What Faculty and Staff Need to Know

(Updated May 15, 2021)

DCC is committed to keeping our campus community safe and healthy. We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SUNY, and state and local health departments. 

Please note that these guidelines may change if the DCC campus experiences increased COVID-19 transmission rates or if SUNY requires additional protocols.

To view health and safety guidelines shared with students, visit this page.

For information related to DCC’s health and safety guidance, see the 2021-22 COVID-19 Guidance in myDCC.

VACCINATIONS

We highly encourage faculty and staff to get vaccinated and when eligible, receive a booster.

  • If you received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccination, you are eligible for a booster at least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

  • If you received a Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccination, you are eligible for a booster at least 2 months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination.

For more on booster shots, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Visit the Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health website for local vaccination clinics and resources.

Find New York State-run vaccination sites.

If you have been vaccinated, please send a copy of your vaccination card showing the details to Constance Barthen, constance.barthen@sunydutchess.edu. You can also stop by Human Resources, where staff will take a copy of your card.

MASKING GUIDANCE

Masks are currently required inside all campus buildings and at all DCC events.

On Saturday, May 14, the CDC Covid-19 Community Level in Dutchess County increased from medium- to high-transmission level. CDC guidance for “high” community level recommends masks be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Following this guidance, masks are again required inside all buildings and at all DCC events effective Monday, May 16. You may remove your mask within the confines of your individual office space or cubicle, except when interacting with others in that space.

Masks are available in building main lobbies. If none are available, please call Campus Safety at (845) 431-8070 to request masks. Or you can submit a request through the College’s work order process.

  • Special consideration. Pursuant to the CDC, “A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.)” may submit a request to the campus for consideration of an exemption from mask-wearing based on a medical accommodation, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Community transmission. Additional requirements may be imposed by DCC or SUNY administration based upon the increasing COVID-19 transmission rates on campus.

YOUR WELLBEING

The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health guidance for exposure, isolation and quarantine is available on their COVID webpage. 

We will be doing our own contact tracing for positive COVID cases. If you test positive or know of a student who has told you that they have tested positive, please email COVIDstatus@sunydutchess.edu.

If you are contact traced for COVID-19 by non-DCC personnel, please email COVIDstatus@sunydutchess.edu.

If you need to quarantine but are able to work from home, please work with your supervisor and HR on approvals and work arrangements. 

Staff, faculty and students who receive a positive result from an at-home COVID-19 test must:

- Immediately self-isolate, even if vaccinated.

- Adhere to current quarantine guidance.

- Take a picture of the positive at-home test result within 24 hours and report the positive case to the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health at dutchessny.gov/COVIDpositive.

A copy of the isolation notice received from the County should be sent to Human Resources.

As you juggle the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and the demands of work, family and other obligations, life can become stressful, please take advantage of the College’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This confidential service provides employees and their household members the opportunity to discuss personal or work-related problems with a professional counselor.

SELF-HEALTH ASSESSMENTS

Although daily health screenings are no longer required, DCC encourages faculty and staff to perform a daily at-home self-health assessment before coming to campus.

For a list of questions to ask yourself in assessing your health, see the At-Home Health Questionnaire.

If you show symptoms of infectious illness, please stay at home and/or seek medical care.

TESTING

Vaccinated faculty and staff: Fully vaccinated and boosted faculty and staff may opt-out from mandatory weekly testing if they submit documentation to Human Resources showing completion of a full vaccination and booster series. Send a copy of your vaccination card showing the details to Constance Barthen. You can also stop by HR, where staff will take a copy of your card.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated faculty and staff: Any person who has a physical presence on campus and has not been fully vaccinated and boosted or has not shown proof of vaccination must be tested weekly.

If conditions change prompting DCC to take additional measures, DCC may require more frequent testing regardless of vaccination status.

For the spring 2022 semester, testing will take place in Handel Dining Room, at DCC@ Fishkill and DCC@FPC, the testing schedule is posted in myDCC.

The testing process is as follows:

1. Faculty and staff will swipe their DCC ID to access their Banner account, which will allow for the test date to be registered. The system will then print a test tube label.
2. The test worker will register the test in the Quadrant BioScience system.
3. Faculty and staff will then swab their mouth with the test applicator and insert the swab into the test tube. 
4. The test worker will then apply the label to the tube. 
5. You will receive an email from Quadrant Bioscience when your test results are available.

DCC ID CARDS

All faculty and staff must obtain and wear a DCC ID on campus or at any of our College facilities – e.g., DCC @ Fishkill, DCC @HVR Airport and DCC @ the Partnership. ID cards are issued in the Campus Security & Safety Office, located in the Orcutt Student Services building, at DCC @ at the Partnership, and at DCC @ Fishkill.

VISITORS

See visitors page for more information.

TRAVEL

DCC will follow current New York State Department of Health guidance on testing, vaccination and quarantine requirements related to travel.

CAMPUS COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE

Enforcement of the COVID-19 guidance will be handled through Human Resources.

MANDATORY PAUSE REQUIREMENTS

SUNY retains the authority to pause campus activities in cases of increased community transmission.

FACILITIES PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES

BUILDING ENTRANCES

To prevent clustering around designated entrance doorways and to encourage appropriate social distancing, all building entrances are now open.

CLEANING

While New York State mandatory cleaning and disinfection protocols are no longer in effect, DCC will continue to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as common areas and shared workstations, at least once a day. The College will also regularly clean and disinfect other surfaces as necessary depending on the level of traffic, the individuals who use the space, and the general risk of community transmission of COVID-19.

DCC will continue to provide hand hygiene stations or supplies within workplaces for individual use.

VENTILATION AND AIR FILTRATION

DCC has increased outdoor airflow and ventilation rates in indoor settings to support individual comfort and safety, and in accordance with building codes and standards.
In indoor areas where the air is recirculated, DCC has installed higher-rated filters in the filter rack and air handlers of HVAC systems that are able to perform to the level of heating and cooling they provided prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

QUESTIONS? Send an email to Covid@sunydutchess.edu.