Will social distancing guidelines be in place for Summer II and the Fall?
Maintaining space from others is one of the most effective tools in slowing the spread of COVID-19. To support this effort, Navarro College will follow social distancing guidelines, utilize virtual meeting and communication tools where possible, and limit the number of people on campus at a time.
Additionally, furniture and seating will be arranged to encourage social distancing and floor markers will indicate six-foot separations where lines are formed.
What if an employee or student tests positive for COVID-19?
Faculty and staff who tests positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources immediately. A student who tests positive should contact Disability and Access Services. These individuals will place themselves in self-isolation as determined by local health officials at the time of testing, and may return to Navarro College only after being cleared to return by their health care provider, or at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved. Those with more severe illness and symptoms thereof may warrant a lengthier isolation period as determined by the healthcare provider.
Should I wear a face mask or covering on campus?
Navarro College requires all individuals on campus – including employees, students, visitors, and contractors – to wear face masks or face coverings when in the presence of others. Please note that face masks are not a substitute for proper social distancing. See the full face covering policy here.
What is a face covering?
A face covering is a cloth, bandana, or other type of material that covers an individuals mouth and nose. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists five criteria for cloth face coverings, which must:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the face,
- be secured with ties or ear loops,
- include multiple layers of fabric,
- allow for breathing without restriction,
- and be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to face.
- All face-coverings should be solid, patterned, or with approved Navarro College logo/slogan. All face coverings should be appropriate for a professional educational environment.
FDA-approved surgical masks also may be used as a face covering.
Will Navarro College provide face coverings?
All students, faculty, staff and visitors should bring their own face covering. Navarro College will provide a face covering on the occasion that someone arrives and left theirs at home.
Do I need to wear a face covering while eating or drinking?
No, you do not need to wear a face covering while eating or drinking.
Can a student or employee request an exemption from the requirement to wear a face covering?
Yes. Some individuals may not be able to wear a face covering due to a pre-existing medical condition or other disability. Students should contact the Office of Disability and Access Services to request an exemption. Employees should contact the Human Resources Department.
What is Navarro College doing to disinfect campus spaces?
- Faculty, Staff, and Students are required to wash their hands prior to entering classrooms or offices, beginning class, or pursuing other academic and extracurricular activities.
- Information on proper handwashing, social distancing, and other personal hygiene etiquette is posted in English (and in some locations in Spanish) in restroom, dining facilities, and public areas throughout the Navarro College District by Navarro College Physical Plant personnel.
- Following American College Health Association Guidelines in which all non-clinical staff should be trained on respiratory and hand hygiene, including cough etiquette, the proper techniques for using alcohol-based hand sanitizers and washing hands with soap and water, and the use of standard face-masks and social distancing, all Navarro College students, faculty, and staff are asked to complete the following training from the CDC COVID-19 website:
- All faculty, staff, and students frequently should utilize CDC-recommended hand sanitizer (greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol level) also supplied by Navarro College Physical Plant personnel.
- All facilities owned or operated* by Navarro College are sanitized nightly utilizing
products recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the
Corsicana/Navarro County Public Health Department and as follows:
- All doorknobs, keyboards, hard counter tops, water fountains, elevator buttons, and any visible hard surfaces that are touched frequently are cleaned and sanitized utilizing CDC (EPA) approved disinfectant by Navarro College Physical Plant personnel.
- All desktops that are clear of knickknacks, paperwork, and office supplies are cleaned and sanitized utilizing CDC (EPA) approved disinfectant by Navarro College Physical Plant personnel.
- All computer stations and desk areas are cleaned and sanitized by faculty and staff (and may recruit supervised student assistance) during multiple-person usage, between classes, office visits, and computer lab visits, utilizing CDC-recommended COVID-19-resistant products and gloves supplied by Navarro College Physical Plant personnel.
*All facilities utilized by Navarro College must follow the same guidelines provided in this protocol.
Is the College installing Plexiglas dividers on campus?
Yes. To protect employees and campus visitors, the College is installing Plexiglas dividers at some workstations to main physical separation.
Should I bring hand sanitizer to campus?
Students and employees are welcome to bring hand sanitizer to campus. Additionally, Navarro College is installing additional hand sanitizer stations in the common areas of every campus facility for use by employees and students. Disinfectant wipes or spray will be available for use by employees and students for wiping down spaces as needed.
How is Navarro College handling restroom occupancy and cleaning?
Restrooms will be cleaned routinely during the day and will undergo a detailed cleaning each evening.
What guidelines will be in place for campus elevators?
Campus elevators will be limited to 1-2 individuals at a time, unless riders are from the same family, in which posted limits will apply. Please wear a mask or face covering in the elevator and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand or fingers.
Will campus health clinics be open?
The Bulldog Health Clinic on the Corsicana campus will not be open during Summer II Session and hours for Fall will be announced soon.