COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation and Recovery Plan

Base Plan
Date: 5/4/2022*
Iteration: 1.6

 

Executive Summary

The college has enacted its established Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operations of the institution and the people we serve. Those people, commonly referred to as the “college community,” is comprised of faculty, staff, students and visitors. To support these efforts, the college has assembled a COVID-19 Recovery Management Team that is comprised of a multi-disciplinary collection of leaders from across the college community. As a sub-component of the RMT, the college has assembled a Case Management Team of persons familiar with the CDC and state guidelines related to COVID-19 isolation and quarantine protocols who will follow up with students and employees that test positive for the virus and or develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Per the Governor of Washington’s Proclamation 21-14.1, Clark College will prohibit any worker from engaging in work for the College after October 18, 2021 if the worker has not provided proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.   The college highly encourages students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Everyone that comes to campus to include faculty, staff, students, visitors, contractors, etc. are expected to follow the college’s protocols that are in place out of concern for the safety of all and to comply with requirements and guidance set forth by federal, state and local authorities.

If an employee or student exhibits COVID 19 symptoms, they must contact their supervisor or instructor as soon as possible.  Response protocols for symptoms of positive tests and quarantine and isolation protocols can be found in Annexes C and G. These protocols include contacting the Clark County Public Health Department.

Custodial Services will maintain cleaning of the built environment for spaces in use, including high-contact surfaces, such as handrails, doorknobs, drinking fountains, elevator control buttons and restrooms. All students/employees are encouraged to sanitize their workspaces before and after use. 

Employees and students/visitors will self-screen each day before allowed entry on campus using the provided “COVID-19 Screening Tool” (Annex A) using their own internet enabled device or the provided platforms at screening stations throughout the campus.

Members of the Clark College COVID-19 Recovery Management Team (RMT) will continually assess recognized hazards, including COVID-19, as part of the ongoing requirement to provide a safe and healthy workplace and, where appropriate, take additional steps to protect all employees.

Introduction

The COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation and Recovery Plan, to be referred to as the Recovery Plan, is a critical part of Clark College’s (CC) continuing effort to mitigate against, plan for, respond to, and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Recovery Plan has three parts:

Purpose of Recovery Plan

The purpose of the Recovery Plan is to establish the policies, requirements, structures, and responsibilities to safely operationalize the gradual and phased-in return of students, employees and visitors to the college.

Situation

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs. It manifests as a pneumonia of unknown origin and was detected in Wuhan, China and first reported to the World Health Organization Country Office in China on 31 December 2019. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020.

Scope

The Recovery Plan takes into account the plans and guidance of local, state, and federal government agencies and is designed to work in an inter-operable fashion within all existing college planning disciplines and legal authorities. 

The college will cooperate with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies and other responders in the development, implementation, and execution of its Recovery plans.

This plan applies to all campuses and properties owned or operated by Clark College with the exception of the facility the College operates on the main campus of Washington State University (WSU) – Vancouver. Emergency response planning and recovery operations (cleaning, etc.) for that facility will be implemented through a unified approach between Clark College and WSU-Vancouver.

This plan is a campus-level plan that guides the efforts of college personnel and resources during the recovery from the COVID-19 event.

The Recovery Plan considers the whole college community to include faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Nothing in this plan should be construed in a manner that limits the use of good judgment and common sense in matters not foreseen or covered by the elements of this plan or its appendices.

Authorities

Federal

State of Washington

Assumptions

Plan Development, Maintenance, Publication

Concept of Operations

The College reserves the right to deny access to any employee or student who does not comply with established protocols. Employees who refuse to comply with the plan may be disciplined, up to and including terminationsubject to progressive discipline in accordance with college policy and collective bargaining agreements.

 Departments, offices, student support activities and instructional programs that have been authorized and approved for any on-campus activities are required to produce a planning addendum before re-opening to accompany this base plan. 

1.0 COVID-19 Healthy Campus Ambassador

  1. A site-specific COVID-19 Healthy Campus Ambassador (HCA), and an alternate, shall be designated by each department at designated locations to ensure consistent monitoring of this plan and the COVID-19 location safety plan. 
  2. The HCA’s name and contact information will be posted on-site so that they may be contacted.
  3. The site-specific HCA will keep a copy of and be familiar with the most current iteration of this plan and any addendums.
  4. Each HCA will help implement and monitor this plan and ensure compliance with established safety protocols at their assigned location.
  5. The HCA is responsible for helping to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies at their assigned location. The HCA will coordinate with appropriate staff to request additional supplies.
  6. Employees and any students/visitors who feel that compliance is not being adequately monitored should bring it to the attention of the HCA or any supervisor at their location.
    1. If emergency or unresolved unsafe conditions exists, individuals should contact College Security.
    2. If compliance is not possible or maintained, activities can be paused for correction.

3.0 Social Distancing

  1. Social distancing was implemented as part of the initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. At this time, social distancing is not required but may be re-implemented if a need arises or if requirements are imposed by a government authority.

4.0 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Employer/Training Program Provided

  1. Per the Washington State Secretary of Health, face coverings are optional in most campus areas but are required in any area housing any academic program that includes a clinical component such as nursing, dental hygiene, etc.. Face coverings are also required in the childcare center as part of state licensing requirements.
  2. Discrimination against person(s) who choose to continue to wear a face covering is expressly prohibited.
  3. Employees and students will be provided personal protective equipment (PPE) at no cost to the individuals, such as gloves, goggles, face shields as appropriate, or required, for the activity being performed.
  4. For those who do not have a face covering, a HCA or designee will provide a face covering to employees and students/visitors that have activities on campus. Individuals are expected to maintain the face covering they are issued at the start of their on-campus activities.
  5. Face coverings are generally not considered PPE but they add a protection factor. If an employee, instructor, or student’s level of exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor & Industries safety and health rules and guidance, the higher level of protection will be provided and required. All patients and clients except for those receiving dental services must wear facial coverings.
  6. Identifying all PPE needs for the activities conducted in a particular space and ensuring that the appropriate equipment and training in it proper use is provided to all participants. 

5.0   Sanitation and Cleanliness

  1. Soap and running water are available at multiple locations within all college properties. Employees and students are encouraged to leave their workstations often to wash their hands regularly, before and after going to the bathroom, before and after eating and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose.
  2. When running water is not available, portable disinfection stations will be provided. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol can also be used, but are not a replacement for the water requirement listed above. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the campus, and be provided in all college vehicles.
  3. Disinfectants will be available to employees and any students/visitors throughout all locations with essential activities. Cleaning supplies will be replenished as needed by the HCA or designee. Each department or program will have site-specific plans to disinfect high-touch departmental surfaces at locations, such as shared tools, machines, workstations, keyboards and other equipment, to include any installed physical barriers (Plexiglass) for COVID-19. Shared tools and other equipment must be wipe sanitized between uses.
  4. Custodial Services will maintain cleaning of the built environment for spaces in use, including high-contact surfaces, such as handrails, doorknobs, drinking fountains, elevator control buttons and restrooms. All cleaning chemicals are Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectants known to be effective against COVID-19 and all manufacturer’s instructions for use shall be followed. Custodial employees are provided appropriate PPE for these work tasks and trained on work expectations.
  5. All students/employees are encouraged to sanitize their workspaces before and after use. 

6.0   Employee and Student Health/Symptoms

  1. If an employee or student exhibits COVID 19 symptoms, they must contact their supervisor or instructor as soon as possible. They will be directed to leave campus if they become ill while on site.  If an employee develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness, they must call their health provider or public health for further direction and report this to their supervisor or Human Resources. If a student develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness, they should notify their instructor as soon as possible. 
  2. Travelers from out of state should follow the current CDC Travel Advisory Guidance.
  3. See Annexes C and G for specific protocol steps.
  4. Employees and students/visitors will self-screen each day before allowed entry on campus using the provided “COVID-19 Screening Tool” (Annex A) using their own internet enabled device or the provided platforms at screening stations throughout the campus.
  5. Employees and students will either indicate temperature was taken at home or at the Health Screening Station with provided thermometer. The campus health screening stations are listed below.
    • Gaiser Hall (Main Entrance)
    • Facilities Services (Main Entrance)
    • Baird (Entrances by Human Resources)
    • Scarpelli Hall (Lower Entrance)
    • STEM Building (Main Entrance)
    • Child and Family Studies (Main Family Entrance)
    • Frost Arts Center (Main Entrance/Lobby)
    • Anna Pechanec Hall (North Entrance)
    • CTC (Main Entrance)
    • CCW (Main Entrance)
    • Foundation (Kitchen)
    • O’Connell Sports Center (Front Entrance)
    • Diesel (Back Classroom)
    • AA1 (North Bay Door)
    • AA2 (East Bay Door)
    • AA4 (Main Entrance)
    • AA5 (West Entrance)
    • HSC (DH Main Entrance)
    • GHL (Culinary Entrance)
    • Joan Stout Hall (McLoughlin Blvd Entrance)
    • Science Complex (Room 123)
    • Beacock Music Hall
    • Bauer Hall
    • Foster Lobby
    • T Building
    • Library
    • Archer Gallery
  6. If any employee/student/visitor has a temperature of 100.4°F or greater, fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea they will be directed to leave campus and coordinate with their supervisor/instructor about options for leave or remote work assignments.
  7. When a student or college employee notifies the college, either through direct communication or through the online health screen, that they have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, a member of the college’s Case Management team will reach out to them for follow and will provide further instructions related to isolation.

6.1   Employee and Student Health/Symptoms (Instruction only)

  1. Instructors notified by students about suspect or confirmed cases should report this information immediately to their Dean, as well as OperationsSection Chief of the Recovery Management Team, who will relay the information to Clark College’s Incident Coordinator. The Clark College Safety Officer or Health Officer will reach out to the student to determine more information including potential contacts on campus, etc. For further details of this process, see COVID-19 Case Protocols (Annex C for employees, Annex G for students).

7.0   Campus Visitors

Any Clark College community member that invites a guest (contractor, vendor, etc.) to campus will inform them that all visitors will be required to use the on line-screening tool before entering campus, maintain 3 feet social distancing and wear a face covering while in any campus building.

8.0   Accommodations

  1. Both employees and students may fall into groups of vulnerability, high risk or have other medical needs that affect their ability to participate under these specific COVID-19 requirements.
  2. Employees can request a reasonable accommodation under this plan and college policies by contacting Human Resources department.
  3. If a student requires an accommodation, Clark College’s Disability Support Services will work with that respective student

9.0   Re-establishment of Stay-Home-Stay-Healthy (or other former) Restrictions

  1. All Departments and Programs must have contingency planning that considers a transition or return to more restrictive measures for essential activities.

No work or instructional, or student support activities may be conducted until programs can meet and maintain all requirements, including providing materials, schedules, and equipment required to comply.

 

ANNEXES

Annex A2022 Spring - Term Staff Quick Sheet

Annex BSocial Equity Recovery Plan

Annex CBehavioral Health Recovery Plan

Annex D2022 Winter- Term Faculty Quick Sheet

Annex EFall 2021 Return to Play Plan