Health and Safety

A plan to welcome employees, students and visitors back to campus must ensure health and safety.  Carroll’s plan uses a methodical, health-driven approach to maximize the safety of all.  To ensure a safe and secure experience for our students, faculty, and staff, we will monitor, screen, clean and distance in order to deliver excellence this Fall.

Monitor Symptoms

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  As such, we are requiring employees, students and visitors to conduct symptom monitoring before coming to campus.  You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be on campus.  If you are a campus resident and are displaying any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19, you must stay in your room and contact the Wellness Center.

These symptoms include THE ONSENT OF NEW SYMPTOMS of one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever – 100.4° and above
  • Chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.  Monitoring for symptoms should continue through all phases of the Carroll College Marching Back Plan.

Self-Health Screening

It is our shared duty as a community to act responsibly when returning to campus.  Employees must conduct a daily self-health screening by answering a questionnaire that will be provided by your Supervisor.  If you cannot pass the health screening, please stay home and seek medical guidance if necessary.  Self-health screenings should continue through all phases of the Plan.

Testing and Tracing

Carroll College will continue to work closely with the Lewis & Clark Public Health Department and the State of Montana to support testing and tracing.  The College will provide employees and students contact tracing tools to track who they have been in contact with if the need should arise.

Social Distancing

Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread.  Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to distance yourself from others when possible, even if you, or they, have no symptoms. Social distancing is important for everyone, but it is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness.  Employees, students and visitors must follow these social distancing practices while on campus:

  • Physical Spaces - Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) away from others if possible.
    • Avoid gathering in groups of more than the following, in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate social distancing:
      • Phase 1 - 10 or more
      • Phase 2 – 50 or more
      • Phase 3 – no size limit, but will continue to be cautious with large groups and practice health and safety protocols with enhanced cleaning, handwashing and social distancing when possible.
    • Abide by floor markings and signs denoting appropriate spacing for social distancing.
  • Classes - Will incorporate appropriate social distancing per phase as possible, remove or tape off desks to increase physical space between students when possible, utilize face coverings, and enhance cleaning measures.
  • Housing - Residence hall common areas and shared community spaces will be modified to account for social distancing guidelines.
  • Gatherings, Events, Large Venues - Will comply with State orders, including appropriate limitations on the number of participants, including, but not limited to, athletic competitions, performing arts events, conferences, Hunthausen Activity Center, Library, and Campus Center.
    • Carroll’s campus and the Helena community have ample outdoor spaces, allowing for recreation to be spread out and not contained solely in indoor venues.
  • Dining - Will incorporate appropriate social distancing, reduce density to increase physical space between students, utilize face coverings when not eating, and enhance cleaning measures through all phases of the Carroll College Marching Back Plan. 

Handwashing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene

Always remember to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Promptly throw used tissues in the trash and then immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Face Coverings

Recent studies have suggested that wearing a face covering could potentially decrease the chances of unknowingly transmitting the virus to others, thus potentially slowing the spread of COVID-19.  With this in mind, face coverings will be required to be worn by all employees, students and visitors when in buildings on campus (including hallways and stairwells) through Phase 2.   

Employees working alone in their offices, cubicles or in enclosed spaces like the Chapel, lab or classroom do not need to wear face coverings.  Likewise, students who are alone in their assigned room or with their roommate, do not need to wear face coverings.

If you have a medical or disability-related reason why it is not appropriate for you to wear a face covering, contact your Supervisor to obtain an exemption from the requirement.  Students participating in workouts do not need to wear face coverings, but do need to follow the guidelines referenced in the Athletic Building Screening Procedures that can be obtained from the Director of Athletics.  

If you provide service to students or the general public, you are allowed as part of the mandate of this order, to refuse service to individuals who are not wearing face coverings.  Face coverings will be available for purchase at the Saints Shoppe for visitors if they do not have one to put on prior to continuing to their destination.    

Employees, students and visitors will be asked to provide their own face coverings. The CDC has resources for making a face covering.

It is important to note that face coverings are not intended to be a replacement for other evidence-based measures for preventing the virus, including frequent hand washing, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and practicing social distancing.

Once the College announces Phase 3 of our Carroll College Marching Back Plan, face coverings will continue to be encouraged when social distancing measures cannot be met.  They will continue to be required in the classroom for faculty and students until further notice.

Use and Care of Face Coverings 

Putting on the face covering:

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering.
  • Ensure the face-covering fits snugly over the nose and under the chin.
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
  • Through the process, be sure to avoid touching the front of the face covering.

Taking off the face covering:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering.
  • When taking off the face covering, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing.

Care, storage and laundering of the face covering:

  • Keep face coverings stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after each use, with regular clothing detergent.
  • Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled or damaged.
  • Disposable face coverings must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after use, or if it is soiled, or damaged.

Cleaning/Disinfection

Clean facilities and equipment require a commitment from all levels of the Carroll community. Everyone has an important role and responsibility in maintaining a healthy environment.

  • College Responsibility - Through all phases of the Carroll College Marching Back Plan, the College will provide increased cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas, frequently used facilities, and common areas (including elevators, restrooms, classrooms, and other high-traffic spaces) with the use of BPA-approved cleaners that meet CDC guidelines for disinfecting for COVID-19. For high-traffic areas within facilities, the College will also provide, when possible, no-touch disposal receptacles, increased placement of hand sanitizers, and installation of additional signage encouraging good hygiene.
  • Individual Responsibility - Individuals are responsible for cleaning their personal and shared spaces and office equipment.
    • Workspace - Individuals are encouraged to disinfect their individual workspaces daily.
    • Equipment from Home - Individuals bringing electronic equipment to campus must clean all equipment prior to use.
    • Shared Items - Individuals must avoid using other’s phones, desks, offices, computers, work tools, etc., when possible.
  • Student Residential - Cleaning supplies will be provided to students with guidelines for cleaning frequency of high-touch items, and individual living spaces.
  • Office and Working Spaces - Cleaning supplies will be provided to employees so they can clean office equipment, furniture, and other high touch surfaces within individual and shared workspaces.
  • Classrooms - Cleaning supplies will be provided in each classroom to be used as follows:
    • At the end of each class, students and faculty will be expected to spray down desks, chairs, tables, teaching stations and technology in each classroom.
    • At the beginning of each class, students and faculty will be expected to wipe down desks, chairs, tables, teaching stations and technology in each classroom.
  • Shared Used Items - Cleaning supplies and signage will be placed on copy machines, and in conference rooms and breakrooms to instruct individuals to wipe down machines, tables, chairs, keyboards, etc. after each use. 
  • Replenishing Supplies - If an employee or student notices that an area is out of paper towels, soap, disinfectant spray or any of the campus hand sanitizer stations are empty, please email Facilities at facilities@carroll.edu to notify them. 

Deliver Excellence

What we do to keep our community safe is extremely important in these unprecedented times.  We will strive to faithfully execute these plans and deliver excellence to our students.