Guiding Principles

Since the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in March 2020, Central Virginia Community College has remained compliant with the related Commonwealth of Virginia’s Orders of Public Health and Executive Actions, recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Guidelines.

CVCC is committed to promoting the safety and well-being of employees, students, and the community. Upon reopening preventive measures to combat the spread of any virus or contagious disease will continue to be promoted and implemented in addition to any required practices as communicated by federal, state, and local agencies. Employees and students will be encouraged to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by going to Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA.

 
    1. Establishment of a COVID-19 coordinator/campus team
    2. Contact information and procedures for reaching the local health department
    3. Students' initial return to campus for classes
    4. Education/training of students: consider COVID-19 prevention education as part of student orientation. (vaccinations, hand washing, staying home if ill, etc.)
    5. Physical distancing, according to CDC guidance:
      1. Strategies to allow physical distancing in classrooms/learning environments. (e.g. Occupancy, staggered schedules, classroom layouts, workspace distancing, etc.)
      2. Outside the classroom (e.g. Limiting visitors, changes to dining services, extracurricular activities)
      3. Communal, shared spaces such as lounges, exercise rooms, dining halls, etc.
      4. Gatherings
      5. Food/Dining Services
    6. Hygiene practices and cleaning/disinfecting protocols
      1. Cleaning and disinfection protocols to include frequently touched surfaces; transport vehicles; schedules for increased cleaning, routine cleaning, and disinfection; ensuring adequate cleaning supplies and correct use/storage
      2. Provisions for hand sanitizer/handwashing stations
      3. Minimize shared objects and ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing to the extent possible (e.g. dedicated student supplies, lab equipment, computers, etc.)
    7. Consideration of vulnerable individuals (e.g. 65 years or older, underlying health conditions):
      1. Policy options to support those at higher risk for severe illness to mitigate their exposure risk
      2. Implement flexible sick leave policies and practices that enable faculty, staff and students to stay home or self-isolate when they are sick or have been exposed
      3. Develop policies for return to class/work after COVID-19 illness
    8. International student considerations (e.g. COVID-19 travel health risks, CDC returning travelers guidelines, travel registry, etc.)
    9. Partnership and communication/information sharing with the local community, health systems and other stakeholders
    10. Face coverings
    11. Large events, including athletic events, and others such as ceremonies or performances
    12. Communications strategy
    13. Orientation and education/training - Including anti-stigma training
    1. Health monitoring approaches that can be used to monitor health of the campus population.
    2. Campus level syndromic (disease) surveillance using electronic health record data or other disease surveillance methods as feasible.
    3. Establishment of a testing strategy. Testing strategies should consider testing for all students, faculty or staff with symptoms and access to testing for close contacts of cases as recommended by public health. Institutions may consult with their local health department, local health systems and other relevant partners.
    1. Partnership with VDH for contact tracing
    2. Quarantining and isolating (provision of housing, basic needs, medical case management)
    3. Campus outbreak management
    4. Partnership with local health systems to assure care for symptomatic individuals as needed. (e.g. a local health system representative could serve on the COVID-19 team).
    1. Plans regarding the criteria and process for campus dismissals or shutdowns. Decisions regarding dismissals and shutdowns should be made in consultation with local and state public health officials.
    2. Nature of reduced campus activity in the event of severe conditions/public health direction or guidance.
    3. Considerations regarding student health and safety on campus versus returning home.
    4. Communications plan for dismissals/shutdowns.