Pandemic Safety Protocol
The Pandemic Safety Protocol for Randolph Community College is based on guidance from the NC Governor, local and state public health officials, and the North Carolina Community College System Office and will be used to maintain campus safety while continuing to give students educational opportunities. The protocol is based on three potential scenarios (see chart below), depending on what restrictions are necessary when the College operates, or at any time during the school year, to control the spread of the disease. Strategies may be adjusted as new developments warrant.
- Maintain 6 feet apart to avoid close contact.
- Avoid physical contact between people, i.e. handshakes and hugs.
- Minimize face-to-face time and interactions.
- Meetings should be held virtually.
- The College is taking intentional actions to decrease density within the workplace with the goal of maintaining at least six feet of space between persons present.
- Safety barriers have been installed in public-facing areas such as reception desks and welcome centers.
- Building capacities will be controlled with reduced student capacity and seated class meetings will be staggered.
- Disinfecting of the buildings will take place every evening, Monday-Friday.
- High touch areas such as doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, restrooms, water fountains, and push bars will be disinfected during the day.
- Should any positive cases be reported, affected facilities will be closed, and disinfected, per CDC guidelines.
Keeping the College community safe must be a collective effort.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean, sanitize, and disinfect frequently touched objects throughout the day and shared objects between each use.
- All faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained. All individuals should provide their own face covering, but the College has a limited supply of disposable masks available as a backup.
- Signage regarding safety protocols and hand washing will be posted on all campuses.
- Employees will attest to not having COVID symptoms prior to beginning work.
- High-risk individuals are urged to stay at home and travel only for absolute essential purposes. The CDC defines high-risk individuals as people 65 years or older, and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, including people who are immunocompromised or who have chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, or liver disease.
Confirmed or Suspected Exposure
- Employees who have had a direct exposure or suspect an exposure from direct or indirect contact must immediately be reported to their supervisor and the Vice President of that area prior to coming back on campus.
- A plan of action will be developed, and an email will be sent to employees affected by this potential exposure.
- Students who have had a direct exposure or suspect an exposure from direct or indirect contact must notify their instructor, who in turn, will notify his/her department head or supervisor and the VP of Instructional Services.
- A plan of action will be developed, and an email will be sent to students affected by this potential exposure.
Report a COVID-19 Exposure Concern
This form can be used to report a positive COVID-19 test result or a possible exposure to COVID-19 for yourself OR to report a student who has had a positive COVID-19 test result or a possible exposure to COVID-19.