Preparing Our Employees

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Your return to DMACC is a partnership. You should not come to any DMACC facility if you answer "YES" to any of the following:​

  • Do you feel ill, have a new cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
  • Do you have a fever of 100.4 degrees (regardless of the cause)?
  • Do you have a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)?
  • Are you or someone in your household awaiting COVID-19 test results due to a confirmed exposure or symptoms?
  • Have you been directly exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days?​

Please contact your Supervisor immediately if you experience any of the above. 

Supervisors no longer have to use incident reports to notify the college of illness, exposure, or positive cases. Each case should be handled the same way a standard absence would be addressed. 

Supervisors should stress that DMACC prioritizes the health and safety of its employees. Individuals should not be afraid to stay home if they feel unwell or believe they may have been exposed. Additional guidance about possible cases within your household should also be considered.


Conditions of Work for Employees on Campus

DMACC has adopted the following conditions of work for employees, when present on Campus. 

  1. Employees will refrain from reporting to work when ill and will take the ethical responsibility to notify their supervisor if there is a suspicion of possible exposure or symptoms. 
  2. Employees are able to receive two (2), double-layer, cloth face masks which may be worn indoors when at a Campus facility or DMACC Center. It is the employee's responsibility to clean the face mask.
  3. Cleaning of common areas will occur on a regular basis with EPA approved cleaning supplies. 
  4. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the buildings. 
  5. Plexi-glass may be installed in areas for increased protection.

Please pay attention to changes, guidance, and protocols. Connect with your supervisor if you have any questions.​


 

Employee Responsibility

To ensure the health and safety of all, we need to start working differently and we must work together. Make the commitment to:

  • Read and understand all communications.
  • Participate in cleaning and disinfecting your work areas.
  • Practice proper hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Cough and sneeze into tissues or your elbow.
  • Ask questions and focus on your health and the health of your co-workers.
  • If you experience any illness/symptoms at work: Go home and report it to your supervisor.


Recommended Practices

  • Masking is recommended in all areas of DMACC facilities.
  • Social distancing is encouraged, when possible. Avoid gathering in small areas. 
  • Do not touch your face before you have had a chance to wash your hands.


 

Face Masks

DMACC recommends that students, Faculty, and staff wear a face mask. Two (2) double-layer, cloth face masks may be provided.

  • Masks are recommended inside all DMACC facilities
  • Masks are recommended outside on any DMACC property when within 3 feet of other individuals.
  • Eye protection (glasses, safety goggles or face shield) should be used in addition to the face mask when face-to-face contact is necessary or when required by a program/lab.
  • Face Shields may be used in addition to face masks. ​Faculty in some programs with needs to wear shields should consult their supervisors and DMACC has purchased some for this purpose. CTE faculty (pre-approved by Deans/Provosts) will be permitted to wear face shields without a mask.

 

Responding to Symptoms or Contact of COVID-19

  • Self-monitor your health daily. If you feel ill, do not come to work (or leave work) and notify your Supervisor immediately.
  • For severe symptoms, follow emergency medical process; Symptoms include:
    • Cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell.
  • Report any exposure or confirmed cases to your Supervisor.
  • If you or someone in your household are tested for COVID-19 due to exposure or illness, have been directly/possibly exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, have been asked to quarantine​ - contact your Supervisor.

  

 

Preparing for Our Work Together

Collaboration and teamwork are one of the keys to success at DMACC. We should all think about how we can best support our colleagues, students, our custodial and facilities teams, and the college community as a whole. Below are some ways that we are asking for you to help keep DMACC safe and healthy.
 

Support and Maintenance of Cleaning Protocols

In order to ensure a clean, healthy and safe work environment, we must work together and make the commitment to: clean your workspace including tools, computers, keyboards, desks, phones, chairs and other personal items on a regular basis.  

While custodial staff will continue to perform COVID Deep Cleaning, Daily Cleaning, Quick Cleaning, and Restroom Cleaning procedures based on CDC guidelines, additional care should be taken to wipe down commonly used surfaces. Before starting work and before you leave any room in which you have been working, please wipe down all work areas.  Cleaning supplies provided by DMACC are the property of the College and should not be removed from College grounds. Removal of materials and supplies for personal usage may be subject to disciplinary actions.

DMACC has also committed to making the workplace as safe as possible and employees will also need to assist in maintaining a safe workplace.  DMACC has done the following:

  • Performed COVID disinfectant deep cleaning with a focus on high frequency touch points;
  • Cleaned and disinfected all workstations and accessible offices;
  • Cleaned and disinfected all common areas; 
  • Instituted daily and weekly cleaning protocols utilizing a daily checklist; 
  • Established hand sanitizer stations in areas where soap and water are not nearby;
  • Implemented social distancing actions  and plexi-glass barriers (where requested);
  • Developed training content  including this COVID-19 playbook, training, and checklists;
  • Identified Facility Site Team to design of measures to control the flow of people entering and exiting facilities;

Mental Health and Wellbeing

If you are worried about your mental health and wellbeing, you are not alone. These are challenging times, and we are all struggling with different circumstances. When many things feel uncertain or out of our control, one of the most effective ways we can manage stress and anxiety is to focus on the actions that are within our control.

We should all make time to take care of our mental health. Below are some proven ways you can care for your mental health and wellbeing during challenging times.

Control what you can

  • Arm yourself with medical information from reputable sources.
  • Understand what the company is doing to create a safe working environment – and follow the guidelines.
  • Take proper precautions, such as washing your hands and maintaining social distance.
  • Limit your news consumption, including social media.
  • Manage your technology – turn off distracting notifications, use “do not disturb" mode.

Prioritize self-care

  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Take regular work breaks.
  • Move, stretch and exercise whenever possible.
  • Practice mindfulness – focus your attention  on the present moment by taking deep breaths or meditating.

Do things you enjoy — relax and distract yourself!

  • Read a book or listen to an audiobook.
  • Unwind with music or a podcast.
  • Try a new recipe.
  • Create art, do crafts, or build something.
  • Learn a new skill; take an online course.
  • Get some fresh air -- sit outside or go for a walk or a bike ride.

Connect with others

  • Talk regularly with family, friends and  co-workers.
  • Talk about your fears and concerns with someone you trust.
  • Express gratitude; offer someone help, if you can
  • Don't forget to laugh!
  • Share tips with your co-workers about what's working for you – ask them to do the same.

 

Employee Benefits

For those DMACC employees who are eligible for benefits, there are resources available to assist with health and well-being issues you may be experiencing during these challenging times.  Listed below is information you may find useful, including links to documents providing details necessary for you to explore these resources.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

As a link, you will find the brochure for the EmployeeConnect Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Through Lincoln Financial Group, there are resources available to provide guidance and support for any challenges you may be experiencing. Services can be provided by phone at 888-628-4824 or by following the directions listed on this brochure. Online resources are available by visiting GuidanceResources.com if you prefer this option. Two additional brochures are available through the following link that share information specific to COVID-19 resources through Lincoln Financial Group and also helpful suggestions regarding self-care:

EAP COVID-19 Self Care

EAP COVID-19 Resources

EmployeeConnect - Employee Assistance Program
 

Summary of Benefits and Coverage (Medical Plan)

DMACC Wellmark Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) summarizes the key features of your policy such as a description of the coverage, deductible amounts, cost-sharing obligations and coverage limitations and exceptions.

Doctor on Demand (Virtual Visits)

Through the DMACC Wellmark Health plan, Doctor on Demand which is also referred to as telemedicine, is available for virtual health care visits.  As a link, you will find the brochure with instructions to access this benefit.  During COVID-19, cost sharing is waived for these visits for a time period identified by Wellmark.


Staying Healthy

    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water is not available.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact wit​h people who are sick, even inside your own home.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home (at least 6 feet.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a double-layer cloth face mask when around others. Continue to social distance even when wearing a mask. A face mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
    • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces at home using EPA approved disinfectants.
    • Monitor your health and be alert for symptoms. Follow CDC and local guidance if symptoms develop.
    • For more information, visit the CDC webpage Prevent Getting Sick.

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