Healthy CONNECT

UPDATED January 3, 2023

Healthy Connect

A Message from Our President

Happy New Year to all Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors will always be the number one priority for Southern State Community College. As our campuses seek to re-engage in a post-pandemic environment, our Recovery phase will emphasize adopting processes and procedures that are adaptable to any circumstance. As such, they will rest heavily on strengthening the foundation of self-responsibility and accountability.

The expectations and behaviors we identify are based on best practices, informed professional recommendations, and a general belief that we all share responsibility in creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment. To this end, we must all commit to observing common sense practices that are in the best interest of the entire team. The premier good judgment practice is to "Stay home and away from others if you are sick." I encourage you to be cautious about your exposure to those who are sick, pay attention to your mental health, and support the decisions of your co-workers and classmates to be healthy and safe.

While we cannot hope to cover all circumstances related to COVID or general health, the College commits to staying abreast of current and emerging public health and adjusting our practices and operational procedures accordingly. I trust that you will exercise a common sense approach in your actions; however, if your personal accountability is enhanced by official declarations, you are certainly invited to consider the Southern State Healthy CONNECT Pledge.

Thank you in advance for helping maintain a healthy and safe working and learning environment.

Sincerely,

Nicole Roades, Ph.D.

President

COVID-19 Response Plan

Guidance for Common Disease Prevention Concepts & Expected Behaviors on Campus based upon current CDC guidelines.

What can I do to stay healthy?

Prevention takes personal responsibility and great tips can be found here.

Understanding the risk of COVID-19 for yourself and those around you can help you make informed decision to keep you safe and healthy.

Starting your Personal COVID-19 Plan contains strategies to decrease you risk of COVID-19.

If you have risk factors, have a COVID-19 plan in place in case you get sick, and discuss that plan with your healthcare provider and those close to you. Learn what extra precautions you can take to protect yourself and others in settings that make you more likely to be exposed to COVID-19.

Hand sanitizing & daily symptom monitoring is encouraged and recommended.

The temp kiosk remains available for your use.

Is vaccination required to work on campus?

Vaccination is not a requirement of employment.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Southern State has suspended the requirement that everyone wear a mask while inside our campuses.

Masks will not be provided by the college.

Assess your risk and those around you to determine if masking is appropriate for you. View understanding your risk. It is a personal accountability that those who have had COVID-19 need to wear a mask through day #10 and those exposed to COVID-19 need to mask through day #10 following exposure.

Is there a 6' distancing requirement on campus?

Distancing not enforced but recommended for high risk populations. View understanding your risk to make an informed decision.

What if I feel sick?

Do not come to campus if you feel sick. Seek medical attention as needed and follow testing advice.

Put together your COVID-19 plan so you have all the information you need on hand if you get sick with COVID-19.

Follow the most current CDC recommendations for Exposure and Isolation Guidelines.

If you are sick or caring for someone click here.

How can I test for COVID-19?

Test kits will no longer be available on campus. For symptomatic employees and students, testing is offered through Highland District Hospital Occupational Health by calling (937) 393-6398 for a drive up appointment.

View the CDC's Testing Guidelines

Do I report my illness?

The COVID-19 Coordinator position was made possible through emergency federal assistance to navigate the pandemic and will not be sustained. The reporting questionnaire and COVID-19 line will not be accessible after 1/31/2023.

Illness reporting for employees follow the policy https://www.sscc.edu/hr/time-off.shtml

Reporting of COVID-19 for employees is to be made to the immediate supervisor and follow current CDC isolation recommendations.

Illness reporting and attendance expectations will be clarified in course syllabi. Reporting of COVID19 for students will be made to the instructor(s) and follow current CDC isolation recommendations. Involvement of program and campus director is at the discretion of the faculty.

What if I miss work or class?

Employee absences will be tracked by department supervisors to monitor trends in absences and consult with HR if absences are considered excessive.

All health-related absences require the use of sick time and application for FMLA where required.

Students are to follow the attendance policy for each class as outlined in the syllabus.

Environmental Safety

How are the buildings, spaces being cleaned and sanitized?

High touch cleaning process maintained.

Each person is responsible for their own working/study space.

Common areas - cleaned daily.

Deep cleaning for positive case locations.

How do I know the guidelines to follow when on campus?

Signage will be updated with any new recommendations.

What can I expect in the classroom?

Faculty will determine classroom expectations and communicate in the syllabus.

Room occupancy will follow fire code standards.

No distance requirements.

Contingency classroom plan for outbreak - virtual or rescheduling option remains a faculty decision.

Plexiglass in place in room 107 as an alternative option that can be requested by faculty.

How can I help promote a safe environment to work and learn?

Do NOT come to campus is you are sick.

Frequent hand washing

Follow CDC guidelines for masking, testing, exposure and isolation.

Clean high touch areas, shared tools and equipment with appropriate disinfectant or for electronics and computer equipment use a Vray high intensity portable UV-C Sanitizer available from facility services.

Use facility provided disinfectant on hard surfaces during class rotations.

Use of shielding (such as Plexiglas) is available upon request.

Follow general guidelines for safety in the workplace in HR policy, https://www.sscc.edu/facultystaff/policies.shtml.

How do we assist visitors?

Welcome desk operational to assist with visitor flow and needs.

Employee Work Schedules

What happens if there is a staffing crisis due to illness?

Plan for balancing meeting the needs of the department during staffing crisis due to illness will be determined by the supervisor with implementation guidance from HR.

https://www.sscc.edu/facultystaff/employee-resources.shtml

Will there be face-to-face meetings and events?

Yes. The campus has returned to in person interactions for meetings, classes, work assignments and events.

Flexibility of work assignments are approved by the supervisor in consideration of duties and extenuating circumstances with implementation guidance from HR.

Student Emergency Funding

Is there still COVID-19 government funding available to help me pay for tuition and other expenses?

SSCC was awarded HEERF III/ARP in 2021 to assist students with tuition and emergency needs. The funding has been exhausted. We do recommend that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov to determine if they would be eligible for grant and/or loan assistance for tuition and other expenses.

Students may also access community resources to assist with expenses. Check out these guides for local assistance:

Adams County Resources: https://www.adamscountyohecd.com/adams-county-resources/

Brown County Resource Guide: http://browncountyohio.gov/index.php/job-a-family-services

Clinton County Resource Guide: https://wilmingtonoh.org/wilmington-and-clinton-county-resource-guide/

Highland County Resource Guide: https://hccao.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/2022-HC-Community-Resource-Directory-.pdf

CARES Act Reporting

Visit the CARES Act Reporting webpage to view the Funding Reports from Southern State.

Health Science Programs

Is the recovery phase of the COVID19 Response Plan altered for students or faculty in the Health Science Program?

The specific requirements that may differ from the SSCC Recovery Phase will be clarified in the syllabus for each class and follow the requirements of the clinical setting.

Healthy CONNECT Pledge

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors will always be the number one priority for Southern State Community College. As our campuses seek to re-engage in a post-pandemic environment, our Recovery phase will emphasize adopting processes and procedures that are adaptable to any circumstance. As such, they will rest heavily on strengthening the foundation of self-responsibility and accountability.

We trust that everyone will exercise a common sense approach in their actions; however, if your personal accountability is enhanced by official declarations, you are certainly invited to consider the Southern State Healthy CONNECT Pledge.

Thank you in advance for helping maintain a healthy and safe working and learning environment.

Healthy CONNECT Pledge