FAQs for Employees

 

Back-to-Campus Plans

  • How will EICC credit classes be offered for the semester?

    • Credit classes will be offered as Classroom Plus, Online, Live Online and Lab-based courses. You can find details about the formats here.

    • For on-campus classes, classrooms have been assessed for capacity to allow for appropriate social distancing of six feet between students and faculty. Table arrangements and reduced class size are being used to allow for social distancing. Classroom configurations should not be changed without administrative approval.

 

  • Will class sizes be limited to a certain number of students?

    • On campus classes will be limited to the number of students that can fit within the room and allow for 6ft of social distancing. Class size will vary depending on the classroom and activities. Classroom assignments will be made just prior to August 24 and will be posted within EICConnect.

 

  • How will EICC continuing education classes be offered for the semester?

    • Continuing Education classes are being offered both on campus and online.

    • Classes being held on campus will be scheduled to allow for appropriate social distancing. Table arrangements, class size and room size have all been considered.  

 

  • What steps do I need to take before I return to campus?

    • All employees will complete the required COVID-19 Health and Safety training and will be asked to sign the community pledge.

    • Be sure you have a thermometer to use to take your temperature to ensure you can complete the health screening process before reporting to work each day.

    • Acquire a supply of face masks that fit you properly.

 

  • Will there be any events on campus?

    • Events will be limited to those that can be held within current social distancing guidelines.

 

  • How will group meetings be conducted?

    • Group meetings, including those involving individuals from multiple sites, should be conducted via Zoom whenever possible. If a group needs to meet in person, be sure to reserve a space that is large enough to accommodate six feet of social distancing between attendees.

 

  • Are faculty members expected to conduct on-campus office hours?

    • Faculty will hold office hours, working directly with their academic dean to determine the best approach for their class modality and discipline. If your office does not allow for six-foot social distancing, consider meeting in a more open area. Check with your academic dean, as your campus might have reserved spaces for this purpose.

 

  • Under what circumstances would the college decide to close an area, a campus or the entire district?

    • The College’s Emergency Planning Team continues to monitor CDC, state and local guidance. The college will make a determination based on current community conditions, safety on campus, known infections, number and scale of direct contacts, and recommendations from local health officials. 

    • Decisions regarding closing campus, buildings or other locations will be based upon a combination of factors, including but not limited to the following:

      • Current 14-day average COVID-19 percent positive case rate in the county in which a facility is located and/or primarily serves
      • Current 14-day average of new COVID-19 positive cases in the county in which a facility is located and/or primarily serves
      • Current number of positive cases among employees and students at the facility
      • If applicable, student and/or employee absentee rate
      • Status of area K-12 school districts served
      • Guidance and advice from local public health officials
      • Other mitigating conditions on campus and/or in the community (e.g. functioning of public utilities, public safety conditions, weather events, etc.)


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Health and Safety Measures

 

  • What general safety precautions have been implemented for employees and students?

    • Face masks are required for everyone on campus; face shields are available for employees wanting to wear them in addition to a face mask.

    • Social distancing of 6 feet between individuals is also required; classrooms and common spaces have been set to meet that standard.

    • In addition, the campus has enhanced cleaning of classrooms, service areas and common spaces.

    • We have placed hand sanitizer around the campus and have Plexiglass barriers in our frontline service areas.

    • Classrooms and other areas have been equipped with cleaning supplies for wiping down surface areas as needed.

    • Students, faculty and staff will be asked to complete training and sign a community pledge committing to practicing required health and safety behaviors.

    • Anyone who feels sick, is experiencing COVID-related symptoms, has tested positive, or may have had close contact with a COVID-positive individual must stay home. Students and employees will use the Daily Symptom tracking tool to assess health prior to coming to campus. 

 

  • How does the daily employee check-in process work?

    • Employees will use the Daily Symptom Tracker each day. You will receive an email from HealthCheck 360 to register for your daily symptom tracking. Beginning August 19, You are asked to take your temperature and submit the symptom tracking before you arrive to work.

    • If you have a temperature of 100.4 F or higher, you don’t feel well or are experiencing symptoms, or have been directly exposed to a COVID-positive individual, please stay home and call your supervisor.

 

  • Will students undergo daily screening?

    • Students will be required to conduct the same Daily Symptom Tracking as employees, including taking their temperature before arriving on campus using the same HealthCheck360 tool. They will be asked to stay home if they are sick or experiencing symptoms, or have been directly exposed to a COVID-positive individual.

 

  • When do I have to wear a face mask?

    • Face masks are required on campus. The requirement includes classrooms, labs, study spaces, common spaces, outdoor spaces, and office areas. You may remove your mask when you are alone in your office or walled work area or alone in an outdoor space, but you must wear it when someone else enters your work space.

    • If you are eating on campus, you may remove your mask while eating or drinking. You are encouraged to eat outside in the fresh air when possible, or if indoors, in your office or designated areas with the required six feet of social distancing.

 

  • Will there be exceptions for wearing a face mask?

    • Current public health guidance does not indicate any exemptions for wearing a face mask.  If you believe you need a medical accommodation/exception, please contact your supervisor or the Human Resources Department.

 

  • Can I wear a face shield instead of a face mask?

    • You may choose to wear a face shield with your mask, but current public health guidance does not consider a face shield a substitute for a face mask.

 

  • Do I need to provide my own face mask?

    • The College has provided each employee with one face mask. Contact your supervisor if you did not receive one.  We encourage you to acquire additional face masks to allow for laundering.  Choose masks that you can wear comfortably for extended periods of time.

 

  • What do I do if another employee or student in my class refuses to comply with EICC’s COVID-19 policies?

    • We encourage all members of the college community to take responsibility to remind each other of the COVID-19 requirements. A simple friendly reminder may be all that is needed.

    • If someone is refusing to follow the requirements of wearing a face mask or social distancing, please notify a supervisor or member of the campus leadership team.

    • The college takes this policy seriously. Anyone refusing to comply will be asked to leave the campus and could face disciplinary action. 

 

  • Do I need to provide my own hand sanitizer?

    • The college has provided hand sanitizer in multiple locations around campus. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own, as we can all certainly take extra steps to keep ourselves and those around us healthy. 

 

  • What is the process for cleaning classrooms between class sessions?

    • The college has enhanced the cleaning of classrooms and other areas. Cleaning and maintenance staff have received additional training on appropriate cleaning techniques.  In addition, the college is using cleaning products that meet the standard for disinfecting surfaces. Cleaning products will also be made available should you prefer to clean a surface prior to your use.  Students are encouraged to use the supplies provided in each classroom to wipe down their space prior to the start of class.

 

  • Will I be expected to clean my work area, classroom or other space?

    • All employees are asked to keep their personal work spaces clean and sanitized. Disinfectant wipes and sprays are available in multiple locations throughout campus.

    • Students and faculty are asked to wipe down their work area before class starts.

 

  • What are the expectations for maintaining social distancing in shared offices?

    • If your shared office does not provide enough space for six feet of social distancing, please talk to your campus President or Dean.

 

  • Do I need to bring my own food and beverages to work?

    • Coffee makers and water fountains continue to be shut off for health and safety reasons. Water fountains with bottle filler functions will be operational; please bring your own coffee, if desired.

    • You are welcome to bring your lunch and snacks for personal consumption; please do not bring food to share at this time. Food and drink are not allowed in the classrooms.

 

  • What should I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms, or believe I have been exposed indirectly or directly to someone who is COVID-positive?

    • First and most importantly, if you have tested positive or have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.

    • Click here to use the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool, and then follow the guidelines stated on the tool to determine if you have likely had a direct or indirect contact.

    • Report COVID-19 exposures immediately to Deb Sullivan, Safety Officer, at djsullivan@eicc.edu or 563-336-3487.

    • We will work with the health department to ensure we appropriately notify individuals that may have been in direct contact with cases that arise on campus.

    • Do not return to campus until you have been cleared to return by HR.

 

  • What should I do if see another another employee or a student who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus?

    • If you know the person, encourage them to leave the campus if they are unwell and seek medical attention.

    • If you are concerned about someone who appears to have symptoms, speak to your supervisor. The college takes seriously the health and safety of our campus. Individuals exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave campus, self-quarantine and seek medical care.

 

  • As a faculty member, what are my responsibilities if one of my students tests positive for COVID-19?

    • Training will be provided to faculty members prior to the start of classes to help prepare them to deal with these types of situations.

 

  • What is the process for when an on-campus COVID-19 case is identified?

    • Information regarding the college’s positive case procedures can be found in the EICC COVID-19 Presumed and Positive Case Protocol.

  • What should I do if I feel unsafe in my office area or classroom?

    • Contact your supervisor or campus President to discuss your concerns.

 

  • Has EICC imposed restrictions on travel?

    • EICC is following CDC guidance for travel. College-related travel is highly restricted at this time. Should you choose to travel for personal reasons, please understand you may be subject to self-quarantine upon your return, depending on the circumstances of the travel.

    • Non-essential travel between campuses is discouraged. Please use Zoom for meetings as much as possible and the campus mail process for delivery of physical goods.

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Services Available

 

  • Will all student services be available on campus, remotely or both?

    • Student Services including advising, financial aid, registration, business office, tutoring and more are available in a variety of formats including on-campus and remotely. For details, visit the student services page

 

  • Will MCC student housing be open?

    • MCC student apartments are open. Claire Brakel-Packer at ext. 6006 can provide information regarding housing and COVID-19 requirements. 

 

  • Will MCC’s Learning Tree Child Care be open?

    • As long as the State of Iowa is allowing child care centers to operate, the MCC Learning Tree Child Care Center will be open. For details on the child care services, contact Heather Elliott at ext. 6075. 

 

  • Will cafeterias, coffee shops and food services be open?
    This information is subject to change based on local conditions and public health guidance.

    • CCC – Food service will not be provided at CCC during the Fall term.

    • MCC – The MCC Café will be open during the Fall term.

    • SCC Belmont – Subway will be open from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a limited menu for to go orders only.

    • SCC Urban Campus – Coffee Envie is scheduled to open for service to EICC employees and students only on August 24.

 

  • Can food be served at meetings or student events?

    • Food that is catered and individually packaged may be served at meetings and events.

 

  • Will sports teams compete this fall? What about meetings of student clubs and organizations?

    • Soccer practice will be held August 15-November 15; the competitive season has been moved to the Spring. Cross-country season will continue as scheduled for the Fall semester.

    • The colleges will have activities, clubs and other engagement opportunities this fall. Some events will be different as we work to ensure social distancing and safety precautions. Small club meetings may meet in person while some activities will be held virtually via Zoom or Facebook Live. 

 

  • Will intercampus mail operate? If so, how often?

    • Intercampus mail service will operate daily between EICC’s Scott County locations, with weekly pickup and delivery service on Fridays at CCC and MCC.


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Benefits, Leave and Accommodations

 

  • If I have concerns about returning to work on campus, whom should I contact?

    • Discuss your concerns with your supervisor.

 

  • Will my EICC health insurance cover medical expenses associated with testing and treatment for COVID-19?

    • Yes, COVID-19 testing by your medical provider will be covered. If you choose to use TestIowa.gov, there is no cost to you or to the college.

 

  • If I do not have health insurance and cannot afford to seek COVID-19 related testing or medical care, what should I do?

    • Free testing can be scheduled through TestIowa.gov. The Iowa Department of Public Health advises those without health insurance to contact Community Health Services.

 

  • Does EICC’s Employee Assistance Plan offer resources for coping with the emotional impact of COVID-19?

    • Our EAP plan offers a variety of assistance, including confidential professional counseling for personal problems including marital, emotional stress, addictions, elder care, family illness, financial, job stress and legal concerns. The number of visits for mental health services has been increased during the pandemic. For information about the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), also available to students, call 1-800-475-1641.

 

  • If my child’s school or daycare closes, can I work from home or do I have to take leave?

    • Please talk with your supervisor about your concerns and contact the Kelley Doty, ksdoty@eicc.edu (ext. 3322) or Deb Sullivan, djsullivan@eicc.edu (ext. 3487) in the Human Resources Department to discuss your options.

 

  • What should I do if I have a medical condition that is considered to put me at higher risk of contracting COVID-19?

 

  • If I am unable to work on-site due to health concerns or required quarantine or self-isolation for COVID-19, am I required to use sick leave or vacation for the time I am gone?

 

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