Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for Students

How should I prepare to come to campus?

All students and visitors should be fever-free and not had contact with any known COVID-19 patient in the previous 21 days. If you or a family member joining you has a fever, other coronavirus symptoms or has been exposed, please contact Student Development to make arrangements to arrive at a different time. We will work with you to ensure a healthy transition while we also work to keep our campus safe.

What do I need to bring to campus?

All students are asked to bring two reusable and washable face masks, hand sanitizer and  cleaning supplies as per CDC cleaning guidelines for your residence hall room.

What if I have a weakened immune system?

If you are at high risk and choose to join our campus, Central will provide you with a face shield in addition to the masks you bring. If you are looking for special accommodations, please contact Student Development so that we can make those arrangements.

What precautions are being taken by the college regarding the cleaning of campus buildings?

Central will continue to follow the CDC and state guidelines. The college will clean public spaces (including door handles) twice daily following CDC cleaning guidelines. This includes public spaces (hallways, common spaces, restrooms) in residence halls.

What precautions are being taken by the college regarding dining on campus?

Central will continue to follow state, CDC and FDA restaurant guidelines maintaining physical distancing in dining spaces, eliminating self-service options and reconfiguring spaces and hours as needed.

Will I be required to wear a face mask on campus?

While students are less likely to suffer severe consequences of infection, you may still become very ill for a period of time. In addition, you might have no symptoms yet still be able to infect others. Therefore, we encourage all students to wear a face mask in public spaces on campus, including hallways, restrooms, classrooms and conference rooms. Roommates may decide among themselves about use in their own room. Remember “Not me, but we.”

Are there routine activities I should avoid?

Avoid using “high touch” common items altogether, only after cleaning or immediately followed by use of hand sanitizer. This includes drinking fountains, shared computer keyboards, printers, elevator buttons, stairwell rails and door handles. Please avoid congregating in the hallways before and after class or in your residence rooms/lounges.

What are my responsibilities as a student?

Students are asked to wash hands frequently, avoid touching face and eyes, use hand sanitizer, maintain physical distancing, wear a face mask in public spaces and maintain your room. In addition, students are asked to self-monitor daily for coronavirus symptoms including fever or cough, and to contact Student Development and stay in your room if ill.

Please wipe down the desk and back of chair before and after each class. Some classes such as labs, theatre, studios and music may also have special requests.

If I have symptoms, where do I go to get tested for COVID-19?

Please call the clinic at the Pella Regional Health Center (PRHC). Provide them with the requested information and they will inform you of arrangements that need to be made.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

You will be instructed by your physician to self-quarantine for 14 days and contacted by the department of public health to begin contact tracing. We request you sign a waiver and/or let Student Development know so that we can provide you with further instructions as well as a room for further isolation and meals throughout your quarantine.

What if a roommate or classmate tests positive for COVID-19?

HIPPA prohibits a physician from sharing personal medical information with others unless the patient signs a release. You will be contacted by the department of public health if you fall within the “contact zone” of concern. If you have had sustained contact within 6 feet of an infected individual, you will be likely be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. Please contact Student Development so that we can provide you further instructions as well as a room for isolation and meals throughout your quarantine.

 

FAQ for Employees

What precautions are being taken by the college regarding the cleaning of campus buildings?

Central will continue to follow the CDC and state guidelines. The college will clean public spaces (including door handles) twice daily following CDC cleaning guidelines.

What precautions are being taken regarding dining on campus?

Central will continue to follow state, CDC and FDA restaurant guidelines maintaining physical distancing in dining spaces, eliminating self-service options and reconfiguring spaces and hours as needed.

Will the college provide PPE for me at work?

All employees are encouraged to have a personal supply of hand sanitizer, washable cloth face masks and CDC-recommended cleaning supplies for their offices. The college is in the process of obtaining appropriate cleaning supplies for public spaces as per CDC cleaning guidelines, which includes masks, hand sanitizer and face shields.

Will I be required to wear a face mask at work?

Central strongly encourages the use of face masks and/or shields in public spaces on campus, including hallways, restrooms, classrooms and conference rooms. In addition, some supervisors may require their use; no supervisor may prevent their use for any employee.

Will I be required to wear a face shield at work?

Face shields will be available for those whose work requires additional protection (use of mask and shield), whose risk factors require additional protection (use of mask and shield) and for those whose work requires that the mouth not be covered as an alternative to a mask.

Are there routine activities I should avoid?

Avoid using “high touch” common items altogether, only after cleaning or immediately followed by use of hand sanitizer. This includes drinking fountains, shared computer keyboards, printers, elevator buttons, stairwell rails and door handles. See CDC cleaning guidelines.

What are my responsibilities as an employee?

Employees are asked to wash hands frequently, avoid touching face and eyes, use hand sanitizer, maintain physical distancing, wear a face mask in public spaces and maintain office space. In addition, employees are asked to self-monitor daily for coronavirus symptoms including a fever, cough and to stay home if ill.

Faculty should also start and end each class by reminding students to wipe down the desk and back of chair and by doing the same if using a chair, desk, table, shared keyboard, or other equipment in the classroom. Other protocols may be shared with you by your supervisor.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

You will be instructed by your physician to self-quarantine for 14 days and be contacted by the department of public health to begin contact tracing.

What if a co-worker or student tests positive for COVID-19?

HIPPA prohibits a physician from sharing personal medical information with others unless the patient signs a release. You will be contacted by the department of public health if you fall within the “contact zone” of concern. If you have had sustained contact within 6 feet of an infected individual, you will be likely be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Is COVID-19 disease covered by short term disability?

If you are out for seven calendar days, short term disability applies as it would for other illnesses with appropriate documentation. Being in a higher risk category of serious complications due to COVID-19 does not qualify for short-term disability.

Is COVID-19 disease covered by FMLA?

If you or a family member under your care is out for a prolonged period of time, FMLA applies as it would for other illnesses with appropriate documentation. Being in a higher risk category of serious complications due to COVID-19 does not qualify for FMLA.

What is the relationship between being at risk for COVID-19 and ADA?

Age is not protected under ADA, so employees over 60 do not qualify for “reasonable accommodations” under ADA.

Underlying medical conditions that make one more susceptible to serious consequences of COVID-19 infection, however, are covered by ADA. As with any other claim, medical evaluation and documentation need to be filed with HR including how the condition relates to an increased risk of exposure. Central would then be required to make a “reasonable accommodation” as defined by the college, not the employee. These would be handled on a case-by-case basis with HR and the area VP.

May employees continue to work remotely after Aug. 3, 2020?

As Central plans to return to face-to-face teaching in the fall, the expectation is that all employees return to work on campus. The recent move to remote employment was a response to an emergency situation, not a permanent transition to remote work.