Important: COVID-19 Updates

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Semester from HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber (September 2, 2020)

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State of the College Address, Fall 2020 College Service Day (August 26, 2020)

Checking In, and an Update (August 14, 2020)

OSHE Restart Plan (July 22, 2020)


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      Do I have to wear my mask all day?

      Face coverings will be required to be worn inside the buildings, shared offices, spaces and classrooms. Educational signage will be posted outside of and throughout HCCC's buildings. Signs will educate the college community on the importance of masks and remind individuals to do their part in protecting the health of their fellow HCCC community members.

      What do I do if I am not feeling well and I am at home?

      If you’re exhibiting any symptoms of COVID, stay home and notify your Instructor. A Student Affairs representative will follow up with students who report symptoms of COVID to their instructor or Associate Dean.

      What do I do if I am not feeling well and I am on campus?

      If you’re exhibiting any symptoms of COVID, please leave campus to go home and seek medical treatment. Please notify your Instructor or Associate Dean that you’re unwell and need to leave the campus. Instructors or Associate Dean are requested to report the circumstances to Student Affairs. A Student Affairs representative will follow up with students who report symptoms of COVID to their instructor or Associate Dean. Reporting to Student Affairs can be done by emailing Dr. David Clark at studentservices@hccc.edu or by completing the Care and Concern Form.

      How do I know if I need to be on campus?

      Most fall 2020 for-credit and noncredit courses will be offered online or remotely, with the balance of lab, Culinary, Health Sciences and related courses offered on-ground subject to state approval and adherence to safety protocols recommended by the health care community.

      Students are encouraged to figure out which mode is the right fit for them before registering. The different modes are described below. More information about the specific classes can be found at www.hccc.edu/schedule.

      What about students who have to miss class because of their children’s school schedule?

      First, please confirm that your class is an on ground class and you’re expected to be on campus. Please consider whether you’re able to take an online or remote class instead. Please reach out to your instructor to discuss ways that you can complete assignments if you have to miss class due to your children’s public school schedule.

      Do I have to wear a mask outside?

      Face coverings will be required to be worn inside the buildings, shared offices, spaces and classrooms. Executive Order No. 163 requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others.


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      Do I have to wear my mask all day? What if I am by myself in my office?

      Face coverings will be required to be worn inside the buildings, shared offices, spaces and classrooms. Educational signage will be posted outside of and throughout HCCC's buildings. Signs will educate the college community on the importance of masks and remind individuals to do their part in protecting the health of their fellow HCCC community members. If you have your own office, and you are by yourself in the office, you may take off the face covering for this duration. If you leave the office, or if someone comes into your office you have to put on the face covering.

      What do I do if an employee comes to work without a mask?

      Every person on campus is required to wear a face covering inside the College buildings and sites. An employee who comes to the building without a mask or face covering will not be let inside the building. Masks will be provided by the College if a person does not have a mask with them.

      What do I do if an employee takes off the masking during work?

      If the person takes off the mask once inside the building, you may remind the person of the face covering requirement, point to a flyer that illustrates the face covering requirement. If that doesn’t work, you may report this to Security in the building, or to the employee’s Manager.

      What do I do if I am not feeling well and I am at home?

      If you’re exhibiting any symptoms of COVID, stay home and notify your supervisor (if staff), or Associate Dean (if faculty) that you’re unwell. A Human Resources representative will follow up with employees who report symptoms of COVID to their supervisor and Human Resources.

      What do I do if I am not feeling well and I am on campus?

      If you’re exhibiting any symptoms of COVID, please leave campus to go home and seek medical treatment. Please notify your supervisor (if staff), or Associate Dean (if faculty) that you’re unwell and need to leave the campus. A Human Resources representative will follow up with employees who report symptoms of COVID to their supervisor and Human Resources.

      How do I know if I need to return to campus?

      If you haven’t received your schedule about whether or not you will continue working remotely, or will be expected to be on-campus full time, part time or as needed please reach out to your supervisor to confirm your schedule. Faculty who are assigned to remote or online classes only, are expected to continue working remotely. Faculty who are assigned to hybrid/on-ground classes are expected to come to campus as per their schedule.

      What do I do if I am unable to come to campus due to a health condition, childcare or other considerations?

      First, please confirm that you’re expected to work on campus with your supervisor or Associate Dean. If you are expected to work on campus in some capacity, but would like to request consideration to continue working remotely please let your supervisor know. We will honor all requests to continue working remotely due to a health condition, childcare or other COVID related considerations. If more information is needed a Human Resources representative will contact you.

      What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

      If you test positive for COVID, please stay home.

      Students: notify your instructor or Associate Dean, who should contact Student Affairs.

      Faculty/staff/instructors: notify your supervisor or Coordinator/Associate Dean and Human Resources.

      (Notification can also be made by completing the Coronavirus Concern form.)

      Do I need to bring a note from a doctor if I have a health condition and unable to come to campus?

      First, please confirm that you’re expected to work on campus with your supervisor or Coordinator/Associate Dean. If you are expected to work on campus in some capacity, but would like to request consideration to continue working remotely please let your supervisor know. We will honor all requests to continue working remotely due to a health condition, childcare or other COVID related considerations. If more information is needed a Human Resources representative will contact you.

      What happens if, when I return to campus, I cannot where a mask for long periods of time due to a medical condition?

      If you’re unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition, please request to continue working remotely, by contacting your supervisor or coordinator/Associate Dean.

      Public schools are also in the planning stages, if it is decided that a child will do remote or hybrid learning, will the parent (HCCC staff member) be able to mirror the child’s plan?

      First, please confirm that you’re expected to work on campus with your supervisor or coordinator/Associate Dean. If you are expected to work on campus in some capacity, but would like to request consideration to continue working remotely please let your supervisor know. We will honor all requests to continue working remotely due to a health condition, childcare or other COVID related considerations. If more information is needed a Human Resources representative will contact you.

      What about students who may have to miss class due to their children’s public school schedule?

      First, please confirm that your class is an on ground class and you’re expected to be on campus. Please consider whether you’re able to take an online or remote class instead. Please reach out to your instructor to discuss ways that you can complete assignments if you have to miss class due to your children’s public school schedule.

      I read that Plexiglas will be purchased for certain areas, what about those that work in completely open cubicles?

      If you are expected to work on campus in some capacity and if you feel that your office area would benefit from having Plexiglass, please discuss the need with your supervisor or coordinator/Associate Dean. A purchase of Plexiglass may be coordinated with the Office of Facilities.

      What if the staff member is extremely anxious about returning to campus and prefers to work remotely, will that be taken into consideration?

      First, please confirm that you’re expected to work on campus with your supervisor or coordinator/Associate Dean. If you are expected to work on campus in some capacity, but would like to request consideration to continue working remotely please let your supervisor know. We will honor all requests to continue working remotely due to a health condition, childcare or other COVID related considerations. If more information is needed a Human Resources representative will contact you.

      Are training events going to be conducted? What kind of training will be provided to students, faculty and staff?

      Training will be conducted for students and employees. Health and safety training about COVID will be conducted via SafeColleges. Additional training and orientation will be focused on student life and expectations, expectations and managing classrooms for faculty and adjuncts, and expectations for employees and managers in the workplace.

      When am I expected to be back on campus?

      Students: please check your schedule to see if your class(es) are remote, online or on ground. More information about the specific classes can be found at www.hccc.edu/schedule or www.hccc.edu/continuingeducation.

      Faculty/Adjuncts/Instructors: please check your course assignments. If all your classes are remote or online you are not expected to be on campus. If you have any on ground classes you are expected to be on campus for those classes, unless you request consideration to continue working remotely.

      Full time and part time staff and administration: please check with your supervisor if you’re scheduled to work on campus. If you’re scheduled to work on campus, but unable to do so, please request consideration to continue working remotely from your supervisor.

      As a faculty member/instructor who only teaches remote or online classes, may I come to work on campus?

      Faculty who wish to work on campus during stages two and three may do so as long as proper social distancing and health precautions are taken.

      What will be the plan for stairwells and elevators?

      Students and employees will be encouraged to use the stairwells in order to limit occupancy in the elevators. Stairwells will be designated and marked for one-way traffic. Elevators will be operational for building occupants who are unable to use stairwells. They will be marked with occupancy numbers and stickers on the floor indicating where riders should position themselves inside. In instructional buildings, entrance and egress will be one-way as indicated by signage and floor stickers.

      How can I anonymously report concerns about non-compliance with health and safety precautions (mask wearing, social distancing)?

      You can submit a report via the Coronavirus Concern Form.

      As an employee, do I need to report sick or vacation days if I’m out due to COVID related reasons?

      The College is not requiring employees to use vacation or sick time, if they’re out sick or quarantine due to COVID or to care for family members including child care.


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      Are training events going to be conducted?

      Training will be conducted for students and employees. Health and safety training about COVID will be conducted via SafeColleges. Additional training and orientation will be focused on student life and expectations, expectations and managing classrooms for faculty, adjuncts and instructors, and expectations for employees and managers in the workplace.

      Will student events be held on campus?

      All persons on campus will be required to follow social distancing guidelines. As a result most events should be held virtually/remotely.

      What kind of screening will the College require?

      HCCC will require all individuals on campus to first pass through a two-step health screening process. Step 1 will require the completion of a health questionnaire prior to entering any of HCCC’s buildings. If an individual passes this step, they move onto Step 2. Step 2 consists of an on-campus temperature check. Thermal mirrors will be at the entrance of each HCCC building. Individuals will approach the thermal mirror and the mirror will signal if the individual’s temperature is above the 100.4-degree threshold. If an individual fails Step 2 of the screening process, he/she will be advised to wait in a well-ventilated designated area for 15 minutes and retest. If an individual fails the second temperature check, entrance to campus will be denied. HCCC’s security officers will provide the individual with a document that clearly indicates next steps. Consistent with CDC's Recommendations, individuals with COVID-19 signs or symptoms should be referred to a healthcare provider for evaluation on whether testing is needed.

      What happens if I don’t pass the screening?

      Individuals who fail either step of the screening process (i.e., health questionnaire or the on campus temperature check) will be required to follow up with a health care provider. Consistent with CDC's Recommendations, individuals with COVID-19 signs or symptoms should be referred to a healthcare provider for evaluation on whether testing is needed.

      What kind of information will be provided for testing?

      HCCC will provide information on healthcare providers and testing locations from the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub with free sites clearly noted. Students who test positive for COVID-19 should complete a Coronavirus Concern Form. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should contact the Office of Human Resources.

      How will the College conduct contact tracing?

      All students and employees are required to show their HCCC identification cards (“ID cards”) when entering a building. Community members and visitors are required to sign in with security. Security guards are stationed at the entrance of each HCCC building. HCCC’s ID cards contain radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips that will integrate with the thermal mirror system. This will create a log of who is on campus and in each building on a given day and time in order to assist the Hudson County Department of Health with contact tracing. Necessary steps will be taken to protect individuals’ privacy. Visitors are entered into our visitor management system. Their IDs and photos are scanned into a searchable database.

      What if my ID does not have the RFID chip?

      IDs issued since 2018 should have the RFID chip. If you are unsure, please contact Safety and Security at (201) 360-4080 to have your ID replaced at no charge.

      What if I do not have access to a computer for online/remote learning?

      HCCC has invested in 650 Chromebooks to assist students who do not have access to technology. If you need to borrow a computer for online/remote learning, fill out the Coronavirus Concern Form and be sure to include your Student ID# and contact information. In the “concern” comments section, indicate you need to borrow a computer.

      If I test positive for COVID-19 during the fall semester, what are my options for completing the semester or withdrawing?

      Your faculty member or instructor will work with you to the fullest extent possible so you can successfully complete your class(es). If you need to withdraw and the deadline has passed, please complete the Special Circumstances for Withdrawal (SCW) Process at www.hccc.edu/forms. Contact Felicia Allen at fallen@hccc.edu for assistance. For Continuing Education classes, please contact ce@hccc.edu for assistance.

      If I have been impacted financially by COVID-19, can the College help me?

      Yes! The College has helped many students with CARES Act and Hudson Helps emergency funding. Please apply at www.hccc.edu/caresact or email caresact@hccc.edu for more information.

      What services will be open on campus this fall?

      Students are encouraged to continue access to all student support services remotely at www.hcccc.edu/remoteservices. The College will offer limited in-person student services (financial aid, admission, registration, advisement, testing) is available by appointment.


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      I am a faculty, instructor or an adjunct, what happens to my class assignments if I get sick or test positive for COVID-19?

      First, please let your Associate Dean or coordinator know if you’re exhibiting symptoms of COVID or you are unwell. If you’re able to continue working remotely, there will be no change in the class assignment. If you are unable to continue working remotely the class may be reassigned to assist in the completion of the course. The College will hold the instructor harmless and will not discontinue pay for this reason, or require that instructor to report sick time-off for accrual purposes.

      I am a faculty or an adjunct, what happens if one of the students in class gets sick or test positive for COVID-19?

      Please notify security immediately that the student is sick and may need medical assistance, if a medical emergency, call 911. Additionally, the instructor should notify their Associate Dean and/or coordinator if a student in class gets sick or lets you know that they tested positive for COVID. If this is an on- ground class, a Student Affairs Representative will reach out to all students whose sickness is reported to Student Affairs. The class may need to continue remotely, for a period of time to be determined or for the remainder of the semester, depending on when a situation occurs.

      Notifications of sickness can also be made by completing the Care and Concern Form.

      What steps, as a faculty member or instructor, can you take to enforce the Mask policy in the classroom?

      Please remind all students in the beginning of class regarding the State and College’s requirement to have all persons on campus wear a mask or a face covering. Faculty will be able to refer to the syllabus statement regarding college-wide protocols and the signage posted throughout campus for reference. If a student refuses to wear a mask after a reminder, please notify Security. A Security officer will ask the student to leave the building and the student will be referred to the Student Conduct Office. The faculty member should complete a Care and Concern form on the HCCC portal and follow-up with their Associate Dean or coordinator.

      Notifications of sickness can also be made by completing the Care and Concern Form.

      What is the role of the faculty/instructor when it comes to students taking bathroom breaks, congregating in the halls, or not socially distancing in the classroom?

      Faculty/Instructor may remind students of social distancing guidelines and reference signage that is available on campus. If students are unwilling to follow social distancing guidelines, please notify Security. A Security officer will ask the students to leave the building and the students will be referred to the Student Conduct Office.

      Notifications of sickness can also be made by completing the Care and Concern Form.

      What training is required for faculty to be allowed on campus to instruct labs and classes?

      Training will be conducted for students, faculty, and employees. Health and safety training about COVID will be conducted via SafeColleges. Additional training and orientation will be focused on student life and expectations, expectations, protocols, and management of the classroom for faculty and adjuncts, and expectations for employees and managers in the workplace.

      What happens to in-person classes if state guidelines change and another statewide quarantine is put in place during the semester?

      All classes being offered in the Fall 2020 semester should be ready to transition to remote learning at any point in the semester. It is recommended that alternative (remote learning) plans be ready and discussed with students in the beginning of the semester so students are aware that this change could happen. These materials can be loaded on the Canvas shell for the class as well as the syllabus being loaded from the beginning of the semester so all students have access to the material regardless of on-ground or remote learning. Since alternating attendance due to social distancing protocols, students will need to be ready for both on-ground and virtual learning in those class that incorporates on-ground based learning. If the transition to remote learning is temporary, those classes previously approved to be on-ground will be able to return to campus during the semester based on state and college guidelines and protocols.

      How do I know that my classroom has been assessed for appropriate social distancing capacity?

      All classroom and laboratory occupancy rates have been evaluated through a capacity study to allow for 6 feet between students and faculty. The space has further been evaluated for functionality, further reducing the occupancy. Where needed, plexi-glass barriers/sneeze guard shields will be used to further protect staff and students where close contact is part of the process needed to learn a skill, such as in health science, culinary, STEM, fine arts and Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) labs. Faculty who wish to work on campus during stages two and three may do so as long as proper social distancing and health precautions are taken.

      How will classrooms be cleaned?

      All buildings will be thoroughly cleaned prior to the start of the day by our contracted company, Maverick. All classrooms and labs will be cleaned in between class meetings by our contracted company. In addition, disinfectant wipes/spray will be provided for students and faculty who wish to clean their personal workspaces.

      When will computer labs and the library open?

      The College Libraries provide Library Services Online, and will be open for limited usage within social distancing and room capacity guidelines.

      In Stage 2, all computer labs will continue to be closed for on-campus usage. Students, faculty, and staff can access Information Technology Services or call 201.360.4310 for assistance. In Stage 3, computer labs will open for limited usage within social distancing and room capacity guidelines.

      All State and HCCC protocols must be followed when using such facilities.

      As a faculty member/instructor who will only be teaching online or remote classes; may I come to my office to work on campus?

      Faculty/instructors who wish to work on campus during stages two and three may do so as long as proper social distancing and health precautions are complied with based on established State and HCCC protocols.


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      When we return to on-campus are non-essential congregated areas like student lounges be closed? If so, what if any, rules will be implemented in these areas?

      All persons on campus will be required to follow social distancing guidelines. Reminders and signage about social distancing will be available throughout the campus buildings and sites.

      When we return to campus, what will be the protocol for bathrooms and other facilities used by faculty, instructors, staff, and students? And if so, will there be a limit of people in these shared facilities.

      Bathrooms will have signage about capacity. Stalls may be marked or closed off to ensure social distancing.

      Are we allowed to eat on campus? If so, are there designated areas?

      All persons on campus are encouraged to bring their own food and drink. No eating or drinking, however, will be allowed in the classrooms during class. All persons will be required to follow social distancing guidelines. Reminders and signage about social distancing will be available throughout the campus buildings and sites.

      Bits and Bytes Café may be open for “to go” purchases only.

      Are there any directives on office ventilation and air conditioning use?

      The REME HALO in-duct air purifier will be installed in the HVAC units in every HCCC building. The REME HALO in-duct air purifier kills up to 99% of bacteria, mold, and viruses, reduces sneeze germs by 99% in the time a sneeze can reach three feet, and kills 99% of viruses on surfaces in the space.

      Will signage be added to building entrances, to remind individuals face coverings must be worn in on-campus buildings?

      Signage and reminders about face coverings, social distancing and washing/sanitizing hands will be available through the campus buildings and sites.

      What cleaning protocols will be implemented?

      The frequency of cleaning operations, by Maverick cleaning services, will be increased in all buildings and areas where students, faculty, and staff will be learning, teaching, and working. For instructional spaces, HCCC will leverage its room scheduling software to ensure adequate time between classes for cleaning and sanitization to occur. Cleaning and sanitization will occur between each class session. The occupancy schedule for each space will be displayed outside of the classroom with specific times blocked out for cleaning. Disinfectant products meeting the EPA material safety guidelines will be used. As an added precaution, disinfectant wipes/spray will be provided for use during classes and in offices. Workspaces should be wiped down by individuals upon entering and before leaving a space. In offices, staff should sanitize throughout the day as they feel is needed. The College has purchased 400 contactless hand sanitizer stations, which will be located throughout all HCCC buildings. Service to all water fountains has been disconnected. Students, employees, and community members will be able to fill reusable water bottles at specified bottle filling stations. Hot water or automated temperature faucets are available at all handwashing stations and HCCC’s Facilities Department will ensure the water pressure is adequate.

      How will labs and other high touch areas be cleaned?

      Labs and other high touch areas will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day by Maverick cleaning services, and students, faculty, and staff will have access to cleaning supplies to wipe down equipment before and after use. In some areas, like the Library, staff are required to disinfect common work areas/spaces after their shift is completed (circulation desk, computers, shared tools, etc.). Users in open Computer Labs may print, and lab assistant will retrieve the printed documents. Printers will be wiped down frequently. Keyboard and mouse covers will be replaced or sanitized between each use. Lab Assistants will be provided gloves, face coverings, and face shields. Their desks will have plexiglass shields.

      What student services will be offered on campus?

      Students are encouraged to continue access to all student support services remotely at www.hcccc.edu/remoteservices. The College will offer limited in-person student services (financial aid, admission, registration, advisement, testing) is available by appointment.

      Will the shuttle bus continue to operate?

      The College shuttle will operate on a modified schedule and at 50% seat capacity. Students will be encouraged to make a reservation to use the shuttle and walk-ons will be accommodated only if there are available seats. Face masks will be required for all passengers and the driver. After each trip, “touch” areas inside the vehicle will be sanitized.

      Will the College offer any food services on campus?

      Food service operations will be limited to one venue in September, Bits and Bytes Cafe. They will have a limited menu and hours for take-out dining only. There will not be containers for shared use, only single serve items. Contactless delivery of food will be used. The ordering can be done remotely with a mobile app or via a self-serve tablet. Payment can also be made remotely or with the self-serve tablet.

      As a faculty member/instructor who is only teaching remote or online classes, may I come to work on campus?

      Faculty/instructor who wish to work on campus during stages two and three may do so as long as proper social distancing and health precautions are taken.

      What is the plan for stairwells and elevators?

      Students and employees will be encouraged to use the stairwells in order to limit occupancy in the elevators. Stairwells will be designated and marked for one-way traffic. Elevators will be operational for building occupants who are unable to use stairwells. They will be marked with occupancy numbers and stickers on the floor indicating where riders should position themselves inside. In instructional buildings, entrance and egress will be one-way as indicated by signage and floor stickers.


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      What do I do if someone in class or on campus is presenting symptoms of COVID-19?

      If a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID in the classroom or notifies the instructor that they tested positive, the instructor should ask the student to leave the classroom and campus and go home, without a penalty for the absence(s). A Student Affairs Representative will be in touch with the student about the appropriate next steps. If an employee on campus is exhibiting symptoms or notifies you they tested positive for COVID, please ask the employee to leave campus and go home and notify their supervisor. A Human Resources Representative will be in touch with the employee for the appropriate next steps.

      Will the College require testing for all (Staff/Faculty/Instructors and Students)?

      Per CDC guidance, students and employees will not be required to receive COVID-19 testing and produce evidence of a negative test result prior to returning to campus. Such a practice is limited in its reliability as COVID-19 tests are point-in-time snapshots of health (i.e., one’s COVID-19 status could change the day after being tested) and may be in violation of EEOC.

      What will be the protocol for an employee, if a family member exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, but the employee is not showing any symptoms?

      It is recommended that the employee speak to their supervisor about working remotely for the duration of quarantine to prevent possible spread.

      Have face shields been considered instead of masks? Some staff may not be able to tolerate (for health or other reason) wearing a mask for 7-8 hours.

      If you have a health condition that makes it difficult for you to wear a mask it is recommended that you speak with your supervisor about working remotely instead. Students with a health condition should continue learning remotely.

      What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

      If you test positive for COVID, please stay home.

      Students: notify your instructor. A student Affairs Representative will reach out to you to discuss the steps needed to return to campus.

      Faculty/staff/instructors: notify your supervisor or coordinator/Associate Dean and Human Resources. A Human Resources Representative will reach out to you to discuss the steps needed to return to campus.

      All notifications can also be submitted by completing the Coronavirus Concern form.

      Will the staff members be provided with their own cleaning supplies (Clorox wipes, Lysol, etc…)? Or solely rely on the cleaning crew to come around a few times a day?

      Cleaning supplies will be provided for all departments and office areas by the College.

      If someone gets COVID-19 on campus, who will be notified?

      If the College receives notice that someone on campus exhibits symptoms of COVID or test positive a Student Affairs Representative or a Human Resources Representative, as may be appropriate, will reach out to the person to discuss the steps needed to notify others who may have come in contact with the person, or otherwise what is needed to return to campus.

      Who is responsible to enforce adherence to wearing face coverings?

      Face coverings will be required to be worn inside the buildings, shared offices, spaces and classrooms. Educational signage will be posted outside of and throughout HCCC's buildings. Signs will educate the college community on the importance and requirement of masks and remind individuals to do their part in protecting the health of their fellow HCCC community members.

      What kind of screening will the College require?

      HCCC will require all individuals on campus to first pass through a two-step health screening process. Step 1 will require the completion of a health questionnaire prior to entering any of HCCC’s buildings. If an individual passes this step, they move onto Step 2. Step 2 consists of an on-campus temperature check. Thermal mirrors will be at the entrance of each HCCC building. Individuals will approach the thermal mirror and the mirror will signal if the individual’s temperature is above the 100.4-degree threshold. If an individual fails Step 2 of the screening process, he/she will be advised to wait in a well-ventilated designated area for 15 minutes and retest. If an individual fails the second temperature check, entrance to campus will be denied. HCCC’s security officers will provide the individual with a document that clearly indicates next steps. Consistent with CDC's Recommendations, individuals with COVID-19 signs or symptoms should be referred to a healthcare provider for evaluation on whether testing is needed.

      When should I get tested?

      Individuals will be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 if they meet one or more of the following criteria: 1. You are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, shivering, headache, or new loss of taste or smell); 2. You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19; 3. You are an essential worker (health care worker, first responder, food service worker, or transit worker); 4. You were recently in a large crowd where social distancing was hard to maintain; 5. You recently travelled to an area or a state with high COVID-19 infection rates.

      What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

      Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, shivering, headache, or new loss of taste or smell.

      What happens if I don’t pass the screening?

      Individuals who fail either step of the screening process (i.e., health questionnaire or the on campus temperature check) will be required to follow up with a health care provider. Consistent with CDC's Recommendations, individuals with COVID-19 signs or symptoms should be referred to a healthcare provider for evaluation on whether testing is needed.

      What kind of information will be provided for testing?

      HCCC will provide information on healthcare providers and testing locations from the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub with free sites clearly noted. Students who test positive for COVID-19 should complete a Coronavirus Concern Form. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should contact the Office of Human Resources.

      How will the College conduct contact tracing?

      All students and employees are required to show their HCCC identification cards (“ID cards”) when entering a building. Community members and visitors are required to sign in with security. Security guards are stationed at the entrance of each HCCC building. HCCC’s ID cards contain radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips that will integrate with the thermal mirror system. This will create a log of who is on campus and in each building on a given day and time in order to assist the Hudson County Department of Health with contact tracing. Necessary steps will be taken to protect individuals’ privacy. Visitors are entered into our visitor management system. Their IDs and photos are scanned into a searchable database.

      How and how often will spaces be cleaned?

      All buildings will be thoroughly cleaned prior to the start of the day by our contracted cleaners, Maverick. All classrooms and labs will be cleaned in between class meetings by our contracted cleaners. In addition, disinfectant wipes/spray will be provided for students and faculty who wish to clean their personal workspaces.

      How will labs and other high touch areas be cleaned?

      Labs and other high touch areas will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day by Maverick cleaning services, and students, faculty, and staff will have access to cleaning supplies to wipe down equipment before and after use. In some areas, like the Library, staff are required to disinfect common work areas/spaces after their shift is completed (circulation desk, computers, shared tools, etc.). Users in open Computer Labs may print, and lab assistant will retrieve the printed documents. Printers will be wiped down frequently. Keyboard and mouse covers will be replaced or sanitized between each use. Lab Assistants will be provided gloves, face coverings, and face shields. Their desks will have plexiglass shields.


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