The Mexican American Catholic College implemented the following policy to promote a healthy learning community, where all are safe.

Before the beginning of the semester, all community members and visitors should:

  • Read the policy included below;
  • View the training module and submit the acknowledgment form;
  • Submit the illness report (when applicable); and
  • Submit the special consideration form (if applicable and requesting an exemption).

COVID-19 Pandemic
Return to Campus Requirements and Expectations Policy
Effective: September 2, 2020

SCOPE

This policy applies to all members of the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) community, which includes all students, faculty, and staff.

BACKGROUND

The COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency it has created have presented challenges for all members of our community and for society. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, and the Texas Department of Health Services declared a public health disaster on March 19, 2020. The federal government issued a Federal Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas on March 25, 2020.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided guidance on health measures that should be in place when reopening institutions of higher education. This policy sets expectations for all members of the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) community to follow while on campus or engaging in College related activities. This policy anticipates and relies on the shared responsibility of all members of the College community.

NOTICE

This policy may be modified at any time and is subject to change with the introduction of additional public health guidelines from local, state, and federal authorities. Any policy amendments or updates will be communicated through the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) website/populi and will take effect upon issuance. It is expected that this policy, or subsequent versions of it, will be in force through the Fall Semester 2020 and possibly into the Spring Semester 2021.

POLICY STATEMENT

The primary focus of the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) is on the health and well-being of all members. The Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) requires every member of our community to take personal responsibility for following safety precautions to protect all members of the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) community.

While the college cannot guarantee a risk-free environment, the following requirements are intended to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC). These requirements, which must be followed by all community members, are consistent with the guidelines from the CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

A. Education Before Reporting/Returning to Campus

Prior to returning to campus, all students and employees are expected to complete a COVID-19 educational module: COVID-19: What You Need to Know. All students and employees are required to submit a confirmation form affirming their completion of the educational module prior to returning to campus.

B. Requirements for the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) Community Members

On-Campus

  1. Community members are required to stay home if they are ill with any symptoms of COVID-19 as set out by the CDC or if any person living in the same residence is sick with COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Community members are required to report if they have flu-like symptoms, have been directly exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, and/or if they test positive for COVID-19.
  3. Community members are required to wear face coverings according to CDC-prescribed guidelines. Face coverings must be worn inside common spaces and outdoors when in proximity (within six feet) to others, except as noted in Section F.2. below.
  4. Community members are expected to adhere to physical distancing (staying at least six feet away from others) when possible.
  5. Community members should engage in and encourage frequent and thorough hand washing.
  6. Community members should plan meetings and other gatherings on virtual platforms rather than in-person as much as possible. Some of the available tools are Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Skype. If an in-person meeting is necessary, the meeting organizer must structure the meeting with health measures in mind, including wearing of facial coverings, maintaining physical distancing, abiding by capacity limits for the space, and encouraging hand washing or use of hand sanitizer. This also applies to in-person classes.
  7. Community members should engage in respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes, and disposing of tissues promptly.
  8. Community members should avoid using others’ phones, desks, offices, or other tools and equipment when possible. The carrying and use of sanitizing wipes is encouraged.
  9. Community members should avoid gatherings and interactions with nonessential visitors.
  10. Community members who host visitors are responsible to ensure their visitors know and adhere to all items in Section B: Requirements for Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) Community Members On-Campus.
  11. Community members should avoid remaining on campus for longer periods of time than necessary.
  12. Community members may be asked to leave a facility, classroom, building, and/or campus if they are not abiding by the College’s health and hygiene rules as outlined in this policy.

C. Additional Expectations for Employees (Faculty and Staff)

  1. Employees are required to report travel outside of the State of Texas, using this form. Domestic travel to hot spots may require self-isolation and self-monitoring, as recommended by CDC guidelines. A 14-day self-isolation is currently required following international travel.
  2. Managers and supervisors must determine work assignments and schedules for employees in their department to ensure that areas do not exceed the stated capacity limits.
  3. Managers and supervisors should coordinate workplace furnishings and activities to allow at least six feet between workers, or between workers and other persons. This also applies to shared offices without partitions, break rooms, conference rooms, etc. Cubicles with wall partitions of less than six feet in height will also require six feet between workers.
  4. Employees should frequently sanitize shared office equipment, including photocopy machines, fax machines, and scanners, among other things.
  5. Employees should frequently sanitize touchpoints and high touch surfaces within office suites or departments, including breakrooms and other shared spaces.

D. Additional Expectations for Students

  1. Students are required to report travel outside of the State of Texas, using this form. Domestic travel to hot spots may require self-isolation and self-monitoring, as recommended by CDC guidelines. A14-day self-isolation is currently required following international travel.
  2. Students are required to review the Student Handbook and/or handbooks for their respective campuses and programs for any additional policies and procedures related to COVID-19.
  3. Students living on campus should not leave their room if they are ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if any person living in the same residence room is sick with COVID-19 symptoms. Additional guidance and procedures for residential students is available.
  4. Students should remain six feet apart in the computer language lab and designated study areas, where possible, and should practice personal hygiene guidelines.

E. Additional Expectations for Campus Visitors and Contractors

  1. Contractors must ensure they and their employees know and adhere to all items in Section B: Requirements for the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) Community Members On-Campus.
  2. Contractors are required to ensure that their employees are not reporting to a campus worksite if the employee is ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if any person living in the same employee’s residence is sick with COVID – 19 symptoms.
  3. Contractors and contractor employees engaged in labor outdoors may remove a facial covering if the work site is separated from other people by an appropriate distance or is shielded.
  4. Contractors are expected to provide facial coverings for their employees or otherwise require their employees to provide their own. Campus visitors are expected to provide their own facial covering.
  5. Campus visitors should expect that most College’s services are being offered remotely and should contact individual offices about the possibility of scheduling in-person meetings.
  6. Contractors and contractor employees must frequently sanitize shared tools and equipment, among other things, and should clean touchpoints as they exit a worksite.

F. Special Considerations

  1. Individuals at Higher Risk. The CDC has identified that certain individuals are or may be at higher risk for COVID-19 and/or for developing serious COVID-19 illness. These include:

If you fall into one of these categories, please consult with your healthcare provider concerning the particular risk associated with your return to campus. The College offers online classes in case any student cannot attend in-person classes.

2. Exceptions.

Wearing a face covering is not required or may not be appropriate:

  • When a person is in a personal office (a single room with a closable door) and others are not present.
  • When a student is in their assigned dorm room
  • When communication is necessary between a deaf or hard of hearing person and another individual(s), for which the mouth needs to be visible and where clear face coverings or shields are not readily available for either person.
  • Where wearing a face covering creates a safety hazard at work under established health and safety guidelines. For example, performing procedures where a surgical mask is required as PPE to protect the individual from exposure to potentially harmful materials, a cloth face covering should not be worn; instead, use a disposable FDC cleared surgical mask. Similarly, consideration should be given to the appropriateness of cloth face coverings in environments where flame resistant materials are employed for safety.
  • While eating or drinking.
  • For children age 3 and under.

For individuals who have been advised by a medical professional not to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or trouble breathing, being incapacitated, or otherwise being unable to remove a face covering without assistance, the College recommends that such individuals work or learn remotely for the time being.

G. Expectations Following Possible Exposure to Return to Campus

Anyone with new or worsening signs or symptoms will not return to the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) campus until:

In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to campus when all three of the following criteria are met:
– at least 48 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing mediations, and
– the individual has improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and
– at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

  • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, the individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to campus until the individual has completed the same three-step criteria listed above.
  • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to campus before completing the above self-isolation period, the individual must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis.

Additionally, individuals with known close contact to a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 will not be allowed on the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) campus until the end of the 14-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure. Healthcare personnel will follow the CDC guidelines and MACC Safety and Health Standards.

All community members are required to report their potential or confirmed exposure or contraction of COVID-19 using the online reporting form.

H. Enforcement

All Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) community members must comply with the instructions in this policy. Individuals who violate this policy may be given an opportunity to correct their behavior, depending on the nature of the violation, and may be asked to repeat or complete additional training.

Students and Employees who refuse to comply with this policy can be subject to disciplinary action.

Visitors who refuse to comply with the College’s policy will be asked to leave the campus and may be trespassed from the college if non-compliance continues.

RELATED INFORMATION

CDC Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/considerations.html (page last updated May 30, 2020)

CDC Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

(page last reviewed June 28, 2020)

 

MACC’s Safety Protocol for in person activities during this time of this pandemic.

This virus is real and we, the MACC community (Students, Faculty and Staff), need to take these guidelines very seriously. This would require a commitment to health and safety from the entire MACC community.

This protocol applies to all students, staff and faculty. Our main focus is to keep the entire MACC community safe.

Face Coverings:

  • Facial coverings are mandatory for everyone on campus, manufactured as per CDC Guidelines.
  • Face coverings need to cover the mouth and nose.
  • Use face coverings while in class, walking across the campus, student center and the library.
  • A face shield is not considered a face covering.

Temperature Screening:

  • Upon arrival on campus all students, staff and faculty will have their temperature taken and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Temperature screening will take place:
  • Day Classes – Front Entrance
  • Evening classes – Linskens II
  • (Locations are subject to change)

Hand Sanitizer Stations:

  • Hand sanitizers are placed in locations throughout the campus and in the classrooms. We ask to sanitize your hands upon entering the classroom, library or office and are encouraged to do so frequently thereafter.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Avoiding close contact:

  • Maintain six feet distance between individuals during class and out of class. Classrooms have been carefully measured to maintain seating within the safety guidelines.
  • We ask to not move any tables and chairs in the classrooms.

Classroom doors will be unlocked and propped open before and after class, to increase airflow and reduce high contact areas such as door handles. Therefore, there will be two access points to each classroom. One to enter and other to exit. Avoiding cross-paths is encouraged.

Food and drinks (except water) are not be allowed in the classroom. No food/beverage sharing of any kind. Students may bring their own water container.

Due to social distancing measures, the Fiesta Room will remain closed.

Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to keep their personal items, such as cellphones, and other electronics brought to class/work clean.

All of MACC classrooms and restrooms will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.

Covid-19 Emergency Operations Plan

In case there is trace back to the class of someone who was physically present and tests positive for Covid-19. MACC Maintenance staff will:

  • Immediately, close off areas used by the person who is sick and the use these areas will be prohibited until after cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
  • Wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, staff will wait as long as possible.
  • Once area has been disinfected, the area will be opened for use.

Note:

The MACC does not necessarily need to close operations, if any affected areas can be closed off and disinfected properly and expediently.

If needed, a class might be temporarily relocated to a different classroom.

All other faculty and students with COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath) will be monitored.

Individuals who are feeling sick should stay home or go to a healthcare facility, depending on how severe their symptoms are.

Sick faculty and students should not return to in-person classes or end isolation until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation or are tested for Covid-19 at the end of their quarantine and their test result is negative.