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LRSC COVID-19 Preparedness & Response

LRSC COVID-19 Preparedness Fall 2020

Lake Region State College resources, policies, procedures, and other information regarding COVID-19. 

Lake Region State College Royals 2020/2021 Restart 

Published on July 13, 2020

On August 3, 2020, Lake Region State College will welcome staff and administrators back to campus, including those currently working from home and those on furlough.  Some student athletes will already be on campus living in the residence halls and international students needing to quarantine prior to student orientation will be moving in between August 7th and August 10th.  

For the safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors, the following restart protocol will be in place, effective August 3rd.  Failure to adhere to the requirements of this restart protocol will constitute a violation of the LRSC Code of Conduct (1500.05) or the LRSC Student Code of Conduct (800.30).

Section One:  Lowering the Risk of Transmission: Mask Wearing and Physical Distancing

Students, faculty, staff and visitors to Lake Region State College can greatly enhance our ability to offer a safer campus living and learning environment by making decisions that help the collective health of our entire community.  Observing the distancing objective and wearing a face covering can slow the spread significantly.  This will allow Lake Region State College to keep more courses, programs, and services open and available to students.  To achieve our goal of creating a healthy and safe environment, the following shall be required:
    I. Face Coverings (masks or face shields) and Physical Distancing
        1. When indoors, faculty, staff, students, and visitors shall wear a face covering when walking in hallways, when in areas open to others, when riding in vehicles, and in dining services/student union (except while seated and eating/drinking).  Face covering is defined as a face mask or a face shield (accompanied by a face mask if 6-foot distance cannot be accommodated). Gaiter coverings are not acceptable face coverings.
        2. Face coverings are also required when in the classroom, science lab, computer lab, Learning Commons, or meeting rooms.
        3. Coverings are not required in the following locations/circumstances:
            a. Outdoors when a six-foot distance can be maintained.
            b. When alone in an office or with only household members in a residence hall room. 
            c. When working in a cubicle or when working at a workstation with a wellness barrier and there is at least six feet of distance between you and a co-worker.  A face covering is required when leaving  the workstation for any reason.   
            d. While practicing and/or competing in sports, playing a musical instrument, performing in a theater production, or another like activity. 
            e. When face coverings are “not required” as part of an approved COVID Safe protocol plan (as in II and III below).
            f. When specifically exempted by the President of Lake Region State College. 
        4.    Faculty should make every effort to ensure compliance with physical distancing as a best practice by spacing desks and chairs as far apart as is practical, requiring and enforcing the wearing of a face covering, making disinfectant wipes available to use on desks prior to being seated, and making hand sanitizer available as students arrive for class.
        5.    When the physical distancing objective can’t be met due to the number of enrolled students and classroom size, faculty should explore other options like rotated attendance, student scheduling    adjustments, relocation to a larger classroom or meeting room, and/or using technology to allow students to attend remotely.  
        6.    Because wearing a face covering and utilizing physical distancing is helpful but does not provide complete protection from transmission:   
            a. Faculty and staff should try to use other forms of communication whenever it is practical to do so.  Other forms include utilizing the telephone to hold conference calls, using technology such as  Microsoft Teams, and using instant messaging or email.  
            b. During more impromptu encounters and when two or more people need to see the same information, faculty and staff should utilize a wall monitor, screen sharing, and/or printed copies.  Do not  huddle closely around the same computer screen.
            c. Meeting organizers should evaluate the number of participants, the size of the room, and the ability to see a presentation and hear the speaker in a socially distanced manner as relevant  considerations.
            d. Staff who interact with others often should maximize the use of the wellness barrier.  The wellness barrier allows for a face to face conversation while providing physical separation through the use  of clear Plexiglas.     
    II.  CTE Labs and Athletics:  Faculty and administrators in the following areas will create, and submit for approval, supplemental protocol necessary to enhance our ability to lower the risk of transmission  as it applies to the unique nature of the:
        1. Kinesiology Lab
        2. Auto Shop
        3. Wind Lab
        4. DPAC Shop
        5. Simulation Lab
        6. Early Childhood Education Program
        7. Peace Officer Training Program
        8. PN and AD Nursing Programs
        9. Athletics Department; including the use of the gym and training room by teams and student athletes, use of the weight room, and the protocol agreed upon by the MON-DAK Conference for COVID safe competitions.   

Once approved by the VP for Academic and Student Affairs, these procedures will be published in a student handbook, an appropriate rules manual, procedure manual, and/or course syllabus so it is available to the affected students, faculty, and staff. 

    III. Auxiliary Services:  Administrators in the following areas will create and publish procedures to enhance our ability to lower the risk of transmission as it applies to the following locations:
        1. The Bookstore
        2. Dining Services
        3. Residence Halls 

These procedures will be published and available on the COVID Safe information page of the LRSC website.   

Section Two: Testing, Tracking, Isolation, and Quarantine

Lake Region State College will adhere to the guidance and recommendations from the ND Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  As COVID-19 testing becomes available to our community, the number of positive cases is likely to grow.  The LRSC Human Resources Director is designated as our official point of contact with the ND Department of Health.  
    I. Testing:  Lake Region State College will help coordinate with the ND Department Health so that testing is made available to our campus as often as is practical.
        1.  General information about the number of positive cases known at LRSC will be posted each school day on the LRSC COVID Safe information page.  LRSC will adhere to all confidentiality requirements that apply to faculty, staff, and students.  Only that information that can be released, will be released.  
        2. The LRSC Human Resources Director will publish the protocol (to the LRSC COVID Safe information page) that will be required of a student, faculty and/or staff member who:
            a. is feeling well but who has a household member who has tested positive for COVID 19;
            b. is feeling well but has a household member who has been tested for COVID 19 and is awaiting the results;
            c. is feeling well but who has a sick household member with symptoms consistent with COVID 19 but has not yet been tested;
            d. has symptoms consistent with COVID 19 and must stay home from work, who are at work and become symptomatic, is awaiting test results, or has tested positive for COVID 19. 

    II: Tracking:  Lake Region State College students, faculty, and staff shall cooperate with public health officials (or their designee) in any contact tracing effort to help identify persons who may be at risk.

    III. Self-isolation and Quarantine:  Only the ND Department of Health, a local public health official, or a medical provider may order a member of our campus community to self-isolate or quarantine.   
        1. Isolation is the term used for people who are already sick from the virus and is a prevention strategy used to separate people who are sick from those who are not.  It is also used if someone has tested positive or who has symptoms but has not yet been tested.  
        2. Quarantine is the term used for people who don’t currently have the virus but were exposed to someone with the virus.  Quarantine is a prevention strategy used to monitor people who have been      exposed (but not tested) to see if they become sick.  
        3. Lake Region State College will assist in monitoring and enforcing orders to isolate or quarantine only as it is appropriate for us to do so.  
        4. The Governor, in his executive order dated May 8, 2020 requires: “Any person who enters ND traveling from another country, or after traveling internationally within the past fourteen days, and who is not merely passing through, is subject to immediate quarantine for a period of fourteen days from the time of entry into ND, or for a period of fourteen days from the time of entry in the united States if after having traveled internationally, for the duration of the person’s presence in ND whichever is shorter.”   
            a. International students (including those from Canada) will be required to quarantine prior to physically participating in a campus approved activity, practice, meeting, or class.
            b. All faculty, staff, and students could be subject to isolation or quarantine orders should they qualify under the HR protocol created for Section Two I.2.a-d.   

Section Three: Travel and Off Campus Requirements

  • Lake Region State College faculty and staff shall attend training and meetings using technology whenever it is possible to do so.  
  • International travel is suspended and no approval guidelines or process will be created until permission is possible.  
  • Out of state travel requires approval of the President.
  • In-state travel requires approval from the appropriate Vice President.  
  • Students, faculty, and staff who work/learn at a location other than the main campus in Devils Lake must adhere to the more restrictive mask wearing and physical distancing requirements of the work location.  For example, if Mayville State University has a more restrictive requirement than LRSC, a nursing student or faculty member there must comply with MaSU’s requirement.  If LRSC’s requirement is more restrictive, when possible, the LRSC requirement must be met.  

Section Four:  Protocol Updates, Related Information, and Signage

Updates and changes in protocol will likely occur on a very regular basis.  Emails will be sent out by President Darling alerting the campus to this new information and to consult the COVID Safe information page of our website for detailed information.   The Director of Community Relations will ensure campus signs and other informational displays are up to date with information regarding social distancing, face covering requirements, cleaning and hygiene techniques, and other related COVID Safe reminders.   

Section Five:  Sanitizing Work Areas

The Physical Plant Director will make sure each classroom, office area, and meeting room has easy access to cleaning supplies, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer.  Faculty and Staff must help take responsibility for keeping their work environment clean and disinfected.   Custodial staff will clean and disinfect classrooms, meeting rooms, hallways, and common areas at least daily but will need help from all employees in keeping work areas and classrooms clean and disinfected during the school day.  

Members of the LRSC Community are expected to notify the College through the below form if they have:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19
  • Been notified by a state health department official that they have been identified as a close contact to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (individuals can check their symptoms through the ND Department of Health COVID-19 Risk Assessment Survey Tool by clicking here)

This form should also be used to report concerns about COVID-19 exposure to the College community. The purpose of this form is to inform the College that a student or employee has COVID-19, has been identified as a close contact, and/or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

COVID-19 Reporting Form 

 

COVID-19 Cases and Reporting Procedures

As COVID-19 testing becomes more widespread, the number of positive cases may grow significantly. New cases reported on the LRSC campus will be posted once a day, before noon, Monday through Friday. Student confidentiality laws prohibit us from disclosing the identities of individuals. Therefore, each new entry will be listed in strict accordance with student and patient confidentiality laws and will indicate when it was posted or updated. These statistics are reflective of information obtained by LRSC independently, in close cooperation with local and State health departments, or provided to LRSC by local and State health authorities. There may be instances when LRSC may have no way of knowing and communicating information about new positive cases on campus if individuals on campus do not disclose to LRSC or health authorities that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Thus, this information includes only positive cases that LRSC has been made aware of.

If there are positive cases, LRSC is prepared to assist public health officials in following up with others whom individuals may have come into contact. Anyone who has been identified as a close contact would be notified by the North Dakota Department of Health and provided with additional information.

Isolation and Quarantine:  Only the ND Department of Health, a local public health official, or a medical provider may order a member of our campus community to isolate.  LRSC will require a close contact to quarantine for up to 14 days if they are living on the LRSC campus or attending on campus classes.  LRSC may require a student to isolate or quarantine longer than is required should they test positive or show symptoms while in quarantine.  Lake Region State College will assist in monitoring and enforcing orders to isolate or quarantine only as it is appropriate for us to do so.

  1. Isolation is the term used for people who are already sick from the virus and is a prevention strategy used to separate people who are sick from those who are not. It is also used if someone has tested positive or who has symptoms but has not yet been tested. 
  2. Quarantine is the term used for people who don’t currently have the virus but were exposed to someone with the virus. Quarantine is a prevention strategy used to monitor people who have been exposed (but not tested) to see if they become sick.

For questions/concerns, please contact the HR Director/Risk Manager at Sandra.Lillehaugen@lrsc.edu.

Required Procedures for Students

Failure to adhere to the requirements of this restart protocol will constitute a violation of the LRSC Student Code of Conduct (800.30).

Student lives in the residence hall and tests positive for COVID-19:

Must notify LRSC and follow all protocols given by LRSC. Provide notification to: Sandi Lillehaugen at 701-662-1543 or Sandra.Lillehaugen@lrsc.edu and Housing Director, Scott Dunbar at 701-662-1525  or Scott.Dunbar@lrsc.edu 

  • Isolate for the required 14 days or until released by the NDDoH
  • Student will be moved to designated quarantine/isolation housing or they can return home
  • If on campus, meals will be delivered by food service or housing personnel
  • Participate in contract tracing protocols
  • Determine teammates and/or classmates that could be potential close contacts 
  • Student will be able to attend their classes synchronously using technology from their residence hall or home
  • LRSC will help arrange access to healthcare if needed
  • The original residence hall room will receive deep cleaning procedures

Student lives off campus and tests positive for COVID-19:

  • Must notify LRSC and follow all protocols given by LRSC. Provide notification to:  Sandi Lillehaugen at 701-662-1543 or Sandra.Lillehaugen@lrsc.edu  
  • Isolate for the required 14 days at home or until released by the NDDoH
  • Participate in contract tracing protocols
  • Student will be able to attend their classes synchronously using technology from their home

Student in the residence hall is a close contact of another that has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Must notify LRSC and follow all protocols given by LRSC. Provide notification to: Sandi Lillehaugen at 701-662-1543 or Sandra.Lillehaugen@lrsc.edu and Housing Director, Scott Dunbar at 701-662-1525 Scott.Dunbar@lrsc.edu
  • Quarantine for the required 14 days 
  •  Student will be moved to designated quarantine/isolation housing or they can return  home
  • If on campus, meals will be delivered by food service or housing personnel
  • Monitor your health for 14 days from the last exposure
  • Get COVID-19 test 4-7 days after exposure
  • If positive, follow ‘positive for COVID-19 protocol’ above
  • Student will be able to attend their classes synchronously using technology from their residence hall or home

Student lives off campus and is a close contact of another that has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Must notify LRSC and follow all protocols given by LRSC. Provide notification to: Sandi Lillehaugen at 701-662-1543 or Sandra.Lillehaugen@lrsc.edu
  • Quarantine for the required 14 days at home
  • Monitor your health for 14 days from the last exposure
  • Get COVID-19 test 4-7 days after exposure
  • If positive, follow ‘positive for COVID-19 protocol’ above
  • Student will be able to attend their classes synchronously using technology from their home

Students who are well but who have a household member or roommate that has tested positive COVID-19:

  • Must notify LRSC and follow all protocols given by LRSC. Provide notification to: Sandi Lillehaugen at 701-662-1543 or Sandra.Lillehaugen@lrsc.edu
  • Self-quarantine at home, and avoid public places (shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, etc.) for 14 days after the household member is recovered and removed from isolation. This ordinarily will involve self-quarantine for a total of 24 days (that is, 10 days from onset of symptoms of the household member, plus 14 days beyond that)
  • Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Student will be able to attend their classes synchronously using technology from their home

Student has a sick household member at home with respiratory symptoms, but has not been tested for COVID-19, and the student is well:

  • Must notify LRSC and follow all protocols given by LRSC. Provide notification to: Sandi Lillehaugen at 701-662-1543 or Sandra.Lillehaugen@lrsc.edu
  • Stay home at least until sick household member is subsequently tested for COVID-19 and found to be negative.
  • Sick household member should be encouraged to seek medical attention and be tested for COVID-19.
  • Student will self-quarantine at home, and avoid public places (shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, etc.) for 14 days after the household member is recovered and removed from isolation. This ordinarily will involve self-quarantine for a total of 24 days (that is, 10 days from onset of symptoms of the household member, plus 14 days beyond that)

Students who are sick: 

  • Will notify their instructors and will not attend class
  • Must notify LRSC and follow all protocols given by LRSC. Provide notification to:  Sandi Lillehaugen at 701-662-1543 or Sandra.Lillehaugen@lrsc.edu
  • Student will self-quarantine in their residence hall room or at home, and avoid public areas 
  • If on campus, meals will be delivered by food service or housing personnel
  • Students with COVID symptoms are encouraged to seek medical attention and be tested for COVID-19 and if positive, follow positive for COVID-19 protocol above
  • Student will be able to attend their classes synchronously using technology from their residence hall or home

Students confirmed to have COVID-19 infections: 

  • Student will isolate as instructed by NDDoH until the following three are met:
    • Student has not had a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications
    • Student’s symptoms have improved (for example, student’s cough and shortness of breath have improved)
    •  At least 10 days have passed since student’s first symptoms appeared
  • The original residence hall room will receive deep cleaning procedures
  • Student’s common areas (classrooms, residence hall, bathrooms, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will lead the contact tracing investigation.
  • Close contact is defined by the NDDoH as:
    • Being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time (15 minutes or more). Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, working with or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, or
    • Having direct contact with infectious secretion of a COVID-19 case (being coughed on)

Student has a fever and/or respiratory symptoms but was not tested: 

  • Student will self-isolate in their place of residence until the following three are met:
    • Student has not had a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications
    • Student’s symptoms have improved (for example, student’s cough and shortness of breath have improved)
    • At least 10 days have passed since student’s first symptoms appeared

Student is tested and results indicate student does not have COVID-19: 

  • Student is able to return to class once the following two criteria are met:
    • Student has had no fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications
    • Student’s other signs and symptoms of illness are improved

Student thinks they may have been at the same location as a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19: 

  • The NDDoH conducts interviews with all persons diagnosed with COVID-19 to determine who their close contacts are. People who are identified as close contacts will be notified by the NDDoH and will receive instruction on quarantine and monitoring
  • Being in an indoor environment (e.g., store, classroom, workplace, restaurant) with someone who has COVID-19 is not necessarily considered having close contact
  • Students who have not been contacted by the NDDoH as a close contact will report to class as usual

Secondary contacts are contacts of someone who has been identified as a close contact. 

  • Student is not required to quarantine or isolate.

Student has completed the COVID-19 isolation period, has met the following criteria, and is prepared to return to class:

  • Student has not had a fever for at least 72 hours (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • Student’s other symptoms have improved (for example, cough and shortness of breath have improved).
  • At least 10 days have passed since student’s first symptoms appeared.
     

COVID-19 Cases and Reporting Procedures

As COVID-19 testing becomes more widespread, the number of positive cases may grow significantly. New cases reported on the LRSC campus will be posted once a day, before noon, Monday through Friday. Student and employee confidentiality laws prohibit us from disclosing the identities of individuals. Therefore, each new entry will be listed in strict accordance with student, employee and patient confidentiality laws and will indicate when it was posted or updated. These statistics are reflective of information obtained by LRSC independently, in close cooperation with local and State health departments, or provided to LRSC by local and State health authorities. There may be instances when LRSC may have no way of knowing and communicating information about new positive cases on campus if individuals on campus do not disclose to LRSC or health authorities that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Thus, this information includes only positive cases that LRSC has been made aware of.

If there are positive cases, LRSC is prepared to assist public health officials in following up with others whom individuals may have come into contact. Anyone who has been identified as a close contact would be notified by the North Dakota Department of Health and provided with additional information.

Isolation and Quarantine:  Only the ND Department of Health, a local public health official, or a medical provider may order a member of our campus community to isolate.  LRSC will require a close contact to quarantine for up to 14 days if they work for Lake Region State College.  LRSC may require an employee to isolate or quarantine longer than is required should they test positive or show symptoms while in quarantine.  Lake Region State College will assist in monitoring and enforcing orders to isolate or quarantine only as it is appropriate for us to do so.

1.    Isolation is the term used for people who are already sick from the virus and is a prevention strategy used to separate people who are sick from those who are not. It is also used if someone has tested positive or who has symptoms but has not yet been tested. 
2.    Quarantine is the term used for people who don’t currently have the virus but were exposed to someone with the virus. Quarantine is a prevention strategy used to monitor people who have been exposed (but not tested) to see if they become sick.
 
For questions/concerns, please contact the HR Director at Sandra.Lillehaugen@lrsc.edu.

Required Procedures for Employees and Volunteers

In accordance with the guidance from the ND Department of Health (NDDoH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following procedures must be followed by Lake Region State College employees and volunteers. An employee is defined as faculty, staff, and administrators and is inclusive of full time, part time, contract, and student workers.  
We are asking all employees to minimize the spread of illness by taking the following actions when working from campus:

  • Unless you are alone in your office, staff on campus should wear face coverings when interacting with others and when walking the hallways when it is likely you will encounter others.  
  • Maintain a six-foot distance between you and those you are working with or talking to.
  • Do not sit or stand close together.  
  • When two or more people need to see the same information, utilize a wall monitor, screen sharing, and/or printed copies, but do not huddle closely around the same computer screen.  
  • Avoid standing in each other’s doorway or sitting down for a discussion in offices without face masks and make using the phone, Teams, and other forms of electronic communication a higher priority.

Failure to adhere to the requirements of this restart protocol will constitute a violation of the LRSC Code of Conduct (1500.05).

Employees who are well but who have a household member undergoing testing for COVID-19:

  • MUST notify their supervisor and stay home pending results of testing. (The governor has asked that any household members of people being tested for COVID quarantine pending those results. LRSC will enforce the governor’s request.)
  • Employee may be eligible and may be required to work from home, and or teach remotely.
  • Employee’s workplace will continue to receive routine cleaning procedures.
  • Employee’s coworkers are expected to continue to report to work as usual if asymptomatic.
  • Employee may be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Contact the HR Director.

Employees who are well but who have a household member at home diagnosed with COVID-19 will self-quarantine at home, and avoid public places (shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, etc.) for 14 days after the household member is recovered and removed from isolation.

This ordinarily will involve self-quarantine for a total of 24 days (that is, 10 days from onset of symptoms of the household member, plus 14 days beyond that).

  • Employee may be eligible and may be required to work from home, and or teach remotely.
  • Employee’s workplace will continue to receive routine cleaning procedures.
  • Employee’s coworkers are expected to continue to report to work as usual if asymptomatic.
  • Employee may be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave under the FFCRA/FMLA. Contact the HR Director. 
  • Consideration may be given to LRSC employees identified as close contacts, but essential to the sustained operation of LRSC, to continue to work, provided practices as identified by the CDC are followed. Supervisors will contact the HR Director or division vice presidents for additional information.

Employee has a sick household member at home with respiratory symptoms, but has not been tested for COVID-19, and the employee is well:

  • Employee must notify supervisor and stay home at least until sick household member is subsequently tested for COVID-19 and found to be negative.
  • Sick Household member should be encouraged to seek medical attention and be tested for COVID-19.
  • Employee will self-quarantine at home, and avoid public places (shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, etc.) for 14 days after the household member is recovered and removed from isolation. This ordinarily will involve self-quarantine for a total of 24 days (that is, 10 days from onset of symptoms of the household member, plus 14 days beyond that).
  • Employee’s workplace will continue to receive routine cleaning procedures.
  • Employee’s coworkers are expected to continue to report to work as usual if asymptomatic.
  • Employee may be eligible and may be required to work from home, and or teach remotely.
  • If employee is unable to work, they may use LRSC Dependent Care Sick Leave (NDUS HR Policy 7).
  • Consideration may be given to LRSC employees identified as close contacts, but essential to the sustained operation of LRSC, to continue to work,  provided practices as identified by the CDC are followed. Supervisors will contact the HR Director or division vice presidents for additional information.

Employees who are sick: Will notify their supervisor and stay home.

  • Employees with COVID symptoms are encouraged to seek medical attention and be tested for COVID-19.
  • Employee may be eligible and may be required to work from home, and or teach remotely.
  • If employee is unable to work, they may use sick leave. (NDUS HR Policy 7).

Employees who appear to have symptoms upon arrival at work or who become sick during the day must:

  • Immediately inform their supervisor.
  • Immediately be separated from others.
  • Immediately be sent home

Employees with symptoms are encouraged to seek medical attention and be tested for COVID-19.

  • Employee’s workspace will be closed off for 24 hours, or as long as feasible, prior to cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Employee’s workplace common areas (bathrooms, copy rooms, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Employee’s coworkers will continue to work as usual if asymptomatic.
  • Employee may be eligible and may be required to work from home, and or teach remotely.
  • If unable to work, the ill employee may use sick leave. (NDUS HR Policy 7).

Employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infections: 

  • Employee will self-isolate in their place of residence until the following three are met:
  • Employee has not had a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • Employee’s symptoms have improved (for example, employee’s cough and shortness of breath have improved).
  • At least 10 days have passed since employee’s first symptoms appeared.

North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will lead the contact investigation.

Employee may be eligible for Emergency Sick Leave under the FFCRA or traditional Family Medical Leave (FMLA). Contact the HR Director.

Employee’s workspace will be closed off for 24 hours, or as long as feasible, prior to cleaning and disinfecting.

Employee’s workplace common areas (bathrooms, copy room, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected.

Employer will inform employee’s coworkers of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality of the employee as necessary. NDDoH will provide assistance with notification process.

Employee’s coworkers identified as close contacts will be contacted by NDDoH. If employee’s coworker is not contacted by NDDoH, the coworker was not considered to be a close contact.

Close contact is defined by the NDDoH as:

  • Being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time (15 minutes or more). Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, working with or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, or
  • Having direct contact with infectious secretion of a COVID-19 case (being coughed on)
  • Employee’s coworkers will self-monitor for symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath).
  • Employee’s coworkers will continue to work unless notified by NDDoH to stay home.

An employee has a fever and/or respiratory symptoms but was not tested: 

  •  Employee will self-isolate in their place of residence until the following three are met:

Employee has not had a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
Employee’s symptoms have improved (for example, employee’s cough and shortness of breath have improved).
At least 10 days have passed since employee’s first symptoms appeared

  • Employee may be eligible and may be required to work from home, and or teach remotely. 
  •  If employee is unable to work, they may use sick leave. (NDUS HR Policy 7)

Employee is tested and results indicate employee does not have COVID-19: 

  • Employee is able to return to work once the following two criteria are met:

Employee has had no fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
Employee’s other signs and symptoms of illness are improved.

  • Employee may be eligible and may be required to work from home, and or teach remotely. 
  • If employee is unable to work, they may use sick leave. (NDUS HR Policy 7).

Employee thinks they may have been at the same location as a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19: 

  • The NDDoH conducts interviews with all persons diagnosed with COVID-19 to determine who their close contacts are. People who are identified as close contacts will be notified by the NDDoH and will receive instruction on quarantine and monitoring.
  • Being in an indoor environment (e.g., store, workplace, restaurant) with someone who has COVID-19 is not necessarily considered having close contact.
  • Employee who has not been contacted by the NDDoH as a close contact will report to work as usual.

Secondary contacts are contacts of someone who has been identified as a close contact. 

  • Employee will report to work as usual as long as employee is not sick.

Employee has completed the COVID-19 isolation period, has met the following criteria, and is prepared to return to work:

  • Employee has not had a fever for at least 72 hours (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • Employee’s other symptoms have improved (for example, cough and shortness of breath have improved).
  • At least 10 days have passed since employee’s first symptoms appeared.
  • Employee is required to provide a return to work document/fitness for duty from the NDDoH or their health care provider before returning to work.  Fitness- for-duty report will be submitted to the HR Director.  HR Director will inform your supervisor of employee’s clearance to return to work. If the employee submits directly to the employee’s supervisor, that supervisor must send to the HR Director prior to allowing the employee to return.
     

Face coverings (masks or face shields) and physical distancing are required:
        1. When indoors, faculty, staff, students, and visitors shall wear a face covering when walking in hallways, when in areas open to others, when riding in vehicles, and in dining services/student union       (except while seated and eating/drinking).  Face covering is defined as a face mask or a face shield (accompanied by a face mask if 6-foot distance cannot be accommodated). Gaiter coverings are not acceptable face coverings.
        2. Face coverings are also required when in the classroom, science lab, computer lab, Learning Commons, or meeting rooms.
        3. Coverings are not required in the following locations/circumstances:
            a. Outdoors when a six-foot distance can be maintained.
            b. When alone in an office or with only household members in a residence hall room. 
            c. When working in a cubicle or when working at a workstation with a wellness barrier and there is at least six feet of distance between you and a co-worker.  A face covering is required when leaving  the workstation for any reason.   
            d. While practicing and/or competing in sports, playing a musical instrument, performing in a theater production, or another like activity. 
            e. When face coverings are “not required” as part of an approved COVID Safe protocol plan (as in II and III below).
            f. When specifically exempted by the President of Lake Region State College. 
        4.    Faculty should make every effort to ensure compliance with physical distancing as a best practice by spacing desks and chairs as far apart as is practical, requiring and enforcing the wearing of a face covering, making disinfectant wipes available to use on desks prior to being seated, and making hand sanitizer available as students arrive for class.
        5.    When the physical distancing objective can’t be met due to the number of enrolled students and classroom size, faculty should explore other options like rotated attendance, student scheduling    adjustments, relocation to a larger classroom or meeting room, and/or using technology to allow students to attend remotely.  
        6.    Because wearing a face covering and utilizing physical distancing is helpful but does not provide complete protection from transmission:   
            a. Faculty and staff should try to use other forms of communication whenever it is practical to do so.  Other forms include utilizing the telephone to hold conference calls, using technology such as  Microsoft Teams, and using instant messaging or email.  
            b. During more impromptu encounters and when two or more people need to see the same information, faculty and staff should utilize a wall monitor, screen sharing, and/or printed copies.  Do not  huddle closely around the same computer screen.
            c. Meeting organizers should evaluate the number of participants, the size of the room, and the ability to see a presentation and hear the speaker in a socially distanced manner as relevant  considerations.
            d. Staff who interact with others often should maximize the use of the wellness barrier.  The wellness barrier allows for a face to face conversation while providing physical separation through the use  of clear Plexiglas.     

LRSC Bookstore COVID-19 Response Plan

Access and Services, Fall 2020

This plan provides the latest available information about the Lake Region State College Campus Bookstore that may be impacted by the COVID 19 (novel coronavirus) situation. 
The campus bookstore will follow the same public access rules that are in place by the institution and are subject to change.  Please refer to the main campus website for the most up-to-date policies, times and dates of operation.

Beginning Wednesday, August 5, 2020, the campus store will be open to serve the campus community. New store hours will be in place to allow for additional cleaning of store and preparation of online orders.  The campus store will be open from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday – Friday with special pick-up and delivery times based on student needs.   

  • Plexi glass shields are in place to protect employees and customers in front of the coffee bar area and the point of purchase cash register.  Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance of the bookstore for customers to use prior to entering and upon exiting.  Face shields and/or masks will be provided for and worn by staff when assisting customers on the sales floor.  Latex gloves will be worn when preparing any items at the Royal Java Espresso Bar and when handling daily deposits.  
  • Additional cleaning protocols are in place for countertops, pens, styluses and other items touched by employees and customers. Every effort will be made to clean common areas between customer transactions. 
  • Credit card readers have been set to not require a signature for purchase for amounts under $25.00. Cash and checks are still accepted as forms of payment. 
  • There will be no self-serve items in the bookstore. All prepared drink and food items will be handled by the barista employee using food safety preparation guidelines.
  • Directional signage will be put on the floor within the store to create 'one-way' traffic and to instruct customers where to stand when preparing to check out.  Product assortment will be maximized to allow social distancing.  
  • For students attending LRSC this fall (whether it be on campus, at an off-campus location, or online) we will be requiring all course materials to be ordered via the LRSC Online Bookstore.  Our receiving area has been reconfigured to accommodate online orders pending pick-up as well as allow for safe personal distancing among staff. We will offer a bookstore valet type service where we pull customer books for those who need accommodation due to special needs and circumstances.  
  • Free resident hall delivery, in store pick-up (by appointment) and curb-side pick-up options are in place as well as home delivery.  The store is currently working with the campus IT Director and Residence Hall Director to put in place scheduling assistant software to help manage pick-up and delivery times. 

Lake Region State College Dining Services is committed to food safety and the safety of guests that dine on campus.
In order to operate as safely as possible for our students and customers, Dining Services is implementing the following:

  • A temporary wall has been installed around the Student Union and Dining Room to accommodate one-way traffic into the dining area and for exiting. The double doors by the childcare center and doorway near the Adult Learning Center will be emergency exits only.
  • The cashier area has been located outside the Snack Bar to mitigate the need to stand in line within the dining areas. This way, students and guests can swipe their meal card or purchase meals as they enter.  Payment options include, board plan card (Student ID), R-bucks (on ID card) or credit card. No cash transactions will take place.
  • Once you have scanned your card, dining will become an “All you can eat” situation without returning for a second serving.  
  • “To Go” containers will be provided for those who prefer to eat in their room or office. The cashier will provide the containers. Select your food and depart the area. Please do not sit in the dining area with a “To Go” box.  
  • Sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the dining area. Please use them when you are in the dining room area.  
  • Masks are required until you are seated at your table. 
  • The Dining Room will have designated tables for student groups who are in high contact with one another. For example: athletic teams will be assigned designated tables. Specific programs also will have assigned tables (auto, nursing, ag). If you are in these classes, please sit at that designated table. Tables and booths in the Student Union will be available for individuals and roommates to sit together.
  • Faculty and staff are required to take meals “To Go” until Dining Services can assess the adequacy of spacing and seating for students. 
  • If you are feeling ill, please do not enter the dining area.  We will be offering takeout items that others may pick up for you.
  • Meetings needing refreshments or meals and banquets are suspended at this time.

Please email dining service any questions you may have to rosalie.seibel@lrsc.edu.  
 

Resident Illness Identification and Testing:

  • The housing director will work with the resident assistants to take the temperatures of students upon check in and once weekly once the semester is underway.  
  • When temperatures are taken, students will be required to complete a brief “how are you feeling” survey regarding any illness or respiratory ailment they may have recently experienced or are currently experiencing.  
  • Resident Hall students are required to show a negative test for COVID that was taken within the previous 30 days leading up to check in.  Those that cannot provide proof of a negative COVID test upon check in to the residence halls must take a test within the first week of arrival to LRSC.  

Touchless Fixture Installation:

The physical plant director will install at least one touchless faucet and paper towel dispenser and door opener clip (for use by the foot) in each resident hall community restroom.

COVID Safe Behavior:

  • The housing director and resident assistance will model COVID safe behavior at all times through mask wearing, sign posting, and positive messaging.  
  • The housing director will enforce the COVID Safe Protocol through positive messaging, verbal warnings, and written warnings to residents.  
  • Repeated violations of the COVID Safe Protocol will be considered misconduct under the Resident Code of Conduct and the Student Code of Conduct policy.

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

  • The physical plant director shall ensure that the commonly touched surfaces (bathroom fixtures, door knobs, countertops, refrigerator handles, etc) in the residence halls are disinfected as part of the cleaning protocol.  
  • Additional disinfecting of these commonly touched surfaces  will be done several times daily (including evenings and weekends) by employees (including student employees) supervised by the housing director.    
     

Residence Life FAQ for Fall 2020

Q. How many students will be assigned to each room?

4 people in the suites (Gilliland Hall) and 2 people in the non-suites (North Hall and South Hall).  There are 2 rooms are designed for 3 people, and those rooms will have 3 people. There will be no overload rooms (Turning 2 person rooms into 3 person rooms.)

Please note, LRSC Housing is unable to remove and store the unused furniture in each unit.

Q. When will I know the names of my roommate?

You can find out your roommate through Campus Connection. If you are currently not assigned a roommate, one will be added.

Q. How will students safely move onto campus?

A two-hour appointment  move in must be pre-scheduled.  You will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to sign up for a move-in appointment.  Available move in dates are August 19 through 21 for first year students and August 22 and 23 for second year students.  Check-in times will be between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.   

  • The centralized check-in process will take place in Student Services.
  • Only the student will be allowed inside the venue to check into their housing assignment (picking up your keys).
  • Face covering will be required and their temperature will be taken.
  • The student will have to show their Covid-19 test results at this time.  Please have it printed out to turn in at the time of check-in.
  • Students may arrive at any time during their scheduled two-hour appointment (Between 8 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.)
  • Once the student and their 1 helper arrive at the residence hall, the helper will be required to wear a mask and their temperature will be taken before entering the residence hall.

Q. When will students sign up for their move-in appointment?

Students will receive instructions on how to sign up for move-in.  Please check your e-mail (LRSC email account) regularly for these instructions as they are still being finalized.

Q. What day can first-year students move into the residence halls?

First-year students may sign up for a move-in appointment between Thursday, August 19 through August 21, 2020.

Q. What day can returning students move into the residence halls?

Returning students may only sign up for a move-in appointment on Saturday, August 22, or Sunday, August 23.  Due to COVID-safe protocols and social distancing needs, student numbers during move in will be limited, which is why returning students may not move-in before Saturday. 

Q. May I move into the residence halls or apartments, before Wednesday, August 19?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Our staff and facilities will not be ready to receive early arrivals. Unless you have received expressed instructions from the college to move in early, such as some athletes and some student staff, you may only move in during your scheduled appointment.

Q. Can I bring someone with me to help me move onto campus?

To ensure social distancing, students should bring one family member or helper (they are also required to wear a mask and have their temperature taken) in the residence halls to assist with their move-in process. Additional friends and family members are welcome outdoors.

Q. What will building access and social distancing look like for fall 2020?

Individuals will only be able to enter the residence halls through the main entrances. Students must use their ID CARD to enter buildings and not hold open or prop open doors to admit others. After entering the building:

  • Individuals should sanitize their hands at the nearest sanitizer station. 
  • Follow all signage and all social distancing guidelines outlined therein.
  • All entrances to the buildings will have signs and markings as reminders of social distancing requirements.
  • When inside buildings, please keep to the right in stairwells and hallways and make every effort to maintain social distancing.

Q. Will students have access to laundry rooms?

We will limit the number of individuals using the laundry rooms at the same time. Residents will be asked to wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use with the provided products that meet the CDC's cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.

Q. Will guests be allowed in the halls and apartments?

For our LRSC community's safety, we strongly discourage visitors (any individual who does not reside on campus) in the residence halls or apartments.  

No overnight guest will be allowed in the residence halls or apartments for the fall semester. This will be revisited before the spring semester.

Q. What happens if I develop symptoms for COVID-19?

A student who has any symptoms, including a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, must call Lake Region District Health Unit at (701) 662-7035 for assessment and COVID-19 testing.

Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate until the testing results are back. If negative, the person may return to their room. (We will have a couple quarantine/self -solation rooms, food will be delivered as needed by way of the meal plan).

Anyone who tests positive will be quarantined to prevent an outbreak on campus, their contacts traced, and those close contacts isolated per ND Department of Health guidelines. We ask all students, faculty, and staff to take personal responsibility and avoid situations that are high risk for COVID-19. 

Q. What will cleaning look like in the residence halls?

Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place on campus for high-risk/high touch areas (e.g., door handles, light switches, handrails, interior doors, door push plates, shared spaces, flat surfaces such as tables, and kitchen areas. 

Increased cleaning will be performed by the custodial staff in the restrooms in North and South Hall. 

Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at the entrance and exit points of each residence hall. 

We are asking residents to clean and wipe down surfaces before and after each use.

Students are responsible for consistently cleaning and disinfecting their living units and the exterior door handle.

Q. Will I have to wear a face-covering?

Facemasks or coverings (e.g., disposable masks or cloth face coverings) must be worn by all individuals in public areas within the residential facilities (e.g., lobbies and lounges, hallways, stairwells, laundry rooms, elevators, and restrooms, etc.) and campus.