COVID-19 update 7.9.20 | COVID-19 Information | Naugatuck Valley Community College

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Naugatuck Valley Community College and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, in coordination with the Governor's office, have provided the following guidance to take every precaution to mitigate any potential impact on our campuses:


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McNeil-Coates, Beth E
/ Categories: COVID-19

COVID-19 update 7.9.20

My Dear Colleagues: 

Please read this entire email. It contains updated guidance about your returning to work. 

Campus offices have prepared detailed plans of operation and staffing that ensure compliance with State of CT Phase 2 requirements. Supervisors have worked with staff to develop a schedule that combines their on-campus presence and teleworking based on the needs of the office, while meeting contractual hours (FT/PT). 

However, continuing uncertainties about COVID-19 have shown that campus reopening will be gradual and that conditions may require changing our plans. 
 

SCHEDULE  

NVCC will reopen both the Waterbury and Danbury campuses beginning on Tuesday, July 14, for regular hours on a three-day weekly cycle on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. A few offices will continue to be open for the entire week and others will open later in the summer, as arranged in their respective plans for reopening. 

The three-day schedule allows us to provide services within established safety guidelines and the social distancing required within offices of various sizes. 

Faculty and staff coming to campus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM do not need special authorization. Anyone needing access to campus outside of these days must email Dean Dana Elm, with a copy to Patricia DaSilva, the day before to receive authorization. 

Though some students have been in contact virtually with NVCC offices for information, advising, and registration, they are not expected on campus until later this month and then only by appointment. Please do not encourage students to just drop by at this time. Further guidance to them is forthcoming.

According to July 8 guidance from Andrew Kripp, Vice President, Human Resources at CSCU, "employees who are being asked to return to campus have numerous options available to them in the event that for some reason they feel they cannot return as assigned." They should contact their HR Generalist, Linda Pestretto-Demers at lpestretto-demers@nvcc.commnet.edu.

 

ENTRANCES 

You should use the entrance closest to your workstation and take the shortest route. Each entrance will have a disinfectant station nearby. Entrances will be limited to the following:

Kinney Hall: Main entrance

Fine Arts: Entrances off P1 and P2 (elevator and stairwell, only level 1 is handicap accessible)

Ekstrom Hall: Entrances off the parking garage (Level 1 and Level 2).

Technology Hall: Main entrance; South door (nearest I-84)

Founders Hall: Main entrance (West facing)

Danbury Campus: Rear parking lot entrance

 

MASKS ARE MANDATORY 

Following requirements set by Governor Lamont and guided by the CDC, bring your mask to protect yourself and others. There are some washable masks available for distribution to employees. Please let your supervisor know if you will use these rather than your own. 


WHAT TO EXPECT 

You'll notice some important differences when you return to campus. Only certain entrances will be open. All individuals must wear a mask and maintain CDC social distancing. Elevator capacity will be limited. Water fountains will not be available, but bottle filling stations will be available. Plexiglass shields have arrived and will be installed shortly. Signage will guide you.

Thank you for providing essential services to our students. We will continue to reopen ​to a fuller capacity over the summer, always with concern for the safety of staff and students.  

Please read the details below about GENERAL RULES and OTHER SAFETY MEASURES. 

Our thanks to Interim Dean of Administration Dana Elm for sharing these details, as we plan our Tuesday, July 14 campus reopening.

It is important for everyone to know that we are working hard to make the campuses as safe as possible for your return. While we cannot guarantee a disease-free environment, we will use a variety of recommended strategies to make it as safe as possible. We all must work together to achieve this; each of us plays an important part in reopening safely and protecting the health and well-being of ourselves and each other.

 

GENERAL RULES

1.     Face masks or coverings*  Everyone must wear a covering that covers the nose and mouth. Upon request, you will be provided with five reusable, washable face masks. You may choose to wear your own face mask or covering.

2.     Social distancing  A six-foot distance between people must be maintained at all times. This may take some coordinating among staff members.

3.     Shared equipment  If possible, sharing equipment should be avoided.  However, equipment like copiers or printers must be shared among office staff. Disinfectant wipes will be available for staff to use to wipe touched surfaces.

4.     Testing Positive  If you test positive for COVID-19, are presumed to be positive by a medical professional, or a household member tests positive, you must notify your supervisor.

5.      Stay home if you are not feeling well. If this has been the case within the last 14 days, do not come to work.

 OTHER SAFETY MEASURES

Disinfectant wipes or spray will be available to offices for staff to clean equipment after use or to wipe surfaces that are touched frequently. 

Elevator occupancy will be severely restricted to provide the appropriate distancing. The elevators in Founders Hall and Tech Hall will have a capacity of two (2) occupants, while all others will be limited to one person per car.  PLEASE use the stairs if you are able.

Entrances will be limited to the following:

Kinney Hall: Main entrance

Fine Arts: Entrances off P1 and P2 (elevator and stairwell, only level 1 is handicap accessible)

Ekstrom Hall: Entrances off the parking garage (Level 1 and Level 2).

Technology Hall: Main entrance; South door (nearest I-84)

Founders Hall: Main entrance (West facing)

Danbury Campus: Rear parking lot entrance

Plexiglass shields will be placed in areas where six-foot distances cannot be maintained while providing service to students.

Restroom disinfection will be completed twice daily by Maintenance staff.

Restroom closures may be necessary to maintain a high level of cleanliness. Restrooms in areas of little to no occupancy may be taken out of service.

Signage will be used to inform and remind people of the various rules and guidance. Examples include warning to not enter if they are not feeling well, reminder to wear face coverings, reminder to observe social distancing rules, signage on floors to indicate where to stand, and knock before entering.

Water fountains will not be available, but water bottle filling stations will be available.

Mil gracias y bendiciones, Daisy

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
President
Naugatuck Valley Community College

*In workplace settings where employees are working alone in segregated spaces (e.g., cubicles with walls, private offices, etc.), employees may remove their masks. However, workers shall wear a mask or face covering from the time they enter the building until the time they arrive at their cubicle/workstation, and at any time they are leaving their workstation and moving around common areas (e.g., in hallways and stairwells, going to the restroom or break room, etc.). For employees working in congregate settings (e.g., open manufacturing floors, warehouses, areas open to the public, shared offices, or similar settings), those workers shall wear a face covering as above, as well as when they are at their workstation. In addition, continuous wearing of masks is not required in outdoor work spaces where employees do not regularly come within 6 ft of other employees.
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DECD/Covid_Business_Recovery/CTReopens_Offices_C4_V1.pdf

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Precautions to Safeguard Yourself

Hand washing:

All students, faculty, and staff can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds. To learn more about proper hand washing, visit the CDC’s website page When and How to Wash Your Hands (CDC)

Other Precautions To Take:

In addition to frequent hand washing there are many other steps you can take to help prevent the spread of disease. These steps include:

  • Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or kissing as a means of greeting.
  • Do not share food or beverages.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
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