Coronavirus Update

GOCC’s Response to COVID-19

Glen Oaks Community College takes the safety of students, employees, and the community seriously. We are following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) and public health officials’ guidance and recommendations and will continue to monitor the spread of the virus. GOCC has response plans in place should the outbreak become widespread and affect the college community.


COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan for the 2021-2022 Academic Year (Updated February 22, 2022)

Glen Oaks Community College (GOCC) is committed to protecting the health and safety of all members of the campus community including faculty, staff, students and visitors. This plan is intended to provide an outline of the college’s preparation and response to the Coronavirus pandemic for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Students’ health and safety is the basis for every decision stated in this plan. This is a dynamic document, and the college will address issues and concerns as quickly and appropriately as possible, following guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal and state government, and our local public health department. Students will be notified as this plan is updated, and all updates will be published online at glenoaks.edu/coronavirus.

This plan reflects guidelines and expectations for the main campus. Residents of the Devier Student Suites will follow additional guidelines and protocols from the Housing and Residential Life Office. Dual enrolled students taking classes at high school sites, or students taking classes as part of a clinical rotation or at off-campus locations, may be required to follow additional protocols of those secondary sites.

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*Please note: This is a dynamic document, and any changes to students’ schedules or the instructional format will be communicated to students via their Viking email.


SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS:

  • The official semester schedule published on MyGOCC may be adjusted prior to the start of each semester to allow for social distancing in the classrooms and other instructional facilities of the College. Classes will be offered in the following formats:
    • Face-to-face, with a reduced maximum capacity so that social distancing can be maintained
    • Hybrid (face-to-face + online)
    • Completely online
      • Synchronous course (meet in real time through Zoom or another video platform)
      • Asynchronous course (no set meeting time with instructor; students work at their own pace with deadlines for assignments, discussion posts, and other activities)
  • If COVID-19 or any variants of COVID-19 become more widespread in the College’s service area, the College may change classes from face-to-face to hybrid or FULLY online format, or from hybrid to FULLY online during the semester. Students are notified when adjustments are being made to the schedule via their Viking e-mail account.
    • Please note: The college will not issue refunds for changing the modality of learning in response to COVID-19.
  • The Academics Office will work with each faculty member to determine the best transition plan for each course if this becomes necessary.

INSTRUCTION WHEN FACULTY ARE ADVISED TO QUARANTINE:

When the College determines that an instructor must isolate or quarantine due to symptoms of COVID, exposure to an individual who tested positive for COVID, or a positive COVID test, the  following instructional changes may apply:

  • During the quarantine period, each class of the affected instructor(s) is held in a fully online format when possible.
  • As with any other instructor illness, this may also result in a substitute instructor taking over the class temporarily, or in the class being temporarily suspended.
  • If students are identified as having close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID, they will be notified by the health department or a college official and will follow guidelines as stated in the protocols section of this document.

FACE MASKS:

  • Face masks are strongly encouraged but are no longer required campus wide. However, in certain spaces on campus (i.e. classrooms, offices, Learning Commons, etc.) faculty and staff may require students and visitors to wear masks to protect the health and safety of themselves or others. Should we see an increase in positive cases on the campus and community, we reserve the right to reinstate the mask mandate.

HAND SANITIZER:

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are located on either side of the main entrance and throughout the building.
  • Notify a college staff member if you notice a dispenser is empty.
  • Please note: thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is still THE most effective way to prevent the spread of germs.

SNEEZE GUARDS:

  • Sneeze guards are installed at service interaction points throughout the college. Please stand behind the glass and maintain 6 feet of social distance.

DISINFECTION OF SHARED SPACES:

  • The college’s custodial team continues to provide proper disinfection measures around campus, particularly in public and/or shared workspaces, on high touch surfaces around campus (handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, concourse tables, etc.) and in public workstations and common areas.
  • The Buildings and Grounds team has increased the frequency of HVAC filter replacements.
  • Employees are assisting with cleaning and disinfecting shared work spaces within respective departments.
  • Students may be asked to assist in cleaning areas within classrooms before leaving (i.e. labs, computers, podiums, etc.)

Social distancing, or simply maintaining a physical distance from others, aids in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.


FOLLOW THESE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES:

  • Stay six (6) feet away from others as a normal practice.
  • Eliminate physical contact with others, such as handshakes, hugs, or touching.
  • To the extent feasible, avoid touching surfaces that are frequently touched by others (handrails, counter tops, etc.).
  • Avoid coming in close contact with anyone who appears to be sick or who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Utilize phone or video conferences for appointments with staff whenever feasible.
    • College employees have the right to request a virtual meeting for their personal health and safety.
  • If you must be face to face with others, ensure you allow six feet of space between participants.
  • Utilize outdoor spaces as feasible and maintain a distance of six feet from others.
  • To the greatest extent possible, avoid shared use of tools, pens, books, computer workstations, etc. and/or ensure those areas have been sanitized before use.
  • Seating may be limited in classrooms, the Learning Commons, the Concourse, Concourse conference rooms, campus offices, etc.  to allow for social distancing.

TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands – including adjusting your mask.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette (sneeze/cough into a tissue and dispose of immediately, or use your elbow if tissue is not available).
  • Follow the appropriate protocols for wearing and removing face masks.
  • Wash face masks after each wearing.
  • Take your temperature every day before attending class on campus. If you have a fever of 100.4 or greater, stay home and consider getting tested for COVID-19.

WHEN NOT TO REPORT TO CAMPUS:

For the protection of the entire campus community, DO NOT enter the main campus or attend on-campus classes if you are ill or have any of the following symptoms:

  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache (unrelated to a known medical condition)
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and/or have been advised to isolate or quarantine, contact all of your instructors immediately to make arrangements for any coursework you may miss.


TESTING FOR COVID-19:

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of COVID-19 testing where applicable and accessible. A comprehensive list of testing sites is available on the State of Michigan website.

Based on updated guidance from MDHHS and CDC, these changes go into effect immediately. As we continue to receive updated guidance, expect changes.


If you have tested positive for COVID-19:

Isolate at home for 5 days from when symptoms began or the day the test was taken if without symptoms. (The date symptoms started or the date of the positive test is considered Day 0 of quarantine).

  • If symptoms have improved or no symptoms developed, you may return to campus activities while wearing a well fitted mask beginning day 6 or,
  • If symptoms haven’t improved, or new symptoms have developed, stay home through day 10.

Reminder, if you have a fever, stay home until you are fever free for a period of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.


Close Contacts – Vaccinated:

Per the college’s policy, you are considered fully vaccinated if you have received:

  • A 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or
  • A single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine)

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days:

  • Monitor for symptoms. If they develop, get a test and stay home.
  • Wear a mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. REMINDER: masks are required in any indoor space on the GOCC campus.
  • It’s recommended you test on day 5. If your test is positive, follow the positive test protocol above.
  • The college offers free COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics every Tuesday in the Dresser Business Development Center from 9:00 – 11:30AM and 12:30 – 4:30PM.

Close Contacts – Not Vaccinated or Not Fully Vaccinated:

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 MORE THAN 90 days ago:

  • Stay home and away from others for at least 5 days from your last contact with the person testing positive. (The last date of exposure is considered Day 0.)
  • Wear a mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. REMINDER: masks are required in any indoor space on the GOCC campus.
  • Test on day 5. May return to campus activities on day 6 if you can provide a negative COVID-19 test and no symptoms have developed.
    • If your test is positive, you must isolate for an additional 5 days.

While the college is taking as many precautions as possible, we ask students to consider the risks associated with attending face-to-face classes and participating in campus activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students should make the most appropriate choices according to their individual situations. Students should also consider that classes may move to another method of delivery (i.e. from face-to-face to hybrid or online) throughout the course of the semester or academic year if warranted. Please contact an academic advisor to discuss your options.

The college will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal and state government, and local health departments. Students will be notified immediately of any changes to the class schedule, programming, campus operations, etc., via Viking email and glenoaks.edu/coronavirus.

GOCC COVID19 Employee Preparedness & Response Plan

In the interest of transparency, the dashboard below provides the campus community with weekly updates on the number of GOCC employees and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been quarantined due to close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. This dashboard does NOT include individuals who have been advised to isolate due to illness and have tested negative or were untested for COVID-19, nor does it include high school students who are enrolled in college classes at their high school sites.

GOCC COVID19 DATA REPORTING 2021-2022
DATE RANGE EMPLOYEES TESTED POSITIVE EMPLOYEES QUARANTINED STUDENTS TESTED POSITIVE STUDENTS QUARANTINED
9/5/21 – 9/11/21 1 2
9/12/21 – 9/18/21 1 0 3 4
9/19/21 – 9/25/21 1 0 3 7
9/26/21 – 10/2/21 0 0 0 0
10/3/21 – 10/10/21 0 1 0 1
10/11/21 – 10/17/21 0 0 1 0
10/18/21 – 10/25/21 0 1 1 0
10/26/21 – 10/31/21 0 1 1 3
11/1/21 – 11/7/21 1 2 0 1
11/8/21 – 11/14/21 0 1 1 0
11/15/21 – 11/21/21 1 1 3 1
11/22/21 – 11/28/21 1 1 1 0
11/29/21 – 12/5/21 1 1 0 0
12/6/21 – 12/12/21 0 0 0 1
12/13/21 – 12/19/21 0 0 1 3
12/20/21 – 12/26/21 0 0 0 0
12/27/21 – 1/2/22 0 0 1 2
1/3/22 – 1/9/22 2 2 15 12
1/10/22 – 1/16/22 2 4 16 6
1/17/22 – 1/23/22 5 1 6 1
1/24/22 – 1/30/22 2 0 4 4
1/31/22 – 2/6/22 2 1 2 1
2/7/22 – 2/13/22 0 0 1 2
2/14/22 – 2/20/22 0 0 0 0
2/21/22 – 2/27/22 0 0 1 1
2/28/22 – 3/6/22 0 0 1 0
3/7/22 – 3/13/22 0 0 0 0
3/14/22 – 3/20/22 0 0 0 0
3/21/22 – 3/27/22 0 0 0 0
3/28/22 – 4/3/22 0 0 0 0
4/4/22 – 4/10/22 0 0 0 0
4/11/22 – 4/17/22 1 0 1 0
4/18/22 – 4/24/22 0 0 0 0
4/25/22 – 5/1/22 0 0 0 0

 

In the interest of transparency, the dashboard below provides the campus community with weekly updates on the number of GOCC employees and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been quarantined due to close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. This dashboard does NOT include individuals who have been advised to isolate due to illness and have tested negative or were untested for COVID-19, nor does it include high school students who are enrolled in college classes at their high school sites.

GOCC COVID19 DATA REPORTING 2021-2022
DATE RANGE EMPLOYEES TESTED POSITIVE EMPLOYEES QUARANTINED STUDENTS TESTED POSITIVE STUDENTS QUARANTINED
9/5/21 – 9/11/21 1 2
9/12/21 – 9/18/21 1 0 3 4
9/19/21 – 9/25/21 1 0 3 7
9/26/21 – 10/2/21 0 0 0 0
10/3/21 – 10/10/21 0 1 0 1
10/11/21 – 10/17/21 0 0 1 0
10/18/21 – 10/25/21 0 1 1 0
10/26/21 – 10/31/21 0 1 1 3
11/1/21 – 11/7/21 1 2 0 1
11/8/21 – 11/14/21 0 1 1 0
11/15/21 – 11/21/21 1 1 3 1
11/22/21 – 11/28/21 1 1 1 0
11/29/21 – 12/5/21 1 1 0 0
12/6/21 – 12/12/21 0 0 0 1
12/13/21 – 12/19/21 0 0 1 3
12/20/21 – 12/26/21 0 0 0 0
12/27/21 – 1/2/22 0 0 1 2
1/3/22 – 1/9/22 2 2 15 12
1/10/22 – 1/16/22 2 4 16 6
1/17/22 – 1/23/22 5 1 6 1
1/24/22 – 1/30/22 2 0 4 4
1/31/22 – 2/6/22 2 1 2 1
2/7/22 – 2/13/22 0 0 1 2
2/14/22 – 2/20/22 0 0 0 0
2/21/22 – 2/27/22 0 0 1 1
2/28/22 – 3/6/22 0 0 1 0
3/7/22 – 3/13/22 0 0 0 0
3/14/22 – 3/20/22 0 0 0 0
3/21/22 – 3/27/22 0 0 0 0
3/28/22 – 4/3/22 0 0 0 0
4/4/22 – 4/10/22 0 0 0 0
4/11/22 – 4/17/22 1 0 1 0
4/18/22 – 4/24/22 0 0 0 0
4/25/22 – 5/1/22 0 0 0 0

More Information

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