Safety and Health

PPE

  • Each member of the campus community will be provided with two reusable washable face coverings by the College at no cost. The College will maintain an adequate supply of coverings for all non-employee students and approved visitors and replacement coverings.
  • Every person on Nyack College property is required to wear an acceptable face covering in all common public areas and while interacting with anyone else on Nyack property. The requirement that each individual wear a face covering is for their own personal health and the health of those around them. Face coverings do not need to be worn in the student’s residence hall room. A face covering is not required if an employee is working alone in a confined office space.  All employees assigned to drive College vehicles, or other means of group transportation provided or sponsored by the College, will wear a mask or face covering at all times throughout their shift.
  • All passengers utilizing the College vehicles, or other means of group transportation provided or sponsored by the College, will be required to wear a mask or face covering while entering and riding the bus/vehicle and should avoid touching surfaces with their hands.
  • Upon disembarking College vehicles, or other means of group transportation provided or sponsored by the College, passengers should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as soon as possible (and before removing masks).
  • Everyone should properly wash their hands frequently and personally wipe off surfaces after touching them.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be installed throughout campus, with an emphasis on classrooms, residence halls and public spaces.
  • Athletics will have specific PPE needs and protocols.
  • Gloves are being supplied to security, custodial services, library services, post office workers, personnel receiving documents and money and health services. Glove usage is not required for other faculty, staff and students.
  • Departments must refrain from ordering and storing hand sanitizers in bulk as most hand sanitizers have very high alcohol content and are flammable. Facilities will be solely responsible for ordering and storing adequate supplies of hand sanitizer.
  • As part of a “Return to Campus Reopening” instructional program, faculty, staff and students will be provided signage and instruction on how all PPE must be worn and utilized properly.

Testing

  • Based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American College Health Association (ACHA), and in coordination with local public health officials,the College will require the following individual student groups to be tested for COVID-19 and have received a negative test result no more than 14 days prior to arriving on campus:
    • Residential Students
    • International Students
    • Athletes
  • Documentation of the COVID-19 viral test results must be submitted prior to arrival on campus to healthservices@nyack.edu to the attention of the Health Coordinator.
  • The State of New York now requires students coming from outside the U.S. and those who reside in one of the states/territories identified in the New York State Travel Advisory to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
  • In addition, based on the Tri-State COVID-19 Travel Advisory issued June 24, 2020, students coming from outside the U.S. and anyone entering from one of the identified states must fill out a travel health form upon arrival. The form is available online at https://forms.ny.gov/s3/Welcome-to-New-York-State-Traveler-Health-Form
  • Students requiring quarantine must take the following steps:
    • Prior to moving into the Nyack College residence hall, students should make every effort to quarantine for 14 days in New York, New Jersey or a state not currently under the NYS travel advisory.
    • Students requiring quarantine who are unable to quarantine prior to arriving will be assigned quarantine accommodations in Nyack College housing. These students will have to continue their classes in online environments until they are cleared from the quarantine period.
    • On-campus spaces are limited and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • International travel is an evolving situation. Nyack College will follow the CDC’s recommendation that people quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the USA from international travel.

Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Per NYS, will adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on-site that document date, time and scope of cleaning, overseen by the Director of Facilities.
  • Per NYS, will provide and maintain hand hygiene stations for personnel, including handwashing with soap, water and paper towels, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not feasible.
  • Per NYS, will conduct regular cleaning and disinfection at least after every shift, daily or more frequently as needed, and frequent cleaning and disinfection of shared objects (e.g. tools, machinery) and surfaces, as well as high transit areas such as restrooms and common areas (taken from EVS COVID-19 Reopening Plan).
  • Per NYS, posted signage throughout the site to remind personnel to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE and cleaning and disinfecting
  • Resident students will be responsible for the day-to-day cleaning of their suite including their personal space, bathroom and the common area in their unit.
  • Students are required to bring cleaning materials/products to keep their units clean. This has always been a requirement, even prior to COVID-19. A list of cleaning products recommended for COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.
  • The College will provide cleaning in areas outside of the residential units for all high-touch surfaces and common area hallways.
  • Students will sign a Public Health Agreement and Acknowledgement of Shared Responsibility and Risk form as part of their student medical record.
  • Training videos will be provided in the orientation sessions that will be forwarded to students prior to the campus opening on proper cleaning procedures and materials.
  • Residential units will be disinfected by the Facilities department during scheduled academic breaks, (i.e. Thanksgiving, end of semester, spring break, etc.).
  • In the event that a COVID case occurs in the residence hall, the unit would be closed off and a vendor that specializes in this type of cleaning will come in to clean and sanitize the unit.
  • Developed standard operating procedures for enhanced cleaning and disinfection of common contact areas.
  • Will frequently assess the stock of protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, sanitizers and disinfectants and maintain a sufficient reserve stock.
  • Provide updated training for those providing environmental services (through contract service provider), public safety and other “first responders” servicing the campus.
  • Computer labs will have a sign-in sheet to track equipment usage, signage and cleaning products. Each user will clean the keyboard membrane and raw mouse surface following usage.  Housekeeping will do a more thorough cleaning as necessary.
  • Identified and labeled common shared technology and equipment (computer labs/biology labs). Developed procedures to sanitize between users.
  • Developed process for routine deep cleaning of common areas, either daily/nightly, or at minimum weekly in a systematic fashion.
  • Installed hand sanitizer dispensers throughout campus as per the map.
  • Installed no-touch handles, faucets, knobs, when possible.

Testing Frequency and Protocol

  • All testing will comply with standards set by the NY Forward Plan and the Department of Health for New York as well as other applicable local authorities.
  • Students should use their New York City address and identify themselves as a student of Nyack College if they receive COVID-19 testing at any site in New York City. This will be the quickest way for the Test and Trace Corps to identify them and will help in their ability to identify clusters.
  • Students, faculty and staff are responsible for any associated costs with testing and are encouraged to remain in close contact with individual health insurance providers.
  • Students will be sent for testing periodically as necessitated by suspected exposure and rising number of COVID-19 cases in the population.
  • Symptomatic faculty and staff will self-report via the daily questionnaire, not come to campus and be referred for testing as appropriate. Follow-up is required prior to access to campus facilities other than campus quarantine/isolation residential facilities.
  • Individuals who have become symptomatic or those who are asymptomatic but have had recent or suspected exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to complete a mandatory COVID-19 diagnostic test and will be moved into quarantine, as recommended by CDC guidelines.
  • For residential students, quarantine will be completed in a special designated residence hall room.
  • Students testing positive will be given information on campus support services available to them.

Early Warning Signs

  • Monitor campus metrics which include:
    • Daily screening protocol and reporting of symptoms or possible exposure.
    • Number/increase of students, faculty and staff observing quarantine protocol.
    • Level/frequency of testing across faculty, staff and students.
    • Number/increase in positive cases.
  • Monitor regional metrics which includes hospital capacity, ICU capacity, number of cases, rate of community transmission and percent positives.

Tracing

  • In the event that a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, the College will immediately notify the local health department of the individual’s residence as required by public health law in New York and will assist them in conducting contact tracing as per their protocol.
  • In the case of an employee testing positive for COVID-19, any applicable work area will be temporarily closed for cleaning and disinfection. Close contacts will be traced and notified based on information available from the daily screenings, attendance logs, security cameras, lobby kiosk check-in, supervisor input and any other available sources.
  • The Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator will be responsible for notifying state and local health departments if an employee tests positive and will also be the Contact Tracing Liaison with NYC DOH.
  • The Resident Director will be responsible for notifying state and local health departments if a student tests positive and will be the Contact Tracing Liaison with NYC DOH.
  • The student will take classes remotely until symptom free and/or a negative test result.
  • Close contacts will be traced and notified based on information available from the daily screenings, attendance logs, class schedules, Student Development and any other available sources.

Screening

  • Nyack College has implemented health and safety measures that are in line with the CDC guidelines for higher education institutions. All faculty, staff and students will be required to conduct an on-line screening protocol (Google form) every day prior to arriving on campus or before leaving their home or residence hall.  Visitors will also be screened and asked about signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and possible recent exposure.  Based on their responses, they will either receive approval to engage in on-campus activities or be instructed not to attend work, class or on-campus activities with directions regarding next steps.
  • The health monitoring questions Include:
    • In the past 14 days, have you tested positive for COVID-19?
    • In the past 14 days, have you experienced any of the following possible symptoms of COVID-19?
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fever over 100.4 degrees
      • Chills
      • Muscle pain
      • Sore throat
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Rash on hands or feet
      • Pain or redness in toes
    • In the past 14 days, have you knowingly been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19?
    • Do you agree to wear a face covering while on Nyack College property?
    • Do you agree to abide by CDC social distancing guidelines while on Nyack College property?
  • Individuals experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms must remain home.
  • Assessment responses will be reviewed every day by Student Development staff for students and Human Resources for employees and those offices will document their review and refer for testing as appropriate.
  • Two temperature kiosks with facial recognition will be placed at entrances to screen everyone upon arrival.
  • Face coverings will be required by all students, employees and visitors when in the presence of others.
  • The College will provide adequate supplies of hand soap, disinfectant solution and hand sanitizer and will implement enhanced cleaning and sanitation of high-touch surfaces, classrooms, offices, bathrooms and residence halls.
  • Additional personnel will be added in the lobby to assist with health and safety monitoring.

Isolation

  • Isolation applies to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.
    • The isolation period for COVID-19 is at least 10 days after symptom onset, with at least 24 hours without fever (without using fever reducing medicines) and an overall reduction in symptoms.
    • For those who never had symptoms, isolation is 10 days from the date of their COVID-19 test (the specimen collection date).
  • Faculty and staff, non-residential students and preapproved essential visitors will not be allowed on campus if they have received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. If they are on campus when the diagnosis becomes known, they will be instructed to leave campus, return home and begin isolation. Individuals will be instructed to follow up with their healthcare provider. The College will enforce a strict Stay at Home Policy for all faculty and staff. All positive cases will remain confidential to protect the identity of the individual(s) who tests positive.
  • Non-residential students will be asked to return home and complete their isolation in their designated residence. Individuals will not be permitted back on campus until 14 days later and with medical clearance that must be submitted to the Health Coordinator.
  • Residential students who cannot leave campus will be referred to Student Development.
  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 and who cannot leave campus will be moved to that residence hall floor until they are well and have been medically cleared to end isolation, a minimum of 10 days. This determination will be made in accordance with local health authorities.
  • Residential students in isolation will be provided with the following accommodations and support:
    • Contactless delivery of meals and purchases for students located in residence hall, coordinated between food service and Residence Life.
    • Residence Life staff will assist with contactless delivery of needed medicines.
    • Mental health counseling services will be offered and provided virtually as appropriate.
    • Residence Life staff will assist in other ways as able and requested.
    • Students will be able to continue their courses remotely.
    • Should a student be too ill to participate remotely, students can work with professors for academic accommodation.

Quarantine

  • Quarantine applies to a person who is a close contact of a confirmed case.
    • The quarantine period for COVID-19 is 14 days from the last day of their exposure to the person with COVID-19.
    • A negative test does not obviate the need for a quarantine period based on last exposure to a confirmed case.
    • Quarantine also applies to someone coming from a high burden state that is on the NY Travel Advisory. In that case, the person’s quarantine period for COVID-19 is 14 days from the time they left the high burden state.  See the NYS FAQ or call their hotline (1.888.364.3065) for more information.

Students requiring quarantine must take the following steps:

  • Prior to moving into the Nyack College residence hall, students should make every effort to quarantine for 14 days in New York, New Jersey or a state not currently under the NYS travel advisory.
  • Students requiring quarantine who are unable to quarantine prior to arriving will be assigned quarantine accommodations in Nyack College housing. These students will have to continue their classes in online environments until they are cleared from the quarantine period.
  • Campus meals will be brought to the quarantine rooms during this period. Meal options will be limited, however, any necessary dietary restrictions will be accommodated.
  • On-campus spaces are limited and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Case

  • In the event of suspected or confirmed contact with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, exposed individuals will be alerted through appropriate contact tracing procedures completed in conjunction with the Department of Health. These individuals will be moved into quarantine out of precaution.
    • Non-residential students will be asked to return home and complete their quarantine in their designated residence. Individuals will not be permitted back on campus until 14 days later and with medical clearance that must be submitted to Student Development.
    • Residential students who cannot leave campus will be referred to Student Development for evaluation, care and next steps. These students will be moved to a designated location for quarantine for 14 days.
    • Per NYC DOH, in the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19 who had attended an in-person class, the entire class will not need to quarantine provided they were six feet away from others in the class.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be allowed back on campus or out of isolation only once they are:
    • 10 days from the start of symptoms and symptoms are improving, and
    • 72 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medication, and
    • produce a negative COVID-19 test result.

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