Updated Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated September 7, 2021

The guidelines below have been developed in consultation with the CDC, State, local, and SUNY officials, as well as recommendations of a comprehensive plan developed by the Rockland Community College COVID-19 campus task force.

In Spring 2020, the campus task force, comprised of members of the Joint Governance Committee, developed recommendations for campus operations during various stages of COVID-19. The College has successfully navigated through the tele-campus and modified-campus modes of the plan and is transitioning into the full-campus mode. On August 16th, all non-teaching faculty and staff will return to RCC, and teaching faculty will return on September 1st.

New information and changes will be communicated directly with students, faculty and staff, and this page will be updated as new information is received. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff will continue to be the number one priority that will drive our institutional planning and guidance.

Masking Expectations

Due to the rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19, all individuals regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks in all indoor college spaces. Exceptions include individuals:

  • actively participating in athletic activities;
  • drinking beverages or eating meals while social distanced;
  • by themselves, including employees while alone in their offices or other spaces;
  • instructing or presenting while social distanced from others in the space.

Employees can request PPE using the form linked on the myRCC employee landing page under Coronavirus Information (you must be logged into myRCC).


What do I do if somebody isn’t wearing a mask?

Public Safety has received questions about how to best handle the situation if somebody is not wearing a mask while indoors on campus. Please see the “What do I do if somebody isn’t wearing a mask?” guidance below.

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Ask them to put on a mask. Be polite, discreet, and respectful with your request.
Try to speak quietly with them at a safe distance so just the two of you can hear. Show compassion and kindness when you ask them.

“Would you please put your mask on? Wearing a face mask is how RCC is keeping our community safe.”
You might be surprised by a person’s reaction to your request. Sometimes, people simply forget to put their masks on. We are all trying to navigate our first pandemic, so let’s give everybody the benefit of the doubt.

Offer to give them a mask.
Sometimes, people forget to bring their masks with them. Public Safety is supplying paper masks to key offices at the College. Students, faculty, and staff can get a free mask at the Public Safety office in the Fieldhouse, Room 5209 (2nd Floor).

Ask your supervisor for help.
If you have politely asked the person to wear a mask, and have offered them a mask and they refuse, please ask your supervisor to step in and help you. If necessary, the supervisor will call Public Safety for assistance. But usually, people comply with safety rules.


Vaccinations and Testing

Although it is strongly recommended, faculty and staff are not required to be vaccinated at this time. However, with the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine, the SUNY mandated directive for all students to be vaccinated is now in place for all RCC campuses. Read more…

Testing Positive for COVID-19, Quarantine and Returning to Campus

Rockland Community College adheres to the CDC and NYSDOH Guidelines which require a 10-day isolation period for those who have tested positive for COVID-19, or a 10-day quarantine period for those who have been identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19*, even if they are asymptomatic. Individuals placed in isolation or quarantine by the Rockland County Health Department (RCHD) may return to in-person classes or work on any campus on day 11. The RCHD will continue to contact trace any positive cases in the Rockland County. *Please note the following: Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all 3 of the following criteria:
  • Fully vaccinated (i.e., more than 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or more than 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
  • Vaccination status has been confirmed by a Rockland Community College official or by the Rockland County Health Department.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
Students who test positive and have an on-campus presence must notify the Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at [email protected]. Employees who test positive must contact their immediate supervisor and Natalie Scott in Human Resources at [email protected].

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • Last year the campus-wide HVAC system was updated with MERV-13 air filters.
  • Plant Facilities has continually been flushing and running water to prevent stagnation.
  • The New York State mandatory cleaning and disinfection protocols are no longer in effect. However, Plant Facilities will continue to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as common areas, restrooms, and shared work stations, and regularly clean and disinfect other surfaces as necessary.
  • Plant Facilities will continue to provide hand hygiene stations at building entrances and restrooms.

Gatherings

Although some New York State restrictions have been lifted for large-scale indoor events, Rockland County Health Commissioner Ruppert, has advised the College to refrain from large-scale events given the increase in cases and the dangers associated with the Delta variant. Therefore, effective immediately, RCC will suspend all Fieldhouse rentals for the next 60 days. After the suspension period, we will reconsider rentals based on the health and safety circumstances at that time.

Food Service

The College is working to open the Hawk’s Nest for the fall semester for coffee, sandwiches, salads, beverages, and other grab-and-go items. Hudson Market on Main is the catering provider for all on-campus meetings and events. Please contact Frank DeNardo at [email protected] or  845-875-7559 for more information.

CampusClear Screening

Daily screenings for on-campus visitors through the CampusClear App are no longer required. As a result, the front gate will no longer be staffed. It is recommended that you continue to self-screen and remain home if you are ill.

Questions

Please reach out to Bill Murphy at [email protected] with any questions or concerns. View the complete SUNY COVID-Guidance for Summer/Fall 2021