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Health and Safety Measures – COVID-19

The health and safety of Cape Fear Community College’s faculty, staff, students, and guests is our highest priority.

Cape Fear Community College’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic were written with the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors to all of our campuses in mind. Our primary goal is to continue the College’s vital mission of education and workforce training while providing safe and secure facilities.

This plan provides general guidelines to enable Cape Fear Community College to safely reopen its campuses following guidance from the governor, public health officials, and the North Carolina Community College System Office. Additionally, it presents a summary of procedures for responding to incidents of direct and indirect contact with COVID-19.

Campus Guidelines:

All faculty, staff, and students are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined in this document.

Safety Measures at CFCC include:
    • Placing visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs to indicate to everyone where they should stand or sit.
    • Placing one-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple throughways to increase distance between people moving through the space.
    • CFCC’s Custodial Team will clean buildings at regular intervals and wipe down high-touch areas.
    • Should any positive COVID-19 cases be reported, facilities will be closed and cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines.
    • Assigning full-time custodians to high-traffic areas
    • Displaying signage supporting social distancing requirements on all campuses. One-way directional signage has been installed, including floor markers to direct foot traffic where maintaining social distancing is difficult.
    • Limiting elevator capacity; signage on doors indicate the maximum number of persons allowed.
    • Encouraging the use of stairways when possible.
    • Disabling water fountains to protect the campus community.
    • Installing plexiglass shields in public-facing areas such as reception desks and welcome centers.
    • Controlling building capacities with the goal of maintaining at least six feet of space between persons – reduced student capacity per classroom or lab, and seated class meetings will be staggered as needed.

    Use of Additional Personal Protective Equipment:

    The use of additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required in certain areas or within classroom or laboratory spaces as directed by instructors and/or external requirements such as those set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and/or state and federal guidelines. Notification will be provided when PPE is required in CFCC buildings and public spaces due to a public health emergency. PPE requirements for specific classes and instructional spaces will be listed on class syllabi.


    Personal Responsibility:

    Keeping our campus community healthy is everyone’s responsibility.

    Remember your Ws!

    1. Wear a face covering.
      • Face Coverings: All faculty, staff, and students on campus must wear face coverings where social distancing measures are difficult to reliably maintain.
      • CFCC has purchased two washable cloth face covering for each employee – available at the Information Desk in Union Station or the Security Desk at the McKeithan Center (ID required).
      • A limited supply of disposable masks is also available for students (with ID).
    2. Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
      • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people at all times.
      • Do not gather in groups.
      • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
      • Avoid physical contact, i.e. handshakes and hugs.
    3. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, and avoid touching your face.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer.

What to do if you are exposed to COVID-19:

Exposure/Suspected Exposure to COVID-19 – Students:

If a student:

  • Suspects they have COVID-19, the student should remain home and seek medical guidance. He or she must also notify the Dean of Students (Mr. Robby McGee at 910-362-7191 ) and consult with their instructors about staying on track in classes.
  • Tests positive for COVID-19 or has come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, the student should remain home and seek medical guidance. They must also notify the Dean of Students (Mr. Robby McGee at 910-362-7191 ) and consult with their instructors about staying on track in classes.
  • Has taken a COVID-19 test and is awaiting the results of that test, the student should immediately notify the Dean of Students (Mr. Robby McGee, 910-362-7191 ) and remain home until the results of the test are determined.

Appropriate notifications regarding COVID-19 cases at CFCC will be made by the Dean of Students.

Excused Absences due to Public Health Emergencies: If a student is asked to remain home due to a public health emergency, every effort will be made to ensure that the student remains on track with all coursework. This may include allowing the student to complete assignments and participate in the class remotely when possible. Absences incurred during the recommended or directed self-isolation period will not violate an instructor’s attendance policy as long as the student has contacted the Dean of Students’ office prior to missing class. The college acknowledges that some classes include content and experiences that cannot be completed remotely. In these cases, instructors, department chairs, and the VPs of Academic Affairs and Student Services will discuss what options are available to assist students in completing their course of study.


Exposure/Suspected Exposure to COVID-19 – Employees:

If an employee:

  • Suspects they have COVID-19, they should remain home and seek medical guidance. He or she must also notify Human Resources at 910-362-7312 for guidance before returning to work.
  • Tests positive for COVID-19 or has come in close contact with someone who has these symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, they should remain home and seek medical guidance. He or she must also notify Human Resources at 910-362-7312 for guidance before returning to work.
  • Has taken a COVID-19 test and is awaiting the results of that test, they should remain home and seek medical guidance. He or she must also notify Human Resources at 910-362-7312 for guidance before returning to work.

Employees who have concerns regarding student health should contact Robby McGee at 910-362-7191 . Students with questions regarding COVID-19 should also contact Mr. McGee.


COVID-19 testing is available through New Hanover County. Call 910-798-6800 for information.


Additional Guidance:

Public Transportation/WAVE Transit:

If you use public transportation or WAVE Transit, it is suggested you wear a face covering before entering the vehicle and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. When you get out, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer as soon as possible and before removing your face covering.

Working in Office Environments:

If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet distance from co-workers. It is suggested you wear face covering at all times while in a shared workspace/room. Face coverings are also suggested for any faculty or staff in a reception/receiving area.

Meetings:

Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or part using online tools.

In-person meetings are limited to the restrictions of local, state, and federal orders and with the understanding that individuals can still maintain 6 feet of separation for social distancing requirements and wear face coverings.

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing:

CFCC is committed to supporting our the overall health and wellbeing of our campus community. Students may contact CFCC Counseling Services to learn more about support resources available to them. Employees should visit cfcc.edu/human-resources or call 910-362-7312 for more information regarding resources to help you manage stress and enhance your resilience.


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