can be forwarded to Associate Dean Jen Jones and should be kept confidential beyond that. If an employee self-reports COVID-19-related exposure, symptoms, or diagnosis to a supervisor, that information can be forwarded to Robert Craver, CFO and should be kept confidential beyond that. As with any health issues, faculty and staff should treat any notification from a student or employee as confidential. This information should not be shared with any other faculty, staff, or students.
Quarantine and Isolation:
According to the CDC, quarantine is needed for individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms (asymptomatic). Quarantine helps reduce the spread of infection, especially before individuals know they are sick.
Faculty, Staff, and/or Students in quarantine should:
- Stay home and avoid close contact with other people.
- Monitor their health closely.
- Follow directives of the local health department and their personal healthcare provider.
- Any member of the College community with exposure (as defined by the CDC) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay at home and self monitor for the CDC's recommended time period.
- If students come into contact with COVID and will not be exposing any at-risk family members, quarantining at home is highly encouraged. Students in quarantine will continue to have access to their course materials and should continue to complete their academic studies remotely, as their health permits. It is the student’s responsibility to notify faculty that they are in quarantine.
- Faculty and staff are required to quarantine off-campus at home. Faculty and staff in quarantine will work with their supervisors to discuss remote work opportunities, as their health and role permit. Employees who are unable to work due to personal illness should use available sick time. If an employee’s available sick time has already been exhausted, they should contact Robert Craver, CFO to discuss available leave options.
According to the CDC, isolation is used in order to separate those who have (or likely have) contracted the virus from those who have not. Those in isolation should remain home and separate themselves from others until it is safe for them to be around other people.
Any member of the College community who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is showing any of the COVID-19 symptoms will be required to isolate until they meet the criteria to end isolation. Students in isolation will continue to have access to their course materials and should continue to complete their academic studies remotely, as their health permits. Faculty and staff in isolation will continue to work from home, as their health permits.
Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 will be notified through contact tracing, however identifying information about the source of the exposure will not be shared to protect privacy.