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Healthy CONNECT Pledge

SSCC's goal is to connect you to a healthy future by overcoming fear and nurturing good lifestyle choices needed to eliminate COVID-19 transmission. As a SSCC student, staff or community member, we ask you to take care of yourself and your community and pledge your compliance to the expectations outlined in the pledge. Take the SSCC Healthy CONNECT Pledge!

Travel During COVID-19

SSCC will be observing the CDC guidelines for travel, therefore all employees and students should plan accordingly. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is no longer issuing a travel advisory for those entering Ohio after traveling to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher. Instead, ODH has revised its travel guidance to encourage Ohioans to carefully review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance when considering travel.

This change means the state-by-state list will no longer be updated. Even as more individuals are vaccinated across the United States and in Ohio and testing availability continues to improve, travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands.

Wear a Mask. Stay 6 feet apart. Avoid Crowds. Get a Vaccine.

CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC's recommendations for unvaccinated people traveling internationally or domestically. For all travel, take preventive measures to protect yourself and others, such as wearing a mask for the duration of your trip. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Updated CDC guidance related to domestic travel during the COVID-19 pandemic includes recommendations and requirements based on vaccination status. In a nutshell, it looks like this:

Domestic Travel Recommendations and Requirements

CDC Travel Resources

For domestic and international travelers, the complete CDC travel recommendations can be found here. Topics will assist you whether you are planning domestic or international travel with: safer travel ideas; requirements and health notices; when it's a "no go" or those that are prohibited from entry into the US; what to do after travel; cruise ship travel; and communication resources and FAQs. Check Travel Planner for state, local, tribal, and territorial government restrictions before traveling.

Timing is Everything

Finally, you may face the dreaded question of when to postpone your travel...

Check these common scenarios to see if you or your travel companions should postpone your travel. This list does not include all possible situations. Talk to your healthcare provider before you travel if you are unsure whether any of these situations apply to you or your travel companions. CDC will continue to update this information here as we learn more about COVID-19.

Be prepared! Getting trip cancellation insurance might help ensure you are able to make a last-minute cancellation or change your itinerary without losing money on flights, cruises, train tickets, or pre-paid lodgings.

State Wide Mask Order

Governor DeWine has announced a statewide mask mandate for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties.

The HR department has purchased PPE supplies for all employees that are available for pickup in the Business Office. We have a limited amount on hand, so to ensure that everyone who needs the PPE can get it, we are limiting the amount each employee can get: 2 Masks, 2 bottles of hand sanitizer, and 1 pack of sanitizing wipes. Contact Crystal Howland at for more information.

EMPLOYEE Request for Facial Covering Exemption

This form is used to initiate a request for an exemption from wearing a facial covering in the workplace due to a health condition. Please complete and return the Request for Facial Covering Exemption Form to Human Resources via email at Once submitted, you may be contacted for additional information. Please note that an exemption based on the submission of this form is temporary until adequate medical documentation has been obtained to support a permanent exemption. Medical information obtained during this process is confidential and only notification of approved accommodation will be shared with persons needing to know.

What do I do if I feel Ill?

Stay home if you feel sick and let your supervisor know

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described the symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as follows, the symptoms of which may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Fever, Cough, & Shortness of breath. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

What do I do if it is suspected or confirmed that I have COVID-19?

As of July 17, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are as follows:

Employees with symptoms who have not been tested (or are waiting for test results) should stay home until at least 24 hours has passed since there has been no fever without use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms. (People who are severely immunocompromised should consult with a healthcare provider to determine if a longer timeframe may be recommended.)

Employees with symptoms who have lab-confirmed COVID-19 should stay home until:

  • At least 24 hours has passed since there has been no fever without use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms. (People who are severely immunocompromised should consult with a healthcare provider to determine if a longer timeframe may be recommended.) Note: for persons with symptoms, this symptom-based strategy is preferred.

Employees without symptoms who have lab-confirmed COVID-19 should stay home until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive test. (People who are severely immunocompromised should consult with a healthcare provider to determine if a longer timeframe may be recommended.). Note: for persons without symptoms, this time-based strategy is preferred. However, if they develop symptoms in that time period, they should revert to the criteria for employees with symptoms (above).


  • There are negative results (showing no COVID-19) on at least two consecutive lab tests of respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart. Note: this strategy is not preferred.

To view a list of all COVID-19 symptoms visit

What do I do if I have been exposed to COVID-19

Close contacts will include any student or staff member that has been within 6 feet of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 for 15 cumulative minutes during the exposure period. IF YOU ARE IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT, STUDENTS - NOTIFY INSTRUCTORS AND ACADEMIC ADVISORS / EMPLOYEES - NOTIFY YOUR SUPERVISOR.

  • The exposure period is 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or 48 hours before the test of an asymptomatic student or staff member.
    • This includes students and staff with or without face coverings.
    • Household contacts such as siblings and parents may be quarantined for 14 days from the last exposure to the confirmed case.

The health department will work together with the student and school staff to determine who will be considered close contacts.

  • Testing on asymptomatic contacts is not recommended by the CDC, ODH, or HCHD.
    • If a close contact does receive a negative test result, they will still be required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days from their last exposure to a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
How do I participate in Symptom Assessment and Testing?

Symptom Assessment

Conduct daily symptom monitoring for the following symptoms DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS and CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER and SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION if you are feeling ill:


To be considered for testing, contact your health care provider, report symptoms and any known or potential exposure to COVID-19 and follow their instructions, including testing for COVID-19. What do you do after you are tested?

  • The health department recommends that any individual who is currently sick and is awaiting test results be isolated and assumed to be a positive COVID-19 case until test results come in. Healthcare providers should be providing this direction to patients as they are tested.
  • Other household members in homes where testing results are pending are encouraged to stay home until results are received.
  • The structure of testing and reporting in Ohio does not allow the health department or the higher education system to actively monitor these situations, or to otherwise determine when a test is pending. The only way for SSCC to know that tests are pending would be through voluntary reporting from the student or employee.
  • Positive results would result in documentation from the health department that would include release from quarantine and release from isolation documentation.
  • The health department does not have the jurisdiction to restrict the movement of anyone who is awaiting test results or in a home where test results are pending. They can only act when a positive case is directly connected to the household.

Go to to determine if you need a COVID-19 test and locations to obtain the test.

How do I Participate in Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Isolation?

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is conducted by a local health department in which the infected individual resides. You will be contacted by the Ohio Department of Health's local county authorities, to address concerns after known close contact (within 6 feet, greater than 15 minutes, without a face covering) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. You will temporarily quarantine at your place of residence will be at the advisement of the health department or after known close contact (within 6 feet, greater than 15 minutes, without a face covering) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You will remain in quarantine until released by my physician or advised by the health department, (typically 10-14 days). What does quarantine look like?


Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. You will isolate yourself at your home or place of residence if you TEST POSITIVE for COVID-19 or HAVE BEEN TESTED by receiving a presumptive diagnosis from a physician. The Ohio Department of Health and their local county health commissioners will receive your test results and you will be contacted by them to provide information to initiate the contact tracing for your close contacts. SSCC will also be contacted to provide information regarding the location of the classes in which you participated and seating charts to narrow the number of close contacts within that class. Please provide accurate and honest information as it will limit further transmission of the virus.

Is tech support available?

Both the technology and instructional technology departments are available to assist with any technical questions or assistance you may need. Remote access software also provides a way to assist even when you are working off campus.

To request assistance please submit a service ticket or send an email to

How do I report my absence?

The same way you always have. Use MyEconnect.

Contact or (937) 509-7828 for COVID-19 related issues.

Can I check my voicemail remotely?

Yes, follow the Check Voicemail Remotely tutorial on the Tech Support webpage.

I have more questions...

Please contact Crystal Howland | Coordinator of Employee Benefits and Compensation via email or phone 937.393.3431 Ext. 2560. In ALL instances, contact your immediate supervisor first.

Employee Benefits Information

Southern State Community College is committed to the safety of our employees, students, and the general public and seek to minimize the negative impacts related to the coronavirus.

This is a stressful time. What counseling and support resources are available for employees?

Available to all Full Time and Part-Time Employees:

It can be frustrating when personal and or work-related problems surface, and it's unclear where to turn for help. When complications arise from stress, marital and family issues, parenting challenges, elder or child care concerns, depression, anxiety, substance use, and other emotional stressors, it's comforting to have someone to help.

Impact Solutions -

  • Offering confidential support and guidance for you and your family, including household members, dependents in and away from home, parents, and parents-in-law.
  • 24/7 Live, immediate in-the-moment support and guidance provided by a licensed mental health professional at 800-227-6007
Available only to Full-Time Employees:

Grief Counseling Program with MMO -

  • Not just for the loss of a loved one. Deals with loss of job/income, divorce, and more.
  • Goes through Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 1-800-624-5544

Health Advocate with MMO -

  • Health Advocate is available at no cost to employees, spouses, dependents, parents, and parents-in-law. Completely confidential. In a crisis, help is available 24/7.

Live Health Online with Anthem -

  • Access to Board Certified Doctor 24/7
  • Access to Licensed Therapist in 4 days or less
    • To schedule your appointment, call 1-888-548-3432 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Access to Board Certified Psychiatrist in 2 weeks or less
    • To schedule your appointment, call 1-888-548-3432 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.