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Return to Campus Plan

 
Return to Campus Plan

Updated: March 10, 2021

MCCCD has been closely monitoring local and national COVID-19 data (see table below) and continues to assess our phased opening as needed. The growing availability of the Coronavirus vaccine is lifting hopes that soon we all will be back at PVCC with renewed momentum, armed with the things learned during the past year.

PVCC will begin with a soft start for Summer by increasing the number of on-site classes, along with Online learning, utilizing the largest classrooms in order to maintain Social Distancing protocols. Just as important, we will be identifying the staffing needed on campus to support these on-site students.  Please work with your Director, Dean and/or Vice President for specific questions related to individual return-to-campus plans for your department.

Return to Campus Guidelines

Maricopa County Community College District’s guidelines support our COVID-19 response and will be maintained for the health and safety of our community.

  • Employees are required to complete the Return to Workplace Training plan in the Employee Learn Center (ELC).
  • Conduct Daily Self-Assessments
    • Employees returning to the workplace must conduct self-assessment symptom monitoring every day, prior to arriving on campus.
    • Employees must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be eligible to report to work.
  • Wear a Face Covering – A face covering must be worn by all students, faculty, staff and visitors:
    • While on any MCCCD campus
    • When in the presence of others
    • MCCCD will provide employees with a face covering upon returning to the worksite
    • Clear masks (not face shields) may be worn to facilitate communications for the deaf/hard of hearing.
  • If you plan to be working on campus and are unable to wear a face mask due to a medical condition, please contact PVCC HR at: dl-pvc-hr@paradisevalley.edu
  • Practice Social / Physical Distancing – Keeping 6-feet of space between yourself and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and to help slow its spread.
  • Face Coverings and Social Distancing are required at all times, and are not interchangeable of each other

We encourage our PVCC community to follow these personal-safety best practices:

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes and face
  • Cough and sneeze into tissues or your elbow
  • Wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Report exposure and confirmed cases right away
  • Minimize personal travel to known COVID-19 hotspots
  • Carefully read and follow directional signage while on campus to minimize unnecessary contact with others

By following these guidelines, you are protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community. It is up to all of us to remind people of these guidelines if we see them without a mask and to inform them that if they have forgotten theirs, we can provide one.

Vaccinations

District Risk Management has released updated quarantine guidelines which take into account the availability of vaccinations. Based on the new guidelines, vaccinated individuals will not need to quarantine if they are exposed to either someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or with COVID-like symptoms, as long as the following criteria are met:

  • They are fully vaccinated, i.e., ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

People who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine/isolation requirements after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

As the CDC updates their guidelines regarding the duration of immunity the vaccine provides, the 2 ½ month quarantine-exempt period may be increased. Risk Management has updated their COVID Reporting forms to include questions regarding vaccines. This information will be used to set the quarantine requirements for individuals as incidents occur. Proof of vaccination is considered confidential information and is only needed in very specific situations involving Human Resources Departments. Employees should not ask for that information from employees or students.

Working On Campus

As a reminder, in order to maintain the safest environment possible, all employees are still required to complete a daily Self-Screening checklist prior to coming on campus. Once on campus, employees must wear a face covering, their employee ID badge, and adhere to social distancing measures.

Remember, you are expected to go home or stay home if you have a fever, i.e., your temperature exceeds 100.4°F / 37.8°C. The College has hands-free temperature check monitoring stations in several buildings across campus. Employees and students can check their own temperatures as needed throughout the day.

Temperature Check Stations

Free-standing temperature check monitoring stations are available for employees and students to check their own temperatures hands-free as needed throughout the day in the KSC, E, Fitness Center, Athletics Training room, G, Q, LS, M East, M West, Orion (Blk Mtn) Buildings. These monitoring stations issue a warning for temperatures above the recommended threshold of 100.4° F, and will issue a warning if the individual is not wearing a face covering.  

Campus Cleaning and Supplies

Our facilities staff have increased cleaning and sanitation schedules in addition to several other changes designed to help stop the spread

The PVCC Facilities department will supply masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes for employees working on campus. If you need supplies for your area, please submit a Facilities Helpdesk Request and arrangements will be made for the safe delivery of supplies to your area.

Water fountains will be out of order to protect against the spread of the virus so be prepared by bringing your own water.  Bottled water will be available from vending machines.

The Puma Den Cafe, including catering operations, will be closed the remainder of the Fall semester. Vending machines will be filled at the following locations only: inside KSC, inside Q, & outside G. (SW side), and outside Black Mountain - Orion Hall.

Covid-19 Testing

COVID testing is available on both Union Hills and Black Mountain campuses. You can schedule an appointment for testing at the link below (also available on the campus calendars).

https://embrywomenshealth.com/testing-blitz/

PVCC Covid-19 Hotline

As a reminder, you can send questions or concerns and report COVID instances to covid19-reports@paradisevalley.edu. Please allow 24 hours for a response.

Covid-19 Reporting & Self-quarantine Requirements

It is critical that everyone continue to report any potential COVID exposure regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not. This will help document all exposures and provide the COVID-19 Liaisons to have a full picture of potential exposures in case of an outbreak so to appropriately apply MCCCD guidelines as called for.  Email to:  covid19-reports@paradisevalley.edu

It is not necessary for students or employees to get approval from MCCCD Risk Management prior to returning to campus; the criteria for returning are communicated to employees and students by either the COVID Liaison or the COVID Response Team.

If you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive COVID-19 or exhibited the symptoms yourself

There are two scenarios that determine when you may return:

  1. You tested positive for, or think you have (based on symptoms) COVID-19, you can return:
    • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • COVID-19 symptoms have improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath)

This means that you could return in as little as ten days, but all three criteria must be met.

  1. You tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms:
    • You may return after 10 days if either of the following is true:
      • You have no symptoms
      • Your symptoms are improving and you have not had a fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicine such as aspirin, ibuprofen, tylenol

Has a Student/Visitor reported a COVID-19 incident to you?

  • Have them follow the instructions on the student COVID-19 guide
  • If possible, ask: Where have they been on campus, and who have they been in contact with?
  • Email report to the COVID-19 Liaison (covid19-reports@paradisevalley.edu )
  • It is important to maintain confidentiality. Only communicate this information with the COVID-19 liaison
COVID-19 Metrics

This dashboard is used to determine the level of community spread of COVID-19 in Maricopa County to assist Maricopa County Community Colleges in the decision-making process for Return to On-Campus Learning, Work and Community Activities. The safety and well-being of our students, employees and overall community is the driving factor in the tempered and deliberate steps taken during this pandemic. 

This dashboard provides statistics for a rolling two-week period for four defined benchmarks.​ Due to potential lags in reporting/data compilation, the data provided may not be for the most recent two previous weeks; therefore the dates are provided.​​ The goal is to have all metrics in the minimal column.

 

COVID 19 Metrics

MINIMAL

MODERATE

SUBSTANTIAL

MINIMAL

MODERATE

SUBSTANTIAL

UPDATED DATES

 

Updated:  1/27/21

   

Updated 7/26/21

 

Benchmarks

MINIMAL

MODERATE

SUBSTANTIAL

MINIMAL

MODERATE

SUBSTANTIAL

Two Week Span

(<10/per 100,000)

(5-100/100,000)

(>100/100,000)

(<10/per 100,000)

(5-100/100,000)

(>100/100,000)

Cases

 

 

867-WK 12/27 & 939-WK 1/3/21  

78-WK 7/4/21

114-WK 7/11/21

Benchmarks

MINIMAL

MODERATE

SUBSTANTIAL

MINIMAL

MODERATE

SUBSTANTIAL

(<5%)

(5-10%)

(>10%)

(<5%)

(5-10%)

(>10%)

Percent Positive Cases

 

  23.9-WK 12/27 & 22.7-WK 1/3/21  

7.9-WK 7/4/21

10.1-WK 7/11/21

Benchmarks

MINIMAL

MODERATE

SUBSTANTIAL

MCCCD no longer tracks this statistic.

This information can be found at:  AZ Dept of Health Services dashboard

(<5%)

(5-10%)

(>10%)

Hospital Visits for COVID like Illness

 

  16.8-WK 12/27 & 18.0-WK 1/3/21

Benchmarks

MINIMAL

MODERATE

SUBSTANTIAL

MINIMAL

MODERATE

SUBSTANTIAL

(<.90)

(.91-1.39)

(>1.40)

(<.90)

(.91-1.10)

(1.11-1.39)

Infection Rate

  1.12-WK 1/3/21 & 1.00-WK 1/10/21    

 

1.12-WK 7/4 /21 & 1.22-WK 7/11/21

 

 

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