FAQs for Employees

 

Campus Operations

  • How will group meetings be conducted?

    • Group meetings, including those involving individuals from multiple sites, may be conducted in person or via Zoom. If a group is meeting in person, be sure to reserve a space that is large enough to accommodate three feet of social distancing between attendees.

 

  • Are faculty members expected to conduct on-campus office hours?

    • Faculty will hold office hours, working directly with their academic dean to determine the best approach for their class modality and discipline. If your office does not allow for three -foot social distancing, consider meeting in a more open area. Check with your academic dean, as your campus might have reserved spaces for this purpose.

 

  • Under what circumstances would the college decide to close an area, a campus or the entire district?

    • The College’s Emergency Planning Team continues to monitor CDC, state and local guidance. The college will make a determination based on current community conditions, safety on campus, known infections, number and scale of direct contacts, and recommendations from local health officials. 

    • Determination of Operational Condition is determined based on a number of factors; no single number or factor will trigger a change in condition. Factors include: 

      • Current county and college community vaccination rates.
      • Current 7-day average COVID-19 infection rate in the county in which a facility is located and/or primarily serves.
      • New COVID-19 positive cases in the county in a which a facility is located and/or primarily serves.
      • CDC Risk Assessment Levels
      • Number of positive cases of students and/or employees on campus
      • Number of students and/or employees quarantined off campus due to exposure/waiting test results
      • Number of students or employees screened by health check to stay off campus and/or number of student and employee absentees
      • Campus leadership assessment of the successful observance of health and safety precautions
      • Status of area K-12 school districts served
      • Guidance and advice from local public health officials
      • Other mitigating conditions on campus and/or in the community (e.g. functioning of public utilities, public safety conditions, weather events, hospital capacity, etc.)


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Health and Safety Measures

 

  • What general safety precautions have been implemented for employees and students?

  • Current operational condition Yellow, face masks are strongly requested indoors on campus for all students, visitors and guests. Face masks are required for employees. Face Masks may be required in spaces where social distancing is not possible such as in science or hands-on labs. The college reserves the right to require face masks in Condition Yellow.

  • CDC mask guidelines

  • Social distancing of 3 feet between individuals is encouraged; classrooms and common spaces have been set to meet that standard.

  • In addition, the campus has enhanced cleaning of classrooms, service areas and common spaces.

  • We have placed hand sanitizer around the campus.

  • Classrooms and other areas have been equipped with cleaning supplies for wiping down surface areas as needed.

  • Anyone who feels sick, is experiencing COVID-related symptoms, has tested positive, or may have had close contact with a COVID-positive individual must stay home.

  • How does the daily employee check-in process work?

    • Employees who have been vaccinated may complete the vaccine attestation form. Upon HR review of the assessment, the vaccinated employee will receive an email and Green Check Mark indicating they no longer have to complete the HealthCheck360 daily assessment.

    • Employees who have not been vaccinated are required to continue completing the HealthCheck360 assessment every day they are expected to be on campus.

  • All employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, need to be able to show that they have successfully completed the required health screen and received the appropriate Green Check Mark. 

  • If you have a temperature of 100.4 F or higher, you don’t feel well or are experiencing symptoms, or have been directly exposed to a COVID-positive individual, please stay home and call your supervisor.

 

  • Will students undergo daily screening?
    Under Condition Yellow:

    • Students are encouraged to assess their COVID-19 related symptoms daily.   
    • Students living in MCC’s college housing will be required to complete daily health checks via HealthCheck360.
    • Students will not be required to utilize Health Check 360. 

  • When do I have to wear a face mask?

    • Under the current Condition Yellow, employees are required to wear a face mask while indoors on campus. Employees are to wear masks at all times indoors unless alone in their office with the door closed.  This means those who work in open work spaces or cubicles are to wear masks at their desks.
    • CDC mask guidelines

 

  • Can I wear a face shield instead of a face mask?

    • Vaccinated employees with a COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation form on file with Human Resources may wear a face shield in lieu of a face mask. Unvaccinated employees must wear a face mask at all times.

 

  • Do I need to provide my own face mask?

    • In the Fall of 2020, the College provided each employee with one face mask. Contact your supervisor if you did not receive one. We encourage you to acquire additional face masks to allow for laundering. Choose masks that you can wear comfortably for extended periods of time.

 

  • What do I do if another employee or student in my class refuses to comply with EICC’s COVID-19 policies?

    • We encourage all members of the college community to take responsibility to remind each other of the COVID-19 requirements. A simple friendly reminder may be all that is needed.
    • If someone is refusing to follow the requirements of wearing a face mask or social distancing, please notify a supervisor or member of the campus leadership team.
    • The college takes this policy seriously. Anyone refusing to comply will be asked to leave the campus and could face disciplinary action. 

 

  • Do I need to provide my own hand sanitizer?

    • The college has provided hand sanitizer in multiple locations around campus. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own, as we can all certainly take extra steps to keep ourselves and those around us healthy. 

 

  • What is the process for cleaning classrooms between class sessions?

    • The college has enhanced the cleaning of classrooms and other areas. Cleaning and maintenance staff have received additional training on appropriate cleaning techniques.  In addition, the college is using cleaning products that meet the standard for disinfecting surfaces. Cleaning products will also be made available should you prefer to clean a surface prior to your use.  

  • What are the expectations for maintaining social distancing in shared offices?

    • If your shared office does not provide enough space for three feet of social distancing, please talk to your campus President or Dean.

 

  • What should I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms, or believe I have been exposed indirectly or directly to someone who is COVID-positive?

    • First and most importantly, if you have tested positive or have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.
    • Report COVID-19 exposures immediately to Deb Sullivan, Safety Officer, at djsullivan@eicc.edu or 563-336-3341.
    • We will work with the health department to ensure we appropriately notify individuals that may have been in direct contact with cases that arise on campus.
    • Do not return to campus until you have been cleared to return by HR.

 

  • What should I do if see another employee or a student who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus?

    • If you know the person, encourage them to leave the campus if they are unwell and seek medical attention.
    • If you are concerned about someone who appears to have symptoms, speak to your supervisor. The college takes seriously the health and safety of our campus. Individuals exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave campus, self-quarantine and seek medical care.

 

  • As a faculty member, what are my responsibilities if one of my students tests positive for COVID-19?

    • Training will be provided to faculty members prior to the start of classes to help prepare them to deal with these types of situations.

 

  • What is the process for when an on-campus COVID-19 case is identified?

    • Information regarding the college’s positive case procedures can be found in the EICC COVID-19 Presumed and Positive Case Protocol.

  • What should I do if I feel unsafe in my office area or classroom?

    • Contact your supervisor or campus President to discuss your concerns.

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Services Available

 

  • Will all student services be available on campus, remotely or both?

    • Student Services including advising, financial aid, registration, business office, tutoring and more are available in a variety of formats including on-campus and remotely. For details, visit the student services page

  • Will MCC student housing be open?

    • MCC student apartments are open. Claire Brakel-Packer at ext. 6006 can provide information regarding housing and COVID-19 requirements. 

 

  • Will MCC’s Learning Tree Child Care be open?

    • As long as the State of Iowa is allowing child care centers to operate, the MCC Learning Tree Child Care Center will be open. For details on the child care services, contact Heather Elliott at ext. 6075. 

  • Can food be served at meetings or student events?

    • Food that is catered may be served at meetings and events.

 

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Benefits, Leave and Accommodations

 

  • If I have concerns about returning to work on campus, whom should I contact?

    • Discuss your concerns with your supervisor.

 

  • Will my EICC health insurance cover medical expenses associated with testing and treatment for COVID-19?

    • Yes, COVID-19 testing by your medical provider will be covered. If you choose to use TestIowa.gov, there is no cost to you or to the college.

 

  • If I do not have health insurance and cannot afford to seek COVID-19 related testing or medical care, what should I do?

    • Free testing can be scheduled through TestIowa.gov. The Iowa Department of Public Health advises those without health insurance to contact Community Health Services.

 

  • Does EICC’s Employee Assistance Plan offer resources for coping with the emotional impact of COVID-19?

    • Our EAP plan offers a variety of assistance, including confidential professional counseling for personal problems including marital, emotional stress, addictions, elder care, family illness, financial, job stress and legal concerns. The number of visits for mental health services has been increased during the pandemic. For information about the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), also available to students, call 1-800-475-1641.

 

  • If my child’s school or daycare closes, can I work from home or do I have to take leave?

    • Please talk with your supervisor about your concerns and contact Deb Sullivan, djsullivan@eicc.edu (ext. 3487) in the Human Resources Department to discuss your options.

 

  • What should I do if I have a medical condition that is considered to put me at higher risk of contracting COVID-19?

    • Please contact Deb Sullivan, djsullivan@eicc.edu at ext. 3487 in the Human Resources Department to discuss your concerns.

 

  • If I am unable to work on-site due to health concerns or required quarantine or self-isolation for COVID-19, am I required to use sick leave or vacation for the time I am gone?

    • Please contact Deb Sullivan, djsullivan@eicc.edu at ext. 3487 in the Human Resources Department to discuss your concerns.

 

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